Make your own Valentines Balloon Bouquets in six easy steps, Whether it be a gift for a partner or a small inexpensive business investment to sell on to your friends or family. Let’s make Valentines Day that little bit different this year.
Valentines Balloon Bouquets are one of the best personalised Valentines Day gifts that can be given to that special someone. Bored with giving the same bunch of flowers or box of chocolates year after year, then here is a real unique alternative.
This really is an easy to do bouquet. Simply follow our step-by-step instructions, take your time and you will create a beautiful gift for your Valentine.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- 3 or 5 18″ red foil heart balloon,
- Approximately 12m (6m for 3-tier bouquets) of white curling ribbon (5mm wide),
- Approximately 12m (6m for 3-tier bouquets) of red curling ribbon (5mm wide),
- helium (hire or buy),
- red balloon weight,
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Step 1 – Selecting Your Balloons
Whilst even numbers create symmetry, odd numbers create interest. An odd number of details is more effective at capturing your gaze. Odd numbers force your eyes to move around the grouping and that forced movement is the heart of visual interest. Hence, all professional balloon decorators and florists will use odd numbers in their bouquets. The only real exception to this is traditional valentines ‘one dozen red roses’.
Determine whether you want 3 or 5 foil balloons in your bouquet, any more is likely to be too much and a distraction.
Specifically for Valentines Day, we have gone with a striking red foil heart shape balloons, but pink balloons would be ideal alternatives.
Step 2 – Preparing The Ribbon
You can use any colours you like for the ribbon, but we believe that the pale pink or red and white are an ideal compliment to your striking red foil heart balloons.
Take 230cm (180cm for 3-tier bouquets) length of the red colour ribbon. Measure 180cm (130cm for 3-tier bouquets) and at that point fold it back over on itself, leaving the remaining 50cm for curling after attaching to the balloons. Now repeat the process with the white colour ribbon.
Depending on whether you have selected a 3 or 5 tier balloon bouquet, repeat the above step the required number of times, resulting in 1 red and 1 white ribbon per balloon.
Step 3 – Inflating the Foil Balloons
Excellent so far, your now ready to start blowing up your foil heart balloons with helium.
Gently insert the nozzle of your ‘filling station valve’ into the opening of the balloon valve. As you do this, take care not to use too much force in case you tear the foil.
Holding with your thumb and index finger, begin inflating the balloon. The type of valve we are using here is commonly called a ‘Quick Fill Station’. It works simply by applying downward pressure to the black flexible section. If you’ve never used one of these before, press it down very gently so that you get a slow, controlled release of the gas.
Take care not to inhale the gas yourself, whilst it may give you a squeaky funny voice, it is certainly not recommended for your health and can be quite dangerous.
Continue to blow up the balloon until it is nice and firm. Take care not to over inflate.
Blow up the remainder of your balloons in exactly the same way.
Step 4 – Attaching the Ribbon to the Foil Balloons
OK it’s now time for the fiddly bit.
Take one of each colour of your prepared ribbons and hold them equally at about the 50cm mark.
Carefully roll the ribbons it into the tail of the foil heart balloon, on the side of the self-sealing filling valve and tie them off so that the tail is tucked away. Now repeat the same step for your other sets of coloured ribbons.
Do this for each of your balloons. Your Valentines Bouquet is starting to come together.
Step 5 – Attaching the Ribbon to the Balloon Weight
More fiddly bits I’m afraid.
Hold all the balloons together lining them up equal lengths from the balloon weight. Determine the ideal height (from the weight) of the neck of the top balloon. This will be approximately 180cm for a 5-tier bouquet and 130cm for a 3-tier bouquet.
Stagger the rest of the balloons down so that they are evenly spread with the neck of the bottom balloon being 60cm from the weight. For a 5-tier sculpture the distances of the balloon neck from the weight will be 60cm, 90cm, 120cm, 150cm and 180cm, whilst for a 3-tier sculpture the distances will be 60cm, 95cm and 130cm.
Tie each of the balloon ribbons from each balloon to your balloon base at the relevant distance.
The more even you make the gaps between each of balloons, the better the end Valentines bouquet will look.
Step 6 – Finish it off with a Bit of Flair
Almost there now. Just some nice finishing off to do and you will have your wonderful bouquet ready as a gift or to sell-on.
We need to tidy up the curling ribbon on the weight, so take your scissors and trim the excess, leaving approximately 15cm from the knot to curl.
Next, curl the loose ends of the ribbons at the balloons and the weights. To do this you take an open pair of scissors. Starting at the knotted end, place the ribbon between your thumb and the blade edge and then pull the scissors down the entire length of the ribbon. Try not to grip too tightly as you’ll make the curls too tight.
And That’s It .. You’re Done
Congratulations on making your own unique Valentines gift.
If you’d like to try an alternative idea for Valentines Day, feel free to have a go at our Valentines Balloon Man Sculpture.
A beautiful balloon bouquet that will compliment or even replace those traditional flowers or chocolates.
Good luck! Please don’t hesitate to bookmark our site and return to us for some more great ideas here at Potters Party Balloons.