Craft Time: How to Make a Balloon Wreath

by Cate on January 16, 2011

Looking for an easy and festive way to celebrate special occasion? This DIY Balloon Wreath is perfect.

Top of Balloon WreathMy camera has been having little fits, so forgive the interruption in the regularly scheduled Weekend Photos in Review.  Instead, my Project 365 photos (below) and a fun craft will have to do.

When I saw this craft on How Does She? a few months back, I printed it out and made a mental note to make it for Madeline’s upcoming birthday.  I loved how fun and colorful it was, the perfect way to signal a very special day, whether it be hers or someone else’s.

Since her upcoming party is going to be rainbow-themed (thanks for the food suggestions, by the way!), I debated about making a rainbow-themed wreath, but opted to, instead, make it multi-color, that way it could be used birthday after birthday, year after year.

This just might be the easiest craft ever.  I think all told it took me maybe 30 minutes from start to finish, and under $15 worth of supplies.  To save a bit of money, the biggest stash of balloons came from the dollar store.  There are several problems with this, as I soon found out.

First, you can’t tell how many ugly brown and black balloons you’ll get in your package.  Second, the package wasn’t even marked as to how many balloons it contained (they ranged from 35-42 balloons per pack, go figure).
Dollar Store Rejects

And third, you end up with a few weird balloons like this.
Another Dollar Store Reject

Alrighty then.

I ended up using four packages from the dollar store, and then supplemented it with packs I bought at Target. Those were much nicer, albeit pricier (15 balloons for $1.25). The bonus is that you could get packages of just a single color, which I liked much better. Your party supply store would, of course, be a good bet, as well as buying in bulk online.

SuppliesYou’ll also need a plastic-wrapped wreath (was just over two bucks at Michaels with their 40% off coupon) and a few packages of greening pins (in the fake floral department of your local craft store).

Open up all your packages and start pinning the balloons to the wreath like so. I kept the plastic on the wreath to keep my dining room from becoming quickly covered by straw.

MidwayYou could easily color coordinate the balloons on the wreath. I didn’t, going for just bright pops of color instead.


Balloon WreathOnce it was done, I tied a red ribbon around it so I can hang it on the front door on party day. The ribbon was a steal in the 80% off holiday section at Michaels – under two bucks for the whole roll and I have most of it leftover.

Project 365
January 14, 2011, Photo #14

Movie NightOn Friday night, the kids and I had movie night, with pizza and popcorn, and Despicable Me.

January 15, 2011, Photo #15
Party Prep

January 16, 2011, Photo #16
Bottoms UpSo good. So very strong.

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Merry120 January 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Love the wreath! Such a great idea though I would have never thought of it myself.


Mellisa W. January 17, 2011 at 5:19 am

White Russian?


Joanne January 17, 2011 at 7:16 am

Is that White Russian I spy? :P I haven’t had one in AGES! So good.

Love the balloon wreath idea! It goes perfect with the rainbow theme but would definitely be great for any kids’ party.


claire January 17, 2011 at 8:45 am

I saw this somewhere else and totally want to make it for my best friend’s little boy. His birthday is coming up and I think this is the cutest idea! Hopefully, I can remember to get the stuff when I’m out today. :-)


Kris #40 January 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

So cute! Too bad you didn’t post this last week. Kaitlyn’s 10th birthday is tomorrow. I kept up the artificial tree in the porch and turned it into a birthday tree with streamers and balloons. (And also kept the tree up because the 22 year old stepdaughter is coming home tonight after being away in People’s Republic of Georgia since September where she went to teach English – so she never had Christmas at home.)


Meg January 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Loving that wreath! So creative and fun. I worked at Michael’s in college and had the hardest time not spending my whole paycheck on yarn, stickers, crochet hooks and home decor . . . such a fun place!


Ramona January 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

That’s very cute. A great decoration for her b’day!


Laura January 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I love it! She is going to have such a colorful birthday~


Christa aka the BabbyMama January 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

This is AWESOME! I’ve been thinking about decorations for my daughter’s upcoming second b-day and this is definitely on the list :)


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