Ideas for Balloons on a Ceiling

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Ideas for Balloons on a Ceiling
Used creatively, balloons add extra flair to any occasion. (Yuji Sakai/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Balloons -- colourful, cheerful and festive -- provide inexpensive decoration for formal and informal occasions. Besides children's birthdays, these biodegradable tools also dress up corporate events, wedding and trade-show booths. Use theme-coloured balloons to decorate the ceiling of the venue for an overall elegant appearance, or mix different colours to create a rainbow effect when viewed from below.

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Full Cover

A simple way to decorate the ceiling of the room or tent is to cover it completely with balloons. Use theme-coloured balloons or neutral colours such as silver, light gold, cream or beige for weddings and other formal occasions. For birthdays and informal gatherings use bright colours like navy or purple, or black and silver for a dance party to set the mood. Fill each balloon with helium from a tank and allow it to drift upward. For added effect, tie a long length of matching ribbon at the base of each balloon so it hangs down several feet. Do this only if the ceiling is very high and the ribbons don't hang in the guests' faces or disturb them during the event.

Full Glittered Cover

For added sparkle, add glitter to the lower half of each helium balloon before allowing it to drift up. Fill a large bucket with gold or silver glitter, apply glue to the lower half of each balloon and immerse it in the glitter. In this case use ribbon that matches the colour of the glitter. The shimmery balloons form a breathtaking effect when viewed from below.

Balloon Rows

Secure balloons to evenly spaced rows of fishing line attached to the ceiling of the party room. Hammer nails on both sides of the ceiling around which you will wind each length of fishing line. Attach balloons to the fishing line with tape until the entire length is covered. Depending on personal taste, use same-coloured balloons on each length or alternate every second balloon for added colour. You can also alternate parallel rows with different coloured balloons. To create a row, wind each length of fishing wire around two parallel nails across the ceiling. Do this until the entire ceiling is covered with balloon rows. An alternative to this is to create horizontal and vertical rows. You can also create a large diagonal or X over the ceiling using two lengths of fishing line that intersect in the centre. Attach theme-coloured balloons to it with tape.

Balloon Edging

Edge all sides of the ceiling with a single row of balloons. Not only does this cover unattractive moulding, it adds subtle colour to the room without detracting from the ground decoration. Simply tape the knot of each balloon in place to the ceiling so it hangs down. Cover any sharp nails or protruding edges on the ceiling with pieces of foam.


Blow up two balloons and tie their ends together. Blow a third and add to the pair to form a cluster. Hang each cluster upside down from every corner of the ceiling.

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