Bright colorful balloons are a must for any birthday so for Birthday Week this month I made this very easy and cute balloon wreath. There are a few posts around on how to make them, but I had some requests from friends for SUPER easy and SUPER descriptive instructions that even the most craft-phobic person could follow so I decided to write my own little tutorial.
So here is my Five Step Celebration Balloon Wreath Tutorial For the Non-Crafty Inclined:
Step 1: Gather your supplies
a straw wreath
I didn't take a picture of the wreath before I had stuck all the balloons in so you get a picture taken of the backside. It doesn't really matter - it looked the same on the other side anyways. I got a 18" wreath from Hobby Lobby. I wanted a 14" wreath but they were out of them the day I went and I didn't want to make another trip. Leave the plastic wrap on the wreath so the straw doesn't shed off everywhere. Also you can see that my wreath is far from round - that doesn't matter either, as you can see in the finished wreath you don't even notice it's wonky shape. My wreath was about $2.50 from Hobby Lobby - I've seen them at Michaels and Roberts as well.
Floral pins. These are easy. I bought a few packs of 100 pins for $1.00 from WalMart. They're in the fake flower section.
Balloons. I bought packs of 72 balloons from WalMart for about $3.00. I think I bought 4 or 5 packs - I know I had to go back for more because the balloons weren't covering the wreath densely enough.
Step 2: Wrap the floral pin around the balloon
Note: I've also seen where you stick the floral pin right THROUGH the middle of the balloon. You could do it that way. I didn't do that because heaven forbid we have some sort of balloon emergency and all the balloons we have in the house have floral pin holes in the middle of them rendering them un-inflatable! :]
Step 3: Hold the pin sticking out like this, with the balloon in your palm
Step 4: Stick the floral pin into the straw wreath, pushing it all the way down to snugly secure the balloon between the pin and the wreath.
Don't worry if you can see the pins right now, you won't be able to see them once the wreath is packed with balloons and all fluffed up.
See? No pins!
Step 5: Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat .....
Until you have balloons covering the whole wreath! Space out the colors so you don't have too much yellow over there, too much red in this space. Once I was done with the wreath I hung it up on my door so I could stick some more balloons in where I needed a little more fullness or I could see a bit of wreath peeking through.
And that's it! Very easy, quick and cheap. Let me know if you have any questions or if you end up making one!
Notes and Ideas:
I can't tell you exactly how many balloons it's going to take because it depends on the size of your wreath, the size of your balloons, and how densely you pack them in. I can tell you I bet it's going to take more than you think -- so buy more than you think you'll need. ;]
I only did the front part of my wreath, I'd say about 1/3rd of the way around. The back is going to be against your door so it doesn't matter if it's still straw looking. Here's a picture from the side so you can see what I'm talking about:
It would also be cool to cover the entire straw wreath and then hang it suspended in air over your table or buffet!
These would look striking in one solid color of balloons or even in just the colors to match your party theme.
I love my balloon wreath and can't wait to pull it out for every birthday at our house!