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!
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!