maggie’s corner

The wall in front of Maggie’s desk used to have a full length mirror on it.  Someone borrowed it, and it was never returned.  The bare walls finally got to her, so we decided to do a little decorating.  Maggie found a great print while looking at Birch + Bird of something her dad has always said to her.


Next Maggie found a fun craft project on Ruffled.  On the first weekend of our spring break, we spent the day at Michael’s buying craft supplies.  A few of our friends helped us out, as we took over Maggie’s living room.  If you like a messy, hands-on, but very easy craft project, this is for you!  It yields great results.  We found more detailed instructions here.  This is what you’ll need: balloons, petroleum jelly, glue (elmer’s school glue works great), corn starch, cotton yarn, and something to stir in (a disposable aluminum baking pan is what we used).

Set up some sort of creative structure to hang the balloons, they’ll need to dry overnight.  To make the glue mixture combine 8 oz. of glue, a cup of corn starch, and 1/2 cup of warm water.  Mix until the clumps dissolve.  We were able to make 4 1/2 medium sized balloons with this.  Double or triple this mixture according to how many string chandeliers you want to make.

Once you blow up the balloons, tie them to make-shift drying rack.  Cover the balloons completely in petroleum jelly.  Gross, but fun!

Have one person soaking the yarn in the mixture, and the other wrapping the string around the balloon.  It can be as free-form as you like.

Once they’re wrapped to your liking, leave them drying for 24 hours.

The next day, feel the string and make sure it’s hardened completely.  All that’s left is popping the balloons.  This part got a little messy, leave the newspaper down to catch the explosion!

The last thing Maggie did was buy 4 sheets of dark brown cork board, fashioning a makeshift bulletin board.  This is how it all turned out!

finished product!


About nosurefooting

Two Sarah Lawrence grads armed with their cameras, who have a penchant for making things pretty, following their eyes, following their hearts, even if they aren't always standing on their own two feet.
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5 Responses to maggie’s corner

  1. Ariele says:


  2. Nicky B says:

    Looks very very awesome.

    Nicky B

  3. Icchya says:


  4. Devika says:

    Everything on this blog is inspiring.

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