Cloud with Rainbow Ceiling Decoration

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:

My Little Pony Birthday

Rainbow and Cloud Ceiling

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.

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Next, connect the balloons together in the best way you can find.  I simply used very long pieces of scotch tape.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The original idea for this super cute decoration came from:

The Farm Chicks: How to Make a Cloud

Fabric Pom Poms

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

This post is how to make Fabric Pom Poms.  They take a little more time and expense than the tissue paper variety, but they add a touch of elegance!

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

I started by buying fabric scraps from the fabric stores in colors to fit my theme.  Since the scraps were folded into small squares already, I cut them to that size, but you can cut them into different sizes based on what size ball you want to create.  Mine were about 3×5 inches in measurement.  I used a variety of 2-3 different fabrics for each ball.  It took about 50 squares of fabric per ball.  The floral balls I used were the kind for dry arrangements (not wet ones) and were 4″.  I used straight pins to attach the fabric strips.

Take each fabric square and gather it in the middle and pin it with the straight pin.

Then attach them very close together all the way around the ball.

When you are finished covering the ball, you will no longer be able to see the pins.

Lastly, I snaked a ribbon around the ball and once all the fabric is in place, the ribbon will stay in place without sliding off the ball and you just tie it once on top.

For my daughter’s birthday I made both tissue paper and fabric pom poms.  The link to the tissue paper pom poms is:

Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue Paper Pom Poms

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

There are a ton of tutorials available on how to make tissue paper pom poms, but since I just made some for my daughter’s party, I have all the info, so I might as well post it!

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Inside as well:

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

These cute pom poms are super easy to make and inexpensive.  They originally come from a tutorial on Martha Stewart’s site which I have linked below.

Start with a package of tissue paper in any color.  The packages usually come in 8 sheets which is perfect.  You can make them single color or multicolor, however you choose.  You can make them large and small.  I will tell you how to make the smaller ones because all the tutorials usually talk about the larger ones.

Start by laying out the package of paper (8 sheets) and cutting it in half length wise as shown here.  This example has three packages of paper, white, dark pink and light pink and each has been cut in half.

Now I am going to make a small multicolor pom pom with white and pink.  Take four pieces of each color.  You can either alternate the colors or put one color on top and bottom with the opposite color grouped in the middle.  I’ll have several examples of the color results at the end.

Now “fan fold” the paper width wise so you are folding the short side and doing it multiple times.

Now tie string around the middle.  I used pretty ribbon for the pom poms I made for inside the house and I used twine for the pom poms I made for outside.  Twine doesn’t tie very good though, so I might recommend something you can secure easier.

Now trim the edges to either make rounded tips or pointed tips.  I did a little bit of both to make a variety of results.

The next step is to start gently pulling the layers of the pom pom apart to make them into their rounded ball shape.  This is one layer pulled away from the others towards the center.

This is 1/4 of the pom pom layers separated.  I preferred to work on 1/4 of the pom pom all the way around until it was done.  So on one side I separated 4 layers, then switched to the opposite side, then turned it upside down and started on the third side and then the fourth.

This is 1/2 done or one complete side and flipped upside down so I could start on the second half.

Complete pom pom fluffed!

Variety of colors:

OMG Pom Poms!!

To make big pom poms, you follow the same steps but do not cut the sheets of paper in half (step 1).

The link to the original post by Martha Stewart:

MS Tissue Paper Pom Poms

I also made some very pretty fabric pom poms for the party and the link to create those is here:

Fabric Pom Poms