balloon topiary, DIY

I’ve been promising this post since BK’s Rainbow Party. And while I can’t promise, it’s the best DIY you’ve ever seen, I think it will be good enough to get you a yard full of balloon topiaries at your next party.

 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • conduit (we used 8 foot sections, I think they come in 10 foot sections, but Allen cut them because they were too high to begin with)
  • tape
  • balloons
  • tulle

Start by blowing up two balloons, it’s easier to tie the balloons together before they are tied separately.

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Simply tie a know in the two balloons to keep them together.

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Continue this process with 5 sets of balloons (10 total balloons).

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After all of your balloons are tied together, you’ll start twisting the sets to connect them and build the topiary.

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I’ve tried to coordinate with Allen to film this video, but things have been busy around here. So I made one myself, I don’t have one of those cool iPhone tripods, so I literally held the phone while I was creating the topiary. It isn’t the best, but I felt like you needed a glimpse because it’s super simple, yet hard to explain in writing. I hope this helps it make a little more sense.

After you twist them all together as I demonstrated in the video the middle will look something like this.

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From here, I just tied tulle around the entire section and left the ends hanging down. It sort of becomes hidden in the middle of the balloons and you’ll only see the ends hanging down. Allen went ahead and put all of the poles in the ground and I just went around on a step ladder and placed the topiaries on top.

Use the tape to cover the tops of the poles, you don’t want to risk your balloons popping.

Then, just place the balloon topiary on top of the poles, it should be a tight fit, and I used the tulle to help secure it to the pole. I just crossed tied a knot beneath the balloons and onto the pole. However, it was just for added precaution. If you place the topiary on the pole correctly, it will stay snug in place because of the tightness that is created in the center by twisting the balloons.

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We tested one the night before, I would definitely recommend doing that to get a feel for how it installs on the pole. Once you practice a time or two, you’ll be all set. Just try and avoid direct sunlight on a 90 degree day, your balloons might pop, I would know. We definitely should have waited until closer to time.

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Let me know if you have any other questions and I will try my best to answer them for you!


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DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

I know you’ve probably seen tassle garland all over Pinterest lately. Actually, I’ve been seeing it for awhile, but I was never quite brave enough to take the plunge. But, my mom and I love a good project, and we thought this might be a fun one to spend some time in the craft room learning how to make. And spend some time we certainly did!

The first set took us a fair amount of time to complete. By the second set, we were much faster and more efficient thanks to a few changes we made during the process. And last week we threw together a third strand rather quick! I know there are a million different tutorials you can find to make this, but I thought it would be helpful to share the method that worked well for us, in case you’re thinking of taking the tassle garland plunge yourself. You totally should, by the way!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • tissue paper in your preferred colors
  • scissors or a rotary cutter (seriously, use the rotary cutter, it’ll make your life easier)
  • twine for hanging (I just pick up random colors from the Target dollar spot)
  • Aleene’s turbo tacky glue
  • straight edge

Fold about 5 sheets of tissue paper in half lengthwise and cut the paper into strips. We used around 1/4″ but here’s where you can experiment, I like it a little smaller because it ends up looking fuller and hanging better for me, but this particular one is around 1/4″ wide.

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Lay your strips out in sections. I used about 25 strips for each tassle. I found it easier to twist this way, but you can add more for a fuller look, if you prefer.

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Be sure your strips are even and find the middle of the stack. At the middle, start twisting your strips together until it is held together tightly. Continue twisting the paper, be sure you’re twisting evenly on both sides so you’re tassels will be the same length. Continue twisting until you have about 3″ tightly twisted in the middle.

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Twist the paper in half to create a small loop at the top. Once you’ve created a loop, continue to twist a few more times. These twists will essentially hold the tassel together. Add a dab of glue and hold the twist firmly until it sets (this only takes a few seconds), then let it dry completely.

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Continue this process until you have your desired number of tassels. For reference, I used 4 colors, and made 5 tassels from each color, for a total of 20.

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Once they’re dry, you’ll want to fluff your tassels. This seems like a part you might want to skip, but don’t. It really makes a big difference in the way your final products looks. To fluff, just flip the tassel over and separate each piece of tissue paper.

Now you’re ready to string them onto your twine!  You’ll want to trim the ends once the tassels are hanging to make sure they’re all even.

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For this particular garland, I added a name. I simply poked a small hole in the letters using a push-pin and strung them together with clear fishing line. I tied each end to the garland to complete the project.

These are perfect for birthday parties, weddings, showers, and even nurseries. I think they are so fun and festive and love to have them hanging in my house for holidays and special occasions. 10847201_880534819590_8941076000239103175_o


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Create Your Own Bag Toppers using PicMonkey

Halloween is approaching fast and it hit me during dance class on Tuesday night that I needed a quick treat for the Halloween party. Usually when I post these tutorials, I get a lot who has time for that? I’m here to tell you, this is super quick and easy. Best of all? It’s free! That’s right, you don’t need fancy software, you can use the PicMonkey website and create your own personalized treat bag labels.

Start by heading over to PicMonkey. Once you get there, click on the collage icon at the top of the screen. It might ask you to pick an image from your computer to proceed, just go ahead and do this, to get the collage open. Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 10.11.24 AM

It will open up a collage like the one you see on the screen shot below. Click the “x” in the upper right hand corner of the longer photo box to take it out of the collage.

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Your workspace should look the screen shot below and you’re ready to begin creating your bag toppers.

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Fill the photo spots with a background. Just click on the image in the toolbar for swatches and chose a ready made design, create your own background, or upload one from your computer. The upload option is great if you’ve downloaded a free background and want to use it for your bag toppers. For mine, I just chose one of the swatches that came up in the menu.

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Once you’ve decided on your background, click on the edit option above the collage. The menu to the left of your work space will change and should look like the one below. Here is where the real fun begins. You can add text, overlays, graphics, edit your image, and so much more. I like to play around with this menu if I don’t have something specific in mind. The site is always updating their options based on holidays and seasons.

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Here’s what I did to create the label you’ll see in the photo at the bottom:

I started by adding a label (click on the butterfly icon, then scroll down to find the labels header). I wanted a nice big space to add text for the bag toppers, so I picked a fun label to serve as a background for my text.

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Next, I personalized the label with a cute Halloween saying and name.

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That’s it! The topper is complete! Finally, I saved the label to my computer and opened the image in Microsoft word. I changed my paper orientation to landscape to fit more on the page and printed the toppers from the Word document.

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For the final product, I used Wilton clear plastic bags (from the cake decorating aisle at Wal-Mart), cut in half. I cut the toppers out, folded them in half, and stapled them to the top. The final product was cute, simple, and cheap!

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