{tipster tuesday} geronimo balloon inspired party decorations

Before one of the Crew takes over Oink! today, I wanted to introduce you to the next day in our weekly line-up…

Each Tuesday we’ll share penny pinching party tips including products we love to use, great deals you should know about and fabulous tutorials like this great one from Jenny!

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I have a mild obsession with Geronimo Balloon-Troopers. Have you ever seen them?

Image via Geronimo

I love the way Geronimo Balloon-Troopers sparkle and hover over a beautiful party. Each balloon is lovingly handmade with ribbon, tassels, crepe paper, and shiny tinsel. Since these beauties run between $60-$200 per balloon, purchasing them is out of the question for me. I started brainstorming… how could I get this look for a lot less?  First I thought I would purchase 3′ round balloons. I decided against this option. These balloons can be costly and still have to be blown up and transported. I was giddy when I found 24″ paper lanterns sold online. Here’s the look I was able to create for only $6.


  • Gold Tinsel, long pieces if possible (Scored packages of tinsel at a Thrift Shop for $.50 each!)
  • Various Colors of Crepe Paper ($1.00 x 2 = $2.00)
  • Ribbon ($1.00)

Directions:  To create fringed crepe paper, repeatedly fold over a 3′-4′ piece of crepe paper as many times as you can. Make half inch cuts on one side, then the other (do not cut too close to the middle). Unfold and admire how pretty crepe paper looks fringed. Gather all your tinsel, tassels, ribbon or anything else you think would look nice draping down and attach to the bottom wire of the lantern with tape or just tie it in a knot. It actually looks better if it looks a little messy and tussled.

Then tie a ribbon around the trailing tinsel about 4 inches down from the top to give it a finished look.

Hang the lantern and drape tassel as desired (a chair works nicely) and just swoon at your creation for awhile.


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