Looking for a super simple homemade holiday decoration idea? Make these cute (and totally easy!) DIY Snowflake Balloons.
They're the perfect way to add a festive touch to any Christmas party and the best part is, they only take about 10 minutes to make!
This post was sponsored by Balloon Time to create this balloon craft tutorial which can be used so many ways around the house for the holidays.
This post was originally published on November 28, 2016 and has now been updated with more details so you can make them perfectly every time.
We don't typically host a big holiday party but I do like to try to have some fun and festive playdates for the boys.
While I won't get crazy with party decorations, I do like to try to make things a little more special this time of year. And balloons are a great way to do this.
These DIY Snowflake Balloons are super easy and are a holiday decoration that I don't mind hanging (literally - you know how long mylar balloons can last!) around my house.
Why This Craft Works
DIY Snowflake Balloons are super easy to make and make a visual impact in your party space.
It's a pretty inexpensive homemade craft that requires just a few minutes of hands-on time.
Pairing leopard with the traditional green and red holiday colors adds an unexpected twist!
If you are hosting a large party, they can line the walkway leading to your front door. They are also cute attached to a bar cart or tied to a weight and placed in corners.
- Mylar balloons in holiday colors
- Napkins (patterned and solid) You can also use tissue paper, metallic foil, or any other really lightweight material
- Spray adhesive
- Scissors (I'm dying for these copper scissors)
- Curling Ribbon
- Balloon Time Helium Tank
You can buy the tanks online but I have found that the price is better at Walmart or Target. And, of course, if you would rather have them blown up for you, you can order balloons at Party City or take the helium balloons to your local grocery store.
Large bouquets of blown up balloons can be hard to transport, though.
NOTE: Using napkins is ideal. They come in a lot of fun colors and patterns but they are also usually lighter than paper. When making balloon crafts, it is important to not add more weight than the helium can support.
Cut Out a Snowflake
Is it crazy that I had to look up how to cut out a snowflake?
I remember making them all the time as a kid! Look it up if you have to so you know where to make your cuts.
Try not to make them all the same, after all, no two snowflakes are alike! This is also where you can have your kids help out.
They LOVE to cut things out and make tiny little paper confetti all over the floor.
If you are using napkins, remember that most of them have several layers. Carefully peel the patterned layer away from the other layers.
You can totally use these other layers on other balloons. I know I said don't make any the same, but this is just efficient.
Use your Balloon Time Helium Tank to blow up your balloons. It's so easy to use this tank and I freaking love having it at home for whenever I want to blow up a balloon.
Balloons really do make everything better.
Tie on a ribbon to your inflated balloon. While curling ribbon might not be the coolest way to tether a balloon, it is one of the lightest!
Plus every Balloon Time Helium Tank comes with a spool of ribbon!
Spray adhesive works the best for attaching your snowflakes. I staged doing this on my table for the photo but you must use the spray outside!
It is CRAZY sticky so you want to make sure it doesn't get on your table, etc.
Smooth out the snowflake on the balloon. And your DIY snowflake balloons are done. So easy!
I just love easy holiday decorations, don't you?
- While I am making these Snowflake Balloons in a holiday theme, you can use this same technique to make custom balloons for any occasion.
- Again, be sure to use the spray adhesive outside! It's crazy sticky and smells a lot.
- You don't need a heavy hand with the spray glue. If you are using one ply of a napkin, you don't want to saturate the paper so much that it dissolves or is too wet.
Whether you are having a party or just want to add a little pizzazz around your house for the holidays, these DIY Snowflake Balloons are the perfect thing to make!
Images by Dez and Tam Photography