Balloon Brigade After Party Upcycle: Episode 2

Give your balloons a second life with up-cycling. This week we show you how to turn your used balloon into a tri-color “Thank You” card. Use this method to make a variety of cards with simple text messages. You can even play with vertical or striped bands. Best of all, it keeps another balloon from wrecking havoc on our marine habitats.

Materials:

  • Your previously used mylar balloons (three different colors or one balloon that has three different colored sections)
  • Tape, we recommend finding a plant-based or recycled-material tape like this Eco-Magic Tape by 3M
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • An x-acto knife
  • A cutting board or piece of cardboard
  • 8.5 x 11 craft paper

Steps:

  • Deflate and remove the string from your balloon.
  • Cut down the seam of your ballon so you have two balloon halves.
  • Cut 3-5 .5inch wide strips of mylar for each balloon color.
  • Take your piece of 8.5 x 11 craft paper and folder it in half along the vertical center, tear or cut it along the half point.
  • Take one of the halves and fold it in half along the horizontal center. You should have a card.
  • Take the other half, fold it in half along the horizontal center, tear or cut it along the half point. This will become your card face.
  • Use your x-acto knife to stencil out a message in the freestanding, card face. I chose “Thank You” for my card. You can use pencil to block out the letter ahead of time if it makes you more comfortable.
  • Flip over the card face so that the message is pointed at the floor.
  • Use 2-3 strips of one color of balloon and tape it, colored-sided down, over the top most section of the message, repeat this step for each color or until your message is covered by foil.
  • Flip over the card face to check your stencil work and clean-up any rough edges.
  • Apply glue to the back of your card face.
  • Carefully place the card face, face up, onto the top of the folded card that you had previously set aside.
  • Now, your card is ready to sign and send.
  • “You’re welcome.” 🙂

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