Introducing my latest balloon project - Valentine heart balloons that you can make for your sweetheart!
Ever since making my pom-pom balloons last June, I've kept a small helium tank in my house for the spur of the moment desire to blow up a balloon. ;) My girls love playing with them, and I love crafting with them. I'm frequently daydreaming about balloon crafts, and as soon as the idea of Mod Podging tissue paper hearts onto balloons came to me, I just had to try it!
I don't know about you, but I'd be pretty psyched to be surprised with a bunch of these heart balloons on Valentine's Day (or really any day, for that matter!)
They have a homespun feeling to them - the hearts aren't perfectly smooth, and you can tell they are handmade, but to me that makes them that much more special of a gift to receive!
You can whip up a bunch of these in under an hour. I love the graphic punch of the red hearts against the white balloon, but you don't have to be limited to hearts, or to red and white. Keep reading for some more ideas.
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Supplies for Heart Balloons
- White helium quality balloons
- Red tissue paper
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Baker's twine
- Heart template
How to Make Heart Balloons
1. Trace around heart template onto tissue paper. To save time, I kept the tissue paper about 8 layers thick and cut all at once (so by cutting out one heart, I ended up with 8 of them)
2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to one side of the heart using a foam brush.
3. Apply the heart to a pre-blown up helium balloon by carefully laying it on top.
4. Readjust the heart as needed. You can lift it up and straighten, just use a light touch to avoid ripping the paper. Also, keep a washcloth on hand to wipe any excess Mod Podge off of your fingers to avoid smudging the balloon.
5. Carefully flatten out the heart. I started from the middle and then smoothed it out with my fingers. It won't be perfectly smooth, but you can get out most of the air bubbles using your fingers.
6. Repeat the steps with a second heart on the backside of the balloon if you like. I finished off my balloons with some red and white baker's twine in place of the standard curly ribbon, but either works great!
As I said, don't be limited by hearts - what about letters or words? I just traced and cut the letters from tissue paper and applied to the balloons in the same way as the hearts.
A big thanks to my husband for (reluctantly) agreeing to take these photos with me, and for always supporting my blogging endeavors. I love you!
Love these balloons? Then don't miss my other simple DIY balloon crafts!
All photos of the finished balloons by Candice Stringham.