A balloon garland is a super easy way to make a big impact for any kind of party! They’re actually incredibly easy to make by following this tutorial.
If you’ve been around my world for any minute of time you know I LOVE balloon arches.
I was so intimidated by them before I ever made my first one because they seem so difficult! In reality, they’re one of the easiest things you can make which is why I wanted to share this balloon garland tutorial.
I’ve made balloon garlands pretty much every party I’ve thrown in the last 3 years. I’m now known as the official party thrower in my family because I love making them and everyone loves having them! Here’s a few that I’ve made over the year:
I made a red, white and yellow one for Roy’s Mickey Mouse birthday party.
I did a simple pink and white one for Penelope’s Minnie Mouse party. I used this kit from Amazon for that one. If I buy a kit again, I’ll be sure to check exactly what’s included. I didn’t realize only a few gold pieces were in the kit so I would’ve bought an additional pack of gold or just bought all of them separate!
I’ve also done a few for baby showers and events at my church!
As you can see, it’s super easy to make a big impact with balloons! One fun option that you can see in the last photo is using a tassel garland hanging down from one end of the balloon garland. If you’re low on balloons or just want something different, this is a great way to add some additional fun to your balloon arch!
DIY Balloon Garland
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There are a few ways to make a balloon garland.
You can tie each balloon onto a LONG piece of twine. You can “sew” your balloons together by using a needle and thread and pushing the needle through the bottom of each balloon. Or you can do it by using a balloon decorating strip!
I’m convinced that a balloon decorating strip is by far the easiest way to make a balloon arch so let’s chat through the steps of doing that.
Balloon Arch Supplies List
Firs of all, you’ll need the following items:
You’ll need a ton of latex balloons. I like to use ones of different sizes and colors. For the bulk of my balloon arches that go over half our doorway, I use about 100 balloons. That should give you a good idea on where to start. If you want to do a full doorway I would get closer to 200.
Just remember. It’s much better to have too many balloons than not enough!
2. Balloon Decorating Strip
This is the key tool to making a balloon garland! This simple strip will make creating your balloon arch a breeze!
I like to refer to these as fly paper for balloons. It’s one long plastic strip with holes to put the knot of the ballon through. You can’t make a balloon garland without one of these! I found mine on Amazon.
3. An electric balloon inflater
I made one balloon arch without this and it took 3 times as long! An electric balloon inflator will not only save you so much time but also prevent fainting. 😉
4. Command Hooks
You’ll need something to hang your balloon garland to the wall. Command hooks work great since it doesn’t create an extra hole in your wall! I got mine from Target.
If you prefer nails you can always go that route!
5. Glue dots
Glue dots are how you will attach balloons into holes at the end of the project. One pack goes a long way.
I got these off of Amazon and I’ve used them for all my balloon garlands and still have plenty leftover.
Balloon Garland Instructions
1. Blow up balloons
Blow up balloons using the electric balloon inflator. If you have balloons of different sizes then just blow them up to their intended size.
However, if you buy balloons that are all the same size, blow them up to different sizes! This is a super easy way to make a big impact.
2. Attach balloons to decorating strip
Using the balloon decorating strip, push the end of each balloon through the hole to attach, leave ~a foot at the beginning of the strip and end of the strip (to attach it to the wall easier).
Just a note, you can always easily remove balloons if you find it to be difficult to attach it to the wall.
And don’t stress about the pattern! I’ve found that when I try to be particular about certain patterns of colors it never ends up laying how I had anticipated it to be.
Just fill it up and remember, you can always manipulate them to lay differently when you hang it AND you’ll be adding balloons at the end anyways so that can help break up colors or sizes.
3. Keep adding balloons!
Continue this process until most of the balloons have been used or the garland is as long as you want. Be sure to leave out about 5-10 of the smaller balloons for filling in gaps.
With this blue and white one I left out even more (closer to 15). You can always add them on to the bottom of the balloon arch at the end. Just be sure to wait to cut your balloon decorating tape!
4. Set up command hooks
Put command hooks (or nails) on the wall where you want your balloon garland to hang. I recommend actually holding your balloon arch up before attaching the command strips!
You may be surprised at how long it ends up being or how low it hangs with how thick your balloons are.
5. Attach balloon garland to wall
Attach your balloon garland to the wall! I do this by using command strips as I shared above. For the top one, put one the holes of the balloon strip through the hook of your command strip.
Next, attach the other part of the balloon arch to the wall either by the same method (by putting it directly through one of the holes of the ballon strip tape) or sometimes I will put baker’s twine through the balloon strip hole and attach that to the hook.
This will depend on how thick your balloon arch is and how many balloons you have. With the white and blue one I simply removed a few balloons from where I wanted to attach it to the wall to make it work.
6. Fill in holes
Once it’s up, use balloon glue dots to attach leftover balloons into spaces with holes. Make sure you don’t try to pull off the balloon after it’s set! I’ve done that a few times and it’s popped the balloon.
My best tip for this is to put one glue dot near the knot. Attach this toward the inside of balloon so you won’t see the knot sticking out.
Next, put another glue dot on the balloon you just attached and connect it to another balloon. This will ensure it doesn’t fall down randomly throughout your party!
- -balloons (ideally use ones of different sizes and colors)
- -balloon decorating strip
- -an electric balloon inflater
- -command hooks
- -glue dots
- None other than above!
- Blow up balloons.
- Using the balloon decorating strip, push the end of each balloon through the hole to attach, leave ~6 inches at the beginning of the strip and end of the strip (to attach it to the wall easier).
- Continue this process until most of the balloons have been used (leave 5-10 out for filling in gaps) or the garland is as long as you want.
- Put command hooks (or nails) on the wall where you want your balloon garland to hang.
- Attach your balloon garland to the wall by putting one of the holes of the ballon strip through the hook of your command strip.
- Once it's up, use balloon glue dots to attach leftover balloons into spaces with holes.
A few additional tips:
1. If you're having trouble attaching the balloon arch by using the strip, attach some bakers twine (or fishing line or something similar) to the end of the strip in a loop and attach the loop to the hook.
2. When attaching balloons using the glue dots, be sure to place it correctly the first time. I've popped numerous balloons by trying to remove them and put them in a different spot! It's best to just leave them where they are.
A few additional tips:
1. If you’re having trouble attaching the balloon arch by using the strip, attach some bakers twine (or fishing line or something similar) to the end of the strip in a loop and attach the loop to the hook.
2. When attaching balloons using the glue dots, be sure to place it correctly the first time. I’ve popped numerous balloons by trying to remove them and put them in a different spot! It’s best to just leave them where they are.
Here are a few common questions asked about balloon garlands:
How many balloons do you need?
This is totally up to you and the space that you are decorating. To do the entryway at my home, I typically use around 100-120 balloons. I always err on the side of too many than not enough, especially if you’re planning on making these for other parties!
Do you need helium for balloon arches?
No! That’s the beauty about these, they don’t use any helium.
How far in advance can I make a balloon garland?
I typically make mine the day or 2 before a party. It typically lasts and still looks good for up to a week!
Honestly most of the time when I make these I post them on our neighborhood app to see if anyone else could use them so others are able to use them.
We also typically use our balloon garlands for photo opps! We pulled down the unicorn style balloon arch for Penelope and my niece’s first birthday party as the back drop. It’s an easy way to remove all the clutter from the birthday festivities behind the kids!
We’ve also even brought them outdoors for family photos. There’s so many fun things to do with balloon arches!
I hope this simple how to make a balloon garland tutorial helps you wow the guests at your next event! And check out this post for inexpensive things to do for a kid’s birthday!