Glowing Balloons Night Light

Measures approximately 9” x 6”  The base is a 3” photo cube.

Measures approximately 9” x 6”  The base is a 3” photo cube.

When the lights go down turn on these colorful balloon lights to illuminate a child’s room.  No sewing is involved in this project.  Oly Fun fabric is a new material I discovered at CHA.  The fabric doesn’t fray, cuts easily, can be washed, sewed and used indoors or out.  It comes in many beautiful and inspiring colors.  It is glued to an unfinished wood photo cube with Elmer’s Xtreme glue stick which I also came across at CHA.  It really holds and does it quickly.  Make this fun Jack-in-the-box project and you’re sure to be transported back to kindergarten... cut, paste, cut, paste, cut, paste...

step 1 -  Download the two template pages and tape them together.

Directions

step 1 - Align the battery pack to the back of the photo cube and place a pencil mark just above the battery case.

step 1 - Align the battery pack to the back of the photo cube and place a pencil mark just above the battery case.

step 2 -Make another mark about .50” to the left of the wire photo holder in the top of the cube.  Drill holes in the two marks large enough to pass the light string through.

step 2 -Make another mark about .50” to the left of the wire photo holder in the top of the cube.  Drill holes in the two marks large enough to pass the light string through.

step 3 - Drill or saw an opening in the bottom of the cube large enough to accommodate a couple of your fingers for threading the light string into the cube top.

step 3 - Drill or saw an opening in the bottom of the cube large enough to accommodate a couple of your fingers for threading the light string into the cube top.

step 4 - Cut six 3” squares in a variety of Oly Fun fabric colors.  (All the fabric pieces can be cut on a Cameo stencil cutting machine or with scissors.)  Glue one square onto the back of the cube with Elmer’s Xtreme glue stick.  Apply the glue to the wood and smooth on the fabric.  Poke a hole in the fabric to match the drilled hole.  Pass the light string through the fabric and out the hole at the top of the cube.

step 4 - Cut six 3” squares in a variety of Oly Fun fabric colors.  (All the fabric pieces can be cut on a Cameo stencil cutting machine or with scissors.)  Glue one square onto the back of the cube with Elmer’s Xtreme glue stick.  Apply the glue to the wood and smooth on the fabric.  Poke a hole in the fabric to match the drilled hole.  Pass the light string through the fabric and out the hole at the top of the cube.

step 5 - Hot glue the battery pack to the back of the cube.  Pull the light string through, eliminating any slack in the wire. 

step 5 - Hot glue the battery pack to the back of the cube.  Pull the light string through, eliminating any slack in the wire. 

step 6 - Apply a gold “X” on three of the fabric squares with Beads In A Bottle.  When dry, attach silver stars in the center with hot glue.  Attach the gold “X” squares to the front and two sides of the cube with the glue stick.   Glue a plain square to the bottom of the cube.  Make a cut halfway through the remaining square and slip it around the light string and photo wire on the cube top.  Bring the slice together and glue in place.

step 6 - Apply a gold “X” on three of the fabric squares with Beads In A Bottle.  When dry, attach silver stars in the center with hot glue.  Attach the gold “X” squares to the front and two sides of the cube with the glue stick.   Glue a plain square to the bottom of the cube.  Make a cut halfway through the remaining square and slip it around the light string and photo wire on the cube top.  Bring the slice together and glue in place.

step 7 - Create the back flap by cutting two fabric and two card stock pieces to measure 3” x 4.25”.  Use the glue stick to sandwich the card stock pieces inside the fabric pieces.  Glue the layers to the back of the cube just above the battery pack.  Use Wonder Clips to hold the layers together until they dry.  Bend the flap back at an angle.  Hot glue silver stars in each top corner.

step 7 - Create the back flap by cutting two fabric and two card stock pieces to measure 3” x 4.25”.  Use the glue stick to sandwich the card stock pieces inside the fabric pieces.  Glue the layers to the back of the cube just above the battery pack.  Use Wonder Clips to hold the layers together until they dry.  Bend the flap back at an angle.  Hot glue silver stars in each top corner.

step 8 - Cut six pairs of balloon shapes in a variety of fabric colors to measure about 1.25”.  Apply Turbo Tacky Glue to the perimeter of the balloons and put the matching color on top.  Leave the center bottoms open 1/4”.

step 8 - Cut six pairs of balloon shapes in a variety of fabric colors to measure about 1.25”.  Apply Turbo Tacky Glue to the perimeter of the balloons and put the matching color on top.  Leave the center bottoms open 1/4”.

step 9 - Gather the 18 bulbs on the light string into six groups of three.  Bend each into a small package to fit inside the fabric balloons.  Hot glue the balloon center bottoms to prevent the wires from pulling out.  Push a floral stem into the hole in the top of the cube.  Slip the other end into a balloon and bend it to support the light string and other balloons.

step 9 - Gather the 18 bulbs on the light string into six groups of three.  Bend each into a small package to fit inside the fabric balloons.  Hot glue the balloon center bottoms to prevent the wires from pulling out.  Push a floral stem into the hole in the top of the cube.  Slip the other end into a balloon and bend it to support the light string and other balloons.

step 10 - Cut 14 discs measuring 2” round in a variety of colors.  Cut a hole in the center of each and a slit from the outside edge to the hole.  Use the glue stick to attach together two different colors until you have seven discs.  

step 10 - Cut 14 discs measuring 2” round in a variety of colors.  Cut a hole in the center of each and a slit from the outside edge to the hole.  Use the glue stick to attach together two different colors until you have seven discs.  

step 11 - Slip each disc around the photo cube wire.  Overlap the ends until the disc curves upward or down and hot glue the ends together.  Repeat with all seven discs stacking them on the wire.

step 11 - Slip each disc around the photo cube wire.  Overlap the ends until the disc curves upward or down and hot glue the ends together.  Repeat with all seven discs stacking them on the wire.

step 12 - Stick a wood pick in a Styrofoam ball.  Airbrush the ball a flesh color by mixing Peach and White paint.

step 12 - Stick a wood pick in a Styrofoam ball.  Airbrush the ball a flesh color by mixing Peach and White paint.

step 13 - Condition and roll out bits of Red, Black and White clay to create eyebrows, mouth, eyes and a nose.  Stick a toothpick in the nose.  Bake the clay for 30 minutes in a 275 degree oven.  Allow to cool. 

step 13 - Condition and roll out bits of Red, Black and White clay to create eyebrows, mouth, eyes and a nose.  Stick a toothpick in the nose.  Bake the clay for 30 minutes in a 275 degree oven.  Allow to cool. 

step 14 - Shorten the tooth pick to about .50”.  Place hot glue on the end and stick it in the middle of the painted ball.  Hot glue the other clay pieces to the face.

step 14 - Shorten the tooth pick to about .50”.  Place hot glue on the end and stick it in the middle of the painted ball.  Hot glue the other clay pieces to the face.

step 15 - Apply hot glue to the sides and center top of the face and press craft boa fur to the ball using a craft stick.  Attach the ball to the wire coil of the photo cube by making a gash in the bottom of the ball, applying hot glue to the coil and and pushing the foam onto the coil.

step 15 - Apply hot glue to the sides and center top of the face and press craft boa fur to the ball using a craft stick.  Attach the ball to the wire coil of the photo cube by making a gash in the bottom of the ball, applying hot glue to the coil and and pushing the foam onto the coil.


Supplies

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  • Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
  • Elmer’s Extreme glue stick
  • Tulip Beads In A Bottle
  • Fairfield Oly Fun fabric
  • Floral Craft Styrofoam 2” ball
  • Sculpey Red, Black and White clay
  • Boa Craft fur
  • Wonder Clips
  • Hot glue gun (on low setting)
  • Battery operated 18 light string

Testors

  • Testors Aztek 9444 Peach and 9440 White Paint
  • Aztec Airbrush

Oriental Trading

  • 3” unpainted wood photo cube

Miscellaneous

  • wood pick
  • floral stem
  • metallic silver stars
  • pencil
  • drill
  • card stock

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