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Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! So I’ve already started thinking about 4th of July. Growing up, Independence Day was a fun, all-day event in our little town. The past several years, it seems that I am out of the USA more often than I’m in the USA on 4th of July. It’s so weird to celebrate America’s independence on a Winter’s night across the ocean in S. Africa, but we do it every.single.year. As I was putting together an Independence Day Crafting roundup for Today’s Mama, I got inspired and started making a rather long crafting list to make our festivities even more special. I don’t know if I will get to everything on the list. It does make for some fun home school art projects!

yarn, glue, & a balloon

We’ve done yarn balls before, so I thought we would do some 4th of July ones. A quick check into my yarn stash revealed several shades of red, white, and blue that would be a perfect addition to any food table decor. I love how they turned out, reflecting everyone’s personality. Here’s how we made ours!

making yarn balls

4th of July Yarn Balls

1. Blow up a small round balloon and place it on a bowl.

2. Cut 6 in. strips of red, white, and blue yarn.

3. Put glue in a bowl. Dip strips of yarn into glue and place around balloon.

4. Let dry 24 hours and then pop the balloon. Voila!

yarn balls

With all the talk about Independence Day, Emma Grace had a very important question she posed, “When is the 4th of July?” she asked. Well, my love, that would be on July 4th. In case you were also wondering, the curiosity is over now. [Smile.]

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    Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA
    June 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    The yarn balls sound like a fun idea, so I may try them with my students sometime. Blessings!

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    Jenni C's
    June 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    i wonder if those yarn balls would look good in red black yellow green and i might have missed a color from our flag…red white and blue always look good together,my kids would love to try this….

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    June 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    lol… she makes me smile! 🙂 this is such a fun idea! love that you celebrate america no matter where your family is, jen!

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    June 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    A very interesting technique to make balls, I like the color scheme!

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    June 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    What a delightful project! I've seen several posts about how this type of project failed miserably, and it's nice to see one that worked! I think using a SMALL balloon is probably helpful. : )

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    June 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    How fun! They look so neat!

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    June 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Love the way yours turned out – keep meaning to try making these with the kids!

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    June 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I was seeing this and thinking "but July 4th is AGES away…" Then I realised it wasn't. Definitely strange to celebrate in the cold, short winter days!

    Lovely yarn balls!

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