I was really excited about this project.
I couldn’t wait to get started. But before I got started, I conducted extensive research using various techniques.
Should I add water to the glue mixture?
Should I wrap the balloon in Saran wrap first?
What material should I use? Twine? Jute? Yarn?
This was going to be the Halloween project of the year. It was going to be pinned and pinned and pinned again and again and again. It was going to blow up on Facebook. And Twitter. And Instagram.
This was the project that would go crazy viral and make me the most famous blogger in all the land.
And that, my friends, was my downfall. Dreaming dreams of grandeur and fame. The universe had no choice but to cut me down to size with a craft fail.
But since time was spent and messes were made and pictures were snapped, I’m going to share the tutorial anyway. Perhaps together we can figure out exactly where this all went wrong …
I started by blowing up two balloons. As you’ll see later in this examination, I perhaps should have tied them tighter.
Then I prepped the jute and glue mixture. I chose to contain the mess to a mason jar. I added jute. Added glue. Added some water (about a 2 parts glue to 1 part water mixture) and mixed it up. I also tried out a glue only with no water added option on the second balloon.
I tied up my balloons and got started wrapping the glue soak jute around it.
And here’s where my diabolical plan started to unravel …
literally. The balloon deflated before the glue soaked twine dried.
But that’s not the only problem …
See all that dried glue between the jute?
Trust me, it looks even messier in person. I tried to poke it out but it just made matters worse.
So what’s a DIY blogger to do when a craft goes wrong?
Dress it up like a pig with lipstick, of course!
Or, in this case, add a wine cork stem and burlap leaf and picture wire squiggle.
Now I need to come up with a new idea to decorate the space above the armoire in the family room.
Any suggestions for a fool proof pumpkin DIY?
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Precisely why I don’t do crafts… bwaaahaaahaaaa. Sorry, but I have no suggestions for you,. Sorry it did not work for you… try try again perhaps? Don’t give up as there are most likely many tutorials online for the jute pumpkins. Do it again and show us! xo
Sheila Moore says
My mom did something like this when I was a teenager but used twine and made them into Easter eggs.after they dried. Not sure what went wrong with yours maybe jute isn’t good to use for something like this. My suggestion is to try using twine and wrap it closer together. Good luck and happy crafting!
Excellent suggestions! 🙂
I think they’re kinda cute Linda 🙂
Ok. So I feel like I must solve the jute pumpkin dilemma. I have somehow ended up with a plethora of jute so as soon as I get some balloons I will get back to you. Because they really are cute, but the stringy glue stuff hanging out between is a little much.
Please do tell me where I went wrong! I do like this idea too! 🙂
I love them! Glue and all!
I love anything fall, or Halloween themed!
You can send them to me! LOL!!
Send me your address, LOL! 🙂
Linda gerig says
I used to make these when I was a girl in school. We used string. What about putting glue on the balloon also .
I think they’re cute. I made grapevine balls for our outdoor arbor using beach balls for the base..– however, it might be difficult to find beach balls in Chicago in October. I’m convinced that some of the best pinterest projects are photo shopped anyway
I made mine, for a party, in acrylic wool, . I had one where the balloon went down before it was dry, but that’s why I made more than needed. I used PVA craft glue, and a whole lot of it. The mistake I made with my first one, was not separating the wool from the balloon (by gently pressing it away) before busting the balloon. Naturally as the balloon collapse so did the dried wool. Lesson learnt and I had no problem with the others.They are worth having another go at, since they’re so cheap to make.
Have you tried using pool noodles to make jute pumpkins? Cut off the amount you need, turn it back on itself and tape with duct tape. It would give you the basic shape to work with Have fun!
Hmmmm. My only thought is I do t know how you tie a balloon tighter. If they hold air in, isn’t that tight enough?
How about trying to fill balloons with helium? They stay inflated for weeks! ??