If it’s warm, I’m in party prep mode….even if it’s March. Since my children nearly share a birthday, literally August 31st and September 1st, we have a dual birthday party that gets more elaborate by the minute, ahem, not year. Jeez, that sounds bad, doesn’t it? Please don’t confuse elaborate with expensive because the cornerstone of everything I plan is cost!
I also like to find really fun activities that won’t involve tears, and are reusable as well as cost efficient. Well, this easy project more than fits the bill. If you were here last year, you’ll recall that I put together some take home gift bags from Dollar Tree and that all of the included items were purchased there. And because I split multi-packs of hair bands, clips and some other items, I was really able to stretch my dollars in some areas, and still had some nice individual items (bag, sunglasses and flip flops) as well.
Now that the kiddies are getting a little older, our projects can (finally) become a little more advanced. Tying knots is an easy task for an 8 year old. Doing it repeatedly and in a pattern makes it a little more complex, but do-able, so it retains a healthy level of confidence upon completion. With that in mind, if you’ve got a fun pool or summer birthday party coming up or just a sleepover, give this Balloon Flip Flop craft a try!
Balloon Flip Flops
From Dollar Tree or your local dollar store, you’ll need:
Flip Flops in assorted sizes and colors
Primary Color Balloons – 100ct
Pastel Balloons 100ct
For either the pastel or primary colors, you may want to decide on a pattern to repeat like pink, green, blue, yellow, purple, etc. You don’t have to do this because randomly chosen colors look equally as nice as a pattern. You know I’m neurotic, so that’s my answer for you. Hah!
And while this costs a bit more, you may want to buy some solid color balloons and do something like 6 yellow and 6 blue or something like that….perhaps for older girls who want school colors? It’s really up to you, the attendees, and the nature of the party. There really is no wrong way to do this.
Double knot each balloon along the sides of the flip flop thong. In the end, you’ll need approximately 50 balloons to complete each side. Obviously, this will vary considerably with size. This average will help you decide how many balloons to purchase though.
Above all else, have fun, and send me your nifty pictures! I’d love to see your creations!
Adapted very slightly from One She Two She!