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Vesak Craft Activities – String Balloon Lantern

This particular Vesak is taking me back in time remembering all the fun I used to have with my Grandmom making these gorgeous String Balloons. I was pretty young when we got started doing these and I loved seeing how the string balloons forms finally!

20130522_181033Let’s get to it!!

What Junior & I Used:

  • Coloured wool
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Balloon
  • Old plastic cup
  • Newspaper

How we went about it:

  1. This can get messy! Without doubt your little ones will love it, so start off by lining the floor with some newspaper!!
  2. Mix the flour and water. You will have to play with the quantities. The consistency of the mixture should be in between shampoo and toothpaste. This will be the ‘glue’ for your project! You will need at least 3 cups of this glue.
  3. Since it is Vesak, Junior and I are sticking to the colours of the Buddhist Flag – blue, yellow, red, white & orange.
  4. Now drill two holes, one on each opposite side of the plastic cup. The holes should ideally be about half a centimeter from the bottom of the cup and the size of the holes should be a little bit bigger than the wool.
  5. Pass the coloured wool through the holes. Your plastic cup will hold the ‘glue’ that we made and as the wool passes the holes, will be coated with ‘glue’. So pour in about 1 fourth of the cup with glue.
  6. Blow up a balloon to the required size.
  7. Simply wind the string around the balloon and leave to dry for at least 24 hours!
  8. Pop the balloon when you think the glue has completely dried off the wool.
  9. Hang with lights in!

20130522_181122The Blue Lantern’s balloon was been popped and the White one hasn’t been popped.


Mumsibles Tips:

  1. The glue cup is essential to the process! I tried the first balloon with simply coating the wool with the mixture and winding it on the balloon. Trust me, you don’t want to go there. I had it all over me, Junior and on the floor!!
  2. You NEED to use the ‘flour glue’ not the normal PVA glue! I tried one with that, only to have it squash down and deflate once I popped the balloon!!

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