16th Balloon Sculpture

Thursday, September 10, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

I made a balloon sculpture to make a giant number 16 for my brothers 16th birthday.

Here is a short tutorial of how I made it and how you can make your own.

The number 1 is made of 72 balloons while the 6 is made from 85 balloons. 157 balloons in total.

To make the numbers I used a stand that usually use from my lighting set up. You just need a long straight pole to wrap the balloons around.

Blow up four balloons

Tie two together by their necks then the other two.

Twist the two lots of balloons together to make a bunch of four balloons.

This is one layer of the balloon sculpture.
Place the balloons to the bottom of the pole and push the pole between two of the balloons. The balloons should stay on the pole.

Build another layer of balloons in the same way. Place the next layers of balloons on the pole between the gaps of the last layer of balloons.

Continue this until you reach the top of the pole.

Now you have made a balloon column.

To make the top of the one, I simply made three layers of balloons which were threaded through a piece of string instead of the pole.  The string was then attached to the top of the pole.

To make the six, I made a balloon column first. Then I made the circle of the six out of wire and twisted the balloons around it.
I only used three balloons in the balloon layer around the sixes circle. This stoped the balloons from getting to wide, and it left a bigger hole in the middle.

Now you have a completed Balloon Number 16. If you want other numbers you will have to change it slightly to make the correct shape.

Jack's 16th Birthday

Saturday, September 05, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

My younger brother celebrated his 16th birthday this week. I wanted to share the balloons, cake and a present that I made him this year.

I first made the number 16 from individual party balloons.
I will be posting a tutorial on how I made the balloon sculpture soon.

For the cake a made him this three layered 

And for a present, well he is always saying make it rain so I took it to the next level. He has mentioned before that he wanted a black umbrella and well who doesn’t love cash.

To make this I bought an umbrella and tied string to the spokes. I  then hot glued to a mini peg to the string. Then simple pegged the money to the end and closed the umbrella.

I also wasn’t sure whether he would open the umbrella straight away to I added am open me sign on the outside so as soon as he unwrapped it he would know there was still more to it.

And that was a few of the things we did for his birthday. I will be posting a tutorial on how I made the giant 16 balloon sculpture soon.

It's September

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

Its September already, the first day of spring here in Australia. It’s rainy and still a little bit cold but the weather will be warming up soon and I can’t wait.

This month I have a few events going on.
First, my brother’s birthday is this Thursday. Presents have to be bought/made, decorations to create, and cakes to cook.  I will be sharing some pictures of the decorations, cake and a present.
Also this week it is Father’s Day for us Australians. In Australia Father’s day is always on the first Sunday of September, the 6th this year.

I volunteer at a few local theatre companies in my area making props and sets, doing make up, helping with costumes and any other areas they need a hand with. This year one of the companies had been nominated for three awards in the amateur division at the states theatre guide. I will be attending the awards night gala will be held later this month.

Last but definitely not least there are now only two months until Halloween, so we better get cracking with those Halloween themed crafts.

It's Halloween!

Monday, August 24, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

It’s Halloween!

Well at least it's time for all of the crafters, sewers and general DIYers to get started with everything we wish to create before we get to show it all off to the world.

I'll be posting updates and tutorials of all the weird and wacky things I’m making for Halloween this year.

Well go get started, it’s time to get Spooky!!

Hallween 2015 Pinterest Board

Monday, August 24, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

For every event I create a board on Pinterest where I gather all the refrences, insparation and tutorials I can find.

As its easy to see I love using Pinterest. I use it for everything and I have made pleanty of boards over the years. I have posted this direct link to the Halloween 2015 board so you can easily see where I am getting the insparation for posts and tutorials, as well as the original links that I used (Without having to figure out which of my many boards the pins a located on. Seriously I have 7 boards with the word Halloween in it. I like my stuff to be organised :).
Below is a direct link to my Halloween 2015 Board.

Follow Jinx's board Halloween 2015 on Pinterest.

I also have a seperate board for food, drinks and snacks. Be warned alot of the drinks have alcohol in them, so don't make these ones for the kids. The ones that do will have '(alcoholic)' written at the begining of the comments.

Flying Bats

Monday, August 24, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

I created these flying bat decorations for Halloween last year, But they still look great. 

I originally got the idea for this decoration from Marvelous Mommy.com. You can read her tutorial here.


  • A4 Black Card
  •  Masking Tape

I have created a bat silhouette that you can use as a template. You can download the template here.

Print off the template and cut it out.  

Trace around the template onto a black piece of card. You can easily fit two bat silhouettes on one piece of A4 card.

(Picture of Template traced on to teh black card here)

Now cut out around the outline. To make sure that the bats wings are the same shape on both sides you can fold the card and template in half, line the folded edge of the template up to the folded edge of the card, trace and cut out the outline. 

Once you have cut out the bat silhouette simply fold some masking tape over itself and stick it on the back and stick to the wall.

And you’re done! Create as many as you want and arrange them as you like.