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Project

Party Blowers

These handmade party blowers are as much fun to create as they are to use. For a paper tongue that will curl properly, choose a decorative paper that is about the same weight as photocopy paper.

Materials

  • Plastic straw
  • Vellum
  • Double-sided sheet adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Clear tape
  • Pencil
  • Rubber band
  • White glue
  • Decorative tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

    gt_blowers03.jpg

    To make the stem, cut a straw to measure 6 inches long. Cut a 2-inch-wide strip of vellum to the same length, and cut double-sided sheet adhesive to the same size. Apply adhesive to vellum, but do not remove the second protective backing. Curl the vellum strip around the straw, and mark the point where one long end of the strip contacts the other. Cut the strip at the mark, making it just the right width to cover the straw. Remove the protective backing from the adhesive, and slowly and evenly roll the vellum onto the straw, smoothing out any bubbles as you go.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a 2-by-10-inch rectangle of decorative paper for the tongue. Fold the long sides of the paper in to meet along the center. Cover the seam with a length of clear tape, then fold over about 1/4 inch of one end, and fix it with tape. When taping seams, keep in mind that when finished, the tube will need to be airtight. Starting at the sealed end, roll the tongue tightly around a pencil, and wrap a rubber band around it to keep it coiled. Leave the rubber band wrapped around the tongue for at least a day.

  3. Step 3

    gt_blowers04.jpg

    Remove the rubber band from the tongue, which should remain coiled. Fold in the corners of the open end, as shown.

  4. Step 4

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    Dab a little white glue on the interiors of the folds and inside the opening. Slip the vellum-covered stem into the tongue. Apply pressure until the glue dries, and cover the joint with a piece of decorative tape.

Source
Celebrating 2000, Special Issue 2000

Reviews (7)

  • 25 Sep, 2013

    in my upcoming party i will make these on my own. pill dispenser I am pretty impressed by this.

  • 17 Dec, 2012

    JoFray, the adhesive-backed vellum (which seems to be optional) covers the straw purely decoratively, so imagine slicing the straw lengthwise and laying it open. That's the same size and shape of the vellum, which just wraps around the straw to look pretty.

    The project image has little arrows underneath it which you can use to scroll through the other three pictures. (I didn't notice that at first either!) Step three is shown in image three. Hope that helps!

  • 30 Jan, 2012

    The directions are not clear.
    First, how does the vellum strip (and adhesive) wrap around the straw - does it coil around it? does it wrap longitudinally? is it wrapped around in single spot? or does it travel up the straw like the stripe on a candy cane. I cannot tell.

    Second, step three ends by saying, "as shown." but nothing is shown. Something,clearly,is missing.

  • 29 Dec, 2011

    I dont think that it is necessary, just a "pretty". I will make mine without!

  • 29 Dec, 2011

    I dont think that it is necessary, just a "pretty". I will make mine without!

  • 29 Dec, 2011

    I dont think that it is necessary, just a "pretty". I will make mine without!

  • 14 Dec, 2011

    Is it neccessary to add vellum to the straw and why is this step neccessary! thanks
    Lisa Marie