I am going to show you how to create an awesome homemade realistic looking cloud for a rainbow ceiling decoration. This decoration was used for a My Little Pony birthday party for my daughter. To view the complete party, click here:
I’m not going to say this decoration is hard…because it is not, but it is time consuming! A lot more than I initially thought it would be. And honestly, because you have to use pillow stuffing and stray adhesive, it’s a bit expensive.
Items you will need:
- 8-10 plain balloons
- 1-2 cups of flour
- newspaper or manilla paper
- 1 bag of pillow stuffing
- spray adhesive
- Fishing string (for hanging)
- 7-8 colored plastic table cloths
- Push pins
- A nail or hook
Start by blowing up a few plain balloons, preferably white. Also mix up some paste using a cup or two of flour and just add a touch of water until it becomes pasty.
Next, connect the balloons together in the best way you can find. I simply used very long pieces of scotch tape.
Then, being very gentle, use your hands or a paint brush and brush on the paste and attach strips of newspaper or plain manilla paper. Do one side at a time and then completely let it dry. This is the time consuming part. It takes several hours to dry before you can flip it over and then several more hours to dry before you can attach the stuffing. Once it is completely dry, work in small sections to spray a bit of adhesive and then attach a bit of stuffing.
Once the cloud is fully covered and dried, you are ready to hang it! We completed the cloud the weekend before the party but kept it stored until the night before. We hung the decorations that night while the children slept and they woke up to a cool surprise. Start by laying out the tablecloths on the floor in the pattern you want to hang them on the ceiling. I chose to fan them out from the center of the room in a circle. I gathered the center section and secured it with fishing line. Then we hung the center wire to a nail in the ceiling and used push pins to attach the other ends of the tablecloths around the ceiling.
Also use fishing line to encircle the cloud and tie a knot at the top where it will be evenly balanced. This step took us a few tries of trial and error because it kept trying to hand crooked!
The original idea for this super cute decoration came from: