Yesterday for some reason those string covered balloon decorations popped into my head. I thought it might be interesting to try this with a crochet covered balloon. I decided to made a little tutorial out of it. All you need are basic crochet skills, a large crochet hook, yarn or string ( I used thrifted jute ) , watered down craft glue and a balloon of course.
Now you can follow the same basic pattern of increases used to make the rock babies and covered stones. After a while don't forget to try it on for size.
I honestly have no idea how my balloon turned into an artist from Paris . Continue rows of single crochet until you have a length about 2/3 's of the balloon length. Now place the balloon inside the crochet net and stretch as tight as possible being careful not to burst the balloon.
From this point on you continue your crocheting with the balloon in place. It sounds tricky but it was actually easier than crocheting with a stone inside because the balloon gives a little to allow you to place the hook in the next stitch. You will need to start to decrease as the balloon's circumference gets smaller. I did this by crocheting every second stitch every second row until I only had about 10 stitches and was near the top of the balloon. I then finished by cutting the jute and pulling the end through the last stitch.
I diluted some white craft glue with a little water and painted the entire surface a few times with this mixture. I left it to dry hanging on a tree in the sun and breeze.
I would recommend you dry it overnight before the next step but mine dried very quickly in the sun. Break the balloon with a needle and then remove it from the spheroid. I crocheted a chain from the top and joined it to the opposite side to make a handle or loop for hanging . I love how it turned out and it looks so natural and organic hanging from the magnolia tree. It kind of looks like the skeleton of a swallows nest. I am going to put a light inside it tonight because I think that might look magical.
If an idea pops into your head, run with it or at least write it down for the future or it may be gone forever. Hope you are all having a great weekend. Tomorrow I am going to post a tutorial on how to make one of those cute little snails I posted a picture of yesterday. They are really quick to make and they are so adorable, so find some fabric, felt and rope and check back tomorrow.