How-to balloon Christmas tree decoration

This week: How to balloon Christmas tree decoration (okay, ornament) to spiff up your holiday tree.

DIY ornament

The Holiday Season is now in full swing, and I, Stephanie, am knee deep in Holiday crafting projects! Over the long weekend, I made this pretty ornament with my mom (see forthcoming disclaimer) that will look lovely on a tree or mantle or anywhere else you want to add some holiday bling.

Disclaimer: This how to isn’t quite as simple as the past projects I’ve shared with you, and it is MESSY! Make sure you have a large drop cloth and a friend (or two) to help embark on this process, and get ready to get your hands a little dirty!

How to balloon Christmas tree decoration supplies:

  • Balloons – I used 7” round balloons
  • Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
  • Glue, Plain school glue or craft glue both work fine
  • Yarn
  • Ribbon / Glitter, optional (for embellishments)

First things first to make the ornament(s), mix up some glue and water until it is a smooth consistency, and pour the mixture into a container. We used a bread pan lined with plastic wrap because the longer, skinnier shape of the pan worked well for moving the yarn through it.

how to christmas tree decoration

Blow up the balloon so it is about 4-5” in diameter (of course you could go smaller or larger depending on the size of the finished product you want). Then slather a thin layer of Vaseline on it.

how to make a balloon christmas tree ornament

Have one person feed the yarn through the glue mixture and squeeze off the extra glue while the other wraps the yarn around the greased balloon. Make sure to wrap in all different directions so the yarn looks random.

Once you are done wrapping, hang it up to dry above your drop cloth or something you don’t care about because this bauble is going to drip for a bit. Give it a good day or so dry completely.

how-to Christmas ornament

Once it’s dry, pop the balloon with a pin and pull it out (some tweezers may be necessary). You’re now ready to display your new ornament! Simply tie some ribbon around a strand or two on the ball and hang it on the tree or wherever you choose!

how to balloon yarn ornament

To make the bow like I did, fold some wire-edged ribbon around 4-5 times and then thread it through the top of the ornament.
how to make a holiday ornament

Separate the pieces and fluff them up to make a bow!

how to make homemade ornaments

I made a few different variations of this by trying out different yarns and balloons. You can make a little “glitter bomb” with plain white worsted weight yarn wrapped around a water balloon (filled with air, of course). Before hanging it up to dry sprinkle some glitter on it.
If you’re up for the (messy) challenge, try your hand on these ornaments!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

craft editor // A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing  buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy. //



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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Katey :

    Aww, this is adorable! I’ve seen a giant version as a light. I love it. :)

    Katey, Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer