Balloons usually make up part of the decorating scheme at parties. Whether the ceiling is covered in helium balloons or you simply tie some to your mailbox, balloons are inexpensive, colourful decorations. However, if you're tired of balloon arches or clusters, try making some balloon flowers. These whimsical balloon arrangements work well for girls' birthdays, bridal and baby showers, wedding receptions and anniversaries.
Blow up seven balloons for each flower. Choose one balloon colour for the flower centres and another colour for the petals. Possible combinations include yellow and pink, orange and red, white and orange and blue and yellow. Match the flowers to your party colour scheme.
Cut a 6-inch piece of clear fishing line. Pinch the tied ends of two petal balloons together and tie the knots together with the fishing line. Repeat twice more for each flower.
Place one balloon pair over another balloon pair so they form a plus sign. Grip the centre of the plus sign and twist the top and right balloons to the right and the bottom and left balloons to the left, securing the balloons together.
Add a final pair of balloons to your plus sign, wedging the last two balloons into two of the open spaces. Twist the balloons again, this time turning three and three instead of pairs.
Tie a 6-inch length of fishing line to a flower centre balloon. Thread the line between two petals very close to the centre. Wrap the fishing line around the tied ends of your balloon petals and knot around the tied end of the centre balloon to secure.
Use excess fishing line hanging from the balloon flower centres to tie the flowers into garlands. Make sure all of your balloons are the same size by cutting the centre out of a paper plate. The middle of each balloon should be able to pass through the plate ring.