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How to Make Mini Balloon Garland Cake Toppers

Make your special occasion cakes even more exciting with these adorable mini balloon garland cake toppers! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create these eye-catching decorations using simple materials that are easy to find....

Make your special occasion cakes even more exciting with these adorable mini balloon garland cake toppers! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create these eye-catching decorations using simple materials that are easy to find. Let's get started!

Materials You'll Need

  • 5" balloons (two or three)
  • Balloon twisting balloons (also known as 260 balloons) - around six
  • 18" length of wire
  • Balloon pump
  • Two food-safe wooden skewers
  • Small flowers and greenery (optional)

Two cakes topped with balloon garland cake toppers, with text overlay reading "Miniature Balloon Garland Cake Topper." Two cakes topped with balloon garland cake toppers

Making the Miniature Balloons

To create the mini balloons for your garland cake topper, you'll use the balloon twisting balloons (260 balloons) in combination with the 5" balloons. Here's how:

  1. Inflate the 260 balloon using a balloon pump. These balloons can be challenging to blow up with your mouth.
  2. Inflate the balloon to the desired size for your miniature balloon. Tie off the open end, leaving about an inch of excess balloon.
  3. Pull the two tails of the balloon together and tie them in a double knot. Trim off the excess balloon.
  4. Repeat these steps to make as many mini balloons as you need for your garland.

Miniature balloons made from 260 twisting balloons Miniature balloons made from 260 twisting balloons

Assembling the Miniature Balloon Garland Cake Topper

For this project, wire is the perfect choice to create the garland. Here's how to assemble the cake topper:

  1. Slide the miniature balloons onto the wire. For the larger balloons made from the 5" balloons, poke the wire through the tail of the balloon or wrap the wire around the knot a few times.
  2. Once all the balloons are on the wire, wrap the remaining wire around the ends of two wooden skewers or pretty paper straws.
  3. You can also attach the wooden skewer in the middle of the garland by wrapping the wire around it a few times or using a low-temperature glue gun.
  4. Your miniature balloon garland cake topper is now ready to be added to your cake!

Miniature balloon garland cake topper in rainbow colors on a cake decorated with rainbow sprinkles. Miniature balloon garland cake topper on a colorful cake

Adding Flowers to Your Balloon Garland Cake Topper

Take your cake topper to the next level by adding some greenery and flowers. Here's how:

  1. Carefully place small flowers and greenery between the balloons, nestling the stems in place.
  2. If you want a more secure attachment, use a low-temperature glue gun to tack the flowers in place. You can safely hot glue items to balloons with a low-temperature glue gun.
  3. You can also use artificial flowers designed for card-making, scrapbooking, or dollhouses to achieve the right scale.

Miniature balloon garland cake topper made with pink and gold balloons and small flowers, on top of a pink cake. Miniature balloon garland cake topper with flowers on a pink cake

Making the Cake Topper in Advance

Yes, you can make your balloon garland cake topper a day or two in advance! The balloons may start to oxidize slightly and lose some air over time, but with this technique, your cake topper will still look fabulous. Just remember to add any fresh flowers and greenery right before the event.

Conclusion

These DIY mini balloon garland cake toppers are versatile and perfect for various special occasions like bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and even weddings. Let your creativity shine and have fun making these charming decorations for your cakes!

Two cakes with mini balloon garland cake toppers, one in greens, one in pinks. Cakes with mini balloon garland cake toppers in different colors

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