A Fun Way to Decorate Balloons!

Easy colorful balloon idea

Decorate Balloons with Foam Balls

I wasn’t sure what to name these balloons, other than FUN! I’m typically focused on decorating the balloon itself for my balloon crafts, however today I let the string be the star of the show by adding colorful foam balls from FloraCraft Make It: Fun. I love the results!

A fun way to decorate balloons

The lightweight foam balls are the perfect material for decorating the balloon without weighing it down, and they can be painted in any color you want. I chose a bright color palette perfect for summer parties.

A fun way to decorate balloons

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I used 3-4 foam balls per 12″ balloon. Here’s all you’ll need to make your own!

Supplies for DIY Foam Ball Balloons

A fun way to decorate balloons

How to Decorate Balloons with Foam Balls 

Step 1. Paint balls with acrylic paint

Paint your foam balls with the craft paint. I found a pouncer works great for this. If you’re doing a large number of foam balls you could also spray paint them. I would make all the balls at least a day in advance of when you plan to make the balloons so they are all ready to go!

How to paint foam balls

Step 2: String balls through thread

Inflate your balloons with helium and tie with string (I use a personal helium tank, but you can also have a party store inflate them and tie them with string). Thread the end of the string through a darning needle and push the needle through the first foam ball you want to add to the balloon. You can use a small set of pliers to pull the needle through if it gets stuck in the larger balls.

How to string foam balls into a garland

Step 3: Glue balls to string

Position the ball where you want it on the string and add a small dab of hot glue to hold it in place and prevent it from falling down the string. I used 3-4 balls per balloon. Too many more and you will start to weigh the balloon down.

How to string foam balls into a garland

As always, helium balloon projects are temporary! You can expect these balloons to look great for about 3-4 hours before they will start to weigh down. If you want them to last longer try adding Hi-Float to the balloons or using larger balloons (16″ or greater).

Colorful foam balls make such a cool addition to balloons!

Once the balloons are done, you can always save the pretty foam balls for another project! Check out these other cool crafts to make with foam balls on the Make It Fun website!

DIY Balloons Decorated with Foam Balls

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This post was sponsored by FloraCraft Make It: Fun. All content and opinions are my own.

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  1. This did Not work for me. Even one ball weighed my 12″ balloon down. Couldn’t put more for sure. I aired my ballon the same size as these in the picture as well. Wishes it had worked. Very cute idea

    1. Hi Monica, I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you, and I appreciate you letting me know. Balloons can be tricky. In general, the bigger the balloon and more helium, the more weight it can hold. I wonder if it had to do with the type of balloons you were using (i.e., some are helium quality and some aren’t). Either way, I am sorry it didn’t work!

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