February 1, 2013

You've Got Mail: Confetti Balloons

One of Bart's goals this year is to send something by real, physical mail every month.

A few weeks ago, we decided that our January recipients would be his sister's children (this choice may have been in part because we had the audacity to birth a red-haired baby, while his sister, who has gorgeous red hair, has five darling blondies).

As we thought about what we could send that would be 1) fun, 2) inexpensive, and 3) something that Ella could assist with, I remembered seeing this gorgeous image on Pinterest a few months ago:

image from Kojo Designs
I showed them to Bart, and he immediately agreed that we could make this a mail-friendly project. 

We pulled out a bunch old magazines, found the most colorful pages we could and let Ella go to town with the hole punch:


This instantly became Ella's new favorite pastime. She asks almost daily if she can "make some dots" which means that all of my magazines have holes along the edges of the page and I'm vacuuming on a near-daily basis.

When we had a good little bunch, we emptied out the hole punch and gathered them up:


Then we took our small balloons (we used all colors, rather than just clear) and stretched them a bit. We take our balloon-stretching very seriously around these parts.
I held the opening of the balloon wide and Ella dropped in as many dots as she could and then I shook them into the very tip of the balloon.

The best part of sending balloons by mail? Someone else has to do the actual inflating of them (even the thought of blowing up balloons makes my cheeks ache).

We added name tags and ribbons for Ella's cousins to attach to each balloon after they were blown up:

And then put it all in an envelope, slapped on a stamp and voila! Party in an envelope:



I think these would be awfully fun for Valentine's Day with heart-shaped balloons.


We only finally put ours in the mail yesterday (scraping in under the wire for January), so Heather, if you're reading this, expect it to arrive at your house in a couple of days. And good luck blowing up all the balloons.

16 comments:

  1. What a lovely post - your daughter is adorable.

    Do you mind me asking what program you prep your photos in? I am shopping around at the moment.

    Cheers & thanks
    Lori
    coolgreendays.blogspot.com

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  2. Why are baby/toddler hands so adorable? She is just scrumptious (in a non-threatening, non-internet-stalker way).

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  3. This is adorable. I can't wait to do it!

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  4. We mailed flip flops to my nephews a while back. It was a little tricky on our part, but fun for them.

    http://www.thegraymatters.com/2012/08/snail-mail.html

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  5. Sending gifts in the mail is fun!
    You know what the best part about it is? Not that you don't have to inflate them. But that you don't have to have the actual balloon in your house!!!! Ha ha. I detest balloons. I think it stems from having 3 children close in age who always argued over the balloons because inevitably, there would be an odd number because one would pop right away.

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  6. Cute idea! How fun for the children to receive things in the mail, too. It is kind of a thing of the past.

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  7. So fun! And Ella's chubby little toddler hands just slay me. As do her facial expressions. Also, it looks like your in-law's are Atlas Shrugged fans, haha!

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  8. This is so adorable! I love this idea. And she looks so cute stretching those Balloons.

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  9. Those balloons are cute, but also I love the idea of sending something by mail every month! I love getting mail, so why not send more, right?

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  10. This is SUCH a cute idea! I might steal it for my godson, if you don't mind...he's five and a half, and has a little brother who is a year and a half, and I think they'd have so much fun with it!

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  11. What a fun idea! I bet they will love this so much!

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  12. This is a great idea! I love how they look when they're inflated.

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  13. What a great surprise to be reading this on a Monday morning. I am so excited now!! I will be watching the mail closely. As soon as we get our package, I plan to show the kids this post, then we can rip it open and blow to our hearts content. What a great idea.
    By the way. We have our tickets, so you can plan on us for the dates we talked about.

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  14. that is the cutest thing..
    this valentines days a group of us mom thought it would be nice for our kids to gets cards from each other.. the group is very large and some haven
    t even met before.. which made it all the more fun.

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  15. Fabulous! I'm sure the nieces will love these! Way to go on the red hair. A lifelong blessing.

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