How to Make Palm Frond Balloons for your Luau
DIY Project, Styling and Text by Studio DIY
Photos by Mary Costa Photography
Who knew you could “decoupage” balloons? We added a fun palm print to plain white balloons with photos of palm fronds and spray adhesive. These were the stars of our tropical dinner party.
- Balloon Time Helium Tank
- Free printable palm leaves
- Tissue paper (match your balloons)
- 8.5” x 11” Cardstock
- Inkjet printer
- Masking tape
- Latex balloons (mix of 11” and 17”)
- Ribbon or string
- Cut out several rectangles of tissue paper, about 8” by 10”.
- Tape one of the rectangles (glossy side of the tissue paper DOWN) to a piece of card stock with masking tape on the top and bottom of the paper (see photo).
- Feed this through your printer to print the palm leaves, one sheet at a time, onto the tissue paper. Be sure you are feeding the paper through the printer the right way (each printer is different) so that the image prints onto the tissue.
- Remove from card stock and let dry for about 10 minutes while you continue printing additional images.
- Cut out the leaves. This doesn’t have to be perfect as the tissue will blend in with the balloon, just a rough cut around the perimeter works.
- Inflate balloons with your Balloon Time Helium Tank and tie with string or fishing line.
- Spray the back of each leaf with spray adhesive and let dry slightly until tacky.
- Adhere the image to the balloon, tacky side down, and smooth over with your fingers. Repeat with as many images as desired.
Note: Adult supervision is required when using balloons. Please read all warnings and precautions on the Balloon Time carton.