If you’re wondering how to make a balloon arch for your next birthday party, baby shower or wedding, don’t stress. You can do it in less than an hour! It’s super easy and it will look fabulous. Check it out!
I have wanted to make an arch made out of balloons for a really long time. But for some reason, I always thought they were too difficult. When I finally committed, I realized that it is super easy and it only took me one hour! Here’s how you can do one too:
Gather your arch supplies
So, there are lots of balloon arch kits that you can buy online. They are pretty convenient because they have all of the different-sized balloons in one convenient kit. I would recommend just buying one of those, but here’s a breakdown of what is in the kit so you can buy the items individually if you want:
- Balloon arch strip
- 36 Latex 12″ inch balloons
- 5 clear confetti 12″ inch balloons
- 2 Latex 24″ balloons
- 27 Latex 5″ balloons
- Command hooks
- Glue dots
- Air balloon pump
Place your command hooks on the wall
Locate the area in your home or venue that you want to hang your arch. Visualize how you want the arch to hang and then hang about three or four Command hooks on the wall accordingly. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The balloon arch is pretty forgiving. Don’t forget to take down any pictures on the wall before you start.
Attach balloon arch strip to two chairs
It’s hard to attach balloons to a free flowing balloon arch strip. Instead, measure out how long you want your arch and then attach the strip to two chairs or stools that are the same distance apart. It will make your life a lot easier. Here’s a video that shows how I did it.
Start attaching balloons to the strip
If someone asks you how to make a balloon arch, the key lies in the balloon strip. It’s just a flat, plastic strip that has holes in it. Place the knotted end of the balloon into each hole. Attach the large 24-inch balloons on each end. Then, start at one end and attach one 12-inch balloon to the top side of the strip, then attach another 12-inch balloon to the under side of the strip. Follow this pattern until you have reach the opposite end of the strip.
Don’t worry about the combination of colors being perfect or if there are gaps in the strip. They will all fill in after you place the smaller 5-inch balloons.
Hang your arch then attach smaller balloons
Once all of the 12-inch and 24-inch balloons have been attached to the strip, detached the strip from the chairs and hang it on the wall. The best way to hang it is to tie a small string around the strip and it attach that to the Command hook on the wall.
Fill up all of your smaller balloons at the same time. Then, take a step back and strategically place the smaller balloons where there are gaps and a need for a specific color. The easier way to attach the smaller balloons to the arch are with glue dots. They are double-sided, clear adhesives that make the balloons look like they are magically hanging there.
Once you’ve attached all of the smaller balloons, you’re done! That’s it! How to make a balloon arch is way easier than you thought, right? I did mine in less than an hour. It was amazing and my two-year-old LOVED it on her birthday.
The best part was that the air-filled balloons lasted so long, I was able to keep the arch hanging up and use it for a baby shower at my house a week later. Win! Win!
Anyway, I hope this explanation of how to make a balloon arch was helpful. Good luck on your next decorating adventure! For more DIY birthday decorating ideas, click here!
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