Hello friends! I am so excited to share this post with you today. I’ve been working on it in my head for quite a while. Now, I’m ready to ‘go public’ with it. The truth of the matter is that this idea is straight out of my childhood. Do you have any memories of gifts that for whatever reason were simply “magical” for you? This balloon topiary was just that for me.
So, my sister received a balloon, I’m calling it, topiary, or something like this when she was five years old and in the hospital. See? It wasn’t even for me, but I still fell in love with it. It made such an impact that I still remember it today~ or something like it anyway. Truly, that’s a lot of years for a gift to stick with you. Because it was such a magical gift (to me), I wanted to try to recreate it. I know it would be a perfect gift for kids and adults alike since you can totally customize it. Now, keep in mind, that I made this mock up of one to share with you. If I were truly making one as a gift, I would have more personalized type items for the recipient. Truth be told, I borrowed many of these little trinkets from my sweet little niece. However, when I gave her the finished product, I did tie a few new extras on for her. 🙂
So, who wouldn’t love to receive a fun, festive, happy gift like this balloon topiary? I know I would. It would totally make my day, in fact. So, I’ve narrowed it down to ten easy steps to make your own balloon topiary. Ready?
Gather all your supplies. You will need:
- wrapping paper tube, or similar
- ribbon, wide for covering the tube and curly ribbon
- hot glue
- tissue paper shred
- toys and trinkets that will be gifts
To start, you will want to gather whatever type of toy or trinkets would work for the person who will be receiving this. For me, I used small little figures for a girl (ponies, stickers, etc..). These are what will be the gift portion of this. You want to tie them onto a long piece of ribbon. The length does not mater, as you will see in the next step. Obviously, if you want to make one of these for an adult, the items will change. How about tiny liquor bottles, small lotions, lip balm, gift cards…you get the idea.
For this step you are going to hot glue the end of the ribbon (without the toy) to the wrapping paper tube. You want these to be scattered around the tube at different heights. Make sure the ribbon is secure. For truth in advertising here, I started with a shorter tube that was not for wrapping paper. I had to eventually switch it out. You need a tube with height.
Now you are ready to wrap the tube with ribbon. I used a wide paper ribbon. The kind you see every fall at homecoming time. As I wrapped the tube, I pulled the ribbon and toys up so that they would come up through the ribbon at the top of different layers. They will thread up through the ribbon and then fall down the outside of the tube where they can be seen. As you wrap, you will want to periodically secure the ribbon with a bit of hot glue. This is just to make sure everything stays in place.
At this point, I added several pieces of curly ribbon and secured it to the top of the tube. I think it made it look more festive, and it kind of ‘filled’ things out so it would look more full.
Okay, blow up those balloons now. I used 5 for this. You can use whatever you like, but odd numbers look best. I also used some polka dot balloons with a solid in the middle. However, I’ve seen really cute marble and tie dye balloons, which would be super fun. You know what’s really cool about this project? No helium required. You can just blow those bad boys up and you’ll be good to go.
Ugh. The step that made me curse out loud. You need to tie ribbon or string onto each balloon. Then you need to thread the ribbon through to the bottom of the wrapping paper tube. I know. It sounds easy. And yet…cursing. Here’s a tip. To get the ribbon to drop through the tube, weight it. Tie something to the end of the string that will fit through the tube and help get the string to the other end. Once you’ve got all your strings or ribbons, you will want to secure them somehow. You can use tape or glue. Make sure to pull the string taut so that the balloons “stand up” at the top of the wrapping paper tube. Sorry, in my frustration at this step, I forgot to snap a pic. 🙁
With your balloons in place, you are ready to secure the tube into whatever container you are using. You could use a terra-cotta pot or a small pail. I found mine at the dollar store. This is another area where you can really customize your gift, but you want to make sure that it’s sturdy enough to hold the tube in place. I pushed mine into some florist foam that I placed at the bottom of the pail. Sister thinks the balloon she received was anchored in plaster of paris. That seems like a lot of work; however, it might be necessary if you’re using items with a heavier weight.
***seeing a close up of my hand like this makes me feel like getting a manicure! Also, when did my fingers start to look so old???***
Cover the florist foam with some colored shred or tissue paper. You want to hide the base of the pail and tube. I used colorful tissue paper that I cut into strips.
Now is when I added my name to the pail. I simply cut out the name using pink vinyl and my Cameo. However, you could easily use some sticker letters or hand write it if you have good handwriting.
And there you have it ~ the cutest gift ever. There are so many great things about this gift. It can be made inexpensively depending on what type of toys/trinkets you tie to it. It can be completely customized for your receiver. You can use this idea for a variety of occasions. AND, I think ANYONE would like this gift. In other words, it’s not just for five-year olds. 🙂 I hope you like it as much as I do. I will leave you with one extra tip. If you’re creating one for a school aged kiddo, tie a fidget spinner to your ribbon. That was a HUGE hit around these parts.
Make sure to leave me a comment below. Can you think of any way to improve this project? Or maybe you have some tips to share on how we could make this easier to put together. And, as always, sign up here to add yourself to my email list. Then, you never have to worry about missing even one post.
Until next time~