Posted by Brian Lindsay on October 12, 2016
Who doesn’t like balloons? Balloons can be silly, festive or classy. It all depends on how you use them. With a bit of effort, DIY party decorators can inexpensively create decorations that range from silly fun you extremely elegant. Read on to take your balloon handling chops to the next level.
Somewhere along the line, someone was inspired to stuff fun things inside their balloons before blowing them up. We have been been turning ordinary balloons into little round containers of festivity ever since.
The drill is simple. Grab your package of clear balloons and use a small funnel to put confetti or glitter inside before you blow them up. The result is a quick step above the ordinary.
The type of confetti you put in your balloons can be easily tailored to whatever theme you like. Does the birthday boy or girl like horses? Make horse confetti balloons to match. Need something for the little paleontologist in your life? Grab this dinosaur confetti. You can even get theme confetti for your child’s favorite cartoons such as Paw Patrol or Despicable Me
For party balloons that have give a little more, go ahead and stuff party favors inside. Use a wide neck funnel or the top of a two liter pop bottle to help guide those goodies into the balloon. You may feel like getting really ambitious and stuffing larger toys into your balloons. Anything you can fit inside is fair game. The balloon police will not come get you.
Make small fortunes, or clues for a scavenger hunt and place them inside your balloons before inflating them. For adult parties, faux horoscopes could be inserted with inscriptions such as:
When all else fails to thrill, money never does. Unless you are hosting a party for a Gregorian monk, a roll of green will evoke a grin from all who receive it.
Although simple to create, glowing balloons will elicit some well deserved “ooh!” sounds from your guests. Purchase some glow sticks and activate them before putting them in your balloons. Fill the balloons with regular air or helium. These floating bubbles of wonder are fun to look at!
Your glowing balloons don’t have to be suspended somewhere near the ceiling. How about floating these luminous wonders in your swimming pool?
For an elegant or romantic decorating touch, put rose petals inside a clear balloon. Employ the help of a small, round cookie cutter to hold the mouth of the balloon open while you put the rose petals inside. This may be time consuming, but the end result is well worth the effort.
If something as simple as a balloon is so easily a mainstay of most parties, what happens when we combine balloons in creative ways? Amazing, interesting and unique is what we get.
If your decorating needs require long runs of balloons, here is a quick trick to make it easy to string them together. After all of your balloons are blown up, simply use a large size sewing needle and some string or yarn to attach them all together. Attach each balloon by running the needle and string through the tied off mouth of the balloon. Tie up the ends of the string wherever you like.
Some guests are going to look at this next idea and ask you how in the world you did it. It is actually quite simple.
Let’s fix up some balloons to look like flowers, ice cream cones or a fun game. A little imagination goes a long way here.
Turn seven balloons into a cute flower for your next party. Here’s how:
As you can see from the picture, this one is pretty simple to pull off. All you need are some different size balloons and some craft paper.
A simple brown craft paper cone will turn regular balloons into ice cream cones. Create your cone and attach it to the balloons with clear tape. These look great filled with helium and floating in the air!
If you already own a set of darts and want to create a dart board with some “POP!”, use tacks to fasten rows of balloons to a fence or a cork board. Young (but not too young) people will enjoy the carnival-like dart game. Place tags inside of balloons with the names of a prizes on them. When the child pops a balloon, she gets the prize listed on the tag. For a bit of a laugh, fill one of these balloons with water ahead of time and freeze it. Hang it up with the other balloons and make sinister giggling noises as no one is able to pop the last balloon.
Fill a good number of white balloons with helium and tie a length of white ribbon to each balloon. Use craft paper to make your own snowflakes or order some online. Tie these snowflakes to the white ribbons. The end result is a covering of snow clouds with snowflakes falling from above.
To transform any balloon into a bright, cheerful decoration, simply glue miniature pom-pom balls all over them. Mix up the colors and the balloon will look fruity and fun. This looks great on helium filled balloons.
Balloons can fulfill a different roll besides holding air in and looking pretty; they can also be very helpful in making other decorations that do not look like balloons in the end.
These bowls made from chocolate will be a nice addition to the ice cream you will put inside them. These are simple to make and look amazing when finished.
Here is another one that looks a lot harder than it is. These string centerpieces look great on the table or suspended from the ceiling.
Here is a quick way to dress up ordinary mason jars to be colorful drinking glasses.
These interesting looking ice candle holders are unique, inexpensive and… disposable.
Whether you use these decorations in a bowl indoors or place them outside in the snow, they create an eerie-beautiful glow that adds to any relaxed setting.
If the above projects have not fazed you one bit and you feel like proving that you have what it takes to win the world balloon decorating Olympics, here are a few projects that go a bit beyond reasonable and delve into the more motivated.
Make balloons rain from the sky with this simple balloon drop idea that you can put together in your home or wherever you are decorating for a party.
Would you like to really go overboard and outdo everyone else’s balloon attempts? I’ll leave a quick tip that will allow you to do just that. Weather balloons can be quite easily obtained online. These big balls of “mine is bigger than yours” will definitely set off the decorations at a birthday party and dwarf all other attempts at balloon domination.
Plant giant lollipops in the yard for your next birthday party. While I cannot guarantee that they will grow into a lollipop tree, they will add a cute flair to your decorations.
If giant weather balloons or a shower of balloons from the sky do not give you goose bumps, perhaps making an impressive balloon arch will. Stock up on plenty of balloons and recruit some help for the sake of your sanity.
If you would like to build these air filled masterpieces, I would suggest you first read this tutorial from “Two Sisters Crafting”. There are a lot of great tips in there that will save you a lot of grief. Another must-read is this “eHow” article that focuses squarely on the art of making a balloon arch without the aid of helium.
For those parties that happen in the heat of summer, spruce up an ordinary slip n slide with a generous covering of water balloons. Guests will get a cool thrill as they slide through exploding water balloons. For a bit of additional fun, fill some of the water balloons with a body-safe paint. Let the fun begin!
To wrap up this compilation of the most epic balloon mastery wisdom of all time, I am going to leave you with a few tips that will give you extra mileage on your newly acquired balloon Jedi skills.
With the ease of online shopping affecting the way we get the things we need, DIY decorators can hop online and choose from a plentiful supply of every type and color of balloon imaginable. Plan ahead and go to one of the better party supply websites and get exactly the style, color and quantity of balloons you need to make your decorating endeavors a hit with your party guests.
We have covered a lot of interesting balloon decorating ideas here. One could be inspired to grab a truckload of balloons and start inflating them like there is no tomorrow, only to discover that lip fatigue may very well be a debilitating occupational hazard.
If you are taking on some of the larger projects in this article, you REALLY need to acquire some kind of a pump to blow balloons up with. This will not only speed the process up, but will also keep you from looking like your lips were attacked by a rabid shop vac.
You can purchase a kit that has a simple hand pump thrown in or invest in a powered pump that can blow up as many balloons as you can throw at it. Either way, be good to yourself.
With a good number of the above ideas requiring helium, you may wonder at the viability of getting helium without having to drive too far or meet a shady figure in a dark alley. Helium is actually easy to come by, especially if you plan ahead a little.
You can purchase a whole kit that includes balloons, helium and curling ribbon for a pretty reasonable price. If you would like to simply purchase a small, disposable canister of helium alone, that is an easy option as well.
If you are going to put all of that time and effort into helium balloons, there is a way you can extend the time that those balloon decorations will float. Treat the inside of your balloons with Hi-Float. Hi-Float is basically a liquid plastic treatment that will help seal the inside of your balloons. They will hold the helium better and last a lot longer.
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