Animals have always been one of my favorite types of party inspirations, but having kids has definitely given me a LOT more excuses to use them!
So… for my very first collaboration with Balloon Time, and given the fact that it’s December right now, I thought it would be fun to dream up some wintery balloon fun for all the pint-sized party animals out there. ;) And judging from the look on both of my daughters’ faces when they walked in and saw me working on this project, I’d say this one is kid-approved!
These DIY Penguin & Polar Bear Balloons would be such a fun accent for any winter themed birthday party or playdate, and the added bonus is that they’re super easy too! The animal faces are made from printables, so there’s no need for fancy art skills to recreate them – just cut, tape, and done! Read on for full details below…
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PENGUIN:
First, print out the Penguin Template. *Please make sure to use lightweight paper for this project.* I tried using a photo quality card stock paper at first, and the paper was too heavy for the balloon so it tipped forwards, then I switched to regular computer paper and it worked great! Live and learn. ;)
Next, Cut out the penguin face, flippers, and feet. Tip: When cutting smaller details like the penguin feet, I find it easiest to keep my scissors more stationery and guide the paper along the cut line with my other hand.
Once the paper details are cut, it’s time to blow up your balloon(s). Tie the balloon off & add baker’s twine or your string/ribbon of choice, then tape the string to a table or other work surface so that the balloon stays at your eye level and doesn’t try to float away while you add the face!
1. Put double-stick tape on the back of the penguin face. (I just used two strips total – one on each side.) Stick the face in the center of the balloon. Eyeballing it is fine – don’t worry about being super precise.
2. Add the flippers to each side of the balloon. I just used one strip of double-stick tape at the top of each flipper. Bend them slightly upward to give the penguin more dimension.
3. Add the feet towards the bottom of the balloon, again using double-stick tape and bending them slightly upward to add dimension.
4. Done! Your new penguin balloon is all ready to party.
P.S. It is super hard to photograph shiny black latex balloons without every little thing showing up in them as a reflection, so please forgive the cameo that my home windows and light fixtures and whatever else is making in these pics. ;)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE POLAR BEAR:
Print out the Polar Bear Template, again using lightweight paper as noted in the Penguin Tutorial above. Cut out the ears, eyes, and nose/mouth.
Blow up a white balloon and tie it off with baker’s twine or ribbon/string. Tape the twine to your work surface so that the balloon remains at eye level while you add the face.
1. Put double-stick tape on the back of the nose, then place the nose/mouth combo in the center of the balloon horizontally, and just slightly below center vertically.
2. Fold the ears as shown below to create flaps at the bottom, then add a strip of double-stick tape to the flaps.
3. Place the ears on both sides of the balloon, just eyeballing the placement to where you’re happy with it.
4. Use small strips of double-stick tape to add the polar bear eyes. It helps to imagine that you’re forming a triangle upward from the nose.
5. Done! Your polar bear balloon is now ready to party too. Enjoy!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Balloon Time. As always, all thoughts and designs are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to keep the creative content coming your way.