DIY Balloon Stand

8/21/2013

Today’s post is sponsored by Scotch Colors & Patterns Duct Tape.

I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was in elementary school and my best friend and I started a “paper crafts” business that we ran on the side of the road, lemonade stand style. It’s been pretty exciting for me to see my niece, Quinn, have this same entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. Her business of choice? Duct tape. The girl is a duct tape whiz and when Scotch Color & Patterns Duct Tape approached me about working together, I knew Quinn and I had to team up and give all you guys a little inspiration beyond the lemonade stand to keep kids crafty and creative as we close out summer, and right on through the school year, too! We’ve created two stands that aren’t your average sidewalk business. That’s right, first up is….a balloon stand! Who could resist pulling over to pick up a balloon wand, or a few balloons and some stickers to decorate it themselves!? Nobody! Here’s the full scoop.

DIY Balloon Stand

Colorful Balloons DIY Duct Tape Hair Bow

DIY Balloon Wands

Balloon Stand DIY Tutorial

I’ll be breaking down all the DIYs for the products we sold at our balloon stand, and the DIY for the stand itself. Starting now!

How-To-Make-Balloon-Wands

DIY Duct Tape Crafts for Kids

Scotch Color & Pattern Duct Tape (For this project we used a mix of Hot Pink, Sunshine Yellow, Green Apple, Blue Turquoise, Metallic Pink and Pearl White!)
Cutting Board
Rotary Cutter
Balloon Sticks (You can get these at any party store.)
Balloons

To make the tassels, start by cutting one strip of tape, 10″ long, and adhering it to your cutting board. Cut a second 10″ strip and overlap it slightly with the first.

DIY Duct Tape Tassels Duct Tape Tassel DIY

Peel these off your cutting board and flip over, and adhere another 10″ strip to the back. Followed by another, overlapping slightly just like before.

How To Make Duct Tape Tassels Duct Tape Tassel How To

Repeat these steps, flipping back and forth until you have a section that’s about 7″ long. Fold over the exposed sticky edges if there are any.

Duct Tape Tassel Tutorial Duct Tape Tassel DIY Tutorial

Use your rotary cutter to cut 1/4″ fringe strips, leaving about a 1/2″ attached at the top. If you aren’t making a wand and just want to make a tassel, at this point you’d roll up the fringe (along the 1/2″ of tape that is uncut) and secure it with a small piece of tape wrapped around the top.

How To Make Tassels with Duct Tape DIY Duct Tape Tassel

To make the bow, start with another 10″ piece of tape. Adhere a second piece directly overtop of it so you have one, two-sided 10″ strip.

How To Make a Duct Tape Bow Duct Tape Bow DIY

Fold the strip in half, letting the ends overlap about a 1/2″ in the middle. Fold in both edges to meet in the center.

Duct Tape Bows DIY How To Make Duct Tape Bows

Then fold or pinch in half to form your bow shape. Wrap around where you pinched with a small piece of tape.

DIY Duct Tape Bows Duct Tape Bow DIY Tutorial

Go ahead and cut your wands to your desired size and wrap them in a long strip of tape, if desired. Also blow up your balloons (with air, not helium) and tie with a knot.

DIY Duct Tape Balloon Wands

Use a small piece of tape to adhere the balloon to one end of the wand. Take your fringed piece and wrap it around and around both the balloon tail and the wand, forming a tassel. Secure with a strip of tape around the top of the tassel. To finish, use a small piece of tape to attach your bow!

Balloon Wand DIY How To Make a Balloon Wand

How-To-Make-Balloon-Stickers

Scotch Color & Pattern Duct Tape (For this project we used a mix of Hot Pink, Sunshine Yellow, Green Apple, Blue Turquoise, Metallic Pink and Pearl White!)
Cutting Board
Rotary Cutter
Parchment Paper

You can make Scotch Color & Pattern Duct Tape in any shape or design you want. I chose to make confetti stickers (of course) and simply cut 1″ wide strips of tape in all different colors. Adhere the stickers to parchment paper to make sticker sheets.

How To Make Duct Tape Stickers DIY Duct Tape Confetti Balloon Stickers

To adhere to balloons, just peel and stick! Don’t try to move these stickers once they’re on the balloon, it will pop!

Duct Tape Balloon Stickers DIY Balloon Stickers

DIY Confetti Balloon Stickers

How-To-Make-a-Balloon-Stand

Cardboard Stand
Scotch Color & Pattern Duct Tape (We used Sunshine Yellow for the stand!)
Balloons + Helium, Balloon Wands + Balloon Stickers
Balloon Sign (Poster Board + Marker)
Display Items + Accessories

Duct Tape Balloon Crafts

Duct Tape Balloon Stand

We covered up the red and green stripes on the stand we bought with the Sunshine Yellow tape. We tied a bunch of balloons to the stand, and displayed our balloon wands on a small table along with the balloon stickers (so people could DIY their own!). Then we made a sign using poster board and a marker and hung it up as our final touch.

DIY-Balloon-Stand

And then we were ready to sell! This stand would also be great fun at a school event or a party to hand out balloons and let kids decorate them with all sorts of stickers.

DIY Balloon Stand

Quinn’s giant bow was made using the same method outlined above but we attached it to a headband with another piece of tape.

Balloon Stand DIY

Balloon Stand for Kids

All Photos by Studio DIY

Did you ever have any businesses as a kid!? Or do your kids have any now?? Check back tomorrow for another DIY sidewalk stand you’re definitely going to want to see!

For more crafty ideas using Scotch Colors & Patterns Duct Tape, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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