Jute Spheres

I've been calling these creations my 'twine balls,' but for the post title I decided that 'Jute Spheres' sounded much more chic. I think that I originally saw something like these in a Pottery Barn Catalog and I figured there had to be a tutorial somewhere on the internet so that I could make my own!  As it turns out, there are A LOT of tutorials on how to do this.  I followed the one on Homemaker in Heels.

Yesterday I had a vision of an even bigger twine ball made of a thicker hemp rope, so I got to work.

Unfortunately, I popped the balloon and my ball deflated. :(  I think it may have needed a gluier (totally a word) mixture and more time to dry.  Oh well.  The thin jute that I originally used worked really well, so I might just need to stick with that for future balls.  I've also seen some neat ones using yarn!  So many ideas!

If you want to make your own, here's what I did:
-Twine/jute/string of some kind
-Balloon (I suggest a large sized balloon so when you blow it up, it is round and not balloon shaped)
-Glue (mix about 1/2 and 1/2 with water)

1. Blow up a balloon to the size you want your ball to be.
2. Unroll the string you're using and start dipping it in the glue mixture.  It helps to do a lot at one time so you can just keep wrapping.
3. Wrap around the balloon.  Keep going until it looks good to you.  Make sure you leave a hole big enough to pull the balloon out.
4. Let dry overnight.  Pop balloon- it will pull away from the string and make some strange noises!  As long as the string is dry, it will hold its shape. 
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