I love all the bubbly garlands on my Insta feed at the moment! The colours aren't just candy brights either, there's a whole rainbow of shades you can use to create a specific look for your event. My personal favourites have a deeper, brooding colour that makes them more art installation than party decor...think peacock green, plum, navy, or a touch of grey like the gorgeous Mon Cheri Bridal example above.
For me, Buy or DIY is all about making big and small inspirations possible at home (and on a budget!) So even though I don't need to make a massive garland, I do have a 40th, an engagement and a 1st birthday in the next week that will be perfect to try smaller versions at. I'll possibly lose it and question why I get myself into this, but I wouldn't be me if I didn't keep having a go.
Buy or DIY's 'When Dad's NOT excited to be celebrating the big 4-0' Garland!!!
He's not, but our three girls and I are! He'll pretend to hate it but he likes us making a bit of a fuss, so we might as well go BRIGHT and OTT! Here's the inspo pics the girls decided on:
Source: Poppies for Grace
As per always, the girls insisted our garland HAD to have the confetti and gold balloons from the first pic and the fans, honeycombs and tassels from the second. Plus only gold confetti and less pink balloons!! So whilst I totally love Poppies' DIY kits and often suggest them to friends and family, I already had a stash of decorations I could use to save some $$ and blend the two ideas together.
Honeycombs and fan $12 - Kmart
Crepe paper $1 - local discount store
Standard clear balloons $2 - Kmart
The following are available in the Buy or DIY kit you can buy here, or your local party supplies store:
Gold foil orb
60cm balloons (clear, solid and transparent)
Standard balloons x 15
Mini Balloons x 10*
Tissue paper tassel x 2
large gold confetti
*Tip: If you can't find mini balloons at your local party store, use standard size but only add a small amount of air!
My girls and I love Poppies for Grace, so we'd already watched some of their tutorials to get an idea of how to make our garland. I'll write a short version of my method, but it's pretty similar to the PfG fancy garland tutorial video so you might like to watch that too (or instead!!)
Blow up your balloons so they are nice and round. (I think it looks better than when they are standard teardrop shape, but please yourself!)
Rub confetti filled balloons to create static energy - that's what makes it stick to the inside of the balloon!
Tie your balloons into sets of two.
Take two sets of two balloons and twist them together to make a set of four. Repeat with remaining pairs.
- I'm a shortie, so I found it easier to tie my fishing line between two chairs so I could work at a comfortable height, then tie the garland in it's final position of glory later on.
- Twist on your first set of four balloons at one end of your fishing line. Add a second set and push them firmly (but gently!) into the first set. Repeat.
Use paperclips to attach tassels, fans and honeycombs to fishing line
Once you've added all your main decorations, stand back and look at your garland to see where it looks like more balloons are needed. Tie spare balloons to fill any gaps
Stand back again....make any small tweaks needed so the garland is ready to take it's place centre stage!
save some single balloons to tie to any spots that look a bit bare after you've added the other elements.
put your balloons somewhere nice and clean before adding them to the garland - dust/pet hair etc aren't such a good look!
I like to make one end of my garland fuller, so I add more to begin with and reduce the size and number of balloons as I work towards the tail end.
If you use paperclips to keep your fans and honeycombs open rather than the double sided tape supplied, you can fold them up and pop them away so you can use them again.
- Rather than spreading all the colours out evenly, it's effective to have small clusters of colours so your garland doesn't look too pre-planned. (Yes, I know adding in more planning to make the garland look less planned is fairly ironic!)
Engagement and Baby Girl Garlands
Surprisingly, this was really easy! For a small amount of money I was able to make decorations that so many people gave me compliments about.
COST: $39 (Bright garland)
TIME: 45 minutes
SOURCING OF DIY SUPPLIES: MODERATE (gold foil orbs/confetti/non standard balloons need to be purchased from specialty party stores which was a bit time consuming)
OVERALL: I'll be making these garlands again for sure. It takes a bit of planning, but a really great way to customise your decorations to any theme with ease. Considering the DIY kits I found retail/ebay/etsy cost $50-$100 on average and you still have to put it together yourself anyway, I don't think I'll be purchasing any.
My bright garland featured in this blog is available for purchase in the Buy or DIY store, and I've made a big board of garlands I love on Pinterest if you need some inspo for an upcoming celebration.
What do you think of the colours I used for my fiancé's 40th? I like that you could use them for most occasions, young and old!