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Twine Ornaments

These quick-and-easy ornaments make unique decorations for a front entry or other areas in the home.

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Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Scissors
  • Balloons
  • Waxed paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil


  • Twine (#66438)
  • Water-based polyurethane (#99642)
  • Rope (#66522)

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Step 1

Inflate balloons to desired size. (Ours are 9 inches in diameter.)

Step 2

Cut twine to length. We used 200 feet per ball.

Good to Know

Don't unwrap the roll of twine to measure length. Instead, pull from the inside of the roll to keep it from rolling away and tangling.

Step 3

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Dip the tip of the twine in polyurethane (A) and stick the tip to the balloon. Wrap twine around balloon to cover it completely.

Step 4

Once the twine is wrapped around the balloon, paint it with polyurethane and let dry overnight on waxed paper.

Good to Know

Rotate twine ball to ensure it dries evenly (without any flat edges).

Step 5

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When the ball is dry, carefully cut a small hole in the tip of the balloon to let the air out. Use the eraser end of a pencil to pry the deflated balloon from the twine ball (B). Discard balloon.

Good to Know

Keep a firm grip on the balloon stem while deflating to avoid losing the balloon inside the ball.

Step 6

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Use a 6" piece of twine to tie each ball to a piece of rope (C).

Step 7

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Hang with a swag.