Instead of ordering custom balloons for your next birthday party, graduation party or big event, you can make them yourself with this DIY tutorial. Made with mylar, a sewing machine and a handful of materials, these shimmery balloons make great cake toppers and photo props… and they won’t pop!
- Cotton balls
- Black permanent marker
- Cake pop sticks or popsicle sticks
- Sewing machine
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: First hop on your computer. Choose a simple shape, word or set of numbers to create your balloon party topper. We chose the number 30! Print out a stencil in the size you want, then cut it out.
Step 2: Cut out a piece of mylar that when folded in half will fit your new stencil. Trace your stencil onto the mylar backwards. You don’t want that marker line showing on the front side of your pretty mylar balloons. This way it will be on the back.
Step 3: Time to sew! Fold the mylar in half, then sew it together by following the lines of your stencil as closely as possible. Make sure you take your time. The mylar is very sensitive and can rip easily. Slow and steady wins the race. Leave an opening at the bottom so you can stuff your gold balloons to the max.
Step 4: Cut out your balloon leaving a margin around the stitches, and stuff the shape with cotton balls. Then sew the open ends. Be careful when stuffing — you don’t want the mylar to rip at the seam.
Step 5: Tape your balloons onto cake pop or popsicle sticks to make golden balloon cake toppers.
Cake toppers not your scene? Turn the balloons into a fun birthday headband by hot gluing them onto a headband!