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DIY Emoji Balloons


DIY Emoji Balloons

So I was totally keeping a secret from you when I wrote this post about the emoji dancing girls. The real reason I was down in the party/piñata district the day I found those fairies was to find some balloons to make these EMOJI BALLOONS!!! Of course, it was a Sunday and the balloon store was closed, but I finally got my hands on some yellow balloons and turned them all sorts of expressive. I picked my fave and most used faces but you can do it with any of them, for any occasion! Or you could just make all of them and win the “Most Awesome Person of All Time” award. I’m obsessed with these guys. Like, they are still living in my car obsessed because I don’t want to pop them and Jeff won’t let them back in the house.

DIY Emoji Balloons
DIY Emoji Balloons
DIY Emoji Balloons

DIY Emoji Balloons

After popular demand, we now sell these emoji balloons! Shop them here!

Yellow Mylar Balloons (Filled with Helium)
Vinyl (I used black, red, white, tan and aqua/teal! You could also use colored paper and glue dots!)
Scissors or a Cutting Machine (I used my Cricut Explore™!)

DIY Emoji Balloons DIY Emoji Balloons
DIY Emoji Balloons DIY Emoji Balloons

1. Blow up your balloons with helium and tie with a string!
2. Decide on what faces you want to make. There’s so many ways to do this. I recommend pulling up a larger version of the face in a search online so you can see the details while you sketch it out. You can also trace it if you prefer. I used Illustrator to draw mine and then uploaded them to Cricut Design Space and cut them out with my machine. If you freehand yours, just cut out with scissors.
3. Peel the vinyl off the backing and begin adhering to your balloon as desired. If you have a very large piece of vinyl, it can be hard to get it to go completely smooth, but nobody is going to look at the little blips when it’s a giant smiling emoji! I recommend starting with whatever pieces go in the center of the balloon (in this case, it was the heart eyes).
4. Add the rest of the pieces of the face. Make sure you don’t make the vinyl pieces TOO large or they could weigh down the balloons.

DIY Emoji Balloons


DIY Emoji Balloons
DIY Emoji Balloons
DIY Emoji Balloons
All Photos by Jeff Mindell for Studio DIY

So tell me, what’s your favorite emoji face? I know you have one (or eight)!!

Remember, if you don’t want to DIY them, you can get them in our shop! Gang’s all here- Blushing Emoji, Cry Laughing Emoji, Heart Eyes Emoji, Kissy Face Emoji, and Winking Emoji!

For more balloon DIYs, click here.


  • Stephanie

    Such a cute idea, my teens would LOVE these!

  • Brittni

    I wish I could use an emoji to show just how awesome these are. I love these so much! The tongue and the crying one are my faves.

  • Brittany

    GENIUS! DYING! Nailed it!

  • Charmin

    Did you use a particular cartridge with the Cricut or did you download the images?

    • Kelly

      I created my own and then uploaded them to design space using the “upload image” feature!

      • Keyla

        This is awesome , and works perfectly with my bday idea! I’m creating my own Backdrop Photo Booth with Polaroid camera, been searching for perfect props and this fits in well with my 24x 36 Instagram Prop. I was wondering if you still had available the images and if so is there any way I would be able to get the link to upload them as well to print them and hand- cut them myself? Thank you so much

      • Emoji03

        Is it ok if I use the picture of you and all the emoji balloons in front of your face for my birthday invitation? I love the diy, thanks!

  • Venessa

    I LOVE THIS! Can you share the illustrator file you made to create the shapes? They are perfectly done.

    • Keyla

      Yes! this is what i’m asking as well! ^^^ would save me time since I’m in a time crunch!

  • Carly

    I really really REALLY love these. The limitlessness of human creativity strikes again! ♥

  • Terrie

    I love these! They are so awesome!

  • Bridgette

    these are amazing! wish i could insert the double heart eyes emoji right here!!

  • Amelia

    I saw these on instagram this morning and had to check them out! These are amazing!!!!! I want to throw a party just so I can have these – but somehow I don’t think mine will lot quite as pretty as yours though. So great.

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Beyond adorable! Saw these on Instagram and had to pop on over to your blog!

  • Kate

    these are the happiest things I’ve ever seen!!

  • Colleen Pastoor

    This is so much fun! I love them… and I love that Jeff wont let them back in the house.

  • Catherine

    These made me smile!! Such a great job!! Where did you find the vinyl paper?

    • Kelly

      Ah! So glad you asked, Catherine, I totally had forgotten to add in my vinyl sources. Just did so in the supply list above! I buy the vinyl on Amazon but specific colors are linked above!

  • Les Gutierrez

    you are out of this world i swear!

    i know you said cricut is working on something where we can just print and not need the cricut but seriously, you should sell these!!!!
    Id probably buy them all!

    by far one of my favorite posts!

  • Rachel

    this is the absolute best diy i have ever seen in my entire fucking life

  • Sara Russell

    These are AWESOME!! This would be such a fun craft to do with a bunch of girlfriends xx

  • Chantelle & The Teddy Bears

    These are so cool! Definitely have a friend in mind who would LOVE these!

  • Justine @prettyinpistachio

    Love this! You always have the cutest balloon tutorials!

  • Gabi Barbará

    OMG! This is just too cute!

    Gabi Barbará

  • Onyeoma

    With those yellow nail polish, you are the perfect model for those cute balloons (and of course,
    Jeff is the perfect photographer)

  • Claireabellemakes

    You are my hero! These are brilliant. I definitely love the heart eyes emoji a little too much. I now have an image of you driving around LA with these in your car 🙂

  • Kelly

    This is the cutest thing ever! Wish I could just buy them since I’m sooo not crafty enough haha!

  • Elizabet

    I will like to know were can I find this emoji balloon that I can order and buy some.

  • lynn @ the actor’s diet

    I think I may have seen you the day you got these balloons? I remember spotting Jeff at CVS and then a car filled with balloons with a woman who looked like you!

  • maro

    hey! can u sell the patterns so we could just print them?

  • Jessica

    Is the first i enter to your blog! this is the best idea of IDY that i’ve ever seen! Saludos desde Mexico! 🙂

  • Gustavo

    Where did you get the vinyl with the mouths ? And what is a cricut and where can I get one ?

    • Kelly

      Hi Gustavo! I made the mouth shapes myself. The vinyl colors I used are linked in the supply list above in the post, along with the link for a Cricut, which is a cutting machine!

  • nicole brown

    do you sell these? can i order them from you for my daughters birthday party in december? i am not crafty at all..

  • Amayalady

    I love this idea ! this balloons are so cool ! 🙂 I’m going to share your post in my french blog !

  • Pilar

    Hi Kelly! I’m throwing a birthday party in a couple of weeks and I really, really, really, want to buy your Illustrator file. I saw on Cricut Design Space a couple of your projects but not this one. :/ Also, I don’t have the machine… hehehe. I live in Mexico City and I think that if I buy it online it won’t arrive on time.

    Anyway… I’m also doing the donut balloons. I love them.

  • karen

    what did you put on the ballon to make the face plz replie

  • Edith

    Is it possible to paste the vinyl on first before blowing up the balloons?

  • Allison

    I love these! Is it possible to get a copy of these that might be usable on a regular printer??

  • Stacia

    I LOVE these!! I saw it’s been asked a few times but would you be willing to sell your illustrator file?

  • Stacia

    If you can’t sell the file could you tell me how big you made the sunglasses, hearts, tears, and the mouths (that are open). It would really help me to know how to size them. Thanks!

  • Inspirational Trends

    Hi! We just want to let you know that we posted one picture from this post in our inspirational site (the article name is Emoji and will be online by tomorrow). It was properly credited but if you don’t want it there let us know ok? Thank you so much. Keep inspiring!

  • Balloons

    Such a amazing emoji balloons. I love this one balloons for birthday parties. Great post you have share.

  • Viktoria

    Would you share your patterns for vinylcutting?

  • iGizmo Man

    This is out of the box and we love it. Great post.

  • Honey

    thanks for this post! I love emojis! Genius!!?

  • Erin

    I’m wondering if I can purchase a set of the vinyl stickers from you?
    I want to make these to surprise my fiance on our wedding day.

    • Kelly

      Hi Erin! Unfortunately we are not currently selling the stickers for these. I promise they are quite easy to make though!

      And congrats on your upcoming wedding!!!

  • Keyla

    Hey, I wanted to know if you are selling or if it is possible to give us the illustrator file where we can click and be able to download the faces cut outs!? if this isn’t possible you please, in the descriptions of how to create these put the measurements of the faces cut outs so I can do it as accurate as you did with your faces!? they came out amazing!

    • Kelly

      Hi Keyla! Unfortunately I don’t have the files available at this time, I’m sorry! I would recommend drawing out your designs on paper first and laying them over the balloons to check the proportions. Hope that helps!

  • Hale Mercantile

    Love this idea! It will definitely liven any party

  • Sarah


    I don’t suppose you can make up & sell me these amazing emoji faces? I know it’s really cheeky but I’d love to use them at an event I’m hosting, with all social media links coming back to you – of course!
    I’m in the UK but am happy to pay postage.
    Just think they’re brilliant & would represent both of us really well!
    What Sarah did…

  • TradesmanNow

    I’m a huge fan of the emoji balloons. Hilarious!

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  • shaun

    WOWZA! this is real awesome! where can i find the download PDF for the face cut-outs? is it available?


  • Shaunacy

    What circut cartridge did you use to make
    All the emojjis

  • Teresa

    Hi, would you share your digital files? I think my niece would love this for her next birthday party. Thank you for the idea.

  • T

    So for those of us that don’t know how to draw or have a vinyl machine. we are just stuck looking at this kool DIY idea. pretty much SOL?

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