Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our Great Ball Light Garland


"We round a racetrack through your mom's kitchen chairs

And fought the shadows back down your dark basement stairs.
I lit a match and let it catch to light up the room."
Hot Air Balloon
Owl City


You can make it or buy it!

It’s one of those ideas perfect for every occasion, to light the wall, the window, the ceiling, to use it in a party, inside or outside if weather permits. There are hundreds of designs, materials and colours that you can apply to it to match your design scheme.


You will need:
  • Twine in the colour of your choice. The wire's thickness depends on your taste
  • PVA Glue ~ About 1/2 litre, This is Polyvinyl acetato
  • Cornflour
  • Warm water
  • 20 Balloons
  • Marker pen
  • Vaseline
  • Disposable tin
  • A long piece of wood, as a stick or a broom to hang the balloons
  • Twinkly light garland to attach the twine-balls
  • Lightbulb garland

We show you how to make it in a few steps!

First of all blow-up the balloons, one for each ball and draw a circule around the top using your marker so you know where to wrap your trine up to, then smear the balloons with a thin coating of Vaseline, this will stop your twine from sticking to the balloons.

Tie a piece of string to the ends of each balloon and then around an old piece of wood between two fixed points. This allows you to work on them while the balloons are hanging. Make sure you have something underneath to avoid the drips.


To make your glue mixture, take the disposable tin and mix up PVA glue, a few tablespoons of corn flour and warm water. You want the mixture to be smooth, not too runny, and make sure there’s lots of it as trine is quite absorbent.


This is the key part. Take the twine and dip it into the glue mixture until it is entirely soaked, then start to wrap it around the balloon, both vertically and horizontally until you get the desired effect. When you have finished, snip off the end of the twine and tuck it underneath another piece so it doesn’t stick out. Do the same with every balloon.



Leave to dry overnight. You will find that your twine balls have now gone hard, if they haven’t then just leave them a little longer until they are fully set. Pop them, then remove the balloons. You can spray paint the trine balls into a desired colour or leave it in its natural colour if you prefer and attach to your light garland.

Would you like to give a go or would you like to buy it in our store: www.bloomingbloo.co.uk



                                                                 Much Love

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