It's amazing how simple and fun these are to make. All it takes is a handful of balloons, a balloon pump and some curling ribbon. We show you how to make the trunk by stacking trios of balloons in layers and tying them together with ribbon. Easy! Have a blast creating your own breezy tropical forest!
Orange latex balloons
Brown latex balloons
Green animal twist & shape latex balloons
Orange curling ribbon
Balloon weights or garden stakes for outdoors (optional)
1) Inflate balloons
Begin by inflating your first orange balloon. We recommend using a hand pump because you'll be inflating lots of balloons. (Helium is not recommended because the tree needs to stay grounded.) Knot the tail of the balloon after inflating.
2) Tie 3 balloons together
Inflate a second balloon and tie it onto the first. Repeat with a third balloon. Yay, you've made the first layer! Make sure the three balloons in each layer are uniform in size so the tree will look even. (You'll be gradually decreasing the balloon size as you create each layer.)
3) Cut a ribbon "stem"
Cut a piece of curling ribbon that is one foot taller than you would like your final tree to be. Tie the ribbon onto your first balloon layer. You will use this ribbon to secure each layer.
4) Make another layer
Repeat Step 2 to create another layer of three balloons. As you work your way up, make each layer of balloons slightly smaller in size so the trunk looks tapered. We made about 8 layers of orange balloons, from 12" to 9" in diameter.
5) Tie on with ribbon
Each time you add a balloon layer, pull the "stem" ribbon through, wrap it tightly around the balloon center, and tie a knot to secure the layer onto the tree. Your tree is growing fast!
6) Add the coconuts
Blow up three brown balloons for the coconuts. Inflate them to a much smaller size than the orange balloons to get the right proportion.
7) Make palm fronds
Time for the twisty balloons. Fun! Fully inflate six to eight balloons all the way and knot the ends. Then place two balloons next to each other and twist the centers together.
8) Add the fronds
Holding by the joint you just created in the middle, squeeze fronds in between the coconuts. Bend and style your fronds however you like. Then pull your "stem" ribbon through and tie to secure the fronds. Almost done!
9) Add more fronds
Twist together two more twisty balloons, add to the tree and secure with your "stem" ribbon. Repeat to add as many fronds as you like, then trim off the excess ribbon. Cute!
10) Display your creations
Make two or more trees to really WOW party guests! These fab palm tree balloon columns stand up by themselves indoors. Outdoors, you can secure them with garden stakes or balloon weights (you'll need several weights for each tree). Create your own jungle of breezy balloon palm trees!