Simple and inexpensive balloon decor for intimate gatherings.
Great for small birthdays, office parties, retirement celebrations and anniversaries.
The ideal project to start balloon decorating.
Balloons - usually 11-inch
Sizer (cardboard with a 10" or other sized hole cut in it)
Strong fishing line. At least 35lb test. Marked balloon line is also
Weights - one for each end.
2 chairs or other anchor points
Figure out how long you need your arch to be.
For an arch that is wider than it is tall just add the width of the location and the height you want it to be.
(height + width = length)
For an arch that is taller than it is wide take 2x the height and add the width.
(2xheight + width = length)
Cut your fishing line to this length plus a few feet.
Now it's time to do the weights.
An easy weight can be made by filling 2 11 inch balloons with water.
You don't want the balloon to stretch, but just fill the uninflated shape with water.
Water balloons are easy and if they break you won't have sand everywhere.
Uninflated 11 inch balloons are very hard to break, so this rarely happens.
You can hide the weight or cover it with something decorative.
Make the Arch
Anchor your line to the two chairs with a REMOVEABLE knot.
Make sure the chairs are spaced far enough apart to keep the line
taut. You want the arch to be a straight line until you are finished.
Arrange your helium, balloons and sizer in a way that makes it
comfortable for you to switch between the three.
Inflate a balloon, make if fit exactly in the hole of the sizer. The best way is to over
inflate slightly and then deflate until it fits.
After sizing, tie the
balloon directly to the line. If you knot it first and then tie it to the line your
balloons may not sit correctly and the whole thing will be more difficult to make.
Do the same with each balloon until the arch is the length you need it to be.
Space each balloon along the line so that it just touches the ones next to it. You want a line of balloon
soldiers standing at attention.
Nearly Done - Time To Decorate
Before you attach your arch to the weights it's nice to add a bit of
ribbon. Cut curling ribbon into 2-3foot
lengths. Curl it and tie it beside each
balloon. You don't have to tie it to the
balloon, putting it to the side of the
neck will work fine.
After you're done with this it's time to make your line an
arch. Tie one end to a weight, and then do the same with the other end. The
balloons will float up into an arch.
Cut off any extra line and then put the arch where you want it to be.