Mar 8, 2012

If I can do it, you can do it

This post is a little surreal for me. I mean, not only am I talking about a craft that I actually made, but I'm going to show you how to do it. Can we all just take a moment to recognize how unusual this is? And then maybe savor it because I don't see a post like this happening again anytime in the near future.

I used this tutorial from Ashley, and this one from Missy. Both were useful, but *dare I say it* I kind of put my own spin on it.

But first thing's first. Let me tell you what you need so you don't almost have a panic in a craft store. (Although if you do, no judgement, they are kind of scary places).

*A 12-inch straw wreath
*2 spools of 1 &1/2 inch ribbon (I bought three but only used two and one extra piece to hang the wreath from, so if you have some extra ribbon you definitely only need two spools).
*One box of 175 crafting (aka straight) pins - mine were 28 & 3/4 mm - again, you probably don't even need that many because I have plenty left.
*About 327 balloons - this is a little give or take - if you buy 350 with a 12 inch wreath you'll have plenty (and trust me, they do not need to be fancy).

You start by leaving the plastic wrap on the straw wreath (it keeps it from shredding), and you wrap it in ribbon like so. I wrapped mine very closely, but you could be a little more free-spirited with wrapping it - use one type of ribbon, then go over any open spots with the second spool. (And yes, those are dogs in the background!)
 Forgive the quality of the pictures - all were taken on my cell phone

Once you've wrapped your wreath, then you can start pinning balloons to it! Fold each balloon in half and stick it on a pin. I put five balloons on each pin so it would give it a fuller look, and so I wasn't using one pin per balloon. (This is also probably why I have so many pins left).

Once the balloons are on the pin, stick it in your wreath - the balloons kind of naturally fall over the head of the pin so you don't have to worry about it showing.


I tried to pin around in a circle to do the first outer layer and then fill it in. You can see it's not quite a circle here, but it really doesn't matter because you just pin where there's an empty spot. I pinned about halfway to the back of wreath all around but left the back empty so it would lay flat when hanging. I also found it helped to hold the wreath upright while pinning it, instead of laying it on a table.

After a couple of hours of pinning (seriously, I think this took me three hours tops, and that's with a break to eat), your wreath will look like this!
Pin some extra ribbon on the back to hang it with, pat yourself on the back, and you are done!

Easy, right? I have to admit, I was surprised. But trust me, if I can do it - you can do it!

Are you a crafts person? Would you try making a balloon wreath? Happy almost Friday!

6 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That is so adorable and festive! You did a great job. I am NOT a crafty person. At all. And I do not enjoy crafting at all so I just avoid it like the plague. I do get together with 2 friends once a quarter or so to do a crafting activity of some sort but I always joke and tell them I am just there for the conversations and food. ;)

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Cute. Perfect for a house with kids! I am most definitely a crafts person but I haven't really made anything of interest lately. I need to get back into it.

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I love this. What a fun idea!

Nora said...

This is awesome. Might have to make one for the girls when we host their birthday parties! Way to be crafty my dear :) <3

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

That turned out so awesome! I love all the work and time you put into it! You are no longer allowed to say you aren't crafty :P

Zelde said...

I'm quite crafty. I used to sew a lot but lately I love colourful paper and I've done some knitting. I need to actually make something occasionally to counterbalance my studies.

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