Walking through the party store a few weeks ago, we came home with something not on our list.
A Twisty Balloon Kit!
Somehow my kids talked me into buying it.
(Are they getting better at sweet-talking me into things?!)
However, with the purchase there was one condition...
they had to make dog balloon animals for Nana's upcoming Puppy Party.
The kids definitely came through with their end of the bargain!
The balloon dogs were adorable!
But... there were 2 problems with the balloon art.
1) The sound of twisting balloons almost killed my husband.
Balloon art is now only created when dad is at work!
2) For every balloon that turned out, about a third of them did not!
The popped balloons started adding up which gave me an idea...
Why not use the popped balloons to make balloon bracelets?
I had seen these bracelets in a gift store recently and thought, I can make those!
First, gather all those popped balloons (or use new twisty balloons, if you'd like) and find some stretchy cord or elastic.
We found this 3mm elastic at the Dollar Store---perfect!
Next, cut your balloon strips into 2 inch pieces. These are your balloon beads.
(You can use smaller pieces, but it's a little harder to keep them tight.)
Measure your child's wrist and add about 2 inches. This is the length of elastic to use.
Tape one end of the elastic onto your surface. (Be sure the tape can come off easily.)
Thread a balloon bead onto the elastic and squish it tight to the tape.
Hold it with your finger, then...
tape it down to stay in place.
-Thread balloon bead on.
Repeat and repeat until you have about a half inch of elastic left.
Peel off the tape and squish the balloon beads tight.
(You may want to add a few more if needed.)
Tie a tight double knot with the two elastic ends.
Trim knot ends.
Push the balloon beads over the knot, so it doesn't show.
With just a bit of help, my 9 year old was able to make these!
Now, this looks really strange, but these are old puppy balloon animals that we took apart.
The balloons were getting old, I was ready to pop them and throw them out, but decided to try and save them for bracelets. I undid the twists and got this funny looking pile of deflated balloons.
I didn't let their funny looks stop me...
The finished bracelet almost looks like fabric.
Just in case you don't want to make a balloon bracelet there are many companies that sell them.
I even found one on Etsy. Click here for source.
Oh, and just to warn you...
These little bracelets are highly addicting!
If you choose to make one--you won't be able to stop!
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