Easy Balloon Birthday Card

While Emily was at school, Clara and I enjoyed working on a special surprise birthday card to give to Em later this month. It was super-easy and lots of fun to make!

We used construction paper, and drew lines with black marker for the balloon strings. Then Clara had lots of fun adding all the different colored balloons (color coding labels)!

It was a fun way for her to work on her fine-motor skills, and…..

…she snuck in a little math practice when she was all done too by counting all the balloons, then just the pink ones, just the green ones, etc.

I added a photo of Emily while she was jumping around in the driveway awhile back, and Clara loved that it looks like Emily is flying away with all these giant balloons!

Have fun!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Oh dear. You had better go and fetch our daughter again.. she always has her head in the clouds!


  2. Very cute birthday card! Sammy saw it and said.. oohh no she is in the sky like Curious George πŸ™‚

  3. So cute!

  4. I love that Clara’s shirt looks like it matches the labels perfectly!

  5. Adorable!!

  6. We will definitely use this idea! Super cute.

  7. Dear Clara,

    When are you going to patent balloon travel fro the rest of us? It would certainly be less costly than airplane tickets right now…


    Wonder Mom

  8. What a beautiful card! Emily will surely be excited to get it from her loving sister.

  9. That is a beautiful and fun card! You have given me so many ideas to use coloring coding labels that I cannot wait to go buy some. πŸ™‚

  10. Super duper cute!

  11. This is so great, Valerie! I especially like how you used labels for balloons — brilliant idea!

  12. So much better than any store bought card. Also, another great use of dot stickers!

  13. I used your tea bag idea for our grandma’s birthday, and now I have another use for all of those silly pictures of the kids with their arms up!! Next rainy day we will make a bunch of these and tuck them away for classmates & cousin birthdays – thank you!!

  14. What a cute card! She is going to love it.

  15. That is SOOOO cute! Perfect for the Up-obsessed kid, I love it! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  16. What a great idea for a classroom birthday bulletin board, but on a larger scale. We have 4 different birthdates for next month and I think this would be great with larger, puffy balloons (one color for each child,)thicker strings to better stand out, and a picture of each child attached to the bottom of the strings. Thanks for the idea.