Today I am sharing a tutorial for a Balloon Topiary. I originally did this for my monthly post for The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife. This project is one that you could make to decorate for any holiday or birthday. I made mine to go on my Valentine mantel.
Let me show you how I did it.
I took a very old, ugly topiary and recycled it. Here is the before picture. I’m surprised I even still had that ugly thing around. But I’m sure I saved it so I could redo it some day. I do have a few things stashed I’m sure my husband would LOVE to throw away. Don’t all DIYers??
I took everything out of the base and gave it 2 coats of Krylon spray paint.
I pulled off the fruit and left some of the pick part in. I thought I might be able to use them to attach the balloons, but that didn’t work. So, I ended up pulling them all out but forgot to take a picture. I gave the ball a coat of red spray paint.
For this project I used approximately 100 balloons in various colors, a glue gun and a ball point pen. I took the pen and poked a hole in the Styrofoam ball.
Once the hole was put in the Styrofoam I took the balloon and bent it in half added hot glue into the hole and take the pen and push the balloon into the hole. You repeat this step alternating the color of balloons you use. Do this until the Styrofoam ball is full. Just a word of warning, it is messy! Put a piece of foam board or poster board underneath your work to catch the Styrofoam droppings.
I found some ribbon at JoAnn fabrics for 90% off. It was .29 cents. I LOVE a bargain. I
hot glued the ribbon to one end of the stick and wrapped it all the way up the stick. Hot glue the other end.
I then hot glued the balloon ball onto the top of the stick. Then I hot glued the bottom of the stick into the pot making sure it was straight.
There you have it an inexpensive DIY home decor project.
If you are looking for some more Valentine’s Day Projects here are a couple more I did this year.
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