Oh Fall, how I yearn for thee! It’s 106 today in Los Angeles. Yup- ONE ZERO SIX. While, yes, I adore the fact that the shines 300+ days of the year, I miss those hints of Fall that the rest of the country experiences. The smells, the color changes….the fall decor! Well, I may not be able to bring those brick Fall mornings to LA, but I can bring a touch of the Fall I remember from the east coast.
Some of my favorite pieces of decor always involved lighting of some sort. Since night comes earlier once the temp starts to cool, little lanterns and lighting designs filled porches and yards in the small-ish area that I lived back in Pennsylvania. It was one of my favorite parts of my walk home. I decided to bring some of fall to a lantern. This DIY Twine Lantern is easy, fun, and very very messy…but worth it!
DIY TWINE LANTERN
- Pack of Balloons
- Jute rope, Twine or Yarn
- 4 oz. White glue
- 1/2 cup of Corn starch or flour
- 1/4 cup of Warm water
- Popsicle Sticks (for mixing)
- Petroleum jelly
- Plastic Container or disposable cup
- Krazy Glue
- LED Tealights
- Gloves (optional)
- Blow up a balloon to your desired size, but not to full capacity and tie.
- Tie some twine or string to the tie of the balloon and make a loop to be able to hang for drying.
- Lay down tarp, trust me… this is MESSY. You’ll need one. Also, make sure this is area won’t see traffic for 24 hrs, as the balloons will have to stay hung to dry.
- Mix your regular glue, starch and water together with a popsicle stick or other stirrer. Mix til the clumps are gone.
- Put on your rubber gloves (if desired) and smear petroleum jelly on your balloons. Here I sat my balloon on a plastic cup, tie side down.
- Cut several pieces of twine to various lengths. Try to keep them long to go around the balloon a couple times.
- Dip each piece individually into glue mixture and get it coated well with mix. Pick up with popsicles stick and start to wrap around your balloon.
- Keep doing this with your twine until you feel your twine ball looks good. There is no set amount, some twine balls are sparse and some are thicker, so it’s really how you want it.
- Hang up on a pole or stick, and make sure nothing is touching it. Let dry for 24 hrs.
- Once dry, pop balloons and slowly pick out the deflated balloon from inside. Pick out any glue crystals with a popsicle stick. If you wish to paint or coat in a clear spray, you can do so here.
- Cut some twine, and using the Krazy glue, glue one end to one side of the tealight. Let dry, and repeat on exact opposite side.
- Where the balloon was tied, cut enough to fit your tealight in but not bigger than the light.
- Push your tealight in, and voila… Twine Lantern.
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