Big Balloon and a Floral Garland String

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Balloons make people happy.  Give a child a balloon and watch her face light up with delight and joy.  Big or small, any balloon is grand.  But I think I like the giant, 36" round balloons especially because they make me feel like a kid again, gazing up and the practically magical, colorful orb floating above me.

For the Mother's day garden party, I knew I wanted some big, pink balloons, so I picked up a couple from Petite Party Studio.  Unfortunately, the guy at the party store over-filled one, and it popped on the car ride back to the party, so the girls had to share.  But one giant balloon is worthy of cooperation and sisterly love, especially when dressed up with a simple garland.

This is so easy I hesitate to call it a tutorial.  More of a tip or an idea, I suppose.  Those large balloons have a lot of loft, and can support some weight, so I decided to see if it could bear the weight of a simple floral garland.  Oh boy, did it.  For days and days.

The addition of a delicate silk rose garland from Hobby Lobby was truly magical.  This is one of those crafts that are more than the sum of their parts.  

It was insanely easy to add the garland to the balloon.  I didn't even take off the ribbon used by the party store, but just entwined it around the garland to offer additional strength.

Perfection.  Why didn't I think of this a long time ago?

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido