Have you seen different twine and rope baskets floating around the internet? I remember doing basket weaving and twine projects when I was little in elementary school and at camp… But can it be DIY-ed into a décor worthy DIY? Come check it out…
Bowl (for glue)
Balloon Pump & Cellophane to wrap bowl in for easy clean up
First, I blew up my water balloon with a balloon pump.
Then, I actually swapped my regular ceramic bowl for a plastic bowl covered in cellophane. This helped me with cleanup and helped the twine glide more easily.
I mixed 4 parts glue to 1 part water in this bowl.
I then cut off a couple arms lengths worth of twine and dragged them through the glue while wiping off excess globs of glue.
With this glue & water coated twine, I started wrapping it around my (air filled) water balloon.
I added another length of twine and added it to my balloon after I’d finished with my first length to fill in the areas that had a lot of balloon showing.
There wasn’t a pattern, rhyme or reason to which direction I wrapped my twine – I just did what covered the areas with balloon exposed and tucked my loose ends under the wrapped sections when I came to the end of the twine.
I let my balloon dry overnight, but you can check to see when you can’t feel any dampness to the twine.
Next, I took a pin (mine is incredibly short, and I don’t know where I got it… but it was pointy, so it did the job) and I deflated my balloon.
You can use a scissors to cut the balloon too – I decided to use a pin and poke up by where the balloon was tied so that the air released slowly and didn’t pop all at once.
I was hoping this would help the basket keep its shape rather than a sudden pull from popping it.
I then found three cute ways to style it once I took out the extra glue pieces that were still stuck to the twine:
I clipped it to our fridge as a basket for magnets, put in a fake candle to add some soft light & set on the counter as a catch all.