Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Balloon Topiary Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed Audrey's Art Party as much as I did! I love all of the color found in the decor of an art party...so cheerful! Emily Welch of Magnolia Creative is here today to share the how-to on the balloon topiary found at the party!

Step by step instructions as told by Emily...


One 6" Terracotta pot or some other container
One Styrofoam block (cut to fit inside the container)
One 5" Styrofoam ball
One 18"
wooden dowel (mine was longer and I had my husband cut it down to this size)
Two packs of greening pins. You really use about 1.5 packs but it's better to have more and not need them than be short.
2 packs of small (around 2.25") multi colored balloons (around 72 qty)
2 packs of larger (around 3") multi colored balloons (around 72 qty)
1 pack of
pipe cleaners cut in half
1 pack of
shredded tissue paper


Step 1:

Cut your styrofoam block to fit inside the terracotta pot. Slide the dowel through the block and then into the ball to form the topiary shape.


Step 2:

Next it's time to add the balloons to the styrofoam ball. I tied one of the smaller balloons around the greening pin (yellow balloon) to help hide it. Behind the yellow balloon I placed one or two of the larger balloons. Push the greening pin into the ball. Do this over and over until the entire ball is covered in balloons.




Step 3:

To add extra texture cut the pipe cleaners in half. Wrap one end around the greening pin to hide the edge. Wrap the other end around a pencil or paintbrush. Pull the pipe cleaner off and stretch it out into the coil shape. Add these sparingly around the ball. You can also add balloons behind the pipe cleaner like in step 3. Continue covering the entire ball with balloons and pipe cleaners.





Step 4:

For added decoration tie some ribbon around the dowel at the base of the styrofoam ball.


Step 5:

To cover your styrofoam block add the shredded tissue on top of it and around the dowel.


Congratulations, you are done! These topiaries make great additions to any table because you can change them up by using different colored balloons to match a theme or holiday, paint the dowel and use interesting ribbons or changing up the containers. You can also just make the ball and hang them from a chandelier or the ceiling using coordinating ribbon. Have fun!


Thank you Emily for sharing this fantastic tutorial with us!


HiLLjO said...

Oh this is awesome Christi!!! I've been lookin to make these for my wedding!

Tara Odebrecht said...

Fantastic! Thanks!! Getting ready to make topiaries for 2 parties and haven't done them before. Thinking about breaking out some feathers for one...should be interesting!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Oh my goodness how cute is this!? I love it for a birthday party.

Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair said...

Super clever - love this! xo

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Wow, so clever and colorful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

JC's Loft said...

Cute cute cute! I'm so going to use this idea!


AD-venture in HEELS said...

This is an awesome idea. I will have to use this at my next party. Thanks for the inspiration!


Rachel רחלי גזית said...

very nice. thanks

Sandi said...

awesome tutorial! this is so adorable!

Leigh said...

OH WOW! I just love the topiary! I pinned it on pinterest and now others will love it as well! Yay for cute craftiness! Thanks so much for sharing!

Cgallatin said...

Can you tell me where you found the 3 in balloons?

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