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Rainbow Yarn Orb





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Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Easy to Moderate

Appropriate for:
Every Day and Rainy Day Activities

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour, plus several hours drying time for glue

Rainbow Yarn Orb
by Katie Hacker

Materials Needed:
Small balloon
Rainbow yarn
Elmer’s® Glue-All®
Small dish for glue
Yogurt tub or something to rest the balloon on while it dries
Beads, if desired


  1. Cut a piece of yarn that's about 10 yards long.
  2. Pour a third of a bottle of glue into a dish.
  3. Without tangling the yarn, place it in the glue and knead it together so the glue evenly covers the yarn.
  4. Blow up the balloon and tie it.
  5. Wrap the end of the yarn around the balloon's knot. Criss-cross the yarn top to bottom and around the sides of the balloon, running your fingers along the yarn to remove any blobs of glue.
  6. Set it aside to let it dry. This can take a while.
  7. Make sure the yarn is rock solid, then pop the balloon and remove all of the pieces.
  8. Tie a piece of yarn to one of the strands on the orb. Add a few beads for flair!
  9. For the variation: use a brush to spread a layer of glitter glue over a foam ball. Tear pieces of tissue and glue them all over the ball. Follow the same technique to add yarn around the ball. Let it dry. To hang it, tie a knot in the end of a piece of yarn and glue it inside the pencil hole.


Tip: This makes a great decoration, but you could also tuck treats inside and use it for a party favor.

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