My son recently had a superheroes themed birthday party with life-sized superhero mylar balloons. I couldn't bring myself to throw away that much material and found the perfect use for it. Turns out mylar is very easy to work with and makes for a great homemade emergency blanket! An emergency blanket helps regulate body temperature to prevent/counter hypothermia.
Fashionable too I might add. As I am shivering to death at least I will be in style!! I'm kidding.....really!
Step 1: Have a Party - Then Wait
Wait for them to deflate or until your kids don't remember that you have new members of your household. I have to say in the middle of the night having these things lurking around the living room is kind of freaky!
Anyway, it's a good idea to get permission from your kids before cutting up their balloons!! Save yourself a tantrum!
Step 2: Dismember Superheroes
Flatten all of the pieces.
Step 3: Cut Mylar Into Squares
Using a rotary cutter and a cutting mat cut out 10x10 inch squares until you have 40 squares.
Cutting in layers makes the process faster. Once the mylar is cut it rolls very easily. I sandwiched the pieces in a large book after they were cut to keep them somewhat flat. Rolling doesn't really matter it just keeps things more organized!
Step 4: Iron Squares
-12 inch long (or longer) piece of scrap material
Mylar bonds to itself when exposed to high heat. A household iron will fuse mylar sheets together forming a very strong bond.
Mylar will also fuse right to your iron if you don't cover it with a cloth to protect it!! Be careful! I have an iron I only use for crafts so if something gets melted it can't ruin my clothes. This is a good idea!
Layer in this order:
1. Old cloth
2. Two sheets of mylar - shiny (unprinted) sides together - The printed side of mylar will not fuse.
3. Scrap fabric covering the very edge of the mylar
I used a piece of scrap fabric that had an edge on it so I would know how far to iron onto the mylar. If your fabric doesn't have an edge draw a line 1/4-1/2 inch in from the edge to give you a guide. Doing this will keep your pieces square and rows straight.
Using an iron on the highest setting iron along the edge of the fabric covered mylar.
Peal the scrap fabric off of the mylar and the mylar off of the old cloth. Open the two pieces. Fuse another square of mylar on one end until you have eight squares in a long row.
Repeat the entire process until you have five rows of eight.
Step 5: Iron Rows
Step 6: Fold and Pack
Since weight is an issue when packing I wanted to show that it weighs in at 2.7 ounces! Pretty good for any pack!
Now, I can just hope I never actually need to use it!!