How to make fake clouds

Updated July 20, 2017

Making fake clouds for a party or holiday decoration can be done in just five simple steps. While clustering white balloons together as clouds is simple, it is not very realistic. By taking a little extra time, you can create unique, realistic clouds. This craft can be done by children, over the age of seven, with some adult supervision.

Blow up 7 to 10 balloons and tie off the ends. Use twine to tie balloons into a cluster. The number of balloons you use will determine the size of your clouds.

Wet newspaper with water and paper mache around the outside of the balloon cluster. Mix one part flour and one part water in large bowl. Apply mixture to wet newspaper using a paint brush or soft cloth. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Spray paint the paper mached balloon cluster white. Add a second coat of paint if newsprint is still visable. Allow to dry.

Spray balloon cluster with spray adhesive. Apply cotton batting to the sprayed area. Once the adhesive is dry, pull small bits of cotton batting loose to form clouds.

Carefully insert an ornament hanger into the top of the cluster. Tie fishing line to the hanger and attach it to the ceiling with clear tape.

Things You'll Need

  • Balloons
  • White spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Cotton batting
  • Spray adhesive
  • Large paint brush or soft cloth
  • Twine
  • Clear tape
  • Fishing line
  • Ornament hanger
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Terry Moore has been a writer since 2004. She has worked with a variety of publishing firms and content providers including Destination Media Group and Sunrise Publishing House. Her areas of expertise include art history and graphic design. Terry earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 2006, majoring in English literature with a minor in fine arts.