Karen is a graphic designer, creative thinker, artist, writer and generally an ideas person who loves to try new things.
This garland is simple to make, uses cheap and easy-to-find materials and is perfect for anyone who loves yarn crafts.
Tools and Materials for the Garland
- Small piece of strong thread
- Assorted scraps of yarn (in 6 colours)
- 6 ping pong balls
- Sharp object (i.e. a large needle)
- Twine (approximately 3 m or 10 ft)
- 28 assorted wooden beads
- Long (beading) needle
- PVA glue
Step 1: Pierce the Ping Pong Ball
In order to string the balls, you need to pierce two holes (one on either side) of each ping pong ball. This essentially turns them into very large beads.
- With a sharp object—a large needle or tack works well—pierce one side of the ball. Try to make the hole along the 'join' of the ball. This makes it easier to line up the second hole.
- Make the hole larger with the tip of some scissors. Don't worry about the hole being fairly large: It needs to be big enough for the twine to go through and will be covered by yarn afterwards.
- Follow the join around to the other side of the ball and make a second hole opposite the first. You could use a ruler to help line them up, but don't worry about making it perfect!
- Repeat on the other 5 balls.
Step 2: Thread a Needle With Thick Twine
Sometimes you need to use a fine needle with a thick thread. For the garland, we need the length of a beading needle used with the thick twine to string the ping pong balls and beads.
This handy technique makes it easy. Use the photo as a guide:
- Take a small piece (about 10 cm or 4 inches) of strong sewing thread and thread the needle with it.
- Tie the ends of the thread together forming a loop on the needle.
- Thread the larger thread or twine through the loop. Tread at least 2–3 inches to make sure it doesn't fall out.
- When you string the beads and ping pong balls, the twine will fold where it meets the thread.
Step 3: String Beads and Balls
- String a bead about 8 inches from the end of the twine and tie a knot around the bead to keep it in place.
- Repeat this with another 3 beads spaced roughly 1 inch apart, and then thread the first ping pong ball onto the twine.
- Continue this pattern of 4 beads and one ball along the twine. The ping pong balls don't need to be secured in any way.
- End with the last 4 beads to make a symmetrical garland.
- Tie a loop at both ends for easy hanging, and trim any excess twine.
Step 4: Make a Yarn Ball
- Using the paintbrush, add a little glue to the ping pong ball and stick on the end of the yarn, going over the top of the yarn with glue also to help secure it.
- Carefully start wrapping the yarn around the ball, using small amounts of glue to help keep it in place.
- After a few wraps, change direction. Continue in this way until the entire ball is covered and no parts of the ping pong ball are visible.
- Glue the end of the yarn down. Don't worry about the glue showing—it will dry clear.
- Repeat with the other balls with various colours until all are covered and look like little balls of yarn!
Step 5: Hang Your Garland
Leave at least one hour to allow the glue to dry, and that's it—your yarn ball garland is now complete. Hang where desired. Some great places include:
- Along a shelf with your craft books
- Around your yarn basket
- Hanging vertically from the ceiling
Of course this garland can be as long as you like, to suit your shelving etc. Just continue to add multiples of 4 beads and one ball until you have the length required. Just be sure to allow plenty of twine to knot the beads!
Karen Creftor (author) from Kent, UK on December 22, 2013:
Hi everyone, thanks so much for your lovely comments :)
Couldn't believe I finally got a HOTD lol.
Different colours for different seasons would be awesome, please come back and let me know if you gave it a try and how you get on.
NancyKapoor from Chandigarh, India on December 21, 2013:
Congratulations for selected as hub of the day! I found it very interesting, cool idea to decorate my home :-P I will try to create and hang it on ceiling.. Cuties Idea. Share up with more ideas on decorating home with silly wasted papers...!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 20, 2013:
Congratulations on Hub of the Day!
Very cute, and in my house, would also make a fun toy for our 6 cats! (Under supervision, of course!) They'd love to chase it down the hall and back. They'd never leave it alone if I tried to use it for decor, so might as well re-purpose from the get go!
Thanks for this cute idea...Voted up, interesting and useful.
Emunah on December 20, 2013:
Great Hub Article! The pictures and details are attractive to look at. Great Job!
torrilynn on December 20, 2013:
making a yarn ball seems like a lot of fun and something that you can do with the kids as well. also, thanks for the pictures. voted up and pinned.
Frida Keaton from Wyoming on December 20, 2013:
Congrats on your achievement. The pictures compliment the material nicely.
RTalloni on December 20, 2013:
Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this festive garland that's so bright and fun! Pinning to my Yarn: Projects/... board--thanks!
Shrutika Myskar on December 20, 2013:
I truly liked the craft work shown by you. I'm damn sure, it will be helpful for many people at decoration time in X'mas festival.
Claudia Mitchell on December 20, 2013:
Congrats on your HOTD! I loved this hub when it was first published and I love it now. Imagining it with Christmas colors right now. Just gorgeous.
ElleBee on December 20, 2013:
this is very cute! I think it would look really nice as a decoration in a craft room, although like idig said above you could certainly coordinate colors and it would look great for Christmas, Halloween or another holiday.
CatsPage on December 20, 2013:
I think this is a great idea. I shared it on my crochet club and knitting too page as well, for my facebook fans. Love it.. HOTD definitely..!!
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2013:
This looks very nice and creative! Thanks for sharing and Congratulations for a well deserved HOTD!
idigwebsites from United States on November 18, 2013:
Cute and pretty. It can be also a Halloween (too bad it's just over) or a Christmas decor, as it's also versatile. :)
Karen Creftor (author) from Kent, UK on November 07, 2013:
Thanks all for your lovely comments and shares :)
Please come back and tell us how you get on if you make it!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 06, 2013:
Cute...and sounds like a fun project to do. Thanks for sharing.
moonlake from America on November 05, 2013:
This is very cute I love it. Voted up and shared.
Donna Herron from USA on November 05, 2013:
I love this! I can see using this garland in a number of ways and displaying it in all sorts of places! Great idea - voted up and thanks for sharing!!
Agaltom on November 05, 2013:
That is so lovely. And it doesn't look too hard to make!
Claudia Mitchell on November 05, 2013:
This is so cute! I love crafts and this is definitely getting pinned. Would be lovely in holiday colors!