I'm sure many mums out there can relate to this.
It's one of those rare time where your baby is being looked after by a family member and you're excited to finally get some quiet time for yourself. Only to find that two hours later, you're wondering what you should be doing with this much free time!? Well, in my case I just get stuck into crafts.
I've seen these balloon garland wreaths all over Instagram and Pinterest. The combination of little balloon clouds with interlacing greenery is just so cute. I could definitely see myself using this for a first birthday party or baby shower. Here I'm going with rose gold colour theme just because I love rose gold - I mean who doesn't?
This balloon garland wreath is super easy to do, it definitely looks harder than what it actually is. You should give it a go.
Here's what you need:
- 1 hula hoop ($2 from Target)
- gold spray paint ($8 from Bunnings)
- artificial ivy garland ($5 from Kmart)
- a bunch of rose gold and white balloons (I use 11" Qualatex)
Start by coating your hula hoop with gold spray paint. You want to aim for a thin even layer or you will end up with paint bumps (like I did). Do this on one side and let it dry - mine takes approximately ten minutes.
While you're waiting for the paint to dry, you can start blowing your balloons. I would suggest getting one of those balloon pumps from Kmart to save your breath. You want to inflate your balloon in slightly different sizes as it will give your garland a more interesting appearance. Aim for smaller to medium sized balloons depending on the size of your hula hoop.
To secure the end of the balloon, simply tie a knot, leaving a little bit of a tail. Then grab two balloons of the same colour and tie the pair together with the excess tails. You should end up with something like this.
Now that one side of the hula hoop is dry, you want to turn it around and coat the other side. Make sure it's completely dry as I did get impatient and ended up with a botched paint job! If you find yourself in this situation, you can simply apply another coating to even it out.
At this stage, you can go back to your balloons. Or if you have inflated all your balloons, you can just make yourself a cuppa and put your feet up.
When your hula hoop is evenly coated and completely dry on both sides, you can now start on assembling the balloon garland. Start twisting your balloon pairs around the hula hoop, alternating in colours. All the balloons should sit snugly together and no glue should be required. You want to twist and turn until you're happy with how they look. If you think some areas are looking sparse, you can always add in an individual balloon with glue dots.
Now I was totally in the zone and forgot to take more photos after this. But what you do is, once you're happy with the balloons, you can then drape the ivy garland over the hoops. And then voila - here's the finished product, styled and all. Instead of love balloon, name sign would look amazing or even "one" letter foil balloon if you're having a first birthday party.
How easy is that!?