We don’t all get to live in a yellow submarine, but we can all celebrate National Submarine Day on April 11th! Silly hardly-holidays are a great excuse to get friends and family together, and with the great weather we’ve been having, I think it’s as good a time as any to host the first backyard barbecue of the season. We decided to use the holiday as an excuse to do a giant Beatles themed Yellow Submarine backdrop! Read on to see how you can do one yourself!
Materials Needed: Projector, 53″ Savage seamless roll (in canary), pencil, scissors, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, 160Q balloons (in pink, coral, yellow, wintergreen, and caribbean blue), mini balloon hand pump, double-sided Shurtape
Step 1: Find an image of the Beatles yellow submarine and project it onto a large, blank wall. Tape a piece of the 26” seamless roll to the wall then trace the submarine outline and other details.
Step 2: Cut out the submarine design with scissors.
Step 3: Paint the details of the submarine with acrylic paint and let dry. Then, tape the submarine cutout in place on the wall.
Step 4: Inflate 160Q balloons in each color. Release a bit of air from each balloon before knotting so that the balloon has less tension, then trim off the balloon tails. To make balloons to size, inflate a balloon to the length you need, knot both ends, and trim off the leftovers.
Step 5: Lightly trace an outline of a rainbow plume design behind the submarine with pencil, then add strips of double-sided Shurtape within the pencil lines. Remove the paper backing from the tape, then attach balloons. Your yellow submarine is complete!
Crafting by Justine Pon
Photography & Styling by Naomi Julia Satake