crafting is cool: geronimo balloons.

Oh. My. Lord.  Have you seen these Geronimo Balloons from the Geronimo Balloon Troopers?  They are amazing, right? 

I stumbled on these a few months ago whilst perusing the 100 Layer Cake Marketplace area and I noticed a bride who had posted "Geronimo Balloons (8): $500"  Now, I love me a good balloon as much as the next person, but $500 for some balloons? Was this girl on crack (is whack)?  I clicked through her post and realized very quickly these were not typical balloons...these were like....heaven with helium.  The Geronimo Balloon Company is actually a really amazing little story--the girl who started it is young, adorable, creative and just had a passion for balloons. She originally started making them to bring to family and friends' birthday parties and eventually started a business--and now it's blowing up (pun sort of intended, but after I typed it I realized that was sort of lame. Oh well).  Her balloons are an amazing addition to stylized shoots, weddings, baby showers or even just for a birthday party or engagement session.

I am always looking for a great prop, and these were it!  However....sad face...I could not afford to purchase a lot of these...thus, crafting weekend 2013 began! Below is my attempt to recreate the Geronimo Balloon, but full disclosure, mine are no where near as amazing as the originals.  Regardless, it was a fun project and I had 2 lovely brides-to-be use them in their engagement sessions and seemed to really enjoy jaunting about with these gigantic creations.  

Materials:

1) Plastic table cloths (available at any party store) in at least 2 colors. These will create the bulk of your fancy string. It's MUCH easier to work with than tissue paper.

2) 36" balloons (Note, you do NOT need to have these filled with helium, though it helps the balloons look rad. Next time, I will not use helium, but rather am planning to create "lollie sticks" so the balloon is lofty without depleting our already depleted helium supply).

3) ribbons, bakers twine (best friend, remember?), garland, cupcake wrappers, anything sparkly and flowing, tissue paper to attach to the string.

Again, tissue paper wasn't the best--it's heavy which causes the balloon to lose it's loft. But I had this beautiful dual colored paper left over from an earlier, less successful project, so I wanted it to go to good use.
Again, tissue paper wasn't the best--it's heavy which causes the balloon to lose it's loft. But I had this beautiful dual colored paper left over from an earlier, less successful project, so I wanted it to go to good use.

Make sure your tassels are long enough. You want them to be about 7-9" for that maximum flowing quality.
Make sure your tassels are long enough. You want them to be about 7-9" for that maximum flowing quality.

There is no need to glue the middle as some DIY tutorials tell you; you can easily just secure with baker's twine. 
There is no need to glue the middle as some DIY tutorials tell you; you can easily just secure with baker's twine. 

Table cloths were the best material--light weight, flowed well, and you could easily get 5-6 garlands from one cloth.
Table cloths were the best material--light weight, flowed well, and you could easily get 5-6 garlands from one cloth.

Make sure to roll tightly or else your garland will be too big and floppy.
Make sure to roll tightly or else your garland will be too big and floppy.

Once all your garlands are created, you can start to secure them to the balloon string.  Do this before the string is attached to the balloon. Trust me.
Once all your garlands are created, you can start to secure them to the balloon string.  Do this before the string is attached to the balloon. Trust me.

Gold cupcake wrappers folded in half add some nice sparkle.
Gold cupcake wrappers folded in half add some nice sparkle.

Adding some pops of tinsel (gold or silver) is critical to ensuring some sparkle in your final product.
Adding some pops of tinsel (gold or silver) is critical to ensuring some sparkle in your final product.

Christine meets the balloon. 
Christine meets the balloon. 

See, if it's a windy day, you don't even need to use helium. 
See, if it's a windy day, you don't even need to use helium. 

Very happy bride to be with her lovely balloons.
Very happy bride to be with her lovely balloons.