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DIY Watercolor Balloons

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Give plain white balloons a pastel makeover with this muted rainbow watercolor look! It’s the perfect touch for anchoring your dessert or gift table.

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  • Balloon Time Helium Tank
  • White balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Paint palette/plate
  • Water
  • Large paint brush
  • Acrylic paint (we used pastel colors)
DIY Watercolor Balloons How To


  1. Inflate a balloon with your Balloon Time Helium Tank and tie a knot. It’s best to add the ribbon or string after you paint the balloons so it doesn’t get in the way. Just be sure to hold tight to the balloons.
  2. Flip the balloon over so the knot side is facing up, and rest it on a table or other surface. Squirt some paint onto a plate.
  3. Dip your brush in a bit of water to thin the paint and lessen the weight on the balloon, and then into the first color of paint. Next, paint a section of your balloon, from the knot up about half way on the balloon.
  4. Immediately repeat with the next color right next to the first, overlapping a bit so the colors blend creating a watercolor effect around the balloon. Continue to repeat with all remaining colors until you’ve worked your way around the balloon.
  5. Tie ribbon to the knot of the balloon and tie to a chair/table leg to let dry completely.


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

Written by: Kelly 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.

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