Monday, April 19, 2010

DIY: Woven Rattan Balls

Rattan and Wickerwork

If you’ve been shopping at a home store within the last year you were bound to see woven rattan balls on display. They have been popping up everywhere like West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Pier 1. I was looking for a new arrangement for our kitchen table for the summer and wanted something light, airy, and natural. When i saw a tutorial done on Frugal Home Ideas i knew i had to take on this project.

What you will need:

- Stiffy or another fabric stiffener

-Zip lock bag

- Balloons

- Clothes Pins

- Twine or hemp (you can choose from a variety of different colors and thicknesses)


First blow up the balloons for different sizes and arrange then in the bowl of choice. I did one extra large, one large, a few medium, and a few small.IMG_0787

Once the balls are wrapped they will need to be hung to dry. I got creative with this and came up with the best thing i could think of. There may be a much better and easier way but this one worked out just fine. I tied twine onto clothes pins and then tied the cloth pit onto the shelf in our laundry room. I hung them at different lengths so the balls would not touch.

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Sorry no pictures of this step because my hands were full of glue.

1. Put the twine/hemp into the zip lock bag, pour in some fabric stiffener and squish around to coat.

2. Take the twine out and begin to wrap the balloon, wrap and wrap and wrap until you are happy with how it looks, you can wrap it heavily or lightly depending on the look you are going for.

::Oh no the eyes are open….work fast::


3.Then hang the balloon by the end to try for at least an hour. IMG_0792

Once the are dry and hard pop the balloon using a pin. I found that once i popped the balloon cutting the end off was the easiest way to completely deflate because of the amount of glue that was on the balloon.

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Simply pull the balloon out through one of the opening and you have your finishes product!

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It was super easy, a lot of fun, and great to save some money!

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