Ever since we did our Tissue Paper Mache Eggs from a previous post I've been toying with this idea and have finally completed it. I really wanted the Tissue Paper Mache Eggs to be transparent, but we had to do a few layers so they did turn out beautiful, but they were opaque. I was looking through Scribble Arta great kid's art book by Mary Ann Kohl and noticed an idea for the yarn eggs, but at the end of the idea it mentioned putting tissue paper over it for an extension. This was my light bulb moment and this is how these Egg Shaped Lanterns came to be!!! I Love how they turned out! I'm so pleased with these!
To begin, cut some 12 inch yarn pieces----about 8 pieces or so. You'll need white glue in a container--enough to soak the yarn in!
Soak the yarn in the glue for a few minutes. I spread out the pieces for Cassie because she cannot stand being sticky!!!
Set a water balloon in a cup (I cut down a yogurt container to fit) and you are ready to wrap yarn around the balloon. You can take some glue off between your fingers, but leave most of the glue on the yarn!
Here is Cassie wrapping the yarn on the balloon. I had to help pick the balloon up to get it all around or it will easily fall off the balloon!
Here is our yarn wrapped balloon---we did 2 of these at a time!
Now for the tissue paper part---make sure it is not bleeding tissue! I cut up some squares in put them in a pile. Make a mixture of 2 parts glue to 1 part water to apply the tissue paper. We placed the tissue paper on the yarn balloon and went over it with a brush (Thank you Imagination Tree for the tip!) which made it so much easier to handle because your hands didn't have to get as sticky!
All you have to do is one layer and cover the balloon so that it will be transparent. Don't forget to throw some glitter on too! The great thing is that this only took a day or so to dry and you are ready to pop the balloon and hang! Love this idea!
I punched holes in the tissue paper and attached the yarn or you could attach it to the yarn of the balloon too! This seems like a great indoor patio decoration!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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