How to Make Balloon Arches and Balloon Decorations

by Michael Monet, Demand Media

    You can pay a professional to decorate your party or you can take a few moments to learn some decorating tricks and do it yourself. Balloons are a versatile decorating item that can be made into large, swooping arches, hung in designs from the ceiling or arranged into centerpieces.

    Balloon Arch

    Step 1

    Make a balloon template. The balloons will need to be all the same size when inflated so that the arch will not look lopsided. Cut an 8-inch diameter hole, or your desired size, in the middle of a piece of cardboard.

    Step 2

    Put a pump of hi-float in your first deflated balloon. Place the opening of the balloon over the spout of the hi-float. Pinch the neck of the balloon as you pump the hi-float once into the balloon. Remove the balloon from the spout and rub the outside of the balloon to distribute the gel. Hi-float keeps the helium in the balloon for a longer period of time.

    Step 3

    Place the opening of your balloon over the helium spout. Blow the balloon up halfway. Pass the template over the balloon. Continue to inflate the balloon until it fits inside the template. Remove the template and tie the balloon off at the neck in a single knot. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for four balloons.

    Step 4

    Tie two completed balloons together at the neck where the original knots are tied. Repeat with another pair of balloons. You now have two pairs of two balloons.

    Step 5

    Twist the two pairs of balloons together. Bring the two knotted pairs together to touch at the knots. Wrap the balloons around each other so that they intertwine. Wrap until the pairs are firmly attached to one another.

    Step 6

    Tie a length of string between two stationary objects so that it is taut. Start at one end of the string and twist the four balloons around it. Twist until the four balloons are securely attached to the string.

    Step 7

    Repeat Steps 4 through Step 6, wrapping the groups of four attached balloons securely around the string. Work your way across the string until it is filled with balloons.

    Step 8

    Attach the ends of the balloon arch to two secure, weighted objects, such as two bricks or books. The helium in the balloons will cause the arch to form naturally.

    Balloon Decorations

    Step 1

    Choose your color scheme and plan your balloon decorations by drawing them on a piece of paper. Incorporate the colors and plot out how you will layer the balloons and at what levels of the party room. Consider balloons of different sizes, colors, patterns and shapes.

    Step 2

    Pump helium into your assortment of balloons. Tie-off each balloon at the neck.

    Step 3

    Attach some balloons to balloon sticks. Put these balloon sticks in candle holders, vases and other containers to create centerpieces. Arrange balloons of complementary shapes and colors together and place them in the center of your tables.

    Step 4

    Gather balloons in groups of assorted sizes and shapes.Tie them together at the necks. Scatter them over the floor or allow them to float in groups across the ceiling.

    Step 5

    Accent large balloons with smaller balloons. Tie the small balloons around the base of the large balloons. Let them float in the air or attach them to other objects, such as chairs or tables.

    About the Author

    Michael Monet has been writing professionally since 2006. At the San Francisco School of the Arts, he studied under writers Octavio Solis and Michelle Tea, performed his work in Bay Area theaters and was published in literary journals such as "Paradox," "Umlaut" and "Transfer." Monet also studied creative writing at Eugene Lang College in New York and Mills College in Oakland.

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