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I am so excited about these balloons!! Who knew dollar store flowers could look so chic? All they needed was a second life in balloon form. ;)
I don't know about you, but I'd be even more excited to get a bouquet of these flower balloons than real (overpriced) flowers on Valentine's Day. Especially if they were from this little sweetie!
I swear the flowers look real when they are on the balloons like this. This would be so pretty as decor for a wedding or shower, don't you think? At a total cost of less than $1 per balloon, that's my idea of a thrifty DIY!
I took about a million photos (ok, like 300) to try to get some good shots of these, and employed my daughters to be models. They picked out their outfits and got all dressed up for the shoot! Now if only I could get them to stay stay still long enough to take a photo!
Read on for more photos and a simple tutorial for how to make the balloons!
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Supplies for Flower Balloons
How to Make Flower Balloons
1. Inflate your balloons (I used 12" balloons) and tie with baker's twine or curling ribbon. You can use a personal helium tank at home, or have your local party store inflate them. They will stay afloat for about 6 hours. If you want them to last longer, make sure to have your party store add Hi Float to the balloons.
2. Clip your flowers off the stem. Clip as much of the stem off as possible so it will lay flat on the balloon (i.e., clip farther up than shown in the photo below!)
3. Here's where the magic happens. Get out your hot glue gun (yes, hot glue!), add a dab of glue to the underside of your flower and stick it to the base of the balloon (where it is tied). If you didn't know you could hot glue things to balloons, be sure to check out my pom-pom balloons!
I added about 3 flowers per balloon. You can glue on a small flower here and there (like the purple ones above) to cover any gaps or glue showing. Add too many flowers and the balloon will sink. I found 3 medium sized ones to work just right!
Whip up a bouquet of these and give them to someone you love. :)