A few weeks ago we got an email from Karl at the Ally Cadence Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy who is organising a fundraising dinner dance for the Trust in March of this year.
Having seen our balloons on Twitter Karl wondered if we could make some large floating blue butterflies (their logo) that would be elegant but wouldn’t cost a lot.
The blue butterflies are easy but when you have a tight budget to work to and that budget has to include delivery then it starts to get a bit tougher.
So we needed a very simple but beautiful balloon butterfly as big as possible but not too big to fit into the max box size that can be sent by first class post.
Balloons are light but can take up a lot of room so p+p can take up a large chunk of any budget when you have to move them across country.
Thinking caps on.
Number crunching first – not fun but it helps to work backwards. We knew what the delivery cost of a single butterfly would probably be as we knew what size box we were planning to use.
We had to fit labour costs and materials into what was left. It meant finding a design that was quick so that Karl could keep as much money as possible in his charity bank account.
This is the first basic shape we started to play about with as we knew it would be incredibly quick to construct.
We weren’t so keen on it though and then had to reject it anyway as you cannot buy the heart shaped balloons that make the wings in a size large enough in the pale blue for the size of wing span we had decided to aim for. Darn!!
After some more experiments we made this body. Far cuter, not as quick to make but the pale blue comes in 4 different balloon sizes too so we were pretty certain that we could create a perfect fit for our intended delivery box. Hurray!
Now we knew which design we were going to use we could finish him off…
In Part Two you can see the final large butterfly shape and what else we came up with along the way