How to Make a Balloon Garland the Easiest Way

Trying to figure out how to make a balloon garland? A balloon garland is a super easy way to make a big impact for any kind of party! They’re actually incredibly simple to make which you’ll see with this tutorial.

If you’ve been around my world for any minute of time you know I LOVE balloon arches. And honestly, they make such an impact that they truly cut back on the rest of the decor needed for any type of celebration!

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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!

Examples of Balloon Garlands I’ve Created

After I did my first balloon arch, there was no stopping me! Now I make them for almost every birthday party, shower or any other gathering I host. Here’s a few that I’ve made over the year:

My very first one was this Mickey Mouse Balloon Garland! I used a variety of red, white and yellow balloons for Roy’s Mickey Mouse birthday party.

Red, black and yellow balloon arch for a Mickey Mouse birthday party for a 2 year old.

Keeping with the Disney theme, I did a fun yet simple pink and white one for Penelope’s Minnie Mouse party where 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!

And actually, a handful of the gold balloons popped before the party even started which made sense why they added in a few “extra” gold balloons!

A pink, white and gold balloon arch for a Minnie Mouse birthday for a 2 year old.

I created a rainbow balloon garland for my daughter’s 3rd birthday and it was a hit!

I even did a balloon garland just to celebrate National Coffee Day!

The most recently balloon garland I did was for our son’s superhero birthday party. We now live in a new home (and it was a beautiful summer day) so I attached it outside our house! It was the perfect way to welcome guests to the party.

As you can see, it’s super easy to make a big impact with balloons! I handful of balloons and a little time can make a huge impact for any special day.

Now let’s talk about how to make a balloon garland.

How to Make a Balloon Garland

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 Garland Supplies List

First of all, you’ll need the following items:

1. Balloons

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 my balloon strip on Amazon (the single hole style).

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. 😉

The one I have is this balloon buddy from Amazon but this balloon pump gets amazing reviews! You can also get the one I own from Michaels!

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 commands hook from Amazon or you can always get hooks from Target.

I’ve used both the smallest and medium size. Balloon garlands are super light so you don’t need anything too intense!

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.

How to Make a Balloon Garland – Tutorial

Ok you have all your balloon garland supplies, now let’s get to how to make a balloon garland! Don’t be intimidated by the process, I promise it’s easier than it may seem.

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1. Blow up balloons

Blow up balloons using the electric balloon inflator. Ideally you want balloons of varying sizes and colors to make it more fun and interesting. If you have balloons of varying sizes then just blow them up to their intended size. Don’t blow them up too big to make them look misshaped.

However, if you buy balloons that are all the same size, you can 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 adding balloons to your balloon garland 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 the balloon garland to the 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!

DIY Balloon Garland

DIY Balloon Garland

Yield: Balloon Garland
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

How to make a balloon garland for your next event! Wow your guests with this simple step by step tutorial for an easy but beautiful balloon arch.

Materials

  • -balloons (ideally use ones of different sizes and colors)
  • -balloon decorating strip
  • -an electric balloon inflater
  • -command hooks
  • -glue dots

Tools

  • None other than above!

Instructions

  1. Blow up balloons.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Put command hooks (or nails) on the wall where you want your balloon garland to hang.
  5. Attach your balloon garland to the wall by putting one of the holes of the ballon strip through the hook of your command strip.
  6. Once it's up, use balloon glue dots to attach leftover balloons into spaces with holes.

Notes

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.

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Other Ballon Garland Tips

A few additional balloon garland 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.

A multi color girly unicorn balloon arch

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.

Balloon Garland FAQ

Here are a few common questions asked about balloon garlands:

How many balloons do you need?

The number of balloon you need depends on the size of the balloons you’re using 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!

I would plan on getting between 100-150 balloons because you can always use leftover balloons for future balloon garlands!

Glitter confetti balloons for a balloon garland

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 get a lot of questions about how far in advance can I make a balloon garland. For best results, make the balloon garland a day or 2 before the party. I typically make mine the day before I plan on using it. If you plan on hanging it outside, wait to put it out until the day of the party.

How long do balloon garlands last?

A balloon garland lasts about 1 week. I typically keep mine for a few days after the party and then post it on our neighborhood app to see if anyone else could use it for a party of their own!

Pink, purple, teal and confetti balloons for a unicorn theme birthday party

I’ve been able to give away every single one for everything from a non-profits annual event to another child’s birthday. Typically even after a week it still looks good with just a few balloons beginning to deflate.!

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.

How long will it take to make?

This will depend on how big it is and if you use an electric balloon inflator or not. Typically the ones I make with around 150 balloons takes me about an hour to an hour and a half to make.

What size balloons should I get?

Get balloons of all sizes. The smallest I’ve used is 5″ and the largest I’ve used is 24″. You don’t need to get that small or that large but a varying size is great.

Other Use: Balloon Garland Photo Backdrop

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!

A balloon arch as a backdrop for photos.

We’ve also even brought them outdoors for family photos. There’s so many fun things to do with balloon garland!

I hope this simple how to make a balloon garland tutorial helps you wow the guests at your next event! If you want a specific rainbow balloon garland be sure to check out this post. And check out this post for inexpensive things to do for a kid’s birthday!

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27 thoughts on “How to Make a Balloon Garland the Easiest Way”

  1. I’m trying to do “16” for my daughter’s party. Could I attach the numbers to the windows out back. They go up about 18 feet. Do you need to double the balloons for numbers instead of just an arch?

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    • I probably would! It depends a little bit on how big your balloons are and how big you want the numbers to be. I’ve never done numbers so I can’t say for certain but I always err on the side of too many rather than too few! Just don’t blow all of the balloons up at once so you can save any that you don’t end up using!

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  2. How do you hang balloon garland outside? Still command hooks? We’ve got a brick house, so I was trying to find a solution!

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  3. This was SOOOO helpful! I was thinking of just paying a service, but now I feel like I can do it myself. Seems so scary to do it, but you make it look easy! And thank you for links to products! Thank you! Thank you!

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    • I love this tutorial! May I ask how far in advance you think you can make a balloon garland? One or two days before or do you have to do the day of the event? Also – if using outside in cold weather, does that make a difference? Do you need to inflate the balloons more in that case?

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      • You’re so sweet – thank you! I usually make mine the day before but most are fine for at least 2 days!
        And I haven’t used mine outside yet. You could test it by blowing up one balloon and tying it outside for a day or 2! Good luck!

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    • You’re so sweet! There’s actually a 3rd in there too that doesn’t make the video! 😉
      If you can, add some bakers twin to the ends to tie to the top of the tent (I’m guessing you want it hung from the top?). It’ll make it much easier to tie to something! Does that make sense?

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  4. Thank you for this blog. I’m trying to make it this weekend for my son’s 1 year pictures as a backdrop. I have bought all the supplies. My question is regarding the balloon strip – do you just attach a balloon on every hole and it will become this big, fluffy, thick balloons everywhere garland? Or is there a specific way to attach balloons on the strip to get that balloons in every direction garland look? To make my question more clear, I’m talking of the width of the garland. Thanks so much.

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    • I attach the balloons in about every other hole or as close as possible (it gets harder the more balloons you add). You can always make it more thick and full by using the glue dots to add balloons. Does that help?

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  5. I’m glad I found this post as I want to make a garland for my daughter’s first birthday. Where do you buy your balloons to get a good variety of colors/confetti-filled/etc?

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  6. Thank you for the inspiration! Quick question…do you push the know thru the hole on the strip or leave it on the same side as the balloon? I’m using the strips with double holes (a larger hole for entry then a smaller one to secure). I wasn’t sure if one way or the other made them less likely to pop or helped them be better positioned. Thanks!

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    • I try to get the knot through but sometimes it doesn’t always go through. I wouldn’t worry about it too much and just pull it through as best as you can!

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    • I use the balloon strip with just one hole so I am only putting one balloon through. If you have the one with the 2 holes you can but I typically just make it fluffy by adding balloon with the glue dots!

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