DIY: Giant Balloon with Streamers

DIY balloon streamers

Remember the fun giant balloons from the posh + playful wedding this morning? Well, we were inspired by Darcie’s creations and crafted up our own beauties! There are so many variations you can do for these balloons, but they make the perfect fun + modern touch to your wedding – or next party! Here is how we made ours…

DIY balloon streamers


Materials:
• 3′ round balloon (you can find them here or here)
• 1 yard of fabric (in your choice of color)
• 1 yard of tulle (I couldn’t find dotted tulle, so instead bought plain tulle and used this DIY to create a dotted look)
• 2 pieces of scrapbook paper for geometric shapes (DIY to make these here)
• 1 ball of yarn
• tissue paper tassels (DIY found here on how to make these)

* These are the materials to make this specific balloon but you are only limited by your imagination! The balloon is quite large and holds a lot of helium, but it is still a good idea to use very lightweight materials. Tulle, tissue paper and lightweight fabrics are all good choices.

round balloon


1. Decide how high your balloon will be displayed and therefore the length of your longest decorations. I cut varying lengths for both the fabric strips, tulle, and ribbons. Some shorter, and one or two very long (touching the floor)

yarn fluff


If you’d like to add additional decor, one fun item was a yarn fluff. Simply wrap a thick amount around your fingers, tie together in the middle, and cut both ends of folds. Voila! Yarn fluff. I decided not to use these once we had the gold shapes and tissue tassels.

fringe


2. Make your materials. Here is where I dotted the plain tulle, snipped fringe into the coral orange fabric as seen in the photo, and created the fringe tassels.

3. Start by laying your pieces out on a table, and then grabbing one at a time in your hand and layering on top of one another. You’ll have a nice bundle of your materials. Leave a few inches at the top and pinch in the middle. *Leave out your tassels and geometric shapes as they will be layered on later.

streamers


4. Tie the bundle to your balloon. I used some of the string Party City had put on when they blew it up. Don’t use the main string holding the balloon up. Use an additional “tail.”

streamers


5. Fluff out the tops so they are spread out nice and give volume.

geometric diamonds

geometric diamonds


6. Start adding your additional materials. I started by hot gluing a bit of yarn to my gold geometric shape so that I could loop it over the top of those tops. You can also hot glue a piece of yarn on it so that you can tie the shape to a strand.

geometric diamonds

tissue tassels


7. For the tassels, I put the first fluff under the geometric shapes so as to hide the top of the tassel and tied it to one of my sturdier ribbons. You can also hot glue if you want more stability. Then layer your other tassel under the first one so it blends underneath. I kept the tassels on the same strand of ribbon

You’re finished!

You can add so many other goodies to your balloon to make it unique! It’s great to just start layering, and then stepping back to see what/where needs more or less. Not too much, or your balloon will start to sink after about hour 4!

DIY balloon and streamers

DIY balloon and streamers

DIY balloon and streamers

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Have fun + looking forward to seeing your creations!

Oh, and if you love these, but don’t have time to DIY your own, we love the giant balloons from Geronimo!

photos by Katie Pritchard for Green Wedding Shoes

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Posh + Playful Seattle Wedding: Darcie + Neal

bride and groom

Darcie + Neal choose The Sunset Club in Seattle for their wedding venue and thus the venue determined much of their inspiration for the day. From the antiques to the roaring fireplaces to the crystal chandeliers and the hand-painted walls, there was no other place like it. I’m in major love with Darcie’s pale blue Elizabeth Dye wedding dress and all the handmade details for the day including heart garland, fun giant balloon centerpieces, origami escort cards and so much more! With gorgeous photos from Julie Harmsen Photography, their wedding is sure to inspire lots of other DIY couples!

From Darcie: My husband Neal and I can appreciate a martini in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria but are generally really casual and goofy people. Our challenge was to create a wedding that fit the turn-of-the-century style of the Sunset Club and our styles as well. We decided to use a “posh & playful” theme to make the space our own. There was never any doubt that I would be creating many of the decor elements myself. I am an artist and perhaps a little too excited by things like embroidery thread and tacky glue. I only wanted to buy things I couldn’t make. Originally, I even wanted my mother to make my wedding dress…but she was not up to the pressure. Though our wedding was a formal affair, we wanted it to reflect our lives together. Having so many handmade elements helped us achieve that. It honestly never occurred to me to hire someone to, for instance, make the programs. I suppose I get that from my mother.

blue wedding dress

rings

invitation

invitation

invitation

invitation


Our invitations were all collaborations with my mother. I did all of the drawings and design work with a drawing program on my iPad and Adobe Photoshop. My mother did all of the calligraphy as well as finding the perfect paper (imported from Germany!) and working with the printers. As a visual artist who has a comic blog, this was something I just couldn’t resist doing myself.

first look

first look

first look

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

giant round balloon

giant round balloon

bride and groom

flower girl

ceremony


The Sunset Club is such a beautiful venue that we wanted to keep the added decor relatively simple. I wanted the aisle to be defined in some way without renting a cumbersome aisle runner so I came up with the idea of confetti to bring some playfulness to the room. I bought books of multicolor cardstock and used different size hole punches to punch as much confetti as my hands could handle. I only used the colors in each book that corresponded to our chosen color palette. I also bought a package of paper in a beautiful green that looked great in the venue and used a heart punch for heart-shape confetti. 

When I saw the arch under which we would be married, I knew that a curtain of pom poms and paper flowers on ribbon would be all the decoration we would need. I feel it was playful and elegant simultaneously and now it’s hanging up in our apartment!

hanging garlands

hanging garlands

The most memorable moment of our wedding was one of my husband's vows. He said "I promise when we are old and brittle, I will still dance around the house to make you laugh. I cannot promise, however, that I will always be wearing pants..." It was hilarious! My husband's most memorable moment was probably seeing his father dance to "Gangnam Style"!

hanging garlands

escort cards


I have always loved origami and wanted to incorporate it somehow regardless of the fact that it didn’t really match our venue. I found instructions online to make two bears looking at each other and I messed with it to make it into a bear and a bobcat instead. I choose paper colors specific for each guest so the folded cards could serve as a keepsakes as well.

I saw lots of fingerprint guestbooks on Pinterest and just loved the idea of having a piece of art to hang after the wedding. The drawing tied in the balloons we used for the reception centerpieces and Neal and I decided on having a bear and bobcat being carried away by the balloons. Neal is the bear and I am the bobcat. We chose these so-called “spirit animals” years ago as they each are good representations of our respective personalities.

thumbprint guest book

balloon centerpieces


We decided on balloons both as a way to utilize the incredibly high ceiling in the ballroom and to bring in the playful aspect we wanted. Though we were using balloons we wanted to make sure it didn’t end up looking like a high school dance and we were inspired by the elegance of the Geronimo balloons we saw online and in the BHLDN catalog. We ordered a crazy amount of tulle, ribbon, streamers, and raffia twine and created just what we wanted: elegant balloons! To anchor the balloons physically and visually we ordered cheap three-tiered dessert stands, spray painted them ivory, and filled them with tissue and yarn pom poms. I enlisted the help of all family members on both sides to make the hundreds of pom poms we needed!

balloon centerpieces

balloon centerpieces

pig cake toppers

cookies

reception

first dance

Try and let go of the idea that your wedding day should be the most perfect day of all time. Feel free to labor over what type of cake you want but you will be lucky if you have time to eat a piece of it! The truth is even if everything goes wrong it will most likely still be the best day of your lives.

photography: Julie Harmsen Photography // venue (included food, furniture, linens, servers, etc.): The Sunset Club Seattle, Washington // wedding dress: Elizabeth Dye // alterations: Debra Hadeen // balloons: The Red Balloon Company // bride’s eyelash extensions: Allison at Unique Skin Boutique // bride’s hair color: Sharon at Radar Hair & Records // bride’s makeup + hair: Jenny Bowker // bride’s nails: Yoko at En Salon Musée //  dj: DJ Tecumseh at Bamboo Beats // flowers: Patty Tronquet at Pocket Full O Posies // groom’s tux: The Tuxedo Club // officiant: Pat Stimac at A Heavenly Ceremony  // string trio: Seattle Modern Strings

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