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fabric balloons


I have a fun DIY to share today, taken from one of the editorial stories I styled for fall. Fabric balloons are a festive way to bring in texture when needed. I love their whimsical take on a very ordinary party supply. Make these balloons in multiple colors and in a combination of coordinating fabrics to add great interest to a fall celebration.

Make your own fabric balloons in just a couple steps. To begin blow up a balloon and measure your fabric around it. Cut fabric to size and dredge the fabric in stiffener. Cover the balloon smoothing out the fabric as you go (no need for perfection here, some wrinkles will bring needed depth).

Hang the covered balloons from a clothing line with a thick drop cloth underneath and let dry for about forty-eight hours. Once completely dry, use a pin to gently pop each balloon. As it deflates the balloon will pull away from the fabric leaving you a perfect fabric balloon shape. Attach a long dowel or rope to the balloon base with glue and finish off with twine.

Photography by The Prokopets Studio for a subtle revelry.



  • Melissa @ thefauxmartha
    August 31, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Love this idea. Bookmarking it!

  • Rebecca
    August 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Ingenious! You amaze me with your brilliant creations, Victoria! :)

  • Missy
    August 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    What a cute kid holding thos creative, hip balloons!

  • Lena
    August 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    How darling!

  • Kristin
    August 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    How fun are those??? What a great idea. I never would have thought of that!

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  • Lydia
    September 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Love this idea! Great picture, Vitaliy!

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  • Favors Centerpieces
    September 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

    This is such a cool idea! Bookmarking for future inspiration! Thank you!

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  • Jen
    September 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    That is such a fun idea! Great for a birthday party. ;)

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  • Helen
    September 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Wow – these are stella. Just found your blog and beautiful magazine yesterday (via Design Mom). And my girls and I made these balloons today! They are drying right now and are so cool.

    Thank you!

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  • Happy Party
    November 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I Love this idea!! Thank you

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  • Angie
    September 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Use glow in the dark paint, and keep the kids visible to traffic.

  • Carol P
    February 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Just love these balloons. I have got to do this. The kids are cute too !!

  • Jennifer Bowerson
    September 20, 2013 at 8:09 am

    What fabric stiffener would you use for maximum stiffness? I want to make dance props!!


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