You first need white stockings with each leg cut. Here we used white glow sticks added to a water balloon before filling. You could use multiple colors or you can buy all green for a different effect. Tie the top of the nylon and hang from a tree. I would think this makes a great decoration for a night time party as well. Around the Fourth Of July you can find red, white and blue. Green would work for St. Patricks Day and multi-colored would work for a birthday. Sometimes you can find all of one color and these can be used for specific color themes.
What a great entrance for your little princess for a birthday party or special event. This can be done with a little planning and I will tell you the secrets to do so.
TOWERS: You will need six feet of pine that is 2″x4″ or 2″x2″ and a 1.5’x1.5’x1″ square for the bottom. You will need balloons and poster board and a 2′ piece of doweling that is no thinner than 1/2″. Attach the square 1.5′ board to the bottom of the 2″x4″x6′ pine board. This needs to be centered evenly to prevent it from toppling over. To the top of the 2″x4″x6′ pine board attach the doweling by drilling a hole to fit the dowel in the 2″x4″x6′ pine board. My suggestion at this time is to paint all of this with a coordinating paint color to the balloons. When these are in your venue you will either use push pins or staples to attach the balloons at the part where they are blown up to the 2″x4″x6′ pine board. Use your poster board to make a funnel that slides down the dowel. Use additional piece of poster board to make a flag that attaches to the top of the dowel.
CHAIN: You will need the long balloons that you will interlink to each other to create the chain. The base is a pile of small balloons that the chain gets attached to. The top is attached to the top of two towers.
PATH: As seen we used a roll of white paper that is about 12′ and created a cobblestone pattern on it. We used a sharpie marker and a cement path mold and traced around the “stones”. We embellished it with some natural marks with the sharpie marker.
There you have it – a little work and around a hundred dollars will make the perfect grand entrance for your little one. I had thought about adding some small pots of real growing grass around to give a unique look but stayed with this design.
Mix clean sand and white craft glue to obtain an oatmeal type of consistency (add small spoonfuls of water but no more than two). Clean sand can be obtained from a beach or at a craft store. Blow up a balloon or a beach ball (we had more success with a beach ball as the balloon if too tight can pop while doing this) and rest the tied end into a bowl. Start at the top and pour the liquid and allow to run down. Make sure there are no gaps – you do not want a spider web effect. Dripping is allowed. Allow to dry overnight. Repeat process to create a thick three or four layer effect. Now on the last layer you will watch for it to be almost hard – then you will flip it out over to rest on what used to be the top. You are going to do this to create a flat bottom. Too early this will form in a huge puddle – too late and it won’t form. Its cheap and that is good because if you mess up try again.
This is so simple and cheap and makes a huge impact of color that can be hung from a ceiling or tree or from whatever is above you on your next celebration. When balloon is blown up add a penny to the balloon before you blow it up. This is just the perfect amount of weight to stabilize the balloon so it will hang with little movement from wind or air conditioning. Pictured is all white for a wedding – but think about what your color combinations are for your event and play them up. Multicolored would do for a birthday party; white silver/gold for anniversary; colors of a school for graduation; red white and blue for Fourth of July or Memorial Day; red pink and white for Valentines Day – the possibilities are endless. You could literally have hundreds of these for under ten dollars. Major impact of color(s) and you will be sure to have people in awe.