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DIY Balloon Centerpiece

by Grace Bonney

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There are few things I love more in life than fresh flowers and plants. They make me happy and they remind me of the outdoors, but they can also cost a small fortune. Most ethically produced flowers are worth their high price tag, but that’s definitely not within most people’s budgets on a regular basis. Many of you have been writing to request projects that use everyday craft store materials, so I’ve been working with our team of DIY contributors to come up with a series of posts that suggest fun, DIY alternatives to areas of our lives that might traditionally call for something pricier, like flowers. Obviously fake flowers can be used as a substitute, but sometimes it’s fun to find an inexpensive spin on a decorating concept and try something a little different.

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Today’s project comes from Luft Balloons, a team that knows a thing or two about working with balloons. Their founder, Elaine Frei, decided to share this project with us when we asked how balloons —  which are readily available and inexpensive to use — can be used to create a festive tabletop centerpiece for dinner with friends and family. Her answer was this “grownup” centerpiece that sticks to a refined greyscale palette. I love the idea of doing something similar for an at-home wedding, but this would be a fun way to welcome guests for a special dinner, too. Keeping the color palette neutral (or all one color) will make the balloons feel more whimsical and fun than childish. xo, grace

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What You’ll Need:

For centerpiece:
-LUFT BALLOON KIT (includes LUFT tool, balloon pump, 6’ string and 36 balloons) or the equivalent: balloon pump*, 6′ string and 36 balloons.
-Double-sided stick tape

*You can definitely inflate the balloons manually but it will take a bit longer. Be sure you take your time if you blow them up by hand.

For place cards:
-Sticks of Rosemary
-Hole punch
-Paper

Directions

-Periodically check the length of your balloons as you string them with your table centerpiece length. You may not need all the balloons provided. For this post, we used 27 on the string.

-Keep a few uninflated balloons on the side to fill holes in the centerpiece. You can attach these using double-sided stick tape.

-If you have a small table, use the extras for a fun door piece!

PUMP
-Pinch balloons at nozzle of pump.

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-Pump 2.5 FULL in-and-out pumps for a perfectly sized LUFT balloon.

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TIE
-Pinch lip of outside balloon with left hand while pulling and separating inner balloon with right hand.

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-Twist inner balloon around two fingers and knot over outer balloon.

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STRING
-Enter string through eyehole of the LUFT TOOL and double knot in place. (Or knot this by hand if you’re not using the kit. You’re basically creating a string of balloons.)

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-Pierce first balloon with tip end of LUFT TOOL and pull to end of string.

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-Double knot string on first balloon.

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-Pierce and string remaining balloons in repeating color pattern. Don’t string balloons too tight so that you can “joosh” to get the form right on the table.

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CENTERPIECE APPLICATION
-Place balloons on table and “joosh” to lay flat. This part takes a good 10 minutes to move, twist, rotate, etc. It’s all playing.
-Take the remaining uninflated balloons and fill with 2 in-and-out pumps of air. Essentially, you want a slightly smaller balloon to sit on the top row. Use double-sided stick tape and place loose balloons where there are holes.
-Invite friends and throw an awesome dinner party!

For video tutorials, please click here.

*To learn how to dispose of balloons in an eco-friendly way, click here.

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Comments

  • This is really lovely and such a great use of materials. My fall back is always flowers for its ease but the price stops me from doing that frequently. One of those simple ideas that you feel like you should have thought of long ago(no kids so balloons aren’t in my wheelhouse). Love this series idea.

  • That is how you use ballons to the best of their ability. it is so unique and different and innovative to use these basic decorations and make them into a cool centerpiece.

  • Am I missing something…are these special balloons that come double layered or do you need to put one balloon inside the other? Where are the directions for that part? Thanks!

  • What a fun yet surprisingly elegant alternative to excessive flower arrangements or a silver centerpiece. I love the simplicity of this DIY idea, and the color choices in particular give the balloons a sense of chic nostalgia. Although balloons have always held a childish and colorful association for me, this post has persuaded me that they could have a place in the world of fancy dinner parties and fine dining. Thank you for sharing the idea!

  • Sooo beautiful! Not sure if mine would end up looking quite as awesome though, ha ha! I always find a way to screw up DIY’s :) But somehow my kids inherited the creative gene… Definitely from my husband! He designed the cabinets in our kitchen and if I would have tried the same project, well, somehow we would end up homeless I’m sure LOL

  • Sooo beautiful! Not sure if mine would end up looking quite as awesome though, ha ha! I always find a way to screw up DIY’s :) But somehow my kids inherited the creative gene… Definitely from my husband! He designed the cabinets in our kitchen and if I would have tried the same project, well, somehow we would end up homeless I’m sure LOL!!