Balloons are a wonderfully classic staple to any party, but take that air bubble on a string one step further and I think you’ll be surprised with what you come up with. Make easy changes to your balloon decor by embellishing the strings with ribbons and paper shapes like you see here or maybe keep costs low (while still having a blast!) by playing games like balloon paddle ball. And did you know you can use balloons to decorate your shoes? Check all out below:
1. Balloon Vase
Learn how to make this beautiful modern vase at home with a votive candle holder and balloon.
(via Family Chic)
2. Start a Band
Use balloons and tin cans to create your own bongo drums, Ricky Ricardo!
3. Pool Noodle Balloon Madness
See who can move their balloons into the buckets the fastest using only pool noodles. Game on.
4. Balloon Art
Fill balloons with paint and pop them on a canvas to make colorful art a la The Princess Diaries.
(via Design for Mankind)
5. Water Balloon Piñata
Tie water balloons on a string and whack them with the bat for a fun and oddly satisfying way to cool down at a summer party.
(via Ziggity Zoom)
6. Glow in the Dark Balloons
Place a glow stick inside a balloon and inflate — voila!
(via Why Not Do It Yourself)
Illuminate the yard with these chic and easy luminaries made with balloons.
(via Dollar Store Crafts)
Use balloons to give all the details of the party: too cute.
Attach paper plates to wooden popsicle sticks and let the game of balloon paddleball begin!
(via Pen and Paper Flowers)
10. Science Experiments
Learn all about gases with this fun family experiment that makes learning fun.
(via Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
11. Yarn Balls
Inflate balloons to use for the molds of these pretty yarn ball decorations.
(via Amy Atlas)
12. Fresh and Fruity
Cover the floor with fruit balloons at the next party and make a life-sized fruit salad.
(via Oh Happy Day)
Decorate a champagne bar with balloons made to look like bubbles.
(via The Crafts Dept)
14. Your Answer to Stress
Give the gift of less stress by making your own stress balls.
(via Repeat Crafter Me)
15. Flip Flops
Take a pair of inexpensive flip flops and deck them out with balloons for fun and fancy feet.
(via Or So She Says)
16. Inflated Terrarium
Grow your own little world of wonder inside a balloon terrarium.
(via I Can Teach My Child)
17. Pudding Cups
Balloons will come in handy for making these yummy pudding cups.
18. Birthday Wreath
Use bags of balloons to create this colorful birthday wreath.
(via Heck Fridays)
19. Water Balloon Baseball
Fill balloons with water and bring out the plastic baseball gear. Batter up!
(via Family Fun)
Take the kids on an evening candlelit (or batter-operated candlelit) stroll after you all make lanterns.
21. Ice Cream Cones
Cut out paper cones and attach them to balloons. Yum!
(via It Mom)
22. Dress Up the Tails
One of the easiest ways to change up balloon decor is by getting creative with the balloon strings. Use yarn, ribbon, and paper for embellishing. Talk about festive!
(via Bon Bon Balloons)
23. Balloon Ice
Who needs ice, when you have frozen water balloons to chill your drinks?
(via Home Confetti)
24. Sweet Pops
Wrap balloons with cellophane to turn your living room into a candy land!
25. Confetti Balloons
Fill clear balloons with confetti. Shake, rattle, and roll — it’s that easy.
(via Bon Bon Balloons)