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Balloon Lights

Balloon Lites are shipped pre-assembled with easy fill valve, balloon and batteries. Dazzle your guests with this truly unique party decoration!

Mini Party Lights

Small water proof unit containing a very bright color changing LED. Perfect accent lighting for a variety of conditions! Balloon NOT included.

String Lights

We offer a wide selection of LED Battery Lights using the latest in LED technology. For weddings, parties, corporate events and other occasions.

How To - Packed Arch or Column

Balloon Column and Arch

Packed arches and balloon columns are bigger, bolder and more suited to high traffic areas than the delicate string of pearls.

They take more balloons, and a lot longer to make, but the end result is worth it.

Things To Know

Packed arches can be made with either helium or air filled balloons.

When using air filled balloons the arch must be put on a supporting frame. Frames can be made a variety of ways. The method you choose will depend on where you want the arch located.

If you are using the arches or columns around a dance floor choose heavy base plates. If someone falls into a support you don't want the entire structure coming down. Base plates can often be rented, but are also easy to make.

A fast, simple base plate that is suitable for doorway arches and low traffic areas can be made from 14 - 18 inch ceramic floor tile. Glue a flange (plumbing section) on with a strong - industrial strength - adhesive. Thread a pipe nipple into the flange when it's dry and you have a base plate. Use a size that your main frame can fit over and everything will work fine.

I make my frames from 1/2 inch electrical conduit. It's cheap, strong and easy to bend.

For heavier base plates you can use 1/2 plywood that is at least 18" square. On occasion I have added extra weight with weights from a weight lifting bench.

For the heaviest, and easiest to cover base plates you can have steel ones custom made at most metal shops, but it may be just simpler to rent them from a balloon professional.

When using helium to make packed arches, you only need to be sure to weight the ends. The arch shape will take care of itself.

Equipment Needed

  • Balloons - approximately 4-8 per foot of your structure in two colors.
  • Sizer (cardboard with a 10" or other sized hole cut in it)
  • Base plate and Frame
  • Helium
  • Helium, air tank, blower, or pump. Don't use a hand pump you'll only frustrate yourself.
  • Line
  • scissors
  • Weights - one for each end.

Start Here

If you are making a helium arch cut the line to the length needed (see string of pearls arch for directions) and secure it to anchors. If you are making an air filled arch or column set up your base plate and frame. Help is good when making these arches because they are time consuming. Make your weights if needed.

String Arch

Inflate 2 balloons of same color and make one doublet. Do this again with the second color.

Twist the two doublets together in the middle with the balloons alternating in colors. Put the quad on your frame or your line. Do this again and again and again.

String Arch

While you are stacking pay attention to where the colors are going. You want to alternate them for a spiral effect.

Time To Decorate

That's pretty much all there is to it. Just keep inflating, sizing, twisting and stacking until you have reached the desired height. With a little practice you'll become confident enough to start making things more creative.

String Of Pearls Arch

Centerpieces and Bouquets

CHOKING HAZARD - Children under 8 yrs can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.