Hello, my friends! Yes, I am still alive. Somehow, the last couple of weeks have slipped through my fingers. I’ve been savoring the last few drops of summer and our time has been filled with bubble blowing, birthday celebrations, camping and the stuff of real life. All wonderful, if a bit overwhelming at times. Can you relate?
A few days ago, my youngest son turned 5. Did you hear that? My baby is 5!!!! (Insert sniffling and a few mama-tears.) I love fun traditions and this year, I decided to add a couple of new birthday traditions to our house.
First up? The birthday balloon wreath. This definitely isn’t an original idea. I’ve seen balloon wreaths all over the internet. I’m sure there’s a birthday balloon bandwagon out there and I’m jumping right on. Nothing screams birthday quite like balloons and we’ll be hanging this wreath up for everyone’s birthday.
Here’s what you need:
- A straw wreath (mine is 16″) – Leave the plastic on it so it doesn’t shed all over your house.
- Balloons. Lots and lots of balloons – I used 320 of them. (5 packs of 72 from Wal-Mart)
- U-Shaped floral pins (also called greening pins) -You can find them in the fake flower section of the craft store
The process is easy, but a bit tedious. You stick the floral pin around the middle of the balloon and push it firmly into the wreath so that it’s nice and tight.
Do that over and over and over until you think your fingers are going to fall off. It took me about an hour to do the whole thing. The trick to making this wreath look good is to use lots of balloons. The more, the better, unless you want a wimpy looking wreath. And nobody wants a wimpy birthday balloon wreath.
Also, I’ve seen tutorials that suggest using a foam wreath form instead of the straw. Let me give you a bit of advice. Don’t. After you stick that many pins into a foam wreath, it’s going to fall apart. Maybe not today, but soon. And then you’ll be left with chunks of foam and hundreds of balloons. Major bummer.
I hung our wreath in the kitchen to greet my birthday boy at breakfast.
This wreath cost about $30 to make, which is more than I would usually spend on a fun, silly little project. But I plan to put it out for every birthday, so it will be a round for a while. I’m picturing my great-big teenage boys rolling their eyes as mom hangs up the birthday wreath again. (Insert more sniffles and mom-tears.)
Stick around because I’ve got another birthday themed project for you this week!
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