DIY Hanging String Balls


Whattya need?

  • Balloon
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Jar


How do I make glue string balls?

Step 1: Hang inflated balloon from ceiling.

Step 2: Put string and glue in the jar with a hole in the lid. Next, pull string from hole while wrapping around the balloon.


Step 3: Wait until dry (try to contain yourself). Pop and remove balloon.



Created by Dane Holweger

  • Rebecca @ beautiful square feet

    Brilliantly simple, and these look great! Thanks for sharing! I bet they’d look great with different coloured string too!

  • janice

    neet idea looks really nice

  • Personal Injury Attorneys

    This is too cute!

  • Pixie

    I wonder what would happen if we added food coloring in with the glue…

  • Wanda

    I tried this and mine didn’t work. It stuck to the ballon. What did I do wrong?

  • Gertie

    I’ve done these balls twice with food coloring in the glue. They look fantastic. They do get a little messy with food coloring. If the balloons stick, I would spray a thin layer of cooking oil spray on the balloon first. Make sure you let the glue thoroughly
    dry before popping the balloon.

  • Sam

    I found it works well if you use a plastic water bottle instead of a mason jar, it’s easy to move it around the balloon and makes it easy to get different angles because it’s so light. Also instead of hanging it from the ceiling, hanging it on a hanger on the shower curtain rod makes for easier cleanup. Very fun though!

  • LarsLove

    Wow, you did a great job with these. I have been wanting to try to do something like this for a long time and just haven’t have the chance. Great post

  • Vedette

    I tried this awhile ago but I failed. The strings were not that dry yet and the frame of the string collapsed. It was a failure.

  • Funny Images

    Wow really nice hanging string ball, it looks awesome and creative. If we out one lamp inside it than it will becomes a nice decorative item for home.

  • magdaemam

    very good Idea.

  • Donne Udine

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ness

    You can put vasoline on the balloons so the string doesn’t stick

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  • Jenny

    This is really cute idea, been looking at something similar in the shops but think I’ll have a go at making my own, thanks.

  • Doina

    Wow great idea. I like balls especially handmade balls 😉

  • Leah

    These are also great easy easter egg projects for kids if you use different colours of yarn or string.

  • Josie

    You could easily make this into amazing little bird cages to hang around your room!

  • Dorria designs

    brilliant1! Thanks for sharing but it will be more delightful if we make it with colorful strings …. Thank you

  • VinPro Elegance

    Cute and easy project for kids!Thanks for sharing.

  • Meenakshi

    A gr8 fun filled DIY project for kids. They’ll enjoy making these hanging balls for their room. One thing i wanted to to ask is what kind of colors we can add to that glue solution to make different colored balls.

  • slmeal

    that’s nice. i can learn it to my little son. thank you.

  • Afternoon Social

    What a cute idea! I love how the grouping of them look together in the first photo.

  • Trina

    Love this! I think the hardest part of the whole project will be waiting for the glue to dry completely. :)

  • Lois

    My mom was my teacher in a one room school 45 years ago and she taught us how to make these. However, I think we used liquid starch rather than glue. I imagine that would be slightly easier clean up for children. Thanks for the memory.

  • Boby

    Cheers, I just stopped by to visit your site and thought I’d say I had a great visit.Nice post.

  • niza amir

    wow! what a great idea.

  • Laura

    Oh goodness, I wanna do this… I think I will try to add some glow in the dark paint type stuff. I’m so excited for this.

  • Kesha of We Got Kidz

    So simple, yet with elegant results. Great tutorial!

  • Kelsie

    This is a great idea :) I love decorating kids rooms!! I make custom decor check out my Facebook page

  • Susie Minton

    I would like to try putting glitter either in the glue or sprinkle on while still wet. This might be a good way to add a little color also.

  • Debbie Young

    If you use a thinner string which of course means using more string you can make Easter Eggs or Easter Egg baskets.

  • marina

    Very nice! :) if you want visit this site for more beautiful handmade ideas

  • Echo Chen

    smart ball, can’t wait to try it!

  • Sarah Jackson

    oh this is really cute and lovely

  • shea

    And you could put a string of lights inside to make a cool lighting sculpture. Anyone tried puttingballoons together or twisting them first to make other shapes?

  • Lynice Power

    What an excellent idea. Soo creative going to give this a try during half term with my little one

  • emily

    I love this idea! I’m all about some free or cheap projects!!! Thanks for the tip, keep up the good work hun! :)


  • Gummybears44

    I’m going to try these today and add glitter while they dry. Maybe it’ll stick.

  • Hillaru

    This is AWESOME! I’ve seen it done with doilies–but this looks way easier!!

  • fever18

    very nice and i will try this for my son…

  • mummels

    I learned the ( hard way )string was not dry enough . When i made them last one i used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process, works great . :)

  • Design Tutorial

    Oh Brilliant idea. Thanks for share it.

  • Free Classifieds

    really nice wall hangings

  • anoncokie

    The room is so adorable and omg, the idea is brilliant:)

  • Ed

    We did this in grade school back when schools taught cool stuff.Yarn would work too i would imagine.

  • nariman

    i tried this with two different types of strings but in both cases , when i poped the ballon, i wasnt able to remove it becoz the strings got glued to the ballon big time!and by removing the ballon, the strings got all messed up.any suggestions?i’d really appreciate any help

  • zatun

    nice idea



  • Sue

    I love this. I remember doing it in 5th grade and have always wanted to do it again. That was 46 years ago. Oh my. My grands will love doing this with me.

  • Emily

    Using the jar is a great way to keep your fingers mess-free. What a great idea! I would have never thought of it. Thank you for this post. I’ll have to try the project when I get home from work tonight.

  • Plumtree

    Amazing Creation, nice job…Thanks For sharing nice creativity.

  • Dawn

    These are awesome! I take it you have to be careful taking the balloon out tho? Such a neat idea, I will have to try this with the kids. Can you use yarn too or do you recommend only using the string? Yarn I have, string I would have to get.

  • OneMommy

    I’ve done that in art class a long time ago… So fun! Never thought of hanging them; what a cool idea!


    Never mind the kids trying this, I am in my 70s and can’t wait to have a go ( I might just share this idea with some of my 15 grandchildren. Love this site xx

  • Monica

    Great idea. I love this idea. This is great idea…

  • marie.brink

    I thought, what an easy and effective idea. Mariee.

  • Abogados de Accidentes

    This was a little messy to make, but well worth the effort. I made five of them and they look great.

  • Ev Clare

    Deffo gonna try this, love it….

  • veronica

    I love this.

  • Jennifer

    I think that this was a very beautiful creative idea!


    These are sooooo cute!! We have a birthday coming up and plan to make these with a twist!!!

  • Breatheeatlive

    This is so adorable! great collection to add for my DIY party projects. Love it!

  • M J Penhey

    If you’r using PVA glue there is no reason you couldn’t colour it with paint tinters, or raid your water paint set.

  • Krystal

    These would be perfect party decorations too! Lovely.

  • Ianroy

    Very nice and a great shortcut to a great house designing. Thank you! :)

  • Katie Paganuzzi

    My string kept getting tangled in all the glue! Made a huge mess! but other than that it was cool

  • milena

    Very good:-)
    Thanks a lot