DIY String Lanterns

In an effort to make decorations for the Meet and Greet, Dix and I gave these string lanterns a whirl one night. I wish I had a link to the original instruction but suffice to say the tutorial is all over pinterest. See what magic we worked in under an hour and for under $10!

What you’ll need:

  • Balloons
  • 4 oz Glue
  • Yarn
  • Tray for glue
  • 1/2 cup of Corn starch
  • 1/4 cup of Warm water
  • Clear fast drying spray paint
  • Hanging lamp cord
  • Lighting kit
  1. Inflate the balloon. Don’t over inflate or you will end up with oblong lanterns.
  2. Mix corn starch, glue and warm water together until it has a smooth texture.
  3. Hang the balloons (we placed a broom between two chairs and then tired the balloons to the broom. Simple, yes but hey! it worked)
  4. Cover the inflated balloon with Vaseline.
  5. Feed the yarn through the glue mix. In all truthfulness, this project practically requires two people. Kendra held the ball of yarn while I pulled it through the mix and wrapped it around the balloon.
  6. Start with wrapping the balloon vertically then horizontally. Once we wrapped the yarn a couple times in each direction, we started alternating between wrapping vertically, horizontally and diagonally.
  7. Let the balloons dry overnight. Side note- perhaps it is this joyful summer climate here in the Sunshine State but our balloons deflated overnight causing one lantern to collapse. We attributed this to the temperature change overnight. In other words, you may want to move the balloons inside to dry overnight, depending on where you live.
  8. Once balloons have dried, spray with a coat of clear spray paint.
  9. Let dry and you are in lantern city.

*We didn’t make actual lanterns (we don’t really get down on electrical work too often) but string globes. If you want to make a lantern, you will want to leave a hole at the top so that you can feed a light source in.


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