A while back I shared about these inflatable heart toppers that could go on pencils, and then incidentally I found that this (origami) inflatable balloon could serve as a cube display stand to “plant” a pencil since it has a small opening on top.
I used some 6″ square one-sided pattern papers from Lawn Fawn to make these balloon cubes. I wanted to alleviate the crease-heavy look by prepping the fold lines using my scoring board before folding. This was my scoring pattern:
- Diagonal: score at 1 1⁄8 , 2 1⁄8 and 4 2⁄8 on 2 sides. Placing a ruler just beside the grove helps me know where I’m going when my hands are feeling a little wobbly.
- Vertical: 6⁄8 , 2 2⁄8 , 3 6⁄8 , 5 2⁄8 on all 4 sides.
- Vertical: at 1 4⁄8” mark, score until 2 2⁄8 horizontal score line is met, repeat at the 4 4⁄8 mark.
- Vertical: at 3″ mark, score until the first 1⁄8 horizontal score line is met.
I also stumbled upon another cube design that is lighter on the creasing and can serve the same purpose. All the more jolly.
Since I’m fussy over crisp fold lines, I prep again using the scoring board for the vertical creases, and used a ruler to guide me score the short diagonal lines.
Here are some tips for folding the cube:
- Crease well the indicated lines. Identify A to E. Fold C upwards.
- C ends up above E.
I just thought these cubes make a fun presentation when combined with coloured pencils and heart toppers.
The supplies I used for this project are listed below ⇙