I forgot to share the the cake I made over the weekend. A friend of mine was taking her son to see Medieval Times for his birthday and wanted a cake to look like a Medieval Shield. She sent a picture of one she found on the computer that was great, but didn't look very realistic. Thankfully, she let me have some artistic freedom, and I came up with something a little more intricate. Here you go!
So, I was feeling pretty crafty yesterday. It happens on occasion. Mostly with cakes, but when I've got a burr in my saddle who knows what will happen. I have to tell you that I am completely addicted to pinterest. If you haven't joined pinterest yet, beware! If you have, then you know exactly what I'm talking about!!!
I've seen so many of these yarn balls all over the internet, and everyone seems to have a different method of creating them. I read so many good reviews about a particular method and then so many bad ones, so I decided to give it a go, and see what happens. I based my method off keytoflow. She uses a paper mache base for making her yarn balls. I've also seen them made with an Elmer's Craft Glue/water mixture and some made with liquid fabric starch. They didn't quite seem as successful to me. I made my yarn balls for spring decorations, but had originally "pinned" it to use in the fall, and then I think I "pinned" it again at Christmas. You can see how much I procrastinated.
|You'll need various colors of yarn, balloons, wax paper, flour & sugar.|
|In a medium sized pot, bring 1C water to a boil.|
|In a separate bowl, mix 1C cold water with 1/4 C flour.|
|Add flour mixture to boiling water, stirring until smooth. Bring back to boil.|
|Remove from heat and add 1 1/2T sugar. Allow mixture to cool.|
|Once yarn is coated with paper mache mixture, begin wrapping it around the balloon. I don't think there's a right or wrong way to do this. For me, I wanted my balloons to be pretty covered, so it took a good bit of yarn. Make sure to tuck ends in.|
Now, gently pop the balloon and cut it away from the yarn ball. A few of mine were still a little damp, so I put them back in the oven at this point without the balloon. They held shape well.
Here is my finished product. I wish I had made a few more to fill it out better. This was a VERY inexpensive project, costing me just some yarn since I had everything else. They would look beautiful on a table, in apothecary jars, or a vase. You can play with different sized balloons, maybe add some glitter, and create different ones for each season!