Thanksgiving is normally surrounded by earthy textures and warm colors (which I sometimes love), but injecting a bright dose of festive fun and color is something I love even more! These turkey balloons can be made in any color scheme and are great for decorating a thanksgiving feast with spunk.
Tie a turkey balloon onto each kid’s chair, or make a stash of them to set behind the dessert table. The little gobblers are wonderfully fun and will make every guest smile with a relaxed – I’m happy to be at this house – smile
I mean how can you NOT smile looking at this colorful take on a turkey? :)
The most important part of getting this DIY to work is having good quality balloons and great helium, which is why I am excited to be partnering with Balloon Time for this second festive balloon post (see the Jack-O-Lanterns balloons we did).
To make the turkey balloons you will need:
- Good quality latex balloons – this is not a time to skimp at the dollar store. Here are my favorite good balloons
- A Balloon time helium tank
- Clear vellum – which we use instead of paper because it is lighter
- Markers and a black sharpie to color the turkeys
- Our turkey balloon print out, unless you’d like to freehand your own.
- Double sided tape
1. Start by printing out the turkey balloon outline – you can print it directly onto the vellum, or print it onto card stock, cut and use as a template.
2. Cut out one turkey face and 3 feathers for each balloon. Color the feathers using markers and a sharpie. Outline the turkey face adding eyes and a beak.
3. Next fill up the balloons using a Balloon time helium tank. For a project like this fun one, the balloons need to be filled full – which is why I suggest blowing them up at home where you can control the filling. Balloon time helium tanks are super easy to grab at a local shop and have on hand. If a store does the balloons at 70% they most likely will not float for this kind of craft. Be sure to fill the balloons to 100%, just before popping (we may have popped a couple attempting this).
4. Next attach the feathers to the top of the balloons by bending the bottom over about 1/4 of the way up and taping onto the tippy-top of the balloon. Attach the turkey face to the front. Now you have a floating turkey!
Gobble gobble! Enjoy your thanksgiving festivities and remember amidst the earthy textures there’s always a chance to be fun and bright.
This post is done in partnership with Balloon time. Thanks for supporting the partners that keep us crafting.
(Photography ©A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland).