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Christmas Ornament Balloons

Make a bold statement this holiday season with larger-than-life decorations.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015


Our takes on classic tree ornaments are made from oversize balloons, painted simply with playful stripes and dots, then fitted with mirrored-paper tops and wire hangers. Suspended from the ceiling, they help set a joyful mood.


  • Balloon air pump
  • Large bowl
  • Paintbrushes
  • Mirrored paper (Pictured: Mirri foil card, in Silver, $5.75 per sheet,
  • Double-sided tape
  • Awl
  • Sturdy wire
  • Monofilament (optional)


  1. Inflate balloons to desired size with pump.
  2. Balance 1 balloon on top of bowl so it won't roll. For stripes, match paintbrush size to desired stripe width, then make horizontal stripes with craft paint. For dots, dip a pouncer into paint, then press repeatedly on bowl. Let balloon dry in bowl.
  3. Print ornament top template. Trace onto mirrored paper; cut out. With mirrored side facing down, fold each individual leaf toward center to make a crease. Overlap each leaf and secure to next with double-sided tape to form a ridged cup as shown.
    christmas ornament balloon how-to
  4. Poke 2 holes in top with awl, then push a piece of wire through each to make a hanger. Bend wire and tape to each end from inside to secure. Tape top to balloon from inside, over balloon knot.
  5. Hang with monofilament. Balloons should stay fully inflated for 3 days.

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