How to Make a Yarn Ball Garland
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!