When decorating for a party, I always forget about preparing something to hold the balloons. My last-minute solutions have been to tie the balloons to a chair, fence or vase. While these alternatives were not necessarily bad, they didn’t display the balloons where I wanted them to be. For the graduation of my youngest child, I decided to make balloon weights using old 4 x 4 scraps and stencils cut on my Cricut Expression. They are festive, quick to make and allow me to display the balloons where I want them.
Things You Will Need:
Jubilee Cricut cartridge
4 x 4 scrap
Insert the Jubilee cartridge in your Cricut Expression and place the overlay on the keypad.
Place card stock on your cutting mat and load it into the Cricut.
Set the size to 2 inches. Select “2, 0, 1 and 3” with a space between each number. Set the blade to 5, the speed to 4 and the pressure to 5. Press cut. Unload the mat when cutting has completed. Note: This is for the year stencil. Change the numbers selected if the year is different.
Remove only the cut numbers from the mat. The empty number spaces cut into the card stock will make up the stencil for your project. Cut four 1/8-inch wide slivers of masking tape. Evenly space them around the “0”, creating bridges from the outside of the number to the center. Remove the cut card stock stencil from the mat.
Cut between each number leaving an equal border from the space between them. Shift each number halfway down the length of the previous number. Trim and connect the edges with masking tape. This is your year stencil. Cut a stencil for the school’s initials in the same way.
Cut a 6-inch long block from a 4 x 4 scrap using a miter saw.
Stain the block in a color shade of your choice using a sponge brush.
Lay the block on its side. Stencil the year on the side facing up. Allow the paint to dry. Flip the block over to the opposite side and stencil the year again. Stencil the school’s initials on the two remaining sides. Use acrylic paint to match your graduate’s school colors.
Center and attach an eye screw in the top of the block. Tie your party balloons to the eye screw.