Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial

If you want to add to your Holiday Season a rustic yet glamorous touch to your Christmas tree, here you have a cute Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial, it’s super easy to make, super rustic, and adds such natural beauty to your tree!

No season of the year gives me such joy and excitement like Christmas. Does it happen to you too? Usually, it’s barely starting the Fall and I’m eager to start decorating for Christmas.

You might also love these other Christmas ornament ideas: DIY Rustic Flocked Pinecone Christmas Ornaments, DIY Rustic Hearts and Stars Burlap Christmas Ornaments, and DIY Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament

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DIY Twine Ball Christmas Ornament

This season makes me happy and I love seeing people putting lights up, doing crafts, and decorating the front of the houses, shops, and soon everywhere will be even smelling like Christmas!

This year I wanted to join the rustic style and make lots of handmade ornaments. Today I’m sharing with you these cute DIY Twine Ball Ornaments Tutorial to see if I can inspire you as much as I was.

Twine Ball Christmas Ornament  on the tree

You see, this ornament was inspired by my dear friend Lauren from The Thinking Closet. In my opinion, she was ahead of time, she was already aiming for rustic decor years ago and I wonder why I didn’t see it before.

Her Glitter twine ball ornament got stuck in my mind and as soon as I realized rustic/farmhouse was so in this year, I knew this was the year to finally make it.

…And here it is! I made a variation from her original ornament. I used bells, ribbon bows and in some also used white yarn to make them pop up.

general view of some  Twine Ball ornaments

I’m in love with how it turned out. It’s super easy to make. It only takes a bit of time if you are making several as I did. I made a total of 8 twine ball Christmas ornaments and I might make 2 more if the tree requires it. This project is totally suitable to make with kids and they will enjoy it so much!

In this same line of idea, I’m making some Stars so stay tuned for the full tutorial of that one too. I think this year you will get tons of handmade rustic decorations around here! Hope you enjoy and stick around for a while!

Can I use something different than Twine?

Yes, absolutely. Imagination is the limit and also the absorption of the material. You can use any of the different types of twine, yarn, white cotton twine, or any color for that matter, I just like white LOL.

What types of glue can I use?

I can’t say any type because I haven’t tried them all but I know for sure you can use mod podge, normal school glue, any white glue from any brand. I know other crafty friends used tacky glue and liquid starch and say it works wonderfully. So my guess is, you have to try and test.

How to make this Twine Ball Christmas Ornament?

Supplies:

  • Twine or jute… A lot of twine LOL
  • White yarn {optional}
  • White glue or mod podge. I used white glue for wood.
  • Glitter (optional) to add sparkle.
  • Christmas bells {gold and silver}
  • Plaid Ribbon
  • Glass bowl
  • Balloons
  • Glue Gun
view of supplies

I created this quick video tutorial to make it easy for you! However, if you are more of a photo step-by-step kind of person just scroll down and keep reading!

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Follow these easy steps:

Blow up your balloons to the size you want the twine ball to be. I first blew it up big and then released the air until I found the perfect size. What this did is to get a more circular shape than a pear.

Love Grows Wild recommends wrapping your balloon in a layer of plastic wrap to keep the balloon from sticking to the glue. I loved that idea but tried without and it went perfectly for me. But I leave you this tip here!

In a small glass bowl mix 2 parts of glue for each part of water. This makes the glue a little thinner (with a soupy consistency) and easier to handle. I know some friends use glitter mod podge or just mod podge but I had plenty of white glue around.

I used about 10 meters {11 yards} of twine for each ball. And about 3 meters {3.2 yards} of yarn for those that had yarn.

Soak your twine in the glue. Then take one end and with your thumb and index finger remove the excess of glue pressing and pushing the glue along the twine.

twine dipped in glue

Wrap the twine around the balloon randomly.  I started putting one end of the twine close to the knot of the balloon and then made loops without a pattern.  It’s important to keep the string tight against the balloon as you wrap because it could unravel. It happened a couple of times and it’s so annoying.

Wraping the twine around the balloon

When you feel like you’ve wrapped enough the balloon, tuck the end under the closest twine string.

finishing wrapping the twine in the balloon
tucking  the end under the closest twine string.

If you feel the ball is too wet you can remove excess with a paper towel by making quick but soft pats around the ball.

If you want to add the yarn then right after applying the twine apply the yarn tucking one end under any string of twine and start wrapping randomly until there’s no more yarn. Tuck the other end under a string of twine as well and hang it to dry.

wrapping with another layer of yarn over the twine

How to dry the twine ornaments

Hang the balls and place some plastic bags or plastic wrap on the floor below them to avoid drips directly on the floor. You can use a wire ornament hanger or like me just some clothespins!

hanging the balls to dry

Let them dry overnight.

several hanging twine balls

Next day, you should have a dry and hard twine ball, pretty and ready to be decorated.

ball of twine already dry

Pop the ballon. I unattached the balloon from the twine first. Just tuck your finger through the open spaces between strings and you will hear it sound like cracks. Then I popped it with a needle. FUN!!!!

couple of twine balls finished

Carefully remove the ballon {or pieces of balloon} through the widest opening of your twine ball.

There ya go!

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a twine balls  with yarn finished

Rustic ornament decoration: Add a pretty bow.

Cut small strings of twine.

With a knot hang a bell on each end of the twine. I used a silver and a gold on each string.

Strings of twine and bells
making a knot with a bell at one end of the string
measuring the third end of the string

Fold the string making sure one bell gets lower than the other.

knotting the other end of the string with the other bell

Insert both bells through the largest hole on your ball until the desired height.

inserting the two bells into the twine ball

Insert the folded end through the closest string, make a loop back where you inserted the bells, and make a knot.

making a knot with the folded end through the ball of twine

You will get your hanger.

view of twine ball finished

Finally, the last touch is making a cute ribbon bow and glue it with your glue gun to the base of your hanger on the knot. If you are aiming for an even more rustic look, you can include burlap ribbon. It will make it look so beautiful!!

a ribbon view
ribbon bow attached to twine ball

That’s it! Your Twine Ball Christmas Ornament is ready to add a little bit of rustic charm to your tree.

view Twine Ball Christmas Ornament on the tree
front view Twine Ball Ornament on the tree

You can make as many as you like, as big or small as you like. Just make it as you feel you love and you will get a gorgeous ornament!

Thank you, Lauren, for this great inspiration and for always waking up my creativity!!!

Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial

If you want to add a rustic yet glamorous touch to your Christmas tree, here you have a cute Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial, it's super easy to make and so super rustic!

Course Christmas
Keyword Christmas ornament, Christmas tutorial, rustic Christmas, rustic Christmas ornaments, Twine ball tutorial, twine Christmas ornament
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 5 minutes
Author Camila

Ingredients

  • Twine… A lot of twine LOL
  • White yarn {optional}
  • White glue or mod lodge. I used white glue for wood.
  • Christmas bells {gold and silver}
  • Plaid Ribbon
  • Glass bowl
  • Balloons
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

  1. Blow up your balloons to the size you want the twine ball to be. I first blew it up big and then released the air until I found the perfect size. What this did is to get a more circular shape than a pear. 
  2. In a small glass bowl mix 2 parts of glue for each part of water. This makes the glue a little thiner  and easier to handle. 
  3. I used about 10 me meters {11 yards} of twine for each ball. And about 3 meters {3.2 yards} of yarn for those that had yarn.
  4. Soak your twine in the glue. Then take one end and with your thumb and index finger remove the excess of glue pressing and pushing the glue along the twine. 
  5. Wrap the twine around the balloon randomly.  I started putting one end of the twine close to the knot of the balloon and then made loops without a pattern.  It’s important to keep the string tight against the balloon as you wrap because it could unravel. It happened a couple times and it’s so annoying.  When you feel like you’ve wrapped enough the balloon, tuck the end under the closest twine string.
  6. If you feel the ball is too wet you can remove excess with a paper towel by making quick but soft pats around the ball. 
  7. Hang the balls and place some plastic bags or plastic wrap on the floor below them so they don’t drip directly on the floor. 
  8. Let them dry overnight. 
  9. Next day, you should have a dry and hard twine ball, pretty and ready to be decorated. 
  10. Pop the ballon. I unattached the balloon from the twine first. Just tuck your finger through the open spaces between strings and you will hear it sound like cracks. Then I popped it with a needle. FUN!!!!
  11. Carefully remove the ballon {or pieces of balloon} through the widest opening of your twine ball.
  12. Cut small strings of twine. 
  13. With a knot hang a bell on each end of the twine. I used a silver and a gold on each string.
  14. Fold the string making sure one bell gets lower then the other. 
  15. Insert both bells through the largest hole on your ball until a desired height.
  16. Insert the folded end through the closest string, make a loop back where you inserted the bells and make a knot. 
  17. You will get your hanger.
  18. Finally, the last touch is making a cute ribbon bow and glue it with your glue gun to the base of your hanger on the knot.
  19. Hang it and enjoy it!
    DIY Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Recipe Notes

If you want to add the white yarn then right after applying the twine apply the yarn tucking one end under any string of twine and start wrapping randomly until there’s no more yarn. Tuck the other end under a string of twine as well and hang it to dry. 

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful Christmas decoration tutorial and that you create many of these adding your personal touch to inspire others!

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Till Next time!

 Camila

7 Comments on " Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial "

  1. Camila

    I am 81 years old and my mother and I used to make these when I as a girl. We used red and white butcher’s twine and soaked it in liquid starch. I think I will make some with the butcher’s twine this year, but will use Mod Podge. Thanks for the happy reminder….

    1. Camila

      Hi Dotty, Thank you so much for stopping by! I absolutely love this craft and how it looks on the Christmas tree! I would love to see how yours turn out!
      Have a wonderful week and Holidays!
      Hugs

  2. Camila

    I can’t wait to make this crafty project with my five-year-old great grandson that’s what we’re going to do this weekend make yarn ball Ornaments. thank you for the cute idea I know he’s gonna love it

    1. Camila

      Oh my! Thank you so SO much Patricia. This comment means the work to me. I might be making new ones this year too and my 8YO wants to join in so, YAyyyy!!! I would love to see how yours turn out. So exciting!
      Have an amazing weekend!!!
      Hugs

  3. Camila

    I love these! I’m totally gonna try this. Going to the store tomorrow!
    Thank you ever so much for such a detailed and easy guide, can’t wait to try it <3

  4. Camila

    These twine decorations are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial. I didn’t see if you mentioned what size (thickness) of twine you used… I really liked what you chose–can you tell me what thickness it is?

    1. Camila

      Hi Julie,

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I’m thrilled that you liked it. It so fun to make and adds so much to the decoration. To be totally honest I didn’t even pay attention to that detail. I just saw the twine, loved it and took it. You are right about that I should have mentioned that. But thinking about it the twine I used shouldn’t be thicker than 2 or 3 mm. However, the thickness is totally up to each taste, a friend of mine made some smaller but with thicker twine, also look so pretty. Hope this helps and I would LOVE to see your twine balls when you are done!

      Thank you again!
      Hugs

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