DIY Burger Balloons


DIY Burger Balloons

BURGER BALLOONS! YES! Balloons aren’t necessarily the first thing you think of when you think of Father’s Day, right? Well, now they might be! I had a lot of fun venturing to the savory side of life for the taco piñata, so I decided to dedicate these balloons to one thing so many dads out there love… the BBQ. If your dad likes to take up residence behind the grill at any chance he can every summer, then he probably deserves these burger balloons for Father’s Day! Tied to a new grill… well I just don’t think you can get a better gift for dad than that! And BONUS! I’m giving away a Balloon Time Helium Kit (and a custom set of balloons!) today so you can be “grilling” these balloons up all summer long! Enter at the bottom of the post!

DIY Burger Balloons

DIY Burger Balloons

Yellow (or Gold) Round Mylar Balloons (I bought mine here.)
Balloon Time Helium Tank
Brown, Green and Red Tissue Paper
Hot Glue Gun and/or Glue Dots
Clear Shipping Tape

DIY Burger Balloons DIY Burger Balloons
DIY Burger Balloons
DIY Burger Balloons

A few things to remember: Yes! You can use hot glue on balloons. Use the low setting on your glue gun if possible and don’t touch the tip of the glue gun to the balloons. Use as little glue as possible. I used about an inch-long line of glue every six inches. The more glue you use, the easier the balloon will get weighed down and it won’t float as well!

1. Blow up your balloons using your helium tank. Cut a strip of brown tissue paper about 2″ thick and long enough to wrap around the entire balloon, giving it a slightly wavy edge when you cut. (This may require two strips, depending on the size of your tissue paper.) Run small lines of hot glue (set to the “low” setting) about a half inch below the balloon seem and adhere the brown tissue paper around the balloon.
2. Cut a 1.5″ thick strip of green tissue paper making this one more wavy than the brown. This will be your lettuce! I used glue dots to adhere this, slightly above the seam of the balloon.
3. Cut out a couple small “tomato slices” from your red tissue paper. Use glue dots to adhere these in between the green and brown layers.
4. To make your burgers float horizontally, you need to tape your string to the bottom. I used washi tape here so you could see it but please use shipping tape! It’s much stronger and not visible. Just tape the string to the bottom of the balloon and you’re done!

DIY Burger Balloons

Dad is going to flip for these! Ha, I couldn’t resist. But really… he is.

DIY Burger Balloons

DIY Burger Balloons

All Photos by Mary Costa Photography

These would also be so fun for a July 4th BBQ if you are looking for something other than red, white and blue! Or really, they’d just be great for any summer BBQ! But now… for the GIVEAWAY!!

I am giving away a Balloon Time Helium Kit! It comes with a helium tank, 30 multicolored 9″ latex balloons and a spool of white ribbon. I’ll also be including a special balloon pack… customized to the giveaway winner! Oooh.. surprises are the best! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to readers in the USA only. The winner will be announced on June 18th!

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  • sina

    I absolutely LOVE all of your DIY inspiration you have up each and every day!

    I love the idea of giving my father a burger balloon! SO GREAT!!!

  • Allison

    At one of my best friend’s weddings, we released dozens of red, heart shaped balloons as she and her new hubbie were leaving the reception. It was so beautiful!

  • Elyse G.

    I always loved surprising fellow campers with balloons on their birthdays (since balloons aren’t something you typically see around a summer camp). *fingers crossed*

  • Dariel

    My favorite memories involving balloons are all from summer birthdays and party games-namely transferring them from knees to knees in a relay race!

  • Erin

    This is genius!

    I always loved how long balloons lasted after my birthdays as a kid!

  • Brittni

    I love these hamburger balloons, Kelly. SO perfect for a barbecue. And you are the cutest girl ever in that last photo.

  • ver

    at my sweet 16, we had a whole bunch of white balloons and it looked so pretty in pictures!

  • Courtney

    These hamburger balloons are so great! I always make hamburger cupcakes for 4th of July. These balloons will be a great accompaniment to the cupcakes this year!

  • Jenna

    These are so, so cute! I’m constantly impressed by your creativity. Ok, now I’m hungry for a burger..

  • Jess

    These are so incredibly creative!!! SO cute!

  • Bethany

    When i was little my brother would surprise me each year on my birthday by decorating the house – one year he did balloons on my chair at the dinner table. it was great!

  • Abri

    oh my goodness! these are A D O R A B L E! your inspiration makes me want to stop what im doing and go do a million diy crafts!

  • Sue!

    Love this hamburger balloon! So creative! I feel like I could eat it!

    One of my favorite balloon memories was making an adorable “Geronimo (type) Balloon” for my parents anniversary!


  • Lea Anna

    When I think of balloons I immediately have the mickey mouse balloons from Disneyland pop into my head. There’s not much more fun than Disneyland!

  • Claire

    I stumbled upon you from West Elm’s registry promotion. You’re site is so cool! Congratulations to you and your fiance! My fiance and I are doing the reverse. We bought the house and are now working on honing our style:

  • Rachel | The Crafted Life

    You are seriously brilliant! I saw these on Pinterest and just knew you were the brains behind them 🙂

  • Laurel (@abubblylife)

    haha these are so funny and awesome1

  • Amanda

    When I filled my sons room with balloons for his birthday.

  • Jamie

    These are brilliant!

  • Andrea Rust

    My favorite balloon memory is from when I was in the hospital as a little girl and I received a lot of balloons from friends.

  • Julie Kuberski

    I’d have to say my favorite memory with a balloon is at my niece’s baptism party. We tied the balloon around her waist, and she was crawling on the floor. It was totally adorable!

  • monica

    u hv the best ideas! i luv the buger balloon!!!!

  • monica

    my best balloon memory…. the first time i created a balloon centerpiece (4yrs ago) and now i luv creating with balloons

  • Pat K

    My daughter was away at college for her 21st birthday. We rented a “Chicken” to deliver balloons in the school

  • alyssa

    these are the cutest!! i want to eat and stare at them at the same time

  • Jennifer T.

    I love balloon animals and circus balloons!

  • sangeetha

    My daughters first birthday – had plenty of balloons to hand out to the kids who loved it!

  • Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

    i see pink and purple macaron balloons!!! OMG i love this burger balloon DIY so much, kelly. i bow time to the balloony fast foody amazing crafty genius that you are. xoxo

  • Carli Eklund

    My daughter’s 1st birthday had hundreds of balloons and she LOVED it!

  • Mary Buck

    Omg! I love the idea in the comment above about making macaron balloons! So smart. And I ADORE the burgers! So genius, so adorable… One of my favorite balloon memories was on a trip to Disney World with my friends my senior year of high school. My best friend & I charmed the man that holds a huge bouquet of hundreds of balloons to let us hold it & take pictures. The result is a great photo of a great trip. =)

    But I hope to make a new favorite memory this month for my best friends baby shower! I’ve ordered a bunch of the huge, 36″-ers in pink & clear (to fill with big pink confetti dots) and plan to do a Studio DIY/Geronimo-esque tassel treatment. As big as that look is, I can’t say it’s really “hit” Iowa yet. Hope people will be wowed! Hoping a Balloon Time can fill those & winning that tank would be even better!

  • Janet

    My favorite memory of balloons is sucking in the helium 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Birthdays! but my most memorable birthday was my 7th NKOTB birthday party, my parents had new kids on the block balloons, plates, napkins…you name it they somehow found it…best birthday ever 🙂 lol

  • Kelly G

    There a photo of my daughter on her first birthday, walking around with a bunch of balloons that look like they could lift her off the ground, one of my favorite pics ever!!

  • Jessica

    This is a fantastic DIY idea!! Summer is almost here, it would make perfect BBQ decorations!

  • Erin

    As part of our senior prank, we filled the dean’s office with balloons!

  • Lexie

    I love buying bunches of red heart balloons every valentine’s day!!

  • Bianca Hammond

    I honestly don’t remember my favorite memory that involves balloons but…I would love to make new ones for friends with this tank!

  • Ellissa

    My favorite memories with baloons, is when we were kids and would suck the helium out of baloons and run around talking in a high pitched voice. Craziness. Glad we serviced! 😉 Love your blog.

  • Les Gutierrez

    you are a genius!!!!!
    i love this specially since i LOVE bobs burgers!!!! <3 <3 <3

  • kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS

    Every birthday we surprise the girls by hanging a wall of balloons outside their doorway, so when they wake up they’re surprised and reminded that we know it’s their special day!

  • Laurie

    Love me some balloons!!!

  • Letitia

    Woohoo, zero calories if they are floating !

  • Heidi

    One time we filled my husbands office with balloons!

  • Rebekah

    A friend once filled my sister’s room with balloons, they went from the floor to the ceiling. It was SO cool!! It was such an awesome surprise!!

  • Erin

    One of first jobs involved filling helium balloons. I absolutely love this idea! Brilliant! My three year old would be amazed to see these as well, can’t wait to do this!

  • jerra

    OMG this is adorable. I just shoed my coworkers and we are having a bbq next week. IM BRINGING THIS!

  • Bri E.

    My sister and I collected all the balloons towards the end of a wedding reception and had a balloon popping contest. I would like to think i won but ….she won.

  • Ashley Howard

    I absolutely love this idea. It is too cute. Thanx for sharing.

  • Bea

    I always love playing with water balloons. I like to sit on them till they pop!

  • Mary Jenkins

    My Dad was kind of a dead beat when I was a kid, but one Valentine’s Day, he had the biggest balloon bouquet sent to me at school. It was about 15 balloons with a teddy bear and candy, and the kid’s all gathered around oohing and ahhing. It was nice to be the center of attention for a minute!

  • Katie

    I’m obsessed with these burger balloons!! I’m hoping to make them for my cousins grad party at the end of July!! You have the cutest and greatest DIYs!!!

  • MaryBeth (@misaacmom)

    I used to love when my kids were little and we would tie the balloon around their wrist so it would not float away.

  • Anna

    I love all things balloons & my daughter does too!

  • Jenny A.

    As a kid my parents told me to hold onto my balloons close and that if they flew away, all kinds of balloons went to the magical land in the sky: “Balloonia.” I’d always picture a place full of every balloon I could think of; balloons shaped like dogs, graduation balloons, sweet 16 ones, vintage shiny mylar balloons, even water balloons that somehow bounced up to Balloonia. Maybe there’s a burger balloon up there!

  • Ditsza

    Balloon is a must have item in every party i had!

  • Amanda

    These might work for the taco balloons I need!! Thanks!

  • Julia

    These are adorable! I was skeptical at first about how easy they’d be to recreate, but now I’m pumped to use this idea at my next summer BBQ! Thank you.

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