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DIY Geronimo balloon

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DIY & Crafts

DIY Geronimo balloon

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 1.55.13 PM Photo by Michael Alberstat via Canadian Living GERONIMO! Doesn't the word alone give your heart a little boost of excitement? If not, these enormous party balloons certainly will! Dripping with ribbons, fringe, holiday banners and whatever else you can dream up, these oversize custom balloons are big on drama and bring the party to any event—go pastel and romantic for weddings or rock-star edgy for New Year's Eve. In the December 2014 issue of Canadian Living, we went ultra-glam with ours, using gold, silver, black and pearlescent white balloons  with matching fringe details and a glittering Happy Holidays banner. (We sourced ours from Target.) Just be advised: These floating drama queens require a boatload of helium (tip: rent a tank from a local party store!) and should be assembled on-site because trying to shove more than three into anything smaller than an empty minivan may result in tears—and increased insurance premiums.

Want to make your own?

You Will Need: Here's How: There are a variety of ways to go about assembling a Geronimo balloon. Use one, or combine two or three methods, and feel free to get creative on your own! 1. Carefully inflate your balloons and tie a long string of metallic curling ribbon to the end. Attach the balloon to a balloon weight (or to a chair) while you work. 2. Trim the top portion of the fringe curtain to extend no more than 3 inches above the fringe. Using a hole punch, make a hole in one end of your fringe curtain. Attach a split ring to the hole and tie the split ring to the knot in the balloon with another piece of ribbon, or make a small slit below the knot under the balloon end and feed the ring through. Allow fringe to pool on the ground. [caption id="attachment_12419" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo by Michael Alberstat. Balloon via partystock.ca. Check out the December 2014 issue of Canadian Living for decor, fashion and beauty info! Photo by Michael Alberstat. Balloon via partystock.ca. Check out the December 2014 issue of Canadian Living for decor, fashion and beauty info![/caption] 3. Add varying lengths of contrasting ribbon, lace, tinsel or whatever embellishment you desire to the split ring. - or - 4. Tie a holiday/birthday/wedding banner from the knot end of your balloon. - or - 5.  Cut fringe garland into 2-foot sections. Starting at one end, roll tightly toward the opposite end, using dots of glue here and there to keep coils of your tassel in place. Make tassels in a variety of colours and tape your tassels to the ribbon of your balloon at intervals with the fringe ends of one covering the top of the next tassel. - or - 6. Make or buy tissue paper tassels (scour the Internet for tutorials) and tape or knot them to your balloon ribbon so that the fringe of one covers the top of the tassel underneath. Tip: Start at the bottom of the ribbon and work upward! Bring on the party!
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