Where to Buy

Back-to-School Craft Project: DIY Apple Balloons

DIY Project, Styling and Text by Studio DIY
Photos by Mary Costa Photography

Give the kids something to smile about with these easy-to-make apple balloons. They’re perfect for surprising the kids on their first day of school, using as props in those treasured first day pictures or delighting the new teacher with a whole bouquet of apple balloons. These fruity balloons are sure to make even the most nervous new students smile.



  • Balloon Time Helium Tank
  • Green cardstock
  • Brown cardstock
  • Scissors
  • 17” round, red latex balloons (These balloons are slightly rounder than regular latex balloons, but either ones will work.)
  • Clear shipping tape


  1. First, cut out a leaf shape from the green cardstock (one per balloon) and a stem shape from the brown cardstock (also one per balloon).
  2. Next, inflate the balloons using your Balloon Time Helium Tank.
  3. Then, fold both the leaf and stem under about 1/4″ from the bottom to make a tab for attaching them to your balloon. Place the leaf on the top of the balloon and tape down the tab with clear shipping tape. If you find that the leaf is not standing up straight, cut a small strip of green cardstock and tape one end overtop of the tab on the leaf and fasten one strip to the center of the leaf, letting it curve in between as pictured. This will give it support.
  4. Lastly, adhere the stem next to the leaf by taping the tab to the balloon. That’s it – as easy as A, B, C. Now send your kids off to school with some apple balloon pride!

Share your back-to-school celebration pics with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. Happy back-to-school season!

Note: Adult supervision is required when using balloons. Please read all warnings and precautions on the Balloon Time carton.

Written by: Kelly (Lanza) Mindell

Kelly (Lanza) Mindell is the editor and founder of Studio DIY, where she's helping folks celebrate each and every moment, the DIY way. Kelly is an east-coast transplant living in Los Angeles. She's been a DIY-er since birth, an entrepreneur since age fifteen and a freelance blogger and crafter for the past five years. Her colorful, ready-to-party DIYs and ideas have been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Parenting Magazine, and on Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, HGTV and more.When she's not busy crafting for the holidays and the every day, you'll still find a hair bow in her hair and confetti on the ground.

Written by: Studio DIY

Studio DIY is a popular do-it-yourself website celebrating the holidays and the every day with original DIY ideas. Tens of thousands of readers come to Studio DIY each day to find fun, colorful projects for birthdays, holidays and every celebration in between. Studio DIY is thoughtfully crafted, curated and glittered in Los Angeles by owner, editor and all-around celebrator, Kelly (Lanza) Mindell.

Related Products
Where to Buy