Thursday, February 9, 2017

How To DIY Promposal Balloon with Fringe Tassels

It's February already!

For my oldest daughter, February means that Prom Season is here! She'll be having hers end of the month.

 The handwritten font on the balloon and the DIY fringe tassels shows her creative personality.

J goes to an all-girls school, so the girls have no choice but to ask their dates to prom. She is bringing a friend she is comfortable with, whom the conversation flows easily and whose company she enjoys because that is the best way to enjoy prom.

Going to prom is a big deal in itself, but it's even a bigger deal now that over-the-top public promposals have become the norm. Parang di na uso yung just simply asking someone face-to-face. For those of you who don't know what a promposal is, according to Urban Dictionary, a promposal is a proposal from one person asking another person to the prom; is the combination of the words "prom" and "proposal."

She has older friends from the swim team and she has been asked to help with promposals since she was 12 years old so she already knows that she does NOT like attention-grabbing public gestures. She prefers a low-key approach with just a handful of her people.

I think she felt some kind of pressure to come up with a really creative promposal because she's known to be artistic in school, but I calmed her down and told her that I'm sure he would be just as happy with even a simple face-to-face invite, but she wanted to do something creative that would show him that she put some thought into it.

I have always loved everything that is hand made, and ever since my kids were younger I have impressed upon them that it ALWAYS makes everything a little bit extra special simply because of the time it took to make it.

She knew she did not want to ask on a white illustration board, which appears to be the format of choice for most promposals nowadays.

She decided to write her promposal on a huge balloon instead. I thought her name pun promposal was kinda witty.

  The 36-inch balloon is HUGE and makes a giant impact as it is; 
add a fringe tassel tail and they become a real statement piece. 

I won't be sharing actual promposal photos because my daughter wants to keep it private. But she's game enough to share her promposal balloon and her DIY instructions in case someone might find the step-by-step useful.

How To Write On A Balloon

What you need:
- White Giant Balloon with string (the store blew up the balloon for a minimal fee)
- White Paint Pen for outlining
- Metallic pen
- washi or masking tape (to help keep lines straight and spacing right while writing)

You don’t even need major font-writing skills to make it work, just make sure you space properly and write with a steady hand.

My daughter began by marking the balloon with washi tape to help her space out her letters on the balloon. Since she was working on a curved surface it was quite tricky and she had to do a draft on paper to help her decide where she'd make the words start and stop.

she also used the washi tape to measure if both ends were equally spaced vertically

If you look at the photo closely, you will see that she outlined her handwritten font 
with a white paint pen before using the metallic pen

How To Make Fringe Tassels

Japanese Paper
Foil Paper
Scotch Tape

She loosely followed the instructions here

I love the way she did her promposal. It was simple but showed her personality.