Modern Yarn Decorations (and Adventures in Fabric Stiffener)

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Yarn molded into different shapes has been a craze on Pinterest ever since I got on the site. Recently I came across some that were egg-shaped. With Easter on its way, it seemed like the perfect time to give it a try.

While the project is messy, it's really fun. And easy -- if you stick to small objects

I have to admit I was a little nervous about trying this project after the doily lamp disaster, but the Stiffy worked great ... on these small balloons.

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What you do is dip the yarn or thread into a bowl with the glue, make sure it is thoroughly soaked, then wrap it around the object you're going to use as a mold.

 

There are many tutorials for this out there, but I used craftyendeavors. I'm glad I did because she reminded me to uncoil the string before putting it into the glue to avoid it getting tangled.

There were still some knots, but nothing I couldn't untangle.

Once you master the technique, you're going to want to stiffen everything.

Without looking on Pinterest, I had the idea of making a lamp! The next day I saw this and this.

So I decided to try it.

It turns out this method doesn't easily transfer over to large-scale objects. Like a fool, I failed to actually read the tutorials in the above lamp links.

Obviously I was overconfident and didn't think I needed to...

Read on for some embarrassing photos.
 
It seemed like it was going to work just fine. Instead I ended up with a tangled disgusting mess!

It looks like a tumbleweed with dandruff. DANG IT! The whole point of Pinterest is having access to instructions.

This is lamp fail #2, and I don't like it. The worst part is that I used up all my Stiffy.

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It's a disgusting mess.
It's a disgusting mess.

Third time's a charm, right?


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