Yesterday I shared decorations that I and others did for our recent quarter auction, and today I’m going to explain how I made the clouds for my table!
I knew almost immediately that I wanted to represent my blog and new organizing business with this table, and mulled over ideas that included umbrellas, raindrops, and/or clouds. I searched Pinterest and the internet for cloud decoration ideas, but they were either flat and made out of paper, and/or they were made to be hung from the ceiling.
When I found this idea from Farm Chicks, I thought it could be made on a (much) smaller scale to work for what I wanted. They grouped balloons, taped them together in cloud-like formations, and applied paper maché to the entire cluster.
Then with spray adhesive and pillow stuffing, they covered the balloons.
The result was this (for a store opening):
How cute is that, RIGHT?!
|Styrofoam balls – starting to apply cotton|
I wound up using three packages of styro balls for this project. I kind of wished I’d made the clouds bigger, but these balls aren’t cheap. I used two packages of the medium size and one package of bigger ones, and each package was $4. I could have easily spent over $20 just on the clouds, and after spending $30 on fabric for tablecloths in addition to my other decorations, food and gifts, this was not a place I wanted to blow the budget.
I started attaching the balls together with double-sided tape, which is how they assembled the balloon clusters over at Farm Chicks. It worked ok, but after a while and as I was handling them to cover with cotton, some started to fall apart. I wound up securing them with toothpicks. This worked great and I continued with the rest using only toothpicks and no tape. One toothpick stuck two styrofoam balls together, and it was fast and secure.
I had a momentary lapse while purchasing the pillow stuffing and instead got quilt batting, which you do not want for this project (would have to lay it on in sheets, and it wouldn’t look very natural). I was short on time and wanted to get moving on this, so I decided to see how cotton balls would work. Fortunately for me they worked great and I didn’t have to purchase anything extra!
Once the styrofoam balls were in a formation that I was happy with, I applied clear craft glue and then a cotton ball that I’d pulled apart to thin out. I did this in small sections, covering about half of one side of an individual ball with glue, and then one thinned out cotton ball. I continued to work around until every surface was covered, leaving just enough room open on the bottom where my dowel would go through. (I actually would poke a dowel into the spot I wanted it before I started gluing, and that way I could see the hole and knew where to work around.)
Once the clouds were covered in cotton, I put them on the dowel and in the “container” they were going to stand in. For this project, I used a pair of turquoise galoshes that I got at our local home improvement store (couldn’t resist), and a tall glass vase from Hobby Lobby. To keep the dowels upright in the galoshes, I inserted a cut-down pool noodle that I had cut to keep some other boots upright in my closet. The dowel fit in the hole and the pool noodle kept the dowel from tipping over in the boot. (To transport I inserted a 2nd pool noodle in each boot for extra support, but removed it once I was at the event.)
For the raindrops I found an imageand cut it out of glitter paper with my Pazzles machine. I glued two images back-to-back so that there was glitter paper on both sides. (I recommend cutting one page in a mirrored design so the lines all match up…I had to trim mine to fit because I failed to think of this until I was almost done). Then I used a small hole punch to make a hole at the top, strung them up with fishing line, and knotted the fishing line around small sewing pins. The little pins stuck and held into the styrofoam really well!
I loved how they turned out and hope they’ll continue to look nice so that I can use them again in the future! As far as those blue galoshes, I may just have to wear those… 😉