How to Paint Balloons for Party Decorations

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

The painted balloon look (I assume that’s what it’s called!) is so IN right now and it’s easy to see why. What you typically see at a child’s birthday party is showing up at upscale gatherings, even weddings, for a colorful touch. I had no idea how to paint balloons, but figured I’d give it a try. What I learned? It’s incredibly easy. And WAY more fun than doing the dishes (read below on that).

Supplies needed to paint balloons

  • Balloons (I used white, but you could pick any color!)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Something to hold your balloons in while you paint (I chose a combination of vases & fruit bowl)
  • Ribbon (optional)

First blow up the balloons.

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

Secure the  balloons in some sort of ‘holder’ so that the balloon is a) easy to paint & 2) has somewhere to dry without rolling. My metal fruit basket was the best option, but since I only had one, I pulled out a couple of old vases to use as well.

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

Next get painting! This is WAY easier than it looks. Well, at least for me, as I thought this was way above my DIY level. Simply start at the top of the balloon and brush down. Continue around the entire balloon, always keeping the brush strokes in the same direction (essentially don’t brush “up”). Once I went all the way around the balloon, I let it dry for a couple hours. For several of the balloons that I made, I needed to do a second coat. My paint color dried a little bit more faint than what it looked like when I first painted.

I like the thick brush stroke texture on them, so next time I would have been a little bit more liberal with the paint.

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

If you notice this photo above is the only ‘square’ shaped photo I took. Well I had to crop because for some reason I opted to paint these right next to the kitchen sink, which was full of dirty dishes. (Great photo Lindsay, great photo).  Apparently painting balloons takes priority over the dishes.

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

Hang with ribbon or simply tape to the wall!

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

 

 

 

 




 

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

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7 Comments

  1. February 11, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Such a cute way to decorate! Crafty idea!

  2. February 12, 2016 / 4:13 am

    A) nice to know I’m not the only one who paints things instead of washing up! B) what a cute idea,any colour scheme without having to buy different balloons, brilliant!
    I’m wondering if they last the same, does the paint affect how long they last at all?

  3. February 14, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    What a super fun and easy way to take your party balloons to the next level, Lindsay! My oldest has a birthday coming up soon so I may have to steal this idea 😉

  4. February 16, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    What a neat idea! I’ve never tried to paint a balloon. Might have to try this next time we have a birthday party. I can totally relate to the creative cropping of your photo to exclude the dishes in the sink…I do the same thing! 😉

  5. February 19, 2016 / 7:31 am

    I’ve never thought of this idea! Fun for grandkids birthdays! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?
    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      February 23, 2016 / 11:52 am

      Oh I bet it would be great for a birthday! thanks so much for visiting and I LOVE your party! ‘see’ you next week!

  6. February 20, 2016 / 9:02 am

    This is such a neat idea! So love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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