USA balloon mosaics - 4th of July party decoration idea - How to make tutorial and free letter templates - Red, White, & Blue large decor

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I made these templates a while back hoping we would be able to have a party for 4th of July. Well, no party but I'm still decorating. I had so much fun making these 5ft tall letters. I have the free template, just email me. 

Update:


I'll update with pictures of them filled with balloons. I was too excited to share so I only have pictures of the frames. 
  I'll probably make a video for these letters as well. Same process. 
UDATE video:

I have four other video tutorials on how to make the mosaic numbers.

Open PDF file in Adobe and print as a poster. Change to 500% under tile scale. 
Print in grayscale and in draft mode to save ink.

UPDATE: To use less paper - don't click CUT MARKS or LABELS when printing.

All the pages had a small white border. I didn't worry about all the pages matching up, only the edges of the letters. 

Start with the pages horizontal and go across the top 4 pages. Then start the next row below it. 

I always tape the center first and work my way out. This way it's easier to match up all the lines.
Cut the letter out.

It takes 3 foam boards for the back or base of each letter. 
For each letter you need about 7-8 pieces for the sides. Total you will need 6 - 20x30 foam boards. 


Use a box cutter or exacto knife to cut from the foam board.
I'm using these from Amazon since you can just pop the end off and have a brand new blade.

Measure 6"-6 1/2" template and trace for each side piece. I used 6 1/2
Cut each board into 3 pieces for the sides. 

For rounded edges on the letter U and S, lightly score lines 1" - 1 1/2" apart on a side piece.


Don't forget to use the excess board from the back or base of the letters to cut side pieces.

I put craft paper down since it gets a little messy attaching the sides with hot glue.

The U & S are rounded at the bottom and a little taller than the A.
I used the A to measure how much to cut off the bottom of the U and S. This worked out perfect to make the bottom flat to allow it to stand up. Double check it because I think my U still looks taller than the S. 

I attach sides with hot glue but you can also use tape.



I ordered all my balloons from Amazon and the foam boards from Dollar Tree. 
I'm a huge fan of Qualatex balloons but couldn't find everything I needed or get it delivered in time.



Ready to fill with balloons!

Balloon placement but not attached yet. I'm trying a low temp hot glue gun this time. 

UPDATE:
The low temp glue gun is so much better. The balloons do not move. It does take a bit of time to wait for each one to dry and you have to watch out for glue strings. I don't think I'll use glue dots anymore.





Since they were going to be outside (and it was windy) I made a brace in the back. The letters are slightly leaning back. 

I used a weight to hold them down. Worked perfectly. 


UPDATE: Bonus! I won $100 for the best 4th of July decorations!! :D
The cute dog *might* have helped and I think he wants me to share. 

I also have numbers available. Just email me!

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40 comments

  1. Thanks for the tutorial elena I watched all of them they are super helpful, thanks for the number templates,can you email me the letters! Reginaramos22@yahoo.com

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  2. can you please email me the number 2? Thank you. anamv386@gmail.com

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    1. Emailed! Let me know if you have any questions.

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  3. Hola! Bello trabajo, podrĂ­as enviarme los nĂºmeros a mi correo por favor. rosanavarro540@gmail.com
    De antemano gracias...

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    1. Thank you! Just emailed. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  4. Great tutorial.
    Could you email me PDF number 1 and 2.
    febles234@gmail.com
    Thank you

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    1. Just emailed! Let me know if you have any questions.

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  5. Hi I watched your tutorial on the USA sign and I loved it, it was lovely. I am interested in the letter S and the #8 for my son's upcoming birthday in 19 days and would like to know if there is anyway that you could share those templates as I would like to make them for his birthday. If so please email to stembi2000@yahoo.com .Thank you

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    1. Just emailed the number 8. I will email the letter S later tonight. It's on a different computer. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  6. Hi you are amazing I love watching your videos. May I please have your numbers and letters template.Thank you the3amatos@gmail.com

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    1. Just emailed! Let me know if you have any questions.

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  7. Hello I sent you an email, can i get your number templates for mosaic please?

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  8. your work is awesome ill love to try your number and letter templates for mosaics. My email is jnay.ferguson@outlook.com or jnayalexia42@gmail.com thank you again

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    1. Absolutely! Let me know if you have any questions.

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  9. Hi! Can you send me the template for "U" and "1"? Do you happen to have a template for "L" "C" and "Y"? If not, do you have a "how to" to create these templates? My email is emsposito103@gmail.com. Thank you!!

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    1. Sorry I don't have all the letters. Sent the 1 and USA. Created in a photo editing program like photoshop. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  10. Hello! May I have the USA templates. Tomika_m2000@yahoo.com

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  11. so great! <3 can I have the number 1 template? hehe my son's 1st birthday is around the corner. i wanna try this craft. thank you! :>

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  12. Hello could i get the letter A and the 2 please

    lchavez279@gmail.com

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    1. Absolutely! Emailed. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  13. Hi, may I have the numbers & USA template, Peebleay@yahoo.com Thanks

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    1. Absolutely! Emailed. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  14. Hi, may I have the letters S and A please? Email is overshinek@aol.com
    I am needing to create a P also. Is there a way that I can make a P in adobe or do you have the letter P available? Thanks!

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    1. Absolutely! I created in a photo editing program like photoshop and locked the text layer to fit the page. Then PDF'd the file. Emailed the S & A. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  15. Hi there I would like to make the word “fall” for a work party I am having. Is it possible for you to email me those letters? Please and thank you. Abbycress@yahoo.com

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    1. So sorry, my computer crashed before I made them all. I only have USA letters.

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  16. Hi can you please send me the usa? How tall are they? Thank you! Mzme2011@hotmail.com

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    1. You can print 3ft, 4ft, 5ft or larger but adjusting the percentage in the print screen. Just emailed. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  17. Hi could you email me a B and E to lizzdo10@gmail.com

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    1. Oh I'm so sorry. My computer crashed before I made all the letters. I only have USA.

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  18. Hi! Could you please email the letters "A" and "U", as well as "&"(if you have it) at mahasyed1156@gmail.com. Thank you so much!

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  19. Hello! Can you please email me the template for the USA letters at sammic1987@gmail.com

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    1. Absolutely! Emailed. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  20. Hello can you please email me the template for number 1 and 0. Thank you. cirleyq@gmail.com

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    1. Absolutely! Emailed. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  21. hi can i please get the template for the letter S my email is sherilinhsaephanlees@gmail.com

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