How to: Floral Balloon Backdrop

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.comMy. Favorite. Project. To. Date! I recently DIY’ed this floral-infused balloon backdrop for my sister’s birthday dinner at our favorite restaurant, North End Grill. (Ask for server Jairo, he’s the bessst!) We rented the private room in the back for her big dinner with about 15 friends. It’s a gorgeous space, with dark wood-paneled walls. I wanted to add a pop of color against the dark wood, so during pre-dinner champagne we could take some fun, memorable, festive birthday pictures. What can I say, I’m all about dat photo opp!
    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.comI wish you could have seen my friend Katie and me carrying about 30 dozen flowers and this balloon “structure” (for lack of a better word) down the street on a luggage cart to the restaurant in our heels. No big deal walking through the restaurant with all these balloons attached to a huge piece of chicken wire. Keep it moving, nothing to see here, people! I kept telling the staff at the restaurant, it doesn’t look like much now, just give me a few minutes and it will all come together, I promise. I think they thought I had been taking crazy pills, but I never doubted it would turn out pretty rad. It’s not the most difficult DIY, it just takes some patience, space, and a little bit of a budget–the flowers weren’t cheap.

    balloons (I used an array of colors and sizes)

    balloon air pump (this is a LIFE saver, no way I could have blown up all those balloons myself)

    mesh poultry netting

    wire cutters

    clear mailing tape

    permanent glue dots

    thumbtacks

    shit ton of flowers, stemmed and trimmed (I like this online flower wholesaler)Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.comMy apartment smelled sooooo good!Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.comWith your wire cutters, cut your poultry netting into your desired shape. Mine was rectangularish. The netting will be curled so it might take a little wrestling first, to smooth it out. Use your thumbtacks to secure the netting to a wall. Next, take your balloon air pump and blow up about 100 balloons (and watch your dog go nuts). I blew them up in different sizes to create a more interesting dimension in the end result. Once you have enough balloons to work with, take the clear mailing tape, and tape the knot side of the balloon around different parts of the poultry netting. Try to keep the balloons as close together as you can. Use the dots of glue for any balloons that are drooping–place a dot on the side of a balloon and it will grab onto the side of another balloon and stay more upright. Don’t worry about too many gaps you see at this point–you’ll fill those in with flowers later!Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    Cover the entire netting with the balloons. (I promise it goes fast if you have the balloons blown up beforehand.) Once the entire netting is covered, take trimmed and stemmed flowers and start nestling them into the gaps, so you can’t see any of the netting in between the balloons. You don’t want super long stems, because they get in the way or make it hard to get the flowers in far enough, but you don’t want no stems/too short stems because they will fall out of the backdrop. I’d say 7-9″ stems are ideal to work with. I simply placed them in between the balloons and used the netting as leverage to make them hold. I LOVE how the longer eucalyptus turned out–it gave it a more untamed, wild and free look. I used mostly full, large garden roses in both deep red and “sunset” colors, yellow billyballs, purple liatris, purple pompons, and baby blue eucalyptus. The flower placement was definitely the most fun part!

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com(I made flower crowns for the ladies too! I’ll share the DIY for those in a future post. So easy and fun to make.)Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.comThe Birthday gal. How fabulous and #onbrand is her dress? psssst…It’s Ted Baker, and 40% off at Nordstrom right now!
    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    Floral Balloon Backdrop DIY by thesarahjohnson.com

    My amazing and supportive sister has always believed in my creativity. Thank you Sissy, I love you!!

    Hope you enjoyed this DIY. Please tag me if you create something inspired by this project, I’d love to see how it turns out!

     

     

     

     

     

    Sarah

    I am a lifelong New Yorker who recently swapped the subway for the California sunshine. I've learned the only way out is through--and tough stuff makes you a whole lot stronger. Currently hooked on self-care, kombucha, succulents and my labradoodle child. When I'm not writing here about mindfulness, wellness and encouraging you to be the bravest badass you know, I can be found designing gemstone jewelry, experimenting with new perfume notes, daydreaming about one day operating a flower farm, and spreading the Finnish spirit of sisu everywhere I go. Visit me at the links below to connect.

    June 29, 2016

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    13 Comments

    1. Reply

      Sheryl Chiaramonte

      September 13, 2016

      Super lovely. Very festive.

    2. Reply

      Arleen

      February 15, 2017

      Hi! Loved this so much! How did you attach the balloons to the wire?

      • Reply

        Sarah

        February 15, 2017

        I used clear mailing tape and wrapped it around the back side of the wire and bunched it up around the knot of the balloon. Pretty easy, just takes patience to keep doing it over and over. 🙂

    3. Reply

      Laura

      July 13, 2017

      Hi, I love this decoration! I would like to make a smaller version for my friend’s hen party and I was just wondering, how did you attach it to the wall? Mine would go on a door but I’m wondering how I would attach it. Thanks!

      • Reply

        Sarah

        July 13, 2017

        Hi Laura, I attached with thumbtacks in the corners of the chicken wire around the perimeter. xoxo

    4. Reply

      Yesenia

      July 17, 2017

      Hello instead of thumb tacks. How else could you attach it to a wall without damaging the wall for a party room

    5. Reply

      Mary

      October 2, 2017

      This is gorgeous!
      You said you blew up the balloons in different sizes but what size balloon did you use?
      Thank you!

    6. Reply

      Amy

      February 11, 2018

      Hi!! I love this so much! Do you remember about how long it took?

      • Reply

        Sarah

        February 12, 2018

        HI Amy, it’s a tedious project. I’d give yourself an entire afternoon to get the balloons fixed on the wire! Installing the flowers once I got it to the event space took only about 1.5-2 hrs–that part is quick! Hope you have fun with this DIY! xoxo

    7. Reply

      Kelly

      April 8, 2018

      Hi amy!!!
      How did you decide on the colors and where did you by them from. All the colors i find are too light. Looking for something bolder.

      Thanks

    8. Reply

      Crystal M

      June 7, 2018

      I love this tutorial! I will have to try this sometime!

      P.S. – love your blog!

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