Scott, Clemens Mill | May 20, 2020
On May 29, Idea Exchange is hosting A Night on the Cloud to celebrate your prom… virtually! To help you get ready for the party, here is a DIY backdrop consisting of paper clouds and 3D air balloons that you can make using materials from home.
What You Will Need:
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- White bristol board or paper
- Cardstock or construction paper in your favourite colours
- Fishing wire (or any type of string!)
Before you start, here are photos you can use as a step by step visual guide as you follow the steps below.
- Using a recycled piece of cardboard, draw an air balloon, a square (for the balloon’s basket) and cloud. Then cut out these shapes. You will use these as stencils so that all your cutouts keep the same shape and size!
- Take your bristol board and trace several clouds using a pencil and the cloud stencil. When you have enough, cut them out with scissors and set them aside. For this example, we traced and cut out about 20 clouds.
- Using the cardstock, trace the air balloon and the square. Each air balloon when completed will take 2 cutouts of the balloon and 1 of the square basket. For this example, we made 34 balloon shapes and 17 squares. (Alternate option: In place of air balloons, create some paper hearts or stars that can float with the clouds instead! Super simple and just as kitschy!)
- Using 2 balloon cut-outs of the different colours, take the first balloon cut-out and cut a line from the bottom side to the center. Then, using the other cut-out, create a line from the rounded top half to the center. (Tip: Consider using a pencil and a ruler to make cutting lines to follow!)
- Slide the 2 cut-outs together to create a three-dimensional paper air balloon. Repeat this until you’ve used up all your balloon cut-outs! (If you find they need some extra support, put a dab of hot glue along in the center where the two pieces join.)
- Using hot glue, attach the clouds and the air balloon cut-outs to your fishing wire in an alternating pattern. Make sure to glue a square underneath each balloon for the basket! (Tip: For the example, two strands consisted of 3 clouds and 4 balloons, while the other three had 4 clouds and 3 balloons. This creates a layered effect when the backdrop is hung up.)
- When you’ve created enough strands, string them up behind where you intend to dance the night away! If accessible, consider hanging fairy lights with your backdrop for that extra special glow.
- Last but not least, enjoy your Night on the Cloud. You’ve worked hard and you deserve to celebrate!