Today we are making a very important PSA that began when I was at the party store a few years ago. As I was walking in the door there was a sign that read “We have helium!” and I though “of course you do… you’re a party store.” I was thinking more about this after my trip to the store and turned to Google to decipher the meaning of this sign. The findings were shocking. YOU GUYS, there is a HELIUM SHORTAGE happening right now! Some of you might be wondering “how does that even happen” and honestly thats a great question to address at a later date. Right now I want to talk about alternatives for those of you who may not be so fortunate to see that “We have helium!” sign at your local party store.
As we searched for alternatives we found an incredible selection of mylar balloons at Anagram that we just about died over and we got to thinking about all of the all of the amazing things we could do with these balloons and the current helium shortage.
With all of the ideas dancing in my head I decided to narrow it down to just one: a disco dream girl with, of course, a disco ball above her head so she can party wherever she goes (as modeled by our awesome intern, Emmaline!) And guess what? We’re already anticipating our New Year’s Eve. We’ll stash our extras for our party. The balloons inflate and deflate easily making storing and reusing them a no-brainer, but that projects for another day, back to this disco dream costume that is surely going to make you the funkiest guest at any Halloween party you’re attending this Halloween season!
- Sewing materials (can be hand sewn or machine sewn)
- 1/4 yard inexpensive cotton fabric
- Two 3’x1/2″ wide wooden dowels
- Silver spray paint
- Connector screw
- Small handheld saw
- Rotary cutter or Scissors
- Balloon pump
- Anagram Disco Mylar Balloon
- Lay out your cotton fabric and cut out a rectangle 1.5″ wide by 18″ inches long.
- Cut out the rectangle out of the fabric.
- Fold one of the 1/5″ edges under 3/4″ and press. This edge will become the bottom of the pole insert so the pole doesn’t fall out.
- Fold the 18″ edges under 1/4″ and press.
- Get your leotard and find the center point on the back of the leotard.
- At the center point you will pin the rectangle down so it can be sewn easily.
- Sew the rectangle to the leotard by hand or using a machine.
- Cut any loose hanging threads and this piece of the costume is complete!
- Take your wooden dowels and spray with silver spray paint.
- Let dry 24 hours.
- Once dry Pre-drill holes into one end on each of the dowels so the pieces can be connected.
- Screw connecting screws into the ends of the dowels to connect them.
- At the end of your dowel that you would like to use as the top drill three holes through the dowel, each hold opposing the other.
- String wire through the holes to secure the wire in place. Leave enough wire at the top that you can create the hook to hang the balloon off of.
- Shape the hook at the top of the balloon.
- Hang ballon off of the wire hook.
- Slide stick into the piece on the leotard!
The Balloons are east to blow up and easy to deflate!
We can’t wait to see what amazing costumes you come up with! Be sure to tag us with #Larsmakes and #LarsHalloween
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