I recently hosted a Baby Shower for my good friend and neighbors daughter who will be welcoming a baby girl soon! While I was perusing Pinterest in search of Baby Shower Ideas, I kept seeing the most beautiful Balloon Garlands. I’ve always been a bit intimidated to attempt a Balloon Garland. However after a little research I realized they are really simple and they are inexpensive to make! After a little trial and error I am sharing my top 3 Time Saving Must haves for a DIY Balloon Garland! *affiliate links used in this post
The thought of blowing up all of the Balloons I’d need was a daunting task, most of the tutorials I read suggested using a hand pump. I wasn’t a fan of that option so I continued my search and I came across this electric pump. It is a GAME CHANGER! It blew up my 3′ balloons in seconds!! The only issue I ran into was tying all of the balloons myself. I have a minor latex allergy and within minutes I had a blister and my skin was peeling. Not good. My friend told me about a balloon tying tool she saw on TV, from now on that’ll be the only way to go for me!
So how are all of the balloons attached to each other? It’s a strip with holes punched in it called Balloon Tape. Push the tied end of your balloon into the holes (leaving a few holes empty between each balloon depending on balloon size) alternating sizes and colors, then you use Latex dots to fill in your gaps with smaller balloons. You can also fill in any empty spaces with greenery. The entire garland can be made in a short amount of time. I started mine inside my home then later decided to hang the tape and work on it in place. I was worried that moving the garland with the latex dots connecting the balloons would either pop some of the balloons or it would start coming apart. I blew up all of the balloons the day before and stored them in large garbage bags which made it easier to move them all outside. If you are going to host indoors I would say you are safe to make the entire garland the day prior to your event. These photos were taken the day after our shower after they had been in the sun. A few balloons had popped and the latex dots were failing.
I snapped this photo the evening of the shower when the garland was still in perfect condition (right before it rained). I used an assortment of colors and sizes of balloons. There are many options of garland Kits online that will have everything you need. Or you can stop by the party store and pick up an assortment of colors. I used mostly 12″ balloons and under filled some to get different sizes. I also picked up some 5″ balloons along with a few 3′ balloons. It was so quick and easy! I may be making Balloon Garlands for all. of. the. things!
Aside from the Balloon Garland, this framed floral piece is another favorite of mine from the shower. I came across an image that was similar and I immediately had an idea. I have been storing this large frame ever since my mom passed away almost ten years ago. My siblings and I had given it to her for Christmas when we were in our teens. Originally the ornate gold frame held a victorian print. After her passing I couldn’t bear to let it go, however I just couldn’t find a place for it in my home. I painted it white, then put it in storage. Due to the amount of flowers it took to make this piece I didn’t feel like it was practical to do a tutorial. I attached them in a way that I will be able to take it apart and reuse the flowers later. I love the end result so much I may have to find a permanent space for it!
I used oversized embroidery hoops and left over flowers and greenery to make these wreaths. I have used these hoops to make wreaths several times in the past. You can find one of my tutorials here.
A few days after the shower, my neighbors twin sister hosted another shower in my backyard. We used the patio under the deck to utilize the shade and reused the decor.
I spent a few minutes to make a new Balloon Garland to attach to the spiral stair case and we hung the wreaths from the under side of the deck. It was perfect for the baby shower but I think this would work for a bridal shower, wedding or any party!
You can find some of my party essentials below.
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