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Topic: Tacky/Festive Christmas Wreath made from recycled balloons  (Read 583 times)
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« on: December 13, 2011 02:18:04 PM »

My 4 year old son and I have the bad habit of hanging on to things that normal people would get rid of, because we figure we'll make something out of them, some day.  Recently he wanted to make a Christmas wreath.  So, we hauled out the deflated mylar balloons we had been keeping (to make glitzy gift wrap for small gifts) and found 2 star balloons, one lime green and one kelly green.  I used my rotary cutter to cut them into strips an inch wide and 4 - 6 inches long.  We would have used a wire hanger for the base of the wreath, but I wasn't sure we had enough balloon strips to cover a full hanger and I didn't want to have to cut through that thick wire to shorten it.  Instead I just unwound a bunch of craft wire and we started tying the strips onto the wire.  Elliot did much of the tying himself (a nice way to keep him out of trouble while I was busy) and when we ran out of balloon strips, he took it upon himself to snip the (flimsy) craft wire with his little kid scissors and twist the wire ends together to form a wreath.  Of course it needed a bow, so we used the red plastic mesh stuff we had saved from a package of clementines to make a little bow.  The photo is not very clear, but I guess you can get the general idea of it.  The balloon material is colored on one side and silver on the other and is very shiny.  If you enjoy bright shiny decorations, you'll like this one:

« Last Edit: December 13, 2011 04:35:34 PM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed a coding issue. » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011 07:15:40 PM »

You and Elliot did a wonderful job. What a fantastic lesson in recycling you've taught. I love the wreath
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