What you'll need:
- White balloons
- Gold ribbon (or color of your choice)
- Acrylic paint in pastel colors
- Cup of water
- Paint brushes
- Plastic plate
- Greenery (optional)
- Balloon weight (optional)
What to do:
- Order your set of white balloons from a local party store (we used Party City). Ask them to fill them with the helium that lasts up to 24 hours and tie them with the ribbon color of your choice. When they ask you if you want to have them put in bags, say yes!
- Bring all your balloons into a room and cover the floor with plastic bags or newspaper.
- Attach your weights if you have them. If you are not using weights, make sure you have a low enough ceiling that the balloons won't fly up and find heavy items that will secure your balloon ribbons while the paint is drying
- Squeeze your paint colors onto different areas of your plastic plate. Decide on a color scheme for each balloon. Choose a base color (we went with beige) and a pop color for each balloon. We kept each balloon to a max of three colors to keep the visuals easy to take in.
- If you have a helper, instruct them to hold the balloon upside down on the floor. with the tie facing upward.
- Dip your paintbrush into your cup of water and then lightly dab against the side of the cup to drain excess water. Brush into your base paint color. Starting at the tie of the balloon, make swift, clean streaks of varying lengths upward on the balloon. We stopped between halfway and 3/4 of the way up the balloon.
- Paint on your pop color immediately after. If paint is too bright, dip paintbrush into water again before restarting with your pop color.
- IF ADDING GREENERY: Once balloons are dry, use the excess ribbon from the tie at the bottom of the balloon to knot on your greenery. Double and triple knot it until it is firmly secure.
- You're all set! Enjoy your balloon beauties!