4/15/12

Repurpose: New pop for old balloons ...


Balloons are a cheap way to bring a lot of color to a party space ... so we use too many of them and don't think much about it.  Then we dump them in the garbage or, even worse, happily release hundreds of helium-filled orbs into the air.  Eventually, they come down and cause havoc.  They're kinda nasty.  So.  Ideally, we should stop using them.  If you love decorating with them, buy a bag and make yourself a reusable set, like the ones picture below.  


If you want some ideas for what to do with them once they've performed their party duty, read on ....


If you have a few left sitting in draw, there are lots of crafty things you can do with them (besides make yarn balloons).  For example, make some beeswax luminaries.  Or,  make your own globe (and recycled map hats) for an Earth Day party.   


The bigger issue:  what to do with all the deflated pieces of rubber left dangling after the party. How about a little balloon bombing?  Cover a piece of furniture!  Or, wrap them around some old picture frames and use the resulting product as a key hanger or jewelry organizer ... from the inspired Natalie Kruch.  


Save them up and create balloon stemware for your next party ...


Festive centerpiece!

How about a happy wreath?  


If you love the colors, use the balloons to create vases from thrifted drinking glasses. 




Create a little art ...




Let your kids turn them into balloon bracelets.  This could be a create-your-own-favor idea for the next birthday party.
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