DIY Twine Ball Ornaments with Mod Podge

Published: December 14, 2021 · Updated: February 29, 2024 by Sacha

Love DIY Christmas ornaments? Use Mod Podge to transform a regular roll of twine into a set of gorgeous twine ball ornaments that would look great hanging on any tree. (And they won’t shatter if dropped!)

Twine ball ornament on Christmas tree.

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Can a Christmas tree be too decorated? We’re starting to have quite the collection of homemade ornaments and Christmas garlands, and we keep adding more with each passing year.

Personally, I love seeing all the Christmas decorations we’ve made and reminiscing about the year we made them.

We have lots of salt dough ornaments decorated with little thumbprints and handprints, but also glitter ornaments, filled plastic ornaments, felt garlands and lots of other DIY Christmas decorations that we made as a family.

Having four young kids and two cats at home, we usually stick to plastic ornaments and fabric garlands to prevent any of our decorations from breaking. Another good option is to use twine, which is equally difficult to break and adds a lovely touch of rustic decor to any tree.

I love using twine to dress up old plastic baubles that have seen better days. But it also looks lovely in the form of a jute ball—and as it turns out, that particular Christmas craft is even easier to make!

So whether you have kids and pets like we do or you’re simply a fan of the farmhouse look, this easy Christmas craft is a great one to try over the holidays. And all you’ll need are a few simple supplies!

Required Materials

Here’s what you’ll need to make an easy homemade twine ball ornament:

Supplies to make a twine ball ornament.

Note: We chose to use copper glitter to make glitter twine ball ornaments, but feel free to skip the glitter if you’re not a fan.

How to Make a Jute Twine Ball Ornament with Mod Podge (Step-by-Step)

1. Inflate Balloon

Start by inflating a 5-inch balloon to whatever size you’d like your DIY jute ball to be. (They’re a little harder to inflate than regular balloons.)

Inflated 5-inch balloon.

If you’re making several of these ornaments, feel free to experiment with a variety of different sizes to make each one unique.

Note: You can try using a regular-sized balloon, but I’ve found that they’re never completely round when only partially inflated, and the ornaments end up looking a little lopsided. You can find 5-inch balloons on Amazon, at your local Walmart or at a number of other stores.

2. Hang Balloon

Use a piece of string to hang the balloon upside down.

White balloon hanging upside down.

Make sure you choose a spot where you’ll have enough room to work and where you’ll be able to cover your work surface with newspaper or parchment paper to prevent the Mod Podge from leaking everywhere as it dries.

3. Combine Mod Podge & Water

Pour some Mod Podge into a plastic or disposable container and add a small amount of water.

Mod Podge next to container.

Don’t add too much—just enough to thin it out slightly so that it’s easier to wrap the soaked twine around the balloon. If ever your mixture is too runny, simply add more Mod Podge until you’re satisfied with the consistency.

4. Soak Twine in Mod Podge

Use scissors to cut a few pieces of twine measuring several feet in length. Then, place them inside the Mod Podge mixture and push down until they’re completely covered.

Twine soaking in Mod Podge container.

The quantity you’ll need will depend on the size of your balloon, so if you’re not certain, start with a single length of twine and cut more as needed after wrapping it around the balloon.

5. Wrap Balloon with Twine

Gently pull the twine out of the Mod Podge, letting any excess glue drip down, then wrap the twine around the balloon in a random pattern, covering as much surface as possible.

I kept the container of Mod Podge underneath the balloon to allow any excess to drip back into the bowl.

Mod Podge-soaked twine wrapped around balloon.

Once your first piece of twine is completely wrapped around the balloon, tuck in the end so it’s not visible and determine whether you need any more twine. The more you use, the more solid your twine ball will be.

If you’re satisfied with how your ornament looks, you can move on to the next step. If not, cut some more twine, soak it in the Mod Podge mixture and continue wrapping up the balloon until you’re happy with the way it looks.

6. Add Glitter (Optional)

To make a glitter ball, gently sprinkle some fine glitter all over the twine while the Mod Podge is still wet. I chose copper-coloured glitter because I felt that it nicely complemented the colour of the twine.

Hand pouring glitter on top of twine ball ornament.

If you don’t like glitter or you’d rather make a basic rustic ornament instead, simply skip this step and move on to the next one.

7. Let Dry

Leave the balloon hanging upside down for several hours or overnight, until the Mod Podge is completely dry.

Side-by-side of wet and dry twine ball ornament.

Make sure your work surface stays covered with newspaper or parchment paper to catch any excess glue that may leak down as it dries.

8. Remove Balloon

Placing your fingers in the holes between the pieces of twine, gently press the balloon away from the twine all the way around. This will prevent the balloon from pulling the twine inwards as it deflates.

Once you’ve completely detached the twine from the balloon, use scissors to cut a small hole at the base of the balloon. This will deflate the balloon, and you’ll be able to gently pull it out through one of the holes.

Hand holding deflated balloon in front of twine ball ornament.

9. Add Ribbon

Choose which side of the twine ball should be at the top, then wrap a satin ribbon around it and pull it into a bow. I chose a red ribbon because I liked the way it looked next to the twine, but feel free to choose any colour you like.

Hand tying red ribbon to top of twine ball ornament.

10. Hang Ornament

Hang the ornament on your tree using your preferred method! We’ve replaced all our hooks with gold thread because we have young kids at home and we feel it’s safer for them.

Finished twine ball ornament.

Doesn’t it look gorgeous? There are actually lots of ways to customize these ornaments, too—for instance, switching up the size of the balloon, the colour and thickness of the twine, or the type of ribbon.

I made one using thick red twine and a large silver bow a couple of years ago and it looks like a completely different project!

Red twine ball ornament with silver ribbon hanging on tree.

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