Our next door neighbors and good friends are welcoming a baby in December. A couple of weeks ago they had a gender reveal party and decided to wait to find out themselves til the party. I was in charge of putting together a gender reveal box with balloons and had such a fun time doing it. I mean, how many other times in life do you get to know the gender of your friends’ baby before they do?
Throughout the party, everybody tried to get me to slip on what they were having. I was good and didn’t let anybody else know what the gender reveal would reveal until they opened this awesome gender reveal box idea.
If you are looking to make this DIY Gender Reveal Box yourself, first congrats! Second, it is actually really easy so don’t be intimidated at all.
DIY Gender Reveal Balloon Box
First, assemble the moving box by taping the bottom. Tape one end of the kraft paper roll to the box, align the edge of the roll with the fold of the lid. Rotate the box, wrapping it with the paper.
Add some tape every once in a while (roll the shipping tape in order to make it “double sided”. Overlap your starting point by a few inches, cut the paper off the roll, fold over the end and then tape it to the box. Flip the box upside down and then tape the overlap to the bottom (kinda like wrapping a present).
Cut pieces of the kraft paper to cover the flaps and tape those down as well.
Once it was all laid out, I printed it and cut out each letter and image. It probably would have been a lot simpler to use the print and cut function on my Silhouette, but it was easier to just cut them out than learn how to print & cut at the time. Once all of the items are cut out, glue them onto the front of the box.
Make sure that the flaps to the right/left of the box for ease of securing it close and also for pictures when opening. You can see below how you want the ribbon to go along the sides of the box rather than the front/back which is why it is important to have the lid open properly.
Originally, I purchased 1 mylar balloon and a dozen latex balloons; however, I soon realized that they would not all fit in the box (FYI: 8 balloons will fit in this box). In order to keep the balloons contained when the box was opened, I taped the ends of the balloon strings to the bottom of the box.
I used some ribbon from the dollar store to close the box and a bit of scotch tape to keep the ends shut. At this point, I was the only person who knew what they were having and didn’t want anybody peeking.
It’s a Boy! The balloons didn’t quite flow out of the box as well as I had planned, and were a bit stuck so using 6-7 balloons might have been better.
Kevin and Renee were definitely surprised that it was a boy, I LOVE Renee’s expression! The gender reveal box was definitely fun to make and I am excited about their newest little addition.