Thursday, August 4

When I got home from work today I had planned on finishing editing some of the Pip&Pin photos that we took the other day but I got distracted by the interwebs!  Too many DIY projects.  Not that I have time for any of them, but I thought I would share.  And I think I will continue to share one every once in awhile because they're neat.

So the very first DIY project to be posted on this here Pip&Pin blog comes from Crafted Love and Allison shows us how to make Yarn Chandeliers.

I know you've seen these all around the web. They are so dreamy and seemed simple enough to recreate so I finally sat down and decided to do it this past weekend. Here's all you'll need:

Using round balloons means you'll have perfect circle chandeliers, you can use any kind of balloon but I wanted mine circular. Blow up how ever many balloons you want for chandeliers and tie yarn around the top for hanging.
Hang them on a pole or rack and don't forget to lay down tarp or trash bags. Things get a little messy in the next steps. Cover each balloon in Vaseline. This is so the yarn/glue doesn't stick to the baloon when you pop it in the end.
Mix up the glue with 1/2 cup of corn starch and 1/4 cup of water. The measurements don't really matter because I just threw a little bit of everything in and it turned out just fine :]

Dip the yarn in the gooey mix and begin to wrap it around the balloon. This is where having a second person is really helpful. Mike dipped the yarn and got the excess glue off while I wrapped.
Let them dry for several hours. It took forever to dry but luckily you can be doing other things and just forget about them. You want them completely dry when you pop them or they might just fall apart. I know this from experience because I have little patience and popped one too early. He died.
Once you pop them they should look all schnazzy like this guy. I haven't decided how I'm going to hang them or where I will hang them but I will eventually. I'm just excited to have finally finished the project I've been dying to do for months!

Aren't they gorgeous?  I want to make a bunch of them in brown, maybe spray paint a few of them with a little bit of gold, and hang them from trees in the forest in my backyard like little mock-bird cages.

Except I don't have a forest in my backyard.

I don't even have a backyard.

... maybe I'll make some and hang them from the ceiling of my teeny tiny apartment patio.  That could work too.

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