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DIY Weather Balloon Signage

This week and next week I wanted to share some of the elements from the Kirtsy Party and art auction I helped with at Blogher. I had gotten the idea to re-purpose weather balloons for party elements. Weather Balloons aren’t like regular balloons. They miraculously can carry weight and they last a few days longer than regular balloons. Also, depending on what size you get can be expensive. In this project I show how to make signs held up completely by weather balloons. This idea is perfect for a party or wedding. Here is how you do it.

Materials needed: Weather Balloons, Poster, String, Tape, Two straws, Glue.

Step 1.
Order a Large Weather Balloon $10. I tested a few sizes (my favorite kind of science includes tests with balloons) and have found that the 30 gram and 100 gram work best. These come in Red, Black and White. Here I use a 30 gram which run $10/balloon. (If you use 30 Gram make sure you fill it up as much as possible to get good results. Don’t be skimpy on the helium!)

Step 2. Make the sign. My favorite (and cheapest) way to do this is to decide the dimensions of the sign. (We used a 14″ x 60″ here.) And then have it printed in black and white at a store like Kinkos. It costs about $7. Then paint in colors with craft paint. (If you are painting a border ask them not to trim the poster so that you can paint it then trim it.)
Step 3. Get two straws and put one at the top and one at the bottom by gluing and folding the paper over the straw . This keeps the paper taut so the corners don’t bend.
Step 4. Fill the balloon up with helium and tie a thin string around the base.
Step 5. Tape the string to the top and bottom of the poster.
Step 6. Fasten the bottom of the string to something heavy we just taped it to the ground.

Notes on Filling it up with helium: Most balloon shops are wary of filling up any strange shaped balloons. Usually it takes some prodding and you have to confirm you only want it filled up three feet wide. If you are doing more than one it is usually easier to just rent a helium tank. With any project like this its best to test it out before the big day so it turns out how you want it. The one kicker is if it is windy at all this won’t work. The whole concept of weather balloons gets me really excited and I have lots of ideas I want to try!

  1. I Heart Freebees

    August 26, 2010

    This is such a cute idea! It would work with a classy event or something as simple as a garage sale. LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. sylvie

    August 26, 2010

    oh i adore this idea! and you would think my love affair with balloons couldn't get any deeper, but this weather balloon sign has me in a tizzy. and who knows? it may even make a debut at our little beach wedding 🙂

    thank you, jordan!

    sylvie of silver lining

  3. heidi adnum

    August 26, 2010

    Love this idea! Thanks 🙂

  4. Kathleen

    August 26, 2010

    Jordan this idea is wonderful! I'm tempted to have a party just so I can use it!

  5. robin k

    August 26, 2010

    Really darling!

  6. We like to party...

    August 26, 2010

    wonderful idea.
    balloons make me happy!

  7. April~Living the Sweet Life

    August 26, 2010

    Very cute idea. I will likely use it sometime soon. Thanks!

  8. tiffany

    August 26, 2010

    thank you for sharing this great idea. we do a weekend showcase here in salt lake and i think next time we will use this idea for directions ~ love it!

  9. Katie

    August 26, 2010

    Perfect timing! I'm hosting a baby shower in 2 weeks!

    I just wish the balloons came in blue…

  10. Stephanie

    August 26, 2010

    This is one of your best DIY projects ever. LOVE it.

  11. Caneil

    August 27, 2010

    It makes me think of the movie "The Red Balloon". It's kind of whimsical and I absolutely love it! Such a fun idea.

  12. Maryn

    August 27, 2010

    So beautiful and fun! I wonder if anyone has used this idea for other events…like to hold up table numbers at a shower or even backyard wedding!

  13. hueys

    August 29, 2010

    thats such a cute and wonderful wedding idea!

    ABSOLUTELY lovable (:



    August 30, 2010

    Such a great idea!! Simply love your creative thought behind this!

  15. Marie {Make and Takes}

    September 9, 2010

    These were so great, soooo creative!! Who would have thought of weather balloons? I love how your brain works!

  16. BellsInSpires

    September 20, 2010

    hi there! i love this idea, it's so adorable. i linked to your blog – i hope you don't mind!

    thanks so much!

  17. Carey

    November 11, 2010

    I LOVE this idea! I'm totally going to do this for my daughter's cowgirl party. But how exactly did you have kinkos print it? Did you create a file and take it with you to have printed? Thanks!

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