Monday, January 23, 2012

birthday balloons

As my nieces and nephew get older, I have a hard time trying to figure out what to get them for their birthday's and Christmas.  On top of that, they live on the other side of the country from me so shipping can get expensive.   But I know for sure there is something they will always like...cold hard ca$h!  I've given them a twenty in a card plenty of times, but that is boring.  2 years ago I sent my nephew, who was turning 13 years old:  13 $1 bills, 13 quarters, 13 dimes, 13 nickels and 13 pennies.  I put it all in big box with packing peanuts.  I taped some of the money to the peanuts and some to the sides of the box.  

For his birthday in December, I sent birthday balloons.


I used latex balloons and 20 $1 bills.


I rolled each dollar bill ...


pushed it into a deflated balloon and put a little bit of air into each balloon.


Then I gathered them all into a cardboard box, closed it up with a birthday card and sent it off.  (I know USPS really frowns on sending cash through the mail, so use your discretion)  I think my nephew was pretty happy with his gift.  

35 comments:

Kristi said...

This is so stinkin cute!! (said in my best Texas accent!!) Going to borrow this idea for my nephew tomorrow!

aimee @ paging supermom said...

What a fun gift to receive (and to make)!

Vicky said...

This is such a fun idea! I like how the balloons weigh next to nothing too. I am a new Pinterest follower visiting from Whipperberry. Vicky from Mess For Less

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That is SO fun ... what a great gift to receive!

Lowri said...

AWESOME IDEA!
These are so much fun - thanks for sharing how you made them!
Lowri
http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

Baby Balloons said...

Hi, great pics of balloons, i love red balloons the most. They can be spotted easily from afar. Balloons can make one happy. Printed BalloonsThank you.

Joy Ribisi said...

Best idea ever!!!! So fun!!! I'm totally doing this for my niece's birthday next month!!!! It would be fun to stick some little dollar store prizes in some of the balloons, too. Great great!

Melissa said...

I love this idea! SO much fun!

Cheryl Rosenberg said...

saw this post on Pinterest. what a fun idea!! it's better for older kids, though. popped/deflated balloons are choking hazards for little ones.

Julie@teachinggoodeaters said...

What a fun idea!!! Even if you didn't send it, I can think of other fun ways to use this idea at home with my kids. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

DeanDean2430 said...

I'm sending this to my aunt...she loves doing gifts like this! She has given my stepson a book with 20 $1 bills spread through the pages, another 20 $1 bills individually wrapped, etc. She'll LOVE this!

Tennille said...

Monday is my son's and my niece's birthday and this is a great present!!! I LOVE the idea!!

*Colleen said...

Candice,
I saw your idea on pinterest! SO CUTE! I love it!
such a great thing to mail! It's like a party in a box trying to get your money! I totally am going to do this with my nieces!

I have blogged about a similar idea for a balloon game with your kids!
http://lifesprinkledwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/10/pop-balloon-game.html

Thanks,
Colleen

Nikki said...

I saw your idea on Pinterest, too. Now I"m finally excited to send a gift to my nieces who are so hard to buy for because they already have everything. Thanks for a fun idea!

Mighty Men said...

I did something similar to this for my 5yr olds birthday... I actually fit lemon sized Angry Birds in the balloons... it is really amazing what you can actually squeeze inside a balloon!!! And Kids love it! Thanks for the great tip on mailing this as a gift... will be doing soon for my niece!

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

Super cute! What a great idea!

Have you ever seen the show She's Crafty...it's a Canadian show on ion life...but I was looking at her facebook page, and someone shared a link to this tagging her, assuming you guys were the same person! Pretty funny as I immediately recognized your URL!

Nikki said...

This is a great idea but be careful what size box you use. I did this for my niece's birthday and was told it was too big for Priority Mail. If I had done Parcel Post it would have taken a week and the balloons would have deflated. I ended up repacking about half the balloons in a Priority Mail Box.

HeatherLynn said...

I sent my birthday box out today! I am so excited about this, I told my niece to take a picture when her boys open it so I can see how it survived the mail. I put cash, stickers and a few matchbox cars into my balloons. I tried suckers but the sticks popped the balloons. :)

Demarcus Family said...

Thanks for the idea! I am doing this for Mother's Day.. going to stick her favorite candies inside and the grandkids are going to fill the rest up with notes and drawings!
Thanks again!

SugarMomma said...

OMG, that's brilliant!!!!! I can't wait to do this for my son's friends' birthdays!

Sarah Jenkins said...

This is such a cute idea! I'm a new follower and I’d love for you to share this project on Tuesday’s Tidbits @ Naptime Delights: http://naptimedelights.blogspot.ca/2012/06/tuesdays-tidbits-3.html

Thanks so much!
Sarah
{http://naptimedelights.blogspot.com}

Summerset said...

I have a long distance niece, and I am SOOOOO doing this!!! Thank you for the excellently awesome idea!

Justme said...

I saw this and immediately wanted to do it for my grandkids but I asked people at two different post offices about it and they said, even though there wasn't anything saying you COULDN'T send balloons through the mail, they didn't feel it was wise. If change of temperature or other conditions would cause one or more balloons to pop, it could cause quite an incident either at the post office or in the delivery truck. Just an FYI.

Amber Mazeika said...

I loved this idea SO MUCH. I JUST sent a box to my sister for her 18th birthday. BUT USPS raised their prices by 40% recently, and my 1lb box cost $35 to ship!! Still a totally cute idea... just not so cheap anymore :(

emily Figgins said...

Can you send this over seas? will it being sent in a plane pop the ballons? or will they be fine

Being Inspired said...

This is such a great idea! I made some little finger puppets that I was going to post the old fashioned way but this is way more fun! http://beinginspired-blog.blogspot.ie/2012/09/day-19-balloon-parcels.html

www.wishgift.ca said...

Great and unique way to present money as a gift!! Loved your idea so much that I pinned to our Wishgift.ca Money Presentation Pinterest Board! You can view the link here:http://pinterest.com/wishgift/money-presentation/

Thanks so much for sharing,
Rheanna

Lonna said...

I used balloons for packing material after I saw this, it will make opening the box so much fun. It was a small package so I used little water balloons filed with air.

Lonna said...

I also loosely lined the box with metallic tissue paper.

Gibler07 said...

My mom does these things for my cousins. Xmas last year she got pinatas filled with some candy and rolled dollar bills like you did here, some around candy. It was funny they only picked up candy at first then freaked out when they saw $$

ATLanta Saving Moms said...

Wonderful craft and will borrow this idea for a great giveaway on my blog. I know he enjoyed it. :)

Jacqueline Stoutenburg said...

Thank you for sharing this idea. I've used it for my little niece's birthday gift. I'm not sure how much the money thing will go over for a 4 yr old but I'm sure she'll love receiving the big box and dumping out all the balloons!

wendi PopTartmclain said...

LOVE IT! Even though everyone i am going to use this with is local...still super FUN! For my niece next week i am buying regular balloons and these light up ballons that i just recently discoverd (@walmart) and going to put different things(including $$) in the ballons ( light weight objects of course) and then fill with helium and when she opens the box (indoors and ribbon tied to balloons) they will float out and make her chase them all down :) not to mention just the WOW factor and the surprise of everyone watching! Going to me AWESOME! Thank you pinterest ...ive always been the favorite Aunt but now im becoming the favorite with *Fun & exciting gift presentation! Hoorahh!

Pennies of Time said...

Thank you for this inspiration! I have a friend having surgery this week and am filling balloons with sweet messages from all of her friends. Your idea is a great way to cheer up someone's day!

Lauren Johnson said...

Hi,
WOW!!! "Dollar in Balloons"
This is amazing and creative idea.
Everyone like your idea and your balloon gift.
Thanks for sharing.