“Pop and See” Festive Party Gift

Thanks to Tombow for providing the materials for today’s post. This is my entry for the final round of the Tombow Design Team application!

Pop and See Party Balloon Gift Idea

Sometimes the best gifts to give are the hardest to package. One thing I love giving friends and family members is a written “IOU” or coupon to cash in for special time spent together, like lunch out, a coffee date, or a trip to our favorite place. Other times, I know that the gift of cash or a gift certificate is going to be a much better fit than if I tried to choose and buy something myself. But when you’re a creative person, the idea of just sticking a piece of paper inside a card is no fun! That’s why I came up with this much more exciting party gift idea that would be perfect for a birthday, a baby or bridal shower, or a graduation!

Pop and See Party Balloon Gift Idea

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own:

Bright 10-pack of Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Tombow Fudenosuke Pen, Soft Tip
Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive
White Card Stock
Tag Punch
Curling Ribbon
Safety Pin


Step 1: Punch a tag from your card stock.

Step 2: Use the Tombow Fudenosuke Pen to write your message, then color it in and embellish with your Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
If you’re going to be gifting money or a gift certificate, you’ll want to go with, “a gift from me, POP and see!” If you’re putting a message inside the balloon instead, you can use, “a wish from me, POP and see!” This can also be a fun party favor if you place a wish for each guest inside individual balloons. For more specifics on how I do my lettering, check out my Basic Hand Lettering tutorial, which has step by step photos and tips. I promise, it really is honestly do-able!

Hand Lettering Gift Tags

Step 3: Roll up your cash/message and place it inside the balloon, then inflate the balloon and tie it. Tie a piece of curly ribbon around the knot.

Step 4: Spread Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue on the bottom portion of the balloon and sprinkle glitter on top.
If you want to ensure a straight line, you can wrap a piece of painter’s tape around your balloon first. You’ll want to work in small sections so that the glue doesn’t dry before you can get the glitter on it. I definitely recommend doing this outdoors, or you’ll be finding glitter everywhere for the next six months. I took mine out on the back deck and did this step over an empty cardboard box so that most of the excess glitter was contained. Hang your balloon upside down to dry.

Pop and See Party Balloon Gift Idea

Step 5: After the glue is completely dry, tie your tag onto the ribbon.

Pop and See Party Balloon Gift Idea

Step 6: Flip the tag over and apply a strip of Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive.

Pop and See Party Balloon Gift Idea

Step 7: Press a safety pin onto the adhesive so it’s handy for easy balloon popping fun!

Pop and See Party Balloon Gift Idea

Once the balloon is popped, the money and/or message will be right there for your loved one to enjoy! I do recommend popping the balloon outside, because although I do believe glitter makes everything better, it will definitely put that to the test if you pop it indoors.


What do you think? I absolutely love how it turned out, and I really like that you can easily make it work for just about any kind of party. It would also be fun at a shower or wedding to have guests write pieces of advice or well wishes and create a bunch of these that would then be on display during the celebration!


Do you have a party coming up? Why not give this a try?


I’m sharing this post over on the Tombow blog today too! I’d love it if you’d take a second to visit there and leave a comment letting them know you like the project. Keep your fingers crossed for me; I’ll find out whether or not I made the Design Team on my birthday, December 14th!

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