Have you ever seen those big numbers, letters, or shapes filled with balloons and wondered what they were?
Mosaic Balloons are big (typically 3′ – 5′ tall) marquee numbers, letters, or shapes filled with balloons. This type of balloon decor has been around for a long time. Still, in the last several years they have exploded in popularity due in part to the pandemic and due in part to the many innovative methods of making them, check out my post How To Make A DIY Mosaic Balloon – Three Ways To Make A Mosaic Balloon here.
This particular post is going to focus on the print method covered in my Three Ways To Make A Mosaic Balloon post, although you could just as easily use the freehand method or the projector method and get the same type of results.
In this experiment, I used the things I had on hand in order to reduce (or in my case completely eliminate) any associated costs. I was able to make this entire Mosaic Balloon completely free.
The main cost of a Mosaic Balloon is the foam board and the balloons. So instead of using foamboard, I opted to use a cardboard box which if you are anything like me you have plenty of. As for the balloons, I always have lots of balloons in stock, although maybe not the exact colors I want or need.
Steps To Make A Free Mosaic Balloon
- Gather Your Ingredients
- Print, Assemble, And Cut Template
- Trace Image On Cardboard Box
- Cut Cardboard Shape(s)
- Cut Mosaic Sides
- Wrap Main Cardboard Shape With Cardboard Sides
- Glue Cardboard Sides Onto Main Cardboard Shape
- Fill With Balloons
1. Gather Your Ingredients
- Tape (In this example I used blue painters tape so you could see it better but most types of tape will work)
- Cardboard Box
- Pen / Pencil
- Knife – Exacto or box cutter
- Ruler / Measuring Tape (Optional)
- Glue (glue gun, craft glue, Elmer’s glue, whatever you have)
- Hand Pump
2. Print, Assemble, And Cut Template
Print your mosaic balloon template. There are several different places you can get free or for a minimal fee, templates for mosaic balloons. Check out my Mosaic Balloon templates; Mosaic Balloon Letters, Mosaic Balloon Numbers, Mosaic Balloon Punctuations, and Mosaic Balloon Shapes.
Layout the picture. Tape images together. Cut out around image.
3. Trace Image On Cardboard
Using your pen or pencil trace the image out on your cardboard or cardboard box.
If your image doesn’t fit completely on the box, fold the image over where it meets the edge. Then trace around the folded edge.
4. Cut Cardboard Shape(s)
Using the box cutter gently cut out the image(s) from the cardboard box
If the image didn’t fit as one piece, gently cut the additional pieces out and tape them (front and back) to the main cardboard shape.
5. Cut Mosaic Sides
Cut strips of foam board 3″ – 6″ thick depending on your desired Balloon Mosaic size.
For a smaller Mosaic Balloon use smaller sides, for a larger Mosaic Balloon use larger sides. It is a personal preference, depending on the look you are going for with your mosaic balloon.
6. Wrap Main Cardboard Shape With Cardboard Sides
Start with the innermost parts. For example, if you are doing a number 8, start with the 2 holes on the inside.
Secure the sides using tape. This will help hold it in place for the next step.
7. Glue Cardboard Sides Onto Main Cardboard Shape
Secure the sides of the mosaic balloon with glue.
Make sure the mosaic balloon is fully dry before moving on to the next step.
9. Fill With Balloons
How To Make A Mosaic Balloon For Free Video
I am so excited that I was able to make a Mosaic Balloon completely free. I had to adjust some of the things I used (ex: swapping foamboard for cardboard and opting to use balloons I had on hand) but I think this Moasic Balloon turned out fantastic!
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