At first I was going todo what Katrina, of the clever and lovely Pugly Pixel blog, did with one of her catalogs. But I really have no use for tiny (albeit awfully cute) envelopes (though they'd be great centered on plain cardstock to dress up a gift card). And the catalog paper is awfully thin. Yes, paper balloons was the way forward for me.
Et voila. I especially like the one made of the ballet flats and sequin tank tops.
There was a stack of obsolete A4 memo paper pads at work; I added some red lines with a Sharpie and started folding. Result: candy cane origami balloons! I'm not done yet, but these are quick enough to bust out in between my little activities at home (making coffee, checking mail, tidying). Other blogs suggest popping these guys onto a string of twinkle lights, but I don't think I will this year. I hope to string them up by week's end.
What a fun, simple, and recyclable way to dress up my little apartment. And who knows? They may stay up a bit longer than regular ol' Christmas decor... How is your holiday decorating going?