DIY Handwritten Balloons

Today’s DIY is so simple, I almost didn’t post it. Guys, it’s balloons that I wrote on with a Sharpie!! I know a lot of people aren’t into balloons anymore (how 1990’s), but I kind of secretly love them.

I think it’s the ease and simplicity of decorating with balloons that appeals to me. Even your local dollar store will have a variety of colours, and you only really need to two tools; your lungs and a little scotch tape to stick them on the walls – instant party!diy handwritten balloons

The other day I was thinking about all the holidays and events we desi’s celebrate that you can’t really find customized decor for at your local party store; Lohri, Diwali, Eid, Godh Bharai, Mundan, and countless others. So……I decided to remedy that with a handful of balloons I had leftover from Z’s rainbow themed birthday party last year, and some permanent markers. Truth be told, if I was decorating for a real wedding or party, I would have bought prettier colours of balloons and co-ordinated them better – but you forgive me right?

So here’s the 411 on my DIY Handwritten Balloons:diy handwritten balloons

diy handwritten balloonsBlow the balloon up part way and hold it secure with one hand. Use a permanent marker to write your message, and then let it dry for about 25 seconds. Deflate and save for your party!diy handwritten balloonsOnce you deflate them, let the balloons sit for about 1/2 an hour so they are good and dry before storing them or blowing them back up. I guess you could even blow up all the balloons and then write directly on them, but I feel like that would be harder to manage and cause more smudging. I found it quite easy to write directly on a smaller handwritten balloonsSometimes as a DIY blogger I feel a sense of pressure to create complicated and unique projects every week, but the reality is, some of my ideas are really basic. Maybe these balloons aren’t the classiest party decor, but I know if I walked into someone’s house for a maiyan ceremony or roka and saw something cute and kitschy like this, it would make me smile!

If you end up doing a bunch of balloons, I think they would look super cute with some helium and some pretty gotta holding them together. 

PS: If you like to DIY check out my phulkari inspired coasters, and block printed jewellery holder. 



  1. May 30, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Such a cute idea Raj! I think I may use this for our Eid party if I can get my hands on some gota!

  2. June 1, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    So very True Raj, sometimes simple ideas blows your mind.

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