Giant mosaic balloon numbers - Inspiration & FAQ - how to make, print, how many balloons, what size - Frequently asked questions

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Oh my goodness!! I'm overwhelmed by all the love, comments, feedbacks and sweet emails. I've now shared the templates with over 3,000 people!!! 


Happy to share 0, 1, 2, 3, 6 & 8. 

I love inspiring others and seeing all the wonderful creativity!! 

Here is a list of my frequently asked questions:

Will this work on a regular printer?
Yes, it works on any printer.

Will this work on my computer?
Yes, it works on a Mac or PC. I have heard people have trouble with printing from an iPad or phone. 

What size do they print?
You can print 3ft, 4ft, 5ft or larger. Adjust the percentage to get the size you want. The dimensions are shown above the preview on the print screen. Note that dimensions are of all the pages and not cut out. For example, I print 5ft but after cut out the numbers will stand about 4 1/2ft tall. I wouldn't recommend printing smaller than 3ft so you can fit the balloons. This video has the best printing instructions.

Is there a way skip printing the blank sheets with the template?
If you don't click on cut marks or labels the pages will be blank. They help to follow the layout of the template. You can reuse those blank pages and put them back in your printer for future use. 

How do I get the templates?
Send me your email address on Craftibilities.com, YouTube, IG, Fbook, TikTok. I'm check them all starting with emails. 

Can I download from your website?
Unfortunately, no. I don't pay for a service to host PDF files, only photos. Since the number templates are PDF files I need to email them to share.

What numbers and letters do you have? 
I have 0, 1, 2, 3, 6, & 8 and USA. My computer crashed before I made them all.

Do I need Adobe?
Yes, but you only need the free version called Acrobat Reader. It's just a PDF viewer and can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website. 

What do I do if the balloon frame leans forward or won't stand? 
The sides are 6" wide and stand pretty well indoors. You can fill the bottom tight with balloons to provide extra support. If you are using them outdoors I would recommend a stand

How many balloons did you use?
#2 Gold, pink & white I used 16 - 12" balloons and 5" balloons to fill the rest.
USA letters I used 130 - 12" balloons and 5" balloons to fill the rest.
#16 Gold, black, and white I used 200 - 5" balloons and 40 - 12" gold balloons. 
I do not fill any of the balloons all the way up. 

How far in advance can I assemble?
I would not assemble more than a day in advance since balloons start to shrink. It's normally not noticeable but you can definitely tell in a balloon number mosaic. Gaps start to form and balloons start to pull from the sides and other balloons. IF using glue dots, I would assemble the day of the event. They do not last long. 

Do you recommend glue dots or glue gun?
Hands down I highly recommend a low temperature glue gun. I purchased this one on Amazon. Balloons do not stay as long with glue dots.  

What thickness is the foam board and where do you buy it?
5mm or 3/16th thickness. I found the cheapest foam boards are from Dollar Tree and they sell them online in a bulk box of 25 boards. Even with shipping they are cheaper than Amazon, Michael's, or Office Max. They also come in both white and black. 

What do I do if my printer doesn't print in draft or grayscale?
Unfortunately I'm unable to edit the PDF templates to make them a lighter gray or outline. If your printer doesn't have a mode to save ink, you can send the file to Office Max or Office Depot and they can print it for you. I've heard it's not expensive. Just tell them you need a poster print and the size you want. 


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