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Balloon Letters DIY & A Giveaway!

I’m obsessed with this easy and simple DIY today from Jodi Levine. If you don’t know Jodi and her new-ish blog Supermakeit, you’ve probably already seen her work from her time as an Editor at Martha Stewart. I’ve been a long time fan. These balloon letters are in her new book, Paper Goods Projects, which is finally out TODAY. It is one of the best craft books I’ve ever seen. It’s a book about how to make things from easy-to-find materials at supermarkets, big box stores, or your own recycling bin. Today we are giving away TWO new copies for Oh Happy Day readers. You can see the contest details and the DIY instructions by clicking through below!

Balloon Letters DIY

Balloon Letters DIY

Balloon Letters by Jodi Levine

Create a big, bright, happy message with twisty balloon letters! There are a few ways to make these. Using clear adhesive dots is essential to each technique.

Materials: Pencil and paper, balloon pump, twisty balloons, scissors, clear adhesive dots

Step 1: Sketch out your message and what colors each balloon segment will be so you know how many balloons you will need for each letter. Some simpler letters (like I, P, and D) can be made with only one balloon.
Step 2: Inflate the balloon to get the thickness that you want. Pinch the balloon where you want the length to end, and release air from that point only. Knot the balloon at the pinched spot, and cut off the excess balloon.
Step 3: For letters with straight lines and no curves or twists (like H and T), each line is adhered with an adhesive dot where the line segments touch.
Step 4: For simple curved letters, like P and D, twist at the point that the line needs to turn, curve the balloon around, and adhere the end with an adhesive dot.
Step 5: B and R: Start by making a P (see step 4). To make a B: Inflate a short length of balloon and knot. Curve it into a backward C-shape, and adhere both ends to the P with sticky dots. Similarly, to make an R: Add a short diagonal line to a P with an adhesive dot.
Step 6: A and Y: Make a V-shape by twisting the middle of the balloon and adding an adhesive dot on the inside of the twist. For the A, add a short straight balloon inside the V with adhesive dots. For the Y, add a short straight balloon to the bottom of the V with adhesive dots.

Balloon Letters DIY

And here’s how to win a copy of Paper Goods Projects for yourself:

(Giveaway is now CLOSED. Our winner will be contacted via email. Thanks!)

1) Visit Jodi’s site or Amazon to read more about Paper Goods Projects.
2) Comment below on why you’d like to add this book to your collection!

The giveaway ends on Friday, 8/14 when the 2 winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Paper Goods Projects by Jodi Levine

Photography by Amy Gropp Forbes

  1. Sandy

    August 11, 2015

    I’d love to have this book as inspiration for my students!

  2. Liz

    August 11, 2015

    This book would be perfect for planning craft nights with my sisters!

  3. Hilary

    August 11, 2015

    This book was made for my son. He’s a 5 year old boy with a crafty imagination. Just as she walked super market isles or hardware stores looking for things…he always has a creation in his mind for things he sees and finds. Finding treasures on the floors of stores or in parks. And he saves them for the perfect project! We are always making crafts and this book would be simply perfect.

  4. Monica

    August 11, 2015

    This book would be great, I love having and planning parties with a little extra touch of something special just for that person or holiday that is being celebrated.

  5. Elpida_two boys and hope

    August 11, 2015

    I’d love to have it because it looks amazing.. and it will inspire lots and lots of fun things to do with my son.

  6. renata

    August 11, 2015

    I’m sure this book will provide me a lot of nice ideas to practise with my students and for my own projects too!

  7. Kelly Bermudez

    August 11, 2015

    Sunday morning projects with my girls. 👭

  8. Abbey

    August 11, 2015

    I work in a low income school and this would be a fun way to incorporate more art!

  9. Kerry

    August 11, 2015

    I love the idea of crafting with supplies we typically have on hand – perfect for rainy days, and restless kids!

  10. Lori!

    August 11, 2015

    It’s always fun to make new things with your hands… and to keep little hands busy with creativity and imagination!

  11. Melissa's Antiques

    August 11, 2015

    I’m always looking for new ways to upcycle some of the vintage ephemera I have.

  12. Julie

    August 11, 2015

    I loved Candy Aisle Crafts and I know I will love this book too. Always looking for craft ideas using everyday things.

  13. Laura

    August 11, 2015

    Oh! Anything to give me a chance to work with my hands a little more – this book looks really fun :)

  14. Amy Watkins

    August 11, 2015

    Paper is probably my favorite medium! It’s so versatile and I’d love to read about more ways to use it!

  15. anna t

    August 11, 2015

    This is a lovely book to add to my craft collection!! I’ve been crafting a lot more lately and I would like to try the diys in the book. This book would definitely go to good use at my house and not just sit on the book shelf :).

    cargocollective.com/annatrue

  16. Iseta

    August 11, 2015

    ❤️❤️ Craft! And I love making new things and there si not better way than with such a good teacher as Jodi Levine!!

  17. Anne

    August 11, 2015

    I’m all for a fun DIY project and this book on my shelf with cure all my boring days. What’s better is that it makes use of fun materials that are easy to find!

    http://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com/

  18. Bella B

    August 11, 2015

    I was born loving crafting and being creative. This book would be well used and loved!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  19. Carlotta

    August 11, 2015

    Would love the inspiration.

  20. Miranda M

    August 11, 2015

    I would love to be more resourceful and get inspiration on using everyday objects for crafts, party decor and favors.

  21. Tiffany G.

    August 11, 2015

    As a former art teacher and current homeschooler this book is right up my alley! I’m always looking for ways to create with my children (and the community).

  22. kelli

    August 11, 2015

    I need some inspiration to reuse materials in my recycling bin!

  23. Amie K

    August 11, 2015

    So interested in this book! Love that she worked for Martha Stewart and am curious about the cereal box houses on the cover.

  24. Lindsey

    August 11, 2015

    I am always trying to figure out how to keep from throwing things away! This book looks like it has lots of creative ideas and I’m really excited to try it out!

  25. andrea silva

    August 11, 2015

    this book looks amazing! I love anything DIY :)

  26. Gemma

    August 11, 2015

    Love up-cycling when creating new things and this would give so many ideas and my niece would also love what we could make from this book!

  27. beka

    August 11, 2015

    i would love this for project ideas to do with my boys at home.

  28. katie

    August 11, 2015

    I love to craft with paper!

  29. mirabelle

    August 11, 2015

    because I am ALWAYS saving things but then lack inspiration…then my husband just recycles everything.

  30. Paige

    August 11, 2015

    These balloons are so cute! I’m obsessed!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  31. Agnes

    August 11, 2015

    I love crafting with my kids!

  32. Jeanine

    August 11, 2015

    I would love to check this out and do some of these projects with my kids!

  33. Diana

    August 11, 2015

    Looks like such a fun and inspiring book!

  34. Emmanuelle S.

    August 11, 2015

    To organize creative baby showers and birthdays!

  35. Elise

    August 11, 2015

    Would love this book for crafting and inspiration! The Internet is great, but it’s always nice to have pretty books lying around too :)

  36. wolfie

    August 11, 2015

    Projects with my 3 year old twins!

  37. Danielle

    August 11, 2015

    SO many fun ideas! Her site has lots of inspiring things to do with kids and I would love to use some of these for my 5 year-old son!

  38. Trisha M

    August 11, 2015

    I love being crafty and making things with my hands!

  39. Emily M

    August 11, 2015

    My kids are getting to be a little older and are starting to get interested in crafts and art projects. This book would be great to add to our collection!

  40. Grace

    August 11, 2015

    I love Jodi’s approach to making fun, beautiful crafts! I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews and am always looking for new ideas! This book looks great :)

  41. Wendy

    August 11, 2015

    Cannot wait to make these balloon letters! As a room parent in both my boy’s elementary Montessori classrooms, I’d love some fun, inexpensive project ideas.

  42. Pat Schwab

    August 11, 2015

    I would love to have this book!!! Thanks

  43. Jeanette

    August 11, 2015

    🎈🏃🏻

  44. Kristina

    August 11, 2015

    I stay at home with my toddler and as he gets bigger and more capable, I want to spend our days exploring inexpensive crafts that he’ll actually find cool!

  45. Stephanie Cunningham

    August 11, 2015

    I have a multitude of random craft supplies and party things and I’d love to have ideas on more ways to use them regularly!

  46. Erin J.

    August 11, 2015

    I would love this book because A. it is darling and B. it would help me stay inspired throughout the school year for projects for my students!

  47. MN

    August 11, 2015

    I’d love this book because it is a treasure. I’ve been saving little beautiful things and materials up, just waiting for another DIY project I could do, another art project, another gift, something. Can tabs, broken accessories, balloons, cotton, bottles, boxes, cardboard, etc. This book would inspire me beyond doubt.

    Also, I’m a poor student so it would indefinitely help out 😛 Also, is this giveaway only for US residents?

  48. DC

    August 11, 2015

    I lead an enviro sustainability group at my work and NEED this book to help me come up with creative DIY ideas for our quarterly meetings! We’ve planted succulents, made art out of recycled material, and created a spin-the-wheel/trivia game. This book would be a great addition to our team 😉

  49. Shari

    August 11, 2015

    I love this book. I have a huge paper collection and I am always seeking new ways to create with my lovely paper.

  50. Crystal

    August 11, 2015

    I’d love to have this book and step up my crafting game!

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