To start gather your supplies to work with Ridge Wrap:
scissors, balloons ( small water balloons),
container for warm water, protective cover for table
Cut the Ridge Wrap in strips (about 1 1/2 x 4) and blow up
balloons... you are now ready to start applying Ridge Wrap.
Wet Ridge Wrap thoroughly in the bowl of warm water,
remove excess water. Slightly overlap each piece as you
add them to the balloon. When applying, rub the Ridge Wrap
to help close the plaster holes in the wrap.
Apply the first layer of Ridge Wrap in one direction.
No need to let is dry before applying the second layer.
Apply the second layer in a different direction. Here you
can see the second layer at a slight angle.
When finished applying Ridge Wrap set aside to dry.
Cut sections of a tube to the rest the balloon on. In about 30
minutes you can remove the balloon.
Snip a little hole in the balloon and it will release from the sides.
Remove the balloon and let dry over night.
One package of Ridge Wrap (roll 4" x 180") was able to
cover 3 small balloons.
NOW THE FUN PART! Making the balloon in to something!!!
This balloon is going to be covered with Sari Silk Ribbon.
Cut pieces about 8 of Sari Silk Ribbon long enough that they
will go over the top of the balloon and be able to tuck the ends
into the opening of the balloon.
Press with cool iron, then layer the Sari Silk Ribbon alternating
bright colors with other colors.
Tie the Sari Silk Ribbon in the center with a ribbon
(this will be what you can use as the hanger) and adhere
to the top of the balloon with Tacky Glue.
Apply glue stick to the dry Ridge Wrap and layer the Sari Silk
Ribbon overlapping pieces as you go. I didn't use Tacky Glue
because I didn't want it to show through the Sari Silk Ribbon
Once the balloon is covered trim the excess, leaving just
enough to tuck inside the balloon.
Use Tacky Glue on each piece of Sari Silk Ribbon and
fold to adhere to the inside of the balloon!
Make a box for the balloon basket! Here you can see I used
a onion mix box.
Cover the box with paper from Laced with Grace, paint inside
and distress the outside. Punch holes in each corner for light bulb
safety pins! The balloon ropes will be attached to the pins later
Tie twine to hold the basket: one piece around the top of the balloon
and four pieces about a yard each to attach to the basket. Trim the
ropes leaving enough for charms to hang. You can see the ropes
are attached to alternating corners!
Add keys, transit tokens and charms or whatever else you
like to embellish your balloon!