1 teardrop balloon
White glue and water (2 to 1)
Silk leaves or other material
There are many things that the average person can’t make, like a mirror. The person has to start out with the actual mirror and then make a frame or otherwise decorate it. A vase often falls into the category of something an average person can’t make. But there are a few that are easily crafted, such as a Styrofoam ball vase, or a rope vase. Another one that you can make? A balloon leaf vase! Can’t use leaves with your design style? Change it up and use something else. When you use an ordinary balloon to create your vase, you can make it out of silk leaves or flowers, holographic paper, sinew, scrapbook paper, decorative tape, and many other things. You won’t believe your own talent!
One of the greatest things about a balloon vase – other than the fact that it’s so easy to make – is the design itself. Since you’ll use a balloon as the base for your project, and you’ll glue things to it, you’ll create unusual designs when you finally pop the balloon to reveal the creation. See, it’s not necessary to cover the entire balloon with the leaves or chosen materials so there can be holes and other openings that make the vase fascinating.
Blow up a balloon – your choice of size – and settle it on a wadded up towel, an empty, open paint can, or on a similar stand. Place the knot so that it faces upwards. Begin gluing on the chosen material by first applying glue to an area of the balloon and then sticking the leaves or chosen material to it. Continue in that manner, working down as far as possible, and then flipping the balloon over, and finishing with the wide end of the balloon being completely covered.
Clearly, if you put a leaf on the balloon, and it’s not connected, it won’t stay put when you pop the balloon. So, no matter what material that you glue on the balloon, be sure it is attached at two or more points, such as top and bottom, or both sides. A good look is crafted when you overlap and otherwise make the bottom of the vase thick and completely closed, and then work towards the top, where you’ll use the leaves or other materials more sparsely.
Try making vases out of different materials, such as vinyl pieces, cloth swatches, tape pieces, artificial vines, satin bows, paper triangles, product envelopes and such, or other things. You’ll adore each creation, which is unique, individual, and designer-quality.