you just can’t go wrong. Use them on cakes, cupcakes, placed in vases… the ideas are endless!Tutorial by Machelle:
“The title is kind of a lie because these arent really mylar and they arent really balloons either but they are tiny and they are probably the best thing ever because theyre not pop-able, theyre not expensive, theyre reusable and personalizable and just all around fabulous!
We want these to have the puffiness look of a balloon so were going to fill them with cotton. The regular balloons have a visible seam around the edges so were going to create that look too by gluing around the cotton swabs. Look up pictures on the internet of letter balloons if you want a reference for how your letters should look.
Metallic Tissue Wrap (found at the dollar store in a variety of colors)
Cotton Squares (found by the makeup pads and sponges in the grocery store)
Hot Glue and Gun
1. Take your cotton squares and glue two together by dabbing some glue between them at one end. Then roll inward from the other end and glue them shut so you have a bunch of little cylinders. For some of the letters youll need half a cylinder or maybe even less.
2. Start forming your letters on the under side of your foil wrap. Sometimes drawing the outline of the letter out first is helpful. I would glue down the first cotton swab and then glue then next one to the end of that first one, wait for it to dry and then glue it around where it should go and, if applicable, attach it to the other swab it meets up with.
3. Use glue around all the edges so your cotton is immovable for when youre coving it up.
Here are several pictures showing my insides of my letters so you can kind of see how I formed some of them. Most of my letters were about 1 1/2 cotton swabs in height.
4. Use hot glue around the letters to adhere the top layer of foil to them. Start from the inside of the letter and just do small sections at a time being sure to pull your foil and tightly over your cotton as possible. Be sure to press down through the foil as well, you want your glue to be pressed as flat as possible not left to dry in a lump.
5. Now you can cut them out. Cut closely to the letter using scissors, xacto knives, whatever tools or skills you have available to you to do this. Slow and steady, especially for those fragile little insides.
6. Then you can attach sucker sticks to the back bottom of them and use them as cake toppers, cupcake picks, in flower arrangements, just poking out of your pencil jars, wherever”!!
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