A wise woman knows when to step away from the glue gun and abandon the craft scissors. She recognizes when she’s been outsmarted by D.I.Y.
I never claimed to be smart.
Besides, it was my daughter’s eleventh birthday and she’s over the moon for crazy colors and zebra stripes.
Unfortunately I began this wreath the night before her birthday. It was two days after Christmas and snowing like crazy; however, I loved this wreath the minute I saw this photo on Pinterest.
I knew I had to make it.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a balloon wreath of your own.
- A foam circle (they probably call them wreath forms)
- 3 packages of balloons (72 balloons per package)
- U-shaped floral pins from the floral arranging section of the craft store
- Wooden or Foam letter of choice (plus whatever paint or embellishments you want to use on your letter)
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any u-shaped floral pins at Wally World and the nearest craft store is about thirty-five minutes away. Did I mention there was a snow storm going on? It was dumb enough that I ventured out to Walmart; I couldn’t go all the way to Hobby Lobby.
So I made do with what I had. Yes, I can be fiercely determined when I want to be. It’s not always a good quality.
At first I attempted to hot glue the balloons to the foam wreath form, but the balloon wouldn’t stick. Go figure.
Then I found a box of paper clips and enlisted my son in the army of Fringe Family Craft Wars. I had him open the paper clips and use a pair of pliers to cut the metal so I had two perfect “U’s” from each paper clip.
This was a bad idea.
Balloons fall off if you touch the wreath, because the metal clips aren’t long enough to go deep enough into the foam, but once it got on the wall, we’ve had no problems.
Consider this war won.
Simply put a balloon into the paper clip “u” and insert the clip into the styrofoam. Repeat three hundred times.
I kinda love it, and I’m just crazy enough to attempt another one of these balloon wreaths one day, but only with the proper floral hooks. I’m all out of paper clips anyhow.
What do you think? Would you ever attempt a balloon wreath?
The wreath kinda matches the cupcakes I made for her birthday party in school. Doesn’t it?
Linking to Mercy Ink’s Heart & Home Link-up and Tidy Mom’s What I’m Lovin‘. Also linked to A Glimpse Inside.
great idea! I’ll try to make this for Ian’s party if I have extra time. Thanks for visiting my blog: http://www.sweetcarolinescorner.com
Lovely wreath. I couldn’t do that. I am just not crafty that way. Your daughter is the same age (maybe three weeks older) than my son.
The wreath is super cute! Would dollar store Bobby pins work? They might be easier to find for your next endeavor.
The look On your daughter’s face totally says “watch out, I’m almost a teenager!”
Jessie @ Dream and Differ says
I love it! All the balloon colors combined with the zebra monogram are perfect; fun, funky and perfect for the Fringe Kid! And those cupcakes are so darn cute~ I bet they were a huge hit at school.
I love it!
What a cool idea! Love it! It sure brightens up a winter birthday!
Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says
That wreath is just as cute as can be, just like the Fringe Kid. And, a Happy Birthday, Fringe Kid!!
I love the balloon wreath. So cute and so is your daughter. Happy 11th to her!!
You sure have your craft on lately lady!
The Domestic Fringe says
I know. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. If it continues, call a doctor. Promise?
Bridgesburning Chris King says
Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!! And you only had to repeat 300 times…you do make my chuckle with your persistence. Way to go!!
Happy 11th Birthday FringeKid!
That’s really a great wreath! Glue guns and I don’t mix, however, and I fear for the fact that my kids might wind up heading to school with balloons permanently attached to their ears or the back of their knees if ever I picked up those two items together. However, I’ll live vicariously through you and say that I LOVE it!