So for this project I ended up using

1. Elmers Glue

2. Balloon

3. Bowl (for your glue)

4. Rubber gloves (so you don’t get your hands a nasty mess)

5. Twine (a little thinner twine is what I used)

6. Scissors

7. An old light from those plug in candles that you see at Christmas time (or you can use the light strands of little led lights)


I actually went to goodwill and got a bunch of small lights that they had there for like $1 a piece. I got an assortment of different types of lights that I could take out and reuse for my different projects I do. And I didn’t pay over $10 for all of them I got. And I got at least 6 of them I could use.

There are actually many different ways that you can light your project up at the end. It’s all a matter of personal preference. I will have links to amazon also throughout my post of lighting types you can get from them.

I will also go ahead and disclose that I am an affiliate with Amazon and I may make a small commission off qualified purchases that result from clicking on my links.

While I am trying to get myself going in affiliate marketing I have learned already to not try to sell things that I have no knowledge of. So when I do put advertisements on my site, whether it be in my posts or my pages, it is going to be products that I have used myself. Or I will at least have some knowledge about how that product has worked out for others that I know. I will try and be as honest as possible when I advertise or when I recommend something to anyone who reads my stuff. Because I know that I hate to be steered the wrong way just for that person who is steering me to make a sale.

Some of my supplies I used

So once you have all your items gathered, you will want to fill your bowl up with the elmers glue. I added black sparkles to my first light. It’s up to you on whether or not you use them. Put your rubber gloves on and proceed to start dipping your twine into the glue.

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My balloon getting the twine put on it.

After you have it all good and soaked with it, you will want to start at the beginning of the twine and just wring your string out as you go. Getting all of the excess glue off of it. Do this as you wrap it around your balloon.

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Your going to want to go in a little bit of different directions as you are wrapping your balloon with your glue soaked twine. You want every bit of it covered but have it looking like it’s very random.

My balloon before I got all the way done
My ball after I popped my balloon and got my lights in it.

I actually tied my 2 ends together in a little knot as well as putting a little bit of hot glue in different areas to help hold it and make it secure.

You will then put your ball up somewhere safe to dry. I let mine dry for about 12-14 hours. It was pretty secure at that point. So I then just had to cut a small hole in the twine so I could get my light up into it. I ended up using some led string lights that I had. You just plug them into any usb charger and you are good to go. I like using them because they usually have very long amounts of string from your plug area to where the lights actually start. And having all the little lights all stuffed in together inside of your ball really looks awesome for some nice soft lighting.

My first ball I used brown twine on and I didn’t blow my balloon up as much as I did with my second balloon.
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So these diy hanging lights are fun and easy to do for everyone in your family. And there are many ways that you can do them to go along with the style that someone wants. You can do different colors of twine or rope, different thickness, different size balloons. And with your balloons all you have to do to change the size or shape of your form is to either blow them up bigger or smaller.

So they are a very cheap project to do. The materials that you get will usually last you through many of these ball lights if you are wanting to make a bunch of them.

So drop me a line and let me know how your project turns out if you would decide to try it.

Good luck and happy crafting!


I am 47 and have 3 grown daughters. And I have 1 granddaughter who I am crazy about! I am a recovering heroin addict who has now been clean for over 7 years now. Well I should say clean from needles for that amount of time. I can’t say completely clean because my Dr’s had me on methadone pills for a while when I was first released from the hospital. I then self medicated myself and went to a Dr for a while for suboxone. Which I then used to get myself off of the methadone pills. I was paralyzed as a result of using needles. My Dr’s never thought that I would walk again with the amount of infection they had to remove from my spinal cord. Yet I am now walking! Unassisted even. I do not require a cane or anything to walk now, is what I mean by unassisted. I do better with a cane but I can actually do it without it. So I have been back to school and almost have my associates degree in general studies. I was focusing on going to school to be a drug and alcohol counselor. I have changed my mind on that now and I have been focusing on doing affiliate sales and working on my website. These projects that I have been doing for the last 4-5 years is what has been literally saving my life! And keeping me off of the drugs! I am trying to bring about some awareness concerning addiction and what can happen to a person if they use needles with my website. Though I changed my mind on working as a counselor I still want to try and help others out there who are still struggling with their addictions. So I hope that you will follow me either on my blog or my Facebook pages and help support getting addicts the help that they really need. Instead of the stereotype labels they get here in America as well as the criminal label they acquire when they cannot just quit their use of drugs or alcohol.

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