Recently, I had the pleasure of making something fun for a cousin's baby shower- A DIY Robot Balloon! The party plates they choose inspired me, and I got straight to looking for supplies. I knew I could get a cube foil balloon from one of our suppliers, but it was too last minute to order. I was delighted to find the exact balloon I needed at a local party shop, and also happened upon the diamond foil balloon I ended up using for the body. And you too can build this fun balloon guest, and I'll walk you through the process...
SKILL LEVEL: Moderate
TIME: 1 hour
- Silver Foil Cube Balloon
- Silver Diamond Balloon
- 2 Sheets of Colored Construction Paper- Any 2 Colors (I used coral and teal to match the party decor)
- 1 Sheet of Metallic Silver Paper
- 1 Sheet of Black Construction Paper
- 1 Extra Long Sheet of Gray Construction Paper (25" or more...then longer the better)
- Glue Gun
- 1 Inch Hole Punch (optional)
Here is the Robot Party Plate that got me excited:
And here are my supplies for the project. (Full disclosure- I meant for this sucker to float, so I had my balloons filled with helium. Filling them with air is just fine, but it helps to use and electric balloon pump. I under estimated the weight of all the paper...eeek! But he was super cute to hang or sit on a table or chair)
STEP 1: Cut 2 black circles for the eyes. I used a cup about 3" in diameter to make my circle, and cut with scissors. (Side note. You will need this black paper for the eyes, ears, teeth, and chest plate- so plan your cuts to not be wasteful.) You will also need 4 coral circles and 2 teal that are 1" in diameter. You can use scissors. I happen to own a hole punch, so I used that.
STEP 2: Cutting the teeth- I measured out 5 teeth, each 1.5" thick and 3" tall on the black paper, and cut those suckers out.
STEP 3: Cutting the Ears- I cut 2 black rectangles that were 3" x 4" and folded these in half, so they were 3" x 2" folded.
STEP 4: I also cut 2 rectangle pieces out of the gray (not the shiny silver) that were 3" x 2", and also folded these in half. They will be the anchor to get the ears (or bolts) connected to the balloon.
STEP 5: Glue the folded black rectangles together with a little bit of the gray hanging out. With the gray that is sticking out, fold it out as seen below.
STEP 6: Take your super long gray construction paper to make the arms and legs. My paper was 25" long. If you are able to find longer, this will lengthen the arms and legs, which would be really fun. So, if you can find longer...you totally should go with a looooonnnng size. I cut 8 strips that were 1.5" by 25".
STEP 7: Glue 2 strips of the gray paper into an "L". Do this 4 times for each of the limbs.
STEP 8: One limb at a time. You need to fold the two strips back and forth alternating strips until you reach the end. It will look like a little accordion. Glue the last end down. Repeat this 4 times for all the limbs.
STEP 9: Taking the nice silver paper, you will cut out the hands and feet. I made my feet 3" x 5" and my hands 3" x 3".
STEP 10: From the black paper, you will also cut out the chest piece. To match my balloon shape, I angled this piece. It ended up roughly 7" across at the top, and 4" tall. I glued 2 of the coral and 2 teal dots onto the chest plate. I also glued the last 2 coral circles onto the big black circles for the eyes.
Now you are ready to glue your friend together...you can already see him smiling at you...
STEP 11: Glue all the body parts where they go. For my head, I had the dangley bit of the cube balloon facing down, and glued this to the top of the diamond balloon. I ended up gluing a loop at the top of the head that I made out of the gray paper so I could hang this guy (since I had a total fail with the floating bit). But, he was just as cool hanging as decor, so it worked out. Hahaha!!! Not a total failure. And here he is chilling as robots do.
I was so happy how this guy turned out, I may be exploring making some other balloon characters in the future. Feel free to shout out something you would like to see.