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.
- 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
- An x-acto knife
- A cutting board or piece of cardboard
- 8.5 x 11 craft paper
- 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.” 🙂