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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Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Although I love decorating for the holidays, Valentines Day is typically the one I skip. Probably because I’m still recovering from putting away my Christmas decorations, but also I’ve had trouble finding subtle decorations that can somewhat blend in with my more minimal decor. I’m really in to this DIY hearts projects becase it adds a pop of Valentines Day without going overboard! Another bonus is that these can be used year after year so as you’re putting yoru Christmas decorations away, you can put these up in a snap!

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!Supplies 

  • Small wooden hearts (I used 1 & 2 inch diameter hearts I found at Joann’s)
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint (I didn’t have any pink paint left o I mixed red & white!)
  • Small clear hooks
  • Real or fake branches (I used fake branches that were already in a vase on my family room end table)

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Paint your hearts! I painted two coats on each side, waiting at least 1 hour in between coats to dry. (I’m incredibly inpatient so this was by far the worst part of the project.) Don’t forget about the sides too.

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Then assemble your command hooks, which really just means putting the sticky part on the plastic part. I also cut off the long clear ‘tag’ that stuck out. (The purpose of those ‘tags’ is to help easily rip the hook off of whatever you put it on. But for this project, I don’t plan on ever taking the hooks off.) This is optional based on how big your hearts are. Mine were small enough that the clear ‘tag’ would stick out, which I did not want.

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Stick your hooks on to each of the hearts. I just placed mine wherever they would fit (sideways, diagonal, etc.). Since I am hooking these on to a branch, it really didn’t matter.

Then just clip these on to your branches, making sure the clip was facing the back. Since the clips are clear it really didn’t matter what direction they were facing as no one could see them (except for me 🙂 ).

Now you’ve got an easy more sophisticated way to have a punch of Valentines Day …. just as I FINALLY put away the Christmas decorations!

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

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Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

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Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

Christmas is always going to be the leading holiday in our family as far as decorations go. But needing a little holiday cheer in our house (Seattle winters are DARK and RAINY), I’m championing for Valentines Day. This Valentines Day tablecloth was both decorative AND functional, as it was perfect for my girls night valentines day dinner!  Added bonus? You don’t need to be an expert painter to pull it off. Can you draw a heart? Even a bad lopsided heart? Then you can do this one!

Supplies

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

The first thing I had to do was decide WHERE I was going to set up shop to start this project. Having our new little puppy (a very energetic Doberman) in our house means NOTHING goes on the ground! I covered our kitchen table with BOTH garbage bags and a couple broken down cardboard boxes before placing the tablecloth over it (yes, I get paranoid of spills easily).

Now start painting! I alternated directions and size of each of hearts to intentionally go for an “imperfect” look!

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

This close up below really shows how easy this project is. Alone it does NOT look pretty, but when each of the hearts looks a little ‘rugid’ it has more of an overall whimsical feel.

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

AKA, I can’t draw symmetrical hearts very well :).

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

Be sure to let the tablecloth dry before you start placing any table decorations on top. I get pretty impatient with letting my projects dry and have learned the hard way what happens when you don’t! I let this one sit overnight to be safe, but a couple hours should do the trick.

Add a couple stylish accents and you’re complete!

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

May your holiday decorations be stylish AND prevent spills at the same time 🙂

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

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Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

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