After making a name banner for my son using crocheted balloons, I decided to continue the theme by adding some more crocheted balloons to my son’s walls. I am even happier with how this wall hanging turned out
To make the elephant, I found a picture of an elephant graphic online and printed it out the size that I wanted. I used the picture as a template to cut out the felt pieces and then sewed the pieces together by hand. I added stuffing and two black buttons for eyes.
Then, for the balloons, I used this pattern by Left in Knots to crochet the balloons using chunky yarn. This pattern is meant to make flat re-usable water balloons, but I just added some stuffing before finishing the balloons, which made them stay nice and full. I then used my thin yarn to tie strings onto each balloon. I made the strings extra long so I had some extra to work with when attaching them to the wall.
I used thumbtacks to attach the balloons to the wall. The gaps in the balloons can be hooked right onto the thumbtacks, which makes it really easy to rearrange or reposition them as you hang them up.
To hang the elephant on the wall, I put a safety pin on the back of the elephant so that I had something to hook onto a thumbtack. This worked out perfectly!
After I hung the elephant on the wall, I pulled carefully on the balloon strings so they were taut and tied them in a knot around the elephant’s trunk. I let all of the strings hang down. If they hung too low, I would have trimmed them further, but I liked the length that was hanging.
So what do you think? Let me know in the comments!
If you make your own elephant wall hanging, I’d love to see it! Make sure you tag me on Facebook or Instagram using @onecraftatatime so I can see what you made!
~ Candace 🙂