Monday, November 28, 2022

How to Make a Poinsettia Flower using Qualatex Taper Balloons and other Finishing Touches

In my last post, I demonstrated how to make a Christmas Wreath. In this post I will show you how to decorate the wreath using a few different ideas and techniques.

Check out the video below to find out how to create the precision bubbles and the bow.

 Poinsettia Flower

In this next video, I will show you how to make this Qualatex Taper Poinsettia Flower. 

Here are some more fantastic examples of the Poinsettia Flower. This fantastic display was made by Natalie Saunders of The Balloon Room, in Stevenage, UK. Natalie created this display for the recent BAPIA Funday! 

Natalie sprayed Silver Tapers to create Pink Tapers to make these gorgeous 

If you missed the first video on how to make the wreath, click HERE

Happy Ballooning! 

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath - Step-by-Step Video


Christmas Wreath by Sue Bowler

Karla Bell-Marsh of Blooms and Balloons in Portsmouth and I recently created these five hoops to represent the 'Five Gold Rings' as quoted  in the Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas at a recent industry event hosted by BAPIA (Balloon and Party Industry Alliance) and co-sponsored by Pioneer Europe, Qualatex.

The wreaths proved to be a popular sight at the event, so I thought that I would share the design with The Very Best Balloon Blog! 

I've created a step-by-step video showing you how to make the wreath. This same technique can be used with different coloured balloons to create hoop designs for multiple occasions.

Chrome Gold and Chrome Gold Christmas Wreath by 
Sue Bowler, CBA and Karla Bell-Marsh.
The wreath above was made on a larger, 1m hoop. I inflated the outer balloons to 6" and the inner balloons to 5", using the same technique on the video.

Here is a wedding hoop design that I made using the same sizing technique as above. On this occasion, I have added a 6" heart on the second cluster.

Wedding Hoop by Sue Bowler

I will demonstrate how to recreate the Taper Poinsettia in my next post! 

Happy Ballooning! 


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Christmas Trends for 2022

I think the world is looking forward to life and business as usual this Christmas! After several years of Christmas lockdowns and disruption to life, it is time to pull out all the stops for a fabulous festive season! 

When it comes to making balloon Christmas Tree's, Balloonista from Kent, England certainly has the style! The three trees featured below is the stunning work of Balloonista and I love them all! 

Blue Silver and White Balloon Christmas Tree

Red and Green Balloon Christmas Tree

Pink Green and Gold Balloon Christmas Tree

Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia. It's looking like traditional red and gold is looking to be two of the top trending colours of Christmas 2022!

Qualatex Chrome + Festive Florals and Foliage by
Zoe Adam-Jones of Jaz Trading

Gonk's, or Gnomes are a definite trend for this year. Gnomes were the most in demand Christmas accessory of last year and are set to be even bigger for 2022! Some say that it is an alternative to Elf on the Shelf, and has all the appeal for a fun Christmas! 

Designer name: Kerry Ferguson, CBA, Pioneer® Europe Ltd., UK

Designer name: Cam Woody, CBA, Pioneer Balloons, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Festive scene by Julie Dunham, CBA, and Lucy Hennessy CBA of Pioneer Europe.

Boho style decor has been a trend for some time now, so why not mix it in for Christmas too? What is Boho? Boho style is a free-spirited aesthetic that mixes different cultures and artistic expressions into an eclectic style with an emphasis on organic elements and nature. As an alternative style for Christmas it will certainly hold major appeal!

Photo Courtesy of Daydreaming Hues

And finally, Colourful Brights! 
Not only a fun and playful way to refresh interiors during the festive season, but these bright colours are the perfect mood boost too!

Photo courtesy of Kailo Chic - using Northstar letters balloons and a little spray paint - it's truly so merry and bright and will forever make us smile!

So when planning your d├ęcor and designs to wow your customers, ensure that you create some fun alternatives and something exciting and new for Christmas! 

Happy ballooning!