Wednesday, July 28, 2021

How to Make a String Ball with Bow Ornament

This post first appeared on where I'm on the Bowdabra Design Team.

Make this adorable string ball ornament to put on your tree this Christmas! It's easily customized with your favorite decorations like this Bowdabra bow! And it's a fun craft to make right now during Christmas in July! 

You can easily make this adorable string ball with bow using  a few items:

First, blow up a balloon to your desired size. Next, I'm going to describe the easiest way I've found to wet the thread and at the same time remove excess glue while wrapping the balloon. Virtually no mess, and it also keeps the string from tangling. Do this by taking a thin upholstery needle and thread it with the end of a ball of crochet thread (don't cut the thread). Next, take a small bottle of Aileen's Tacky glue (Dollar Tree) and punch the lower portion of the bottle with the threaded needle - 

pulling the needle and thread through the bottle. Remove the thread from the needle and tie the end around the knot on the balloon. 
Begin wrapping the balloon with the thread while holding glue bottle - first vertically and .  .  .
then horizontally until you're satisfied with the look. You can add additional tacky glue over the thread by dabbing on with a sponge. Secure the string around the balloon knot, and cut leaving a length to hang. Dry for several hours or overnight. 
Once the string ball is thoroughly dry, pop the balloon with sharp end of scissors.
The balloon will separate from the string ball .  .  .
then pull the deflated balloon out .  .   .

How to make the Bowdabra bow to decorate the top of the string ball:

Fold a 24" piece of Bowdabra bow wire in half and lay in the Bowdabra, tucking ends under. Next, insert sparkling floral stems randomly into the Mini Bowdabra. Then pinch the end of a 1" wide ribbon and insert down into the Bowdabra. Fold over a 2.5" inch loop and press into the Bowdabra. Then fold the ribbon on the opposite side making another 2.5" loop.
Continue making  more 2.5" loops for a total of six on each side. Then scrunch down the ribbon using the Bowdabra wand.
 While the bow is still in the Bowdabra, tie off by threading the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop at the other end. Pull the bow wire tightly and tie into a knot before removing the bow from the Bowdabra. 
Secure the bow wire with another knot in front while creating a hanging loop - cutting off excess and tying ends in a knot. Fluff out bow and trim. 
Attach to top of string ball with hot glue for the cutest holiday look ever!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Crafting!


  1. Gail,
    I remember people making Easter eggs using this technique...I never tried it though!! It looks lovely!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! Yes, it's a very old technique that's getting a revival - like most crafts! It seems what's old is new again!

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