Shimmering Snowflake Centerpiece
To keep assembly time to a minimum, gather the materials and read through the instructions before beginning.
Labor: About 15 Minutes
This is a Qualatex Balloon pattern.
1 18" (46cm) “Snowflake Sparkles Blue” Diamond Accents™
9 5" (13cm) Pearl Azure Latex Balloons 43577
9 5" Pearl Sapphire Blue Latex Balloons 43595
1 160Q Pearl Azure Latex Balloon 22939
1 160Q White Latex Balloon 43918
36" (91cm) Acrylic Pedestal
1. Hot glue the pedestal to the base.
2. Inflate five 5" Pearl Sapphire Blue latex to 4" (10cm) and create a 5-balloon cluster (see “5-balloon cluster” below). Wrap the cluster onto the bottom of the pedestal.
3. Inflate five 5" Pearl Azure latex to 2.5" (6cm) and make a 5-balloon cluster. Wrap the cluster onto the pedestal above the cluster in Step 2, rotating them so they nest.
4. Inflate four 5" Pearl Sapphire Blue latex to 3.5" (9cm) and create a 4-balloon cluster (see “4-balloon cluster” below). Wrap the cluster onto the top of the pedestal.
5. Inflate four 5" Pearl Azure latex to 2.5" and make a 4-balloon cluster. Wrap the cluster onto the pedestal below the cluster in Step 4, rotating them so they nest.
6. Air inflate the Microfoil, roll up and tie the neck with ribbon, and tie into the top two clusters.
Inflate and size two balloons, then tie the necks together. Repeat to make a second pair, then twist the two pairs together to make a 4-balloon cluster.
To make a 5-balloon cluster, inflate and size two balloons and tie them together. Repeat to make a second pair. Inflate another balloon and tie to the center of one pair, then twist with the second pair.
7. Inflate the 160Q Pearl Azure latex, leaving about half of the length uninflated. Tie the knot end into the bottom clusters and start twisting 1/2" bubbles, twisting each bubble several times in the same direction. Wrap the 160Q around the pole as you go until you reach the top cluster. Secure the last bubble into the top cluster, tie, and trim any excess. Repeat with the 160Q White latex.
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