A few years ago, I had great fun creating some great big clouds out of paper mache to be hung at the entrance to The Farm Chicks Fair. But before we got them to The Farm Chicks Fair, we had fun with them at home. The boys thought they made cool photo ops.

But how do you make a cloud?

It’s actually pretty easy, as long as you have some time and a bit of patience as you create this large paper mache creation. A cloud!

To start, cover your work surface with a big sheet. Tape as many blown-up white balloons together as you like, to form your perfect cloud shape.

Next, mix up a big batch paste of water and flour and whisk until smooth.

Gather up lots of newspaper or newsprint paper and tear into thick shreds (3″-6″). Dip shreds into the paste, removing excess paste as you lift from bowl, and smooth all over the balloons, until they are fully covered.

Allow to dry completely. (This can take up to 24 hours).

Next, cover the clouds with pillow stuffing (polyester fiber). To do so, use a spray adhesive, and spray little sections at a time, and adhere little bunch by bunch of the stuffing. Repeat, again and again, until the cloud is all covered.

And just like that, a cloud is born.

Image from The Farm Chicks Fair, by Christina G. Photography


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!