String, ribbon and rickrack baubles are a lovely, easy craft to make. Even though they’re so easy to make, they look gorgeous as party decor, strung up on your patio or hanging in your pre-teen’s room — plus they’re a fun project to make together with you kids. You can make them as big as you want: the bigger you blow up the balloon, the bigger the bauble will be.
What you need to make ribbon baubles
- White glue
How to make ribbon baubles
- Make a mixture of one part glue and one quarter part water. Avoid making it too watery.
- Blow up the balloon to the required size and attach a piece of string to it. Cover the balloon with Vaseline to prevent the ribbon and glue from sticking to it.
- Wrap a big bunch of ribbon around your hand and soak it in the glue mixture, making sure that all of the ribbon is wet. Try to avoid tangling it up.
- Squeeze off the excess liquid.
- Begin wrapping the wet ribbon around the balloon. There is no method here — just wrap it every which way, spacing it out as much as possible and changing direction often. Once you’ve covered most of the balloon, cut off the ribbon and tuck the loose end under.
- Dip and roll the ribbon-wrapped balloon one more time in the water and glue mixture, and scrape off any excess, gently, without popping the balloon.
- Hang the balloon up and let it dry overnight, with the balloon still inflated inside.
- When it is completely dry, the ribbon should be stiff and hard. You can now pop the balloon and remove it carefully through one of the gaps or through the area where the balloon knot was. You will be left with a colourful, decorative ribbon bauble.
Make small ribbon baubles and hang fairy lights inside each one. Hang the ribbon baubles from a light fitting in the middle of the room.
Extract taken from: Rooms Your Kids Will Love by Sam Scarborough