Monday, January 9, 2012

{diy geronimo balloon}

{images via Geronimo Balloons}

I have wanted an excuse to make a festive balloon inspired by the ones made by Geronimo for some time now and I decided Valentine' was a great opportunity to try one out.  I was thinking this would be a great way to present a hand made Valentine card to someone by attaching it to the "string" on the balloon. 

what you need:

  • 36 inch round balloon 
  • tissue paper (I created about 6 tassels for this balloon using 2 sheets of tissue for each)
  • 5 feet of ribbon plus additional 2 feet to be used to attach tassels
  • any other decorative elements you might want to add keeping in mind that they are lightweight so they do not pull the balloon down- I used foam heart cut outs.

  1. tape ribbon with painters tape onto a wall so that you can attach tassels and get a feel for how it will look once it is actually tied to the balloon.
  2. create tassels or other decorative elements, you can see my tutorial on creating tissue fringe tassels here.
  3. attach tassels starting at the top of your ribbon by tying them around the main ribbon with a smaller strip of the same ribbon so that it blends in.
  4. Once you are happy with the look of your balloon's string, attach it to the inflated balloon.(sidenote- these balloons take A LOT of helium and most stores will charge you extra to fill them up. Also keep in mind that unless you have a huge SUV you will probably only be able to fit a maximum of 3 of these in your car at a time if you choose to make a bunch...)

I really loved how this project turned out and could see this being a wonderful addition to an engagement shoot,  bridal/baby shower, or birthday party. 


  1. I LOVE this! Such a fun way to add a balloon element to any party!

  2. I love this! Have had this on my to do list for a while now also.
    Do you think shreds of a lightweight fabric would be too heavy on the balloon? How much was the balloon to fill?
    How cute would it be if given as a gift in a big box?!

  3. @katie jo

    I love the idea of putting it in a box!!!

    Yes- i think lightweight fabric would be too heavy unless it was like a verrrrry lightweight silk or tulle. And this cost me $5 to fill, but I took to a random party store in Downtown LA who actually sells these balloons so they understand how much helium they take. If you take to a Ralphs/Albertsons they might not charge you that much since they might not know how much helium it really takes.


    1. how did you attach the hearts? what size hearts did you use?

  4. totally doing this for vday, thank you!!! I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out!

  5. I love this! Especially since my birthday is right around the corner! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love this idea with a capital L! So cute.


  7. Such a happy balloon! I love it.

  8. Love this so cute... and much more affordable!

  9. the balloons are FABULOUS!! absolutely love it!<3

    xoxo -