5″ and 11″ Balloons
Low Temp Glue Gun
Permanent Double-Sided Tape
Paper Pom Pom Flowers
If you’re looking for an adorable yet easy backdrop for an upcoming Valentine’s or Galentine’s celebration, this is it!!
You can follow my basic balloon garland tutorial but instead of using big balloons you’ll stick with the 5″ and 11″. The balloon pump will be your best friend with the project for sure! When inflating the balloons, you want to make sure not to over inflate the balloons. Stop inflating when they start to look pear shape and let some air out. I like the balloons to be all different sizes so I only inflated some of the 5-inch balloons to be 3-4 inches and some of the 11-inch balloons to be 6-9 inches. Then you’ll add the balloons to the holes in the balloon tape like a normal garland but you’ll only use the small holes and you’ll alternate the direction of the balloons.
I made my garland about 20 feet because I wanted the heart to be pretty big on the wall but you can adjust the size of the heart as you go. We used white duct tape to add to the wall but you adjustable command hooks and sting would work too! Hanging the heart shape is definitely a two-person job. Ideally, someone can stand back and look at the shape while you secure it to the wall. Once you have one side secured, you want to trim off the strip of unused garland. I found it easiest to create the top V of the heart when the garland was in two pieces. You’ll hang the second side to mirror the other side. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, you’ll add in more balloons once the basic shape is secured.
Once you have the shape, you’ll use the low temp glue gun to add in balloons to make it more full. Add glue around the base of the balloon and push it gently against another balloon. Be sure to use a low temp glue gun because if it’s too hot it will pop the balloon. You can use permanent double-sided tape if you don’t want to buy a low temp glue gun.
If you want to add words inside the heart, take the boxwood wire and curve it into each letter. Create each letter separately and then twisted the ends of the wire together. I had some mini tissue poms on hand so I used those for the flowers. I think it would be really pretty to add carnations or silk flowers. Secure the flowers to the wire using a hot gun. Then clear tape to attach to the wall.
The balloons will stay inflated for a week or so as long as they aren’t in direct sunlight or extreme temps.