There are number of ways that you can make giant balloons personal to your party theme, and adding your own custom text is the quickest and easiest way to create a bespoke look inexpensively for any event!
DIY Custom Text Balloons Using Vinyl
These custom text balloons can be tailored to any celebration like weddings, baby showers, birthdays and even corporate events!
Custom text balloons are also ideal as a fun photo accessory when creating a unique Save The Date, as a baby or engagement announcement and for so many other occasions!
You can also have fun adding your images, clipart and your own custom artwork to balloons using the same technique I’m sharing in this project!
This idea can be used to personalize any type of balloon, from bubble balloons to giant latex balloons and even foil balloons!
I used black and white vinyl for this project because they were the colors that contrasted best with the large latex balloons I had on hand. But you can also experiment and use metallic foil vinyl and iridescent vinyl to spice things up even more and to contrast with the balloon colors you have.
You can also use contact paper instead of vinyl for this project, it works just as well.
For this craft project, I used a cutting machine to cut out the text I designed to fit a large 18 inch balloon, but you can also cut your custom text using small scissors and a craft knife if you don’t have a cutting machine, and if you don’t have a ton of balloons to make, of course 😉.
Although this is a really easy and straight forward DIY project, there are a few things you need to pay attention to, when creating your custom text balloons with vinyl. Namely, when it comes to transferring the cut text to your balloons to avoid them popping!
The first time I made these vinyl balloons, I used brand new transfer tape and it was so sticky that it popped my balloon. 😭
So my main tip is to really use transfer tape that is barely tacky. So that you can remove it easily from the balloon without any danger of ruining your project. I mean, you don’t want to go through all the trouble of printing, cutting your text and then to have it completely ruined when applying it to the balloon, right?
To ensure my transfer tape was as its “best” for this project, I pressed it quite a few times over a piece of white felt to ensure it didn’t stick too much to the balloon. Don’t be tempted to skip this part!
Alternatively, you can also use low-tack masking tape. I used to use low-tack masking tape in the past instead of transfer tape and it works just as great! The only difference is that the tape is not as wide as the transfer paper, so you need to ensure that you cover the text with enough masking tape to be able to transfer it properly. This technique is best for smaller balloons.
Anyways, whatever method you use, another important tip is to inflate your balloon to its fullest and tie it securely, especially if you’re customizing your balloon a day ahead of your party. You don’t want the balloon to deflate overnight and ruin your custom work!
If you do make this ahead of your party, I don’t suggest more than a day ahead, juts in case! Also, be sure to keep your balloon in a dark place away from heat sources.
When you’re ready to transfer your text to the balloons, ensure you also place your balloon onto a sturdy platform to avoid it rocking from side to side, or popping. I used a tray to sit my balloon on while I worked on it.
Also, don’t be tempted to press or smooth out the transfer tape too hard onto the balloon. The tape’s job is simply to transfer your text, so ensure the text is stuck on regardless of how wrinkly the tape might look. This will help you lift the tape more easily and avoid the balloon popping!
I really like how fun this project was and can’t wait to personalize more balloons for all my upcoming events!
DIY Custom Text Balloons Using Vinyl
Materials needed for this project:
* Latex balloons (I used white, pink, yellow, red and gold)
* Cut out text or images of your choosing
* Vinyl paper in contrasting colors to your balloon colors (I used black and white)
* Cutting machine or scissors and craft knife
* Transfer tape or low-tack masking tape
Hope you like the idea and feel inspired to have a go! If you do, tag me on social media @BirdsParty so I can see and share your creativity! 😍