Today, our guest artist Rosaura Villafaña (@rdecoart on Instagram) brings you an awesome DIY balloon number tutorial you can try out for your next event! These light-up balloon numbers are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, New Year’s parties and more.
Supplies You Will Need:
- UGlu® Dashes
- Foam Board
- Construction paper or scrap paper
- X-Acto Knife or Scissors
- Battery-operated LED lights
Step #1: Prepare Your Number Bases
Draw and cut out your numbers to your desired size from the foam board.
To make this process easier, you can first draw out your numbers on construction paper or other scrap paper, then use it as a template to draw on the foam.
Step #2: Create the Foam Border for your Numbers
Cut 12” long strips (about 1” wide, but you can adjust it as needed). These strips will line the edges of your numbers to create the 3D, shadowbox effect.
To figure out how many strips you will need to cut, you can measure out the width of the strips along the edges of your numbers and make tick marks, then count it up.
When you’re ready, use UGlu® Dashes to attach the strips along the edges of your numbers.
UGlu® Dashes are very easy to use:
- Just peel a dash off the paper liner
- Stick the dash down on your first surface (the edge of the number)
- Peel the small paper liner off the back of the dash
- Attach the strip to the side of the number, and press on it for a few seconds
By the way, if you made a mistake and didn’t cut enough strips to cover the whole number edge the first time, don’t worry! You can always cut more foam strips to the exact size you need.
Step #3: Add in your LED Lights with UGlu®
Time to add the GLOW! I used a battery-operated LED light kit for this project. Make sure to test out your lights before and after you add them to your numbers to make sure they work.
Use UGlu® Dashes to attach the battery case and lights to the back of your numbers. Your balloons will go on top of this.
Keep in mind that you want to place the battery case somewhere that will be easy to reach later, so you can switch the lights on or off. I like to put it in the bottom corner of my numbers, and plan to put a balloon combination there that will be easy to reach behind.
Step #4: Fill your Numbers with Balloons
Finally, you can start filling your numbers in with your balloons!
UGlu® Dashes are perfect for sticking the balloons to your foam and to other balloons. With UGlu®, the balloons should sit nice and securely inside your numbers!
I used a mix of balloon sizes to create a cool “mosaic” look. I placed bigger balloons inside the numbers the fill them up (plus, the LED lights show through very nicely.) Then I used smaller balloons along the edges to make a sort of “border.”
Enjoy your finished Light-Up Balloon Numbers!
That’s it- how easy was that? You can make so many awesome color combinations, too. Try different colors of LED lights, color matched to your balloons. You could even take an extra step and paint or spray paint your foam pieces to blend in, too!
When it comes time to display your balloon numbers, remember that UGlu® can help too! Use UGlu® to secure your numbers to a floor, wall, table and more.
To learn more about Rosaura and check out her beautiful balloon arrangements, visit her Instagram: @rdecoart
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