How to Create Decorative Balloon Flowers
Turning balloons into flowers is a very simple but original way to create decorations for the perfect little princess party or an afternoon tea with a garden theme. Or maybe you just want to find a way to brighten your best girlfriend’s day with a small token of appreciation––a bunch of balloon flowers will make her smile! If you want to know how to make decorative balloon flowers that are guaranteed to be the highlight of your party or day, just follow these steps.
Preparing the Balloons
Cut circular holes inside two pieces of cardstock.You will need to make one circular hole that has a diameter of approximately 6” (15cm) and another that has a diameter that is about 4” (10cm) across. Don't worry -- these circles don't have to be cut professionally and the piece of cardstock doesn't have to look nice. You'll only be using the cardstock and holes as a template, not for the final product.
Blow up five balloons to create flower petals.You may want to select balloons that are the same color to help them look like the petals of the same flower. After you blow up each balloon, hold it at the end to make sure that its center fits through the 6” (15cm) cardboard stock template. If it's too big or too small, inflate or deflate it accordingly. Tie the end of each balloon when you're done.
Blow up two smaller balloons to create the flower's center.The balloons should be a different color from the petals so that they stand out when you put the flower together. After you blow up each balloon, hold it at the end to make sure that its center fits through the 4” (10cm) cardboard stock template. If it's too big or too small, inflate or deflate it accordingly. Tie the end of each balloon when you're done.
Creating a Balloon Flower
Tie one set of two balloon flower petals together.The balloons should be facing opposite sides when you tie their ends together. You can use a small piece of craft wire to bind the ends of the two balloons together by wrapping the wire around them a few times. Just be careful -- the wire can pop your balloons. If you're concerned about this, you can use ordinary string instead, but it will be a bit weaker.
Tie the remaining three balloon flower petals together.The balloons should be evenly spaced when you tie their ends together, creating a "Y" shape. Use the same material you previously used to bind the ends of the remaining three balloons together. Just hold the three ends together with one hand and use your other hand to wrap the wire around the ends.
Tie the two sets of balloon flower petals together.Tie the set of two flower petals to the of three petals by tying all of the ends together. The balloons should extend outward, so that all of the ends are tied together in the center. The balloons may not feel stable during this process, but they'll be positioned correctly once you add the center.
Tie the two flower center balloons together.Tie the two smaller balloons together with wire or string. The balloons should be facing opposite directions when you tie the ends together.
Wrap the two flower center balloons around the petal balloons.Take the two flower center balloons and wrap them around the flower petals so that one balloon center appears on each side of the balloon. To do this, gently place the ends of the flower center next to the ends of the flower petals and move the flower center balloons around until the ends catch and you have one balloon center appearing on each side, surrounded by petals.
- Having a flower center on each side will create a 3-D effect for the flower.
Display your balloon flower.Now that you've finished your flower, you can place it on the ground, hang it up with some ribbon, or even think about adding a stem to it.
QuestionHow many days in advance can these be made before a party?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on what type of balloon you buy. If you buy small balloons, they will last two to five days; if you get a big balloon, it will last a week or longer.Thanks!
QuestionHow long will these balloons stay full and floating?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLatex balloons filled with air typically last for two to three days. After that, they will be viable for display, but be somewhat deflated.Thanks!
- Instead of ribbon, consider purchasing some long wooden craft sticks to transform into flower stems by painting them green. If you plan to use flower stem craft sticks, purchase craft tape so you can adhere the balloon to the stick.
- If you plan to hang these balloons outside for a party, wait until closer to the party time to make these, to avoid having the balloons sag or deflate (latex balloons have a limited shelf life).
- Line the walkway with these pretty balloons by driving a wooden craft stick into the soil and taping the flowers to the top (creating a flower bed or border).
Things You'll Need
Balloons from the party store––regular latex balloons are fine; just make sure they're all the same size
Heavy cardboard stock to make a template balloon holder
Ribbon or other balloon hanging supplies; match the color scheme
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