DIY Photo Balloon Decorations for Backdrops and Centerpieces (2022)

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Need a cute and easy DIY decoration for Mother’s Day? Let me show you how to put a picture on a balloon. It’s a fun way to customize your celebration with a craft that can be done in just a few minutes!

This post was sponsored by Balloon Time Helium Tanks.

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Balloons are a fun way to decorate for any type of party or celebration. They are colorful, they are inexpensive and there are tons of different DIYs that can be done to make them personalized and perfect for any holiday theme.

Inspired by my party signs, I decided to create photo balloons.

My kids love seeing pictures of me and my husband when we were kids so I thought it would be really fun to come up with an idea to incorporate baby photos into some simple Mother’s Day decor.

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Why This Tutorial Works

This post is written in partnership with Balloon Time Helium Tanks. They let me share my love of balloons with you and come up with easy to recreate ideas and DIYsthat you can make at home!

These are the perfect way to decorate for brunch or any party. They take a few minutes to make but don’t require any special skills.

They are a great way to customize your space, quickly. And who wouldn’t love to see their face on a balloon?!

To make this photo balloon DIY you will need to print photos onto tissue paper. This will work in most printers. Tissue paper is light and won’t weigh the balloons down.

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Supplies

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  • Baby photos
  • tissue paper
  • card stock
  • pencil
  • double-sided tape
  • scissors
  • balloons
  • Balloon Time Helium Tank
  • spray adhesive
  • string or ribbon

How to Make Photo Balloons

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Gather all your supplies so everything is close at hand.

  1. Prepare the baby pictures. Scan them and make them in to a digital file. To make this craft efficient, try to put more than one image on a page. I was able to do that using Photoshop but Microsoft Word would work too. Smaller photos will work better and go on smoother.

2. Stack sheets of tissue paper together (for however many photos you plan to print). Place a piece of card stock on top of the stack and trace roughly around the paper.

Leave about an inch margin all the way around your pencil line and cut out from the full sheet of tissue paper.

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3. Move the rest of the tissue paper aside and work on them one at a time. Place the tissue paper, shiny side up on the table. Center one piece of card stock on top of the tissue paper. Using double-stick tape, tape around all the edges of the card stock.

Fold over the excess tissue paper and stick it to the tape. Do this around all the edges.

4. I placed the paper, tissue paper side down, in the paper tray of my printer (yours might be different – you may want to do a test print first!). I placed each piece of tissue paper wrapped card stock through one at a time, for each photo I printed.

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5. Blow up all the balloons you will be using to have them ready to go.

I would suggest doing this right before your Mother’s Day celebration starts because it seems like whenever you put anything on a helium balloon, they start to sink faster than without.

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6. Next, cut out the photo from the tissue paper. Discard the excess tissue paper and the card stock. In a well-ventilated area (I sprayed them outside), spray the back of the tissue paper photo.

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7. Carefully smooth the photo onto the balloon. Since the balloon is round and the images are rectangular, they do not lay perfectly on the balloon and do have some wrinkles.

One way around this would be to use smaller images. I don’t think the wrinkles looked bad but it might bother some people. Adjust this craft according to your OCD preferences. :)

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You can attach them to balloon weights or just tie them to the table.

I used two of my own baby pictures and one of my mom as a kid. My boys LOVED seeing these balloons! They were super simple to make and looked adorable.

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And how cute are these letter balloons! They were from Hip Hip Party Goods which doesn’t appear to be in business any longer. You could use black mylar letter balloons instead.

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Now that I know how easy it is to print on tissue paper, I kind of feel like I need to do it for all kinds of things!

This photo balloon DIY is perfect for Mother’s Day but would also be awesome for birthdays and graduation parties! And of course bridal and baby showers.

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How to Put Photos on Balloons

Learn how to make DIY Photo Balloons! These easy DIY decorations are perfect for a backdrop, bouquet or centerpiece for any type of party. Follow the tutorial to learn how to customize a balloon with a photo of the birthday gal or baby pics for a shower.

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Course: Craft / DIY

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 1 balloon

Author: Sharon Garofalow

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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 Baby Photo to Scan
  • 1 Tissue Paper
  • 1 heavy card stock
  • 1 balloon
  • spray adhesive
  • string
  • double stick tape

Instructions

  • Prepare the baby pictures. Scan them and make them in to a digital file. To make this craft efficient, try to put more than one image on a page. I was able to do that using Photoshop but Microsoft Word would work too. Smaller photos will work better and go on smoother.

  • Stack sheets of tissue paper together (for however many photos you plan to print). Place a piece of card stock on top of the stack and trace roughly around the paper. Leave about an inch margin all the way around your pencil line and cut out from the full sheet of tissue paper.

  • Move the rest of the tissue paper aside and work on them one at a time. Place the tissue paper, shiny side up on the table. Center one piece of card stock on top of the tissue paper. Using double-stick tape, tape around all the edges of the card stock.

    Fold over the excess tissue paper and stick it to the tape. Do this around all the edges.

  • I placed the paper, tissue paper side down, in the paper tray of my printer (yours might be different – you may want to do a test print first!). I placed each piece of tissue paper wrapped card stock through one at a time, for each photo I printed.

  • Next, cut out the photo from the tissue paper. Discard the excess tissue paper and the card stock. In a well-ventilated area (I sprayed them outside), spray the back of the tissue paper photo.

  • Blow up the balloons that you'll use. The number you blow up will depend on how many photo balloons you want to make.

  • Carefully smooth the photo onto the balloon. Since the balloon is round and the images are rectangular, they do not lay perfectly on the balloon and do have some wrinkles.

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  • Attach a string and then secure them with balloon weights or tie them to the table or another party area.

Notes

Only one image should be put on a balloon.

The larger the balloon, the better it will float.

It is best to make these balloons right before the party as balloons with decorations sometimes lose their float fairly quickly.

Lightweight string or ribbon works best.

Since I can no longer find the “MOM” balloons that I used in this post, you could DIY those with this same method. Just print out letters instead of photos. Or better yet, use colored tissue paper and simply cut out letters.

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About Sharon Garofalow

Sharon lives in Southern California with her adorable family. She loves to share ideas to make mom life easier and encourage busy gals to make time for themselves too! Sharon's "me" time often includes watching Hallmark Channel movies, sipping sauvignon blanc, trying not to eat Salt and Pepper potato chips, and planning girlfriend getaways.

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  1. Tori says

    I love this idea Sharon! This would be such a thoughtful touch. Totally doing this.

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