Props – How To Make A Cloud

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A few years ago, I had great fun creating some great big clouds to be used at the entrance to The Farm Chicks Show. But before we got them to the show, we had fun with them at home. The boys thought they made cool photo ops.

But how do you make a cloud?

It’s actually pretty easy, as long as you have some time and a bit of patience.

To start, cover your work surface with a big sheet. Tape as many
blown-up white balloons together as you like, to form your perfect
cloud.

Next, mix up a big batch paste of water and flour and whisk until smooth.

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Gather up lots of newspaper or newsprint paper and tear into thick
shreds (3″-6″). Dip shreds into the paste, removing excess paste as you
lift from bowl, and smooth all over the balloons, until they are fully covered.

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Allow to dry completely. (This can take up to 24 hours).

Next, cover the clouds with pillow stuffing (polyester fiber). To do
so, use a spray adhesive, and spray little sections at a time, and
adhere little bunch by bunch of the stuffing. Repeat, again and again,
until the cloud is all covered.

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And just like that, a cloud is born.

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Image from The Farm Chicks Show by Christina G. Photography

About The Author

Serena Thompson is the founder of The Farm Chicks Show – an awesome life style magazine. She also authored The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen and The Farm Chicks Christmas. You can follow her on her blog, Twitter and Facebook. This post was originally published here.

  • MissHartz

    What happens when the balloons deflate???

    • Chris

      This is just paper mache, basically. It should hold its shape, although if you only do one layer (which will make it much lighter weight – and also far more translucent, depending on what material you us (but probably still not enough to satisfy the lighting question below…)) it will be significantly weaker…

      This is the stuff pinatas are made out of. If you did 5 or 6 layers, using newspaper, you’d be able to take a baseball bat to it. It does, however, get surprisingly heavy…

  • Jocelyn Green

    How did you hang them up in the final image? just id like to do this for my project but keep questioning how id hang them :)