Make Your Own Clouds

published Sep 8, 2010
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We spent a fair chunk of Labor Day weekend lazily stretched out on picnic blankets, engaged in imaginative cloud gazing with our son. There’s a hedgehog, a Lego guy, a banana. But yesterday we were in the mood for some more, and not a single patch of condensed water vapor to be seen. So we did the next best thing – we fashioned our own to hang indoors. They took literally minutes to put together, and the effect was surprisingly transporting.


cotton or polyester batting (the kind typically used in quilting)
needle nose pliers
wire cutters
fishing line
pliable wire (or paperclips)
Scotch tape

1. Tear away a section of batting roughly the size of the cloud you’d like to make.
2. Pinch and pull at the batting to stretch out the material, and create a billowy effect by patting and rolling around the batting between your hands until you’ve gotten a shape you’re happy with. Cloud sculpting is an imperfect process and an ideal activity for little hands (e.g. kids).
3. Snip a short length of wire and wrap it around a small dowel or pencil to create a spiral shape.
4. Use the pliers to form a small loop at one end of the wire for attaching your fishing line.
5. Press and twist your spiraled wire into the batting, securing it as you would a corkscrew.
6. Fasten your clouds to the ceiling with a piece of Scotch tape.

We think these puffy clouds would be a great addition to any kid’s room, showcasing a model airplane, a bird print, or to simply add a bit of whimsy.

We’re considering hanging a collection of these above our dining room table in a sort of homage to the end of summer.

(Images: Ben Partridge)