Step 1: Materials Needed
Several sections of newspaper
Glue (Normal and Hot)
Platforms to hang things from
Step 2: Paper Mache
Mix paper mache glue. We used 1 part wood glue to 1 part water. If in a sealed container, this can last for a week or so.
Rip paper into strips
Hang balloon over a trash can
Dip strips of paper into glue, push onto balloon, continue until balloon is thoroughly covered
This can be done over any time span. It is okay if it dries before you are done, just keep going with more glue-newspaper strips
Allow to dry overnight or until hard
Step 3: Sanding
Pop balloon with an X-acto blade
Remove paper-mache balloon from string that it was hanging on, lay on a table
Gently sand the bumps and creases off of the balloon. Be careful because you can dent the balloon if you sand to hard. Use a heavy grit sand paper to do this.
Step 4: Holes
Drill four holes around the base of the balloon (Where you inflated the balloon), making sure that there each set of two holes lines up. This is easiest to do by driving screws into the base
Drill a hole in the top of the balloon
Step 5: Wire
Thread one piece of wire through each pair of holes in the bottom and fold them so that they all point down if you are holding the balloon with the bottom down
Fold one piece of wire over and thread it through the center of the balloon. Be sure that the folded end comes out of the bottom.
When you have all of your wire pointed toward the bottom of the balloon, hot glue the wire in place in the holes. This will dramatically increase the strength of the balloon.
Step 6: Painting and Finishing Touches
Wrap the exposed wires with white tape
Hang the balloon from another platform
Cover thoroughly, but evenly, with red paint, preferably using a foam brush
Enjoy! This can be used as many times as you want, but it can be fragile because of the paper mache, so be careful.