Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Balloon Dart Board Tutorial

I LOVE this project.  It is so fast, easy, and has a big pay off.  I made my dart board to use in conjunction with my punch board but this is a game that  can stand on its own.  You don't even need prizes!  What kid doesn't want to through sharp objects at something to try and make a balloon pop?  I mean, I wanna make one just for me!

What You Need:
-Board to staple on.  Below is a pic of the sticker on the board I used.  My hubby got it at Home Depot for pretty cheap.  It's a 2 foot by 4 foot composite board that was 1/8 inch thick.  Cheap and light weight.
-Balloons.  I blew up 30 balloons, but I could have really pushed it and gotten 10 more on the board if I wanted.
-Staple gun and short staples.  All people must have a hand operated staple gun.  This is what mine looks like...

Let's Get Started:

I played a game where the kids had to throw darts until they popped a balloon to get the number inside. So, I started by writing 1-30 on small pieces of paper.

Then I folded them small and stuck them in the balloon.  My original plan was to fill the balloons with small toys, but my husband pointed out how completely difficult that would be, and after putting numbers on papers into balloons and then blowing the balloon up, I see what he means.  Numbers on paper...easy, anything bigger...not easy.

Then blow up and tie.  My 11-year-old daughter loved helping with this part.

Looks like we're ready to staple.

Lay your board flat and start at one corner.  Use a short staple in your gun and staple the knot of the balloon to the board.  I did not try to make the balloons perfectly lined up, it seemed like a lot of effort for a look that wouldn't be noticed.  I just eyeballed it.

And, there you have it!  In the game I did, the kids took the number they got out of the balloon and had to punch that number on a punch board to get their prize (click here to see punch board tutorial or click the Crafting button at the top of the page).  It would also be fun to put clues in the balloons for a treasure hunt, or clues about what a big prize is.  Numbers can also designate order for hitting a piñata or first choice in picking a prize.  Be creative, but most importantly, HAVE FUN!

<3, Sharla