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DIY Gold Horseshoe Balloons for your Derby Party

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

It’s Derby party time! Don your hats, place your bets and get ready to bring the Derby to you with these gold horseshoe balloons. All you need are latex balloons and gold leaf, and you’re off to the races! (Pun intended.)

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  • Balloon Time Helium Tank
  • Latex balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Gold Leaf sheets
  • Gold Leaf adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Printable horseshoe template
  • Toy horses (optional, for balloon weights)
  • Spray paint (optional, for balloon weights)

Download horseshoe template PDF

Gold Horseshoe Balloon How To


  1. Inflate balloons with your Balloon Time Helium Tank and tie with ribbon.
  2. Cut out your horseshoe stencil and lay it over the balloon. (Do not tape it to the balloon.) Brush the gold leaf adhesive onto the balloon using the stencil as a guideline.
  3. Remove the stencil and let the adhesive set, according to package instructions, until it is tacky. With the gold side down, press a sheet of gold leaf onto the adhesive (one sheet should cover about 2/3 of the horseshoe) and press firmly. Peel back the paper and the gold should adhere to the adhesive. Repeat with another sheet to cover the rest of the horseshoe shape.
  4. Use a clean brush to brush off any excess gold leaf around the edges. You can also touch up any areas where the gold may not have adhered by adding adhesive and gold leaf.
  5. If you want to make horse balloon weights, spray paint toy horses in your desired color palette and let dry completely. Tie one horse to the end of each balloon string.
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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 (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.

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