Jute Twine Ornament

It's November and the holiday crafting is in full swing!  Today I have an easy, inexpensive ornament for you to make.  It can be a little messy, but, trust me, it's easy!
Welcome back to Ten on the 10th - a group of bloggers sharing ideas and inspiration for under $10.  This is a Blog Hop so everyone participating will be listed at the end of this post.  The theme for this month is 'Ornaments' so let's get started!
Here are the basics for this project:
White glue (that dries clear), jute twine, and some balloons.

Before we go on, let me say I tried to find water balloons since they are round and small.  In the fall, they were nowhere to be found, so I went with a bag of 15 12" balloons from the dollar store.

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Blow up your balloon to the size you want, tie it off, and add a small string for hanging.  Your ornament will need to hang during the drying process.
After adding the glue to a container, I mixed it with water - 2 parts glue to 1 part water.  Don't do that!  I found the ornament didn't feel solid enough after several hours of drying, so I rubbed more glue all over it for strength.  The next time, I'm using just glue.
I ran the jute twine through the glue mixture wiping off the excess with my fingers.  

Then I started wrapping it around the balloon. Be sure to leave an opening to remove the popped balloon after everything is dry.
See my 'gluey fingers'?  I told you it was messy!
Then I hung it up to dry overnight.
The next morning, I popped and removed the balloon.
A piece of jute was tied on for hanging.

Time to embellish!  Believe it or not, this is the easiest part!  I found this little beauty at the dollar store:
And it had an alligator clip on the back!
Just clip it on your twine ball and your ornament is finished!

The cost to make this ornament is well under $10.  Here's the breakdown:
Glue -                $0.99
Balloons -            1
Jute Twine -         1
Embellishment -   1___
                         $3.99
The best part is you still have lots of balloons, twine, and glue to make more!

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Comments

  1. I love these jute twine ornaments! They are so pretty and look so natural. I can even see doing these in different colors. The possibilities are endless! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. The possibilities really are endless. I've seen them in bowls, with lights, strung as a garland and more!

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  2. Ann your ornament looks great. I have always wanted to make some of these ornaments but never have, after to see you make yours I want to make them this year! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. They really are easy, Terrie, especially with clip-on embellishments!

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  3. Cute project - I made a large one once and hung it outdoors!

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    1. I thought of that. All I need is waterproof glue!

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  4. Love the natural look of the twine. You know I love natural elements. Adorable and Pinned

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. I think a bunch of these in a bowl with twinkle lights would be perfect for the holidays!

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  5. This is such a cute idea! I love that you can customize them for any themed tree. I'm going to try this, and my son is going to love you because he'll get to pop the balloons, ha. He loves popping balloons, but I guess all kids do. This idea is perfect if you want custom ornaments, but don't have a huge budget for Christmas decor. Using an alligator clip pick is a great idea too because you can just remove them then place the twine balls in a bowl to use as a centerpiece all year long.
    Happy hopping!
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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    1. Thank you, Niki. Doesn't everyone love to pop balloons? LOL I thought of the centerpiece idea too...but they need some twinkle lights. Don't you think?

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  6. Muy económico y muy bonito adorno navideño.
    Saludos

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    1. Thank you so much, Lirtea. I always try to keep the costs low!

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  7. Your twine ornament turned out perfectly! I'm going to add this to my crafts to-do list ~ looks like some ooey gluey fun. I like that you used a clip embellishment so the look can be changed up later down the road.

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    1. Thanks, Allyson. It was fun and easy to make. I see so many possibilities for these!

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  8. That's crazy good, Ann! I've never tried this technique, but I think I'd like to give it a go. Maybe for this holiday season. Thanks for the inspiration. Again!!

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    1. You know I'm always happy to inspire, Kim. It's a fun project!

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  9. This is an awesome ornament project. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Oh, Ann this is just gorgeous! I love making Christmas ornaments and I am going to pin this idea! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Maya! I appreciate the pin. Happy crafting!

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  11. Very pretty! I like how you made the jute bauble.

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  12. Stopping by from Katherine's Corner blog TFT hop. Love this idea and an added bonus that you mention it's easy to make. For those of us who are craft-challenged, this makes all the difference! :)

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    1. This is definitely an easy craft, Penny, and I'll bet you're not as craft-challenged as you think.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Such a great project Ann! I like that it is easy even if a little messy. Pinned to try it out soon. Thanks for linking up and sharing this week. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Who doesn't love 'gluey fingers'?? lol

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  14. These are too cute. Thanks for sharing at #omhgww. See you next week.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. I'm so glad you like it!

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  16. Using the balloon is so clever! And such a pretty ornament, Ann.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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  17. Great kid's craft activity because last year, making gifts took too long for my granddaughters so can't wait to try these out. Thanks

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    1. I think your granddaughters will love making these! Let me know how they turn out.

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  18. What fun! An "old school" craft that still looks very modern. Thanks for the memories and for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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    1. It really is an 'old school' craft and I'm so glad you like it!

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  19. Ann,
    What a great idea. Love that ornament. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2021/11/thursday-favorite-things-party_0609599155.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you, Bev. I will definitely stop by!

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