Yeah Mother’s Day!!! This easy Photo Balloon DIY will add some nostalgic fun to your Mother’s Day celebrating! My kids love seeing pictures of me and my husband when we were kids so I thought it would be really fun to come up with an idea to incorporate baby photos in to some simple Mother’s Day decor. They are the perfect way to decorate for brunch! This post is written in partnership with Balloon Time Helium Tanks. They let me share my love of balloons with you and come up with easy to recreate ideas and DIYs that you can make at home!
Photo Balloon DIY
To make this photo balloon DIY you will need to print photos on to tissue paper. This will work in most printers. Tissue paper is light and won’t weigh the balloons down.
Baby photos | tissue paper | card stock | pencil | double-sided tape | scissors | balloons | Balloon Time Helium Tank | spray adhesive | string or ribbon
- Prepare the baby pictures. Scan them and make them in to a digital file. To make this craft efficient, try to put more than one image on a page. I was able to do that using Photoshop but Microsoft Word would work too. Smaller photos will work better and go on smoother.
- Gather all your supplies so everything is close at hand.
- Stack sheets of tissue paper together (for however many photos you plan to print). Place a piece of card stock on top of the stack and trace roughly around the paper.
- Leave about an inch margin all the way around your pencil line and cut out from the full sheet of tissue paper.
- Move the rest of the tissue paper aside and work on them one at a time. Place the tissue paper, shiny side up on the table. Center one piece of card stock on top of the tissue paper. Using double stick tape, tape around all the edges of the card stock.
- Fold over the excess tissue paper and stick it to the tape. Do this for each side of the card stock.
I placed the paper, tissue paper side down, in the paper tray of my printer (yours might be different – you may want to do a test print first!). I placed each piece of tissue paper wrapped card stock through one at a time, for each photo I printed. Blow up all the balloons you will be using to have them ready to go. I would suggest doing this right before your Mother’s Day celebrating starts because it seems like whenever you put anything on a helium balloon, they start to sink faster than without. Next, cut our the photo from the tissue paper. Discard the excess tissue paper and the card stock. In a well ventilated area (I really sprayed them outside!) Spray the back of the tissue paper photo.
Carefully smooth the photo on to the balloon. Since the balloon is round and the images are rectangle, they do not lay perfectly on the balloon and do have some wrinkles. One way around this would be to use smaller images. I don’t think the wrinkles looked bad but it might bother some people. Adjust this craft according to your OCD preferences. :) I used two of my pictures and one of my mom as a kid. My boys LOVED seeing these balloons! They were super simple to make and looked adorable.And how cute are these letter balloons! They’re from Hip Hip Party Goods and I’m obsessed! The cups and plates on in the photo one above this are from Hip Hip also! I love their fun prints! Now that I know how easy it is to print on tissue paper, I kind of feel like I need to do it for all kinds of things! This photo balloon DIY is perfect for Mother’s Day but would also be awesome for birthdays and graduation parties! And of course bridal and baby showers.
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