I am a sucker for baker's twine and love the neon trend that is making my baking projects pop with color this spring. Rather than let all my baked goods enjoy the fun of this trend, I created neon twine balls to adorn my spring tables with a simple, and rather retro craft that will keep the whole family busy for hours at the kitchen table. I used baker’s twine for this, but you can use ribbon, natural fiber ropes, yarn and even cotton thread to create a similar look.
There are two ways to craft these decorative balls. The first is to soak your twine in Mod Podge and then wrap the balloon with it, the second is to wrap your balloon and then coat in Mod Podge. The end results but because we like the shimmery effect of the clear thin Mod Podge back ground we opted for the second option. If you are looking for an non-existent background, opt for the first choice instead!
1 bag of round balloons
1 jar of Mod Podge
1 foam brush
1 spoon of bakers twine
Step 1: Cut out long lengths of baker’s twine and set them on the crafting surface, and then blow up your balloon to the size you want the ball to be.
Step 2: Using the foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the surface of the balloon and then start layering on the twine lengths. After a few lengths, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to secure the twine to the balloon and then continue to repeat this process until you have covered the balloon to the thickness you desire.
Step 3: Once you have the thickness you desire, cover the entire balloon in Mod Podge and hang the balloon to dry so that none of the surfaces are touching (we used a close pin and a hanger to do this).
Step 4: Once dry, usually with in 24-hours, gently pop the exposed balloon. The balloon will naturally peel away from the twine and Mod Podge to expose a thin clear background.
Step 5: Using Tweezers, pull out the balloon by making a small whole at the base of the ball.
Step 6: You may need to re-shape the ball into place, but with a soft touch the ball form will be back to perfection and ready for displaying around your home!
Note: If you use the alternative approach and soak the twine before hand and then coat the balloon, you will need to use scissors to gently cut away any remaining Mod Podge film that is left behind once you remove the balloon. If you are going for complete coverage of the balloon, you will not need to remove the balloon from the ball.