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Home Décor DIY: Thought Bubbles

Today’s DIY is a fun and easy project that requires little supplies and results in some seriously adorable decorations that you can use in your home, for a party, or in our case, to make our office space prettier! I’ve seen these string balls before and it was so much fun to finally make them – it’s a little addicting, too, once you start making them it’s hard to stop! We like to call them “thought bubbles” that hang delicately in our workspace :)

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What you need: string, balloons, Elmer’s glue and a jar or container of some sort. We re-used an empty plastic cup with a lid and it did the trick just fine. If possible, get different shapes and sizes of balloons to make your collection of thought bubbles more varied and interesting! I also got some really pretty colorful string to use.

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Blow up a balloon and hang it from something that will allow it to dangle. This will make it much easier when you’re wrapping the string around it. Also, we didn’t do this but it will make the process much easier if you coat the balloon with Vaseline first – that way the glue-covered string will not stick to the balloon when you eventually pop it. You can still do it without Vaseline, but it it’s a little bit trickier.

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Cut a section of string (give yourself a generous amount just to be safe). Keep the string as neatly coiled as possible to prevent knotting, and place it in the bottom of your jar or container. Thread one end through a hole in the top of your container.

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Fill the container with glue so that it covers the string – this way when you pull the string out through the hole at the top, it will be coated in glue.

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Tie the end that was threaded through the top of the container around the balloon’s knot, and begin wrapping the thread around the balloon, both vertically and horizontally.

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Continue until the balloon is thoroughly covered with string.

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Leave it overnight to dry – resist the urge to pop the balloon too soon!

I also made a couple smaller ones to complete our collection :)

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When I came into work this morning the balloons were ready to pop! Now they are hanging in our office space and they make me so happy :)

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Elisabeth -August 15, 2012, 11:06AM

AMAZING! My next DIY :)

Lorena -August 15, 2012, 2:39PM

How sweet and simple! love it :)

cardboardcities -August 15, 2012, 2:39PM

these are super cute! definitely going to make these!

Leisa -August 15, 2012, 4:22PM

Clever! I’ll definitely try it.

Bianca -August 15, 2012, 4:52PM

Awh lovely idea – need to try this out =]

Emmie -August 15, 2012, 10:29PM

Just did this so hoping it works out

Lily -August 16, 2012, 11:01AM

I made these last night and THEY ARE SO AWESOME. I didn’t use vaseline on my balloons, just because I didin’t want to, and the balloon came out fine — my only problem with them (not that it’s a huge problem) is that I’m messy when it comes to glue, and I ended up smearing a ton on the balloon itself, so when the balloon popped, it left behind these super thin layers of glue. I was wondering if maybe y’all had a special trick for removing them? If not, no big deal — they’re easy enough to pluck off. And, still — super adorable. Now, I’m going to have to go make some white ones to actually match my bedroom. :D

Lynnette -August 16, 2012, 12:37PM

This is so cute!!

Charlotte -August 16, 2012, 1:03PM

Passing this onto a teacher friend for class project.

Charlotte -August 16, 2012, 1:08PM

Teacher loves it!

dragon fruit -August 17, 2012, 3:13AM

literally amazing, I am doing this ASAP. thank you! x

anonymous -August 17, 2012, 11:52AM

i understand all this but, does it have to be Vaseline or can it be something like aveeno?

Abby L. -August 17, 2012, 10:32PM

Two friends and I decided to make these last night. Not bad for a first try, but they seem to cave in in random places, and I can’t figure out what I did wrong! Did yours do this at all?

arial -August 20, 2012, 6:02PM

I made these a 3 or 4 months ago and they turned out amazing! They’ve been hanging in my store’s studio and haven’t caved at all. I did all of these steps, but i also used corn starch & water with the glue for extra reinforcement. <3

Sports all the time -August 20, 2012, 9:02PM

I just got done trying this! I hope it works I want to hang it above my bed in my bedroom so if it doesn’t work I’ve got to find something else to fill the space so I REALLY hope this works. I didn’t cover mine the best, but I hope it still turns out alright

Sports all the time -August 21, 2012, 6:49AM

I just popped the balloon and it turned out great!! I’m so excited it’s now hanging above my bed and it looks great! There are the weird glue linings on the strings buts it’s fine :) I also ran out of string so I used yarn and yarn held up a lot better and dried harder so I would recommend yarn if you want a sturdier thought bubble the only thing is it looks thicker but that can be a good thing if you want a light color

delainey -August 21, 2012, 8:32PM

I’m an artist and i’ve been working on a series based on childhood craft, i did a large installation of these a while ago…

emily -August 23, 2012, 4:36PM

my daughter and i tried to do this project for her room…. it didnt really work out :( not sure what we did wrong. i used balloons and yarn and glue just like the project asks for. we let everything dry and the next day when i popped the balloons the yarn caved in with the balloon! any advice? i really want to make these work… thanks!

fp julia -August 24, 2012, 9:24AM

Hi Emily! We had the same issue! we were able to pull the yarn back out and reshape it – but you can prevent this from happening if you coat the balloon with vaseline first, or non-stick cooking spray!

Jennifer -August 24, 2012, 7:18PM

Another grt use 4 theses r as Easter baskets..!!..if u cover them while hanging then let them almost dry then cut the string n take them dwn n push n a dome shape at whichever end u choose ta b the “bottom”..then once ur basket is fully dry use a pr of sharp scissors ta cut an opening 4 ur Easter’s also btr ta use mre string when covering the balloon n u can also use some kind of small paintbrush ta brush on mre glue or a decopodge type stuff frm ur nearest craft store..jst somethin that will make it hardin..may sound complicated but it’s a cry vry fun project ta do with ur children n they really get a kick out of makin their own Easter basket..!!..

Brittany -August 30, 2012, 7:36PM

I just attempted this. Mine does not have near enough string I think. Maybe it will still work out though. :) if not there is always a round 2. Cute idea. Thank you!!!

diyearte by L & S -September 12, 2012, 7:23PM


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gmas -September 13, 2012, 7:41AM

We made these balloons years ago and cut out a circle or oval an the side and filled them with Easter grass and candy. Made great table centerpieces. Any holiday would work. Have fun.

Genna Negrin -October 16, 2012, 1:07PM

A beautiful, yet easy way to decorate a room!
Twitter – @gennanegrin

MARICARMEN -November 19, 2012, 1:38PM

por favor necesito que sea en espaniol ,,gacias

chooster -November 24, 2012, 12:54AM

how do i add a bulb in it if i want to?

Tamar -December 23, 2012, 10:39AM

hi! i just made these and they turned out…interesting.
there is a LOTT of dry-gluey cobwebs that make the bubbles look dusty and unclean. is there any way to prevent this from happening?

Balloon Dude -February 17, 2013, 6:24PM

Great idea. I tried the same thing with glow in the dark balloons but kept them inflated. The combination of your idea and the GID balloons was awesome.

Thanks again

Balloon -February 17, 2013, 6:26PM

Great idea.

I tried the same thing with glow in the dark balloons but kept them inflated. The combination of your idea and the GID balloons was awesome.

DecOr -August 2, 2013, 10:43PM

Just tried making these with the same set of instructions – Hope the turn out Well :/

pai -August 25, 2013, 6:51AM

I just tried them out. Waiting 4 2morrow! Hope they turn out well.;)

Mary -November 20, 2013, 10:09PM

I did this few years ago but I used plaster of paris. Very sturdy. I displayed them in a bowl and gave as gifts. After you pop the balloons you can spray paint them. Very pretty

Tina -December 28, 2013, 1:58AM

Hello, after reading this awesome post i am also happy
to share my knowledge here with friends.

kayla -December 30, 2013, 10:35PM

But before you do it put vasaline on the balloon so its easier to take the balloon out so it doesnt stick to the yarn.

Deena -July 30, 2014, 1:49PM

My sis and I just made this project and the balloon popped before the yarn was even dry. Does anyone have any advice in order to prevent this from happening??

Tammy -August 19, 2014, 6:24PM

I am a teacher. Can fifth graders make these?

Bob -June 7, 2015, 8:46AM

i tried it but it did not work!!!!! Pinterest hated me!!

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