Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fancy Frill Balloons (Geranimo Style!) . . .

(via BHLDN)

All good things are eventually unavoidable and you've seen these lovelies floating around for awhile now.  A delightful combination of two very good things married together in celebratory bliss, Geranimo balloons just scream 'fabulous party' and turn the ordinary, ho-hum poppers into works of art!

But while stunning, these suckers can run you a small fortune, so if you are a nifty DIYer, we thought we would share this little tutorial with you, so you can put together a few all of your own!  First, a bit of inspiration . . .

(photo courtesy of Juliet Cardon)

(photo courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes)

(image courtesy of Bridal Musings)

If you don't have time to whip these up on your own or your budget is not an issue, you can purchase these ready made and custom designed right here: Geranimo Balloons

Or you can save a little cash, roll-up your sleeves, and get started on your own, with this clever little tutorial from Blue-Eyed Yonder . . .


Supplies You Will Need: 
(Makes 5 balloon streamers) 

~ Big, Round Balloons (36 inch round) 
~ 1 metal key ring
~ 1 metallic gold door curtain (Found at Party City, similar to this)
~ 1 package metallic Christmas tinsel garland (Found at Hobby Lobby)
~ Tissue paper fringes, paper hearts & other miscellaneous trimmings...

(How to make Tissue Tassels: via Mint Love Social Club)


Basic Summary: To make these streamers, all of the foil, tissue paper, trimmings, etc. are tied to a metal key ring that is then secured to the base of a 36″ balloon.

1.)  Start by tying a string to the key ring and hanging it from the ceiling. Adjust the height of the key ring so that it is similar in height to where you want the base of the balloon to be. (This way, you can build your streamers without having to hold they key ring and it will allow you to adjust the lengths of your streamer material accordingly.)

2.) Attach the metallic gold door curtain to the key ring first. The metallic gold curtain is key in this project. It will give you that beautiful “puddling” effect at the floor that is so indicative of the Geronimo balloons. Begin by laying the curtain out on the floor and cutting it into 5 equal pieces, lengthwise. You should end up with 5 – 8′ sections. Feed the top portion of the curtain through the key ring and secure with ribbon. 

3.) Once the gold curtain is secured to the key ring, the rest is pure imagination. There really is no right or wrong way to decorate the streamer. If you can tie it to the key ring, then chances are you can add it to the streamer. (Just be careful that the decor doesn’t get too heavy. Too much weight could cause the balloon to droop.)

(This example includes pieces of metallic Christmas tinsel with a wire center, with the wire wrapped around the metal key ring.  Cut out paper hearts are glued to a long, pink ribbon and tied to the key ring along with different style tissue paper tassels attached to ribbon as well.)

4.) Once you are satisfied with the look of the streamer, use a piece of curling ribbon to tie the metal key ring to the base of the balloon. Make sure the balloon is weighted down enough so it won’t float away. These balloons hold tons of helium and most likely will need something kind of heavy to hold them down.  Voila!!

Simple as can be and you can go on and get as creative as you want!!  Think of the fun you will have searching out ribbons, streamers, paper butterflies . . .

The options are endless!  Basically any theme that matches your party can be incorporated into the the 'frills' of these fantastic floaters, so go ahead and get crazy with it!  Happy Thursday!!

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