Balloons have been used as cheap decorative pieces only for the past few decades. Before that they were mainly used for science experiments. Today balloons are inflated round decorations which are popular at weddings, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and most other events. One of the reasons they are so popular is that they are relatively inexpensive. Making your own designs using balloons is a very inexpensive way to decorate. Try your hand at creating your own masterpieces.
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Things you need
- Balloon arch kit
- Helium tank
- Fishing line
- Long ribbon strips
Create a balloon arch for people to walk through. Use a balloon arch kit to make a uniform and symmetrical arch. These kits can be purchased at most craft stores.
Pick out the colours you wish to use in your balloon arch. There are a variety of colours and designs available. Popular colours include metallic, solid, neon and print patterns. Metallic balloons work best in elegant settings, while neon, bright solids and printed balloons work better at more casual events.
Fill up a balloon with helium. Before tying a knot in the end of the balloon, stick the end through one of the holes on the plastic strip from your balloon arch kit.
Once the end is through the hole, tie a knot at the end of the balloon. This will hold the balloon to the plastic strip.
Continue doing this until all the holes have been filled. Add balloons to both sides of the strip. This prevents the plastic from showing when you put up your balloon arch.
Use the weights that come with your balloon kit. If the kit has no weights, buy some balloon weights from a party supply store and tie them to each side of the strip to keep the arch on the ground. You could also make your own by wrapping hand weights with metallic foil. Make sure the middle of the arch is high enough for people to walk through. If not, hang a piece of fishing line from the ceiling and tie it to the middle of the plastic strip to bring the arch up higher.
Fill several balloons with helium. Mix and match solids and prints if the event is casual. If the event calls for a bit more sophistication, then use no more than two to three colours of a neutral shade. Make each balloon as large as possible, without popping it. Tie off the ends of the balloon.
Tie a piece of curled ribbon to each balloon knot. Use a double knot to make sure the ribbon holds in place. Use coloured ribbon that matches the balloons or use contrasting colours for a funkier look.
Gather a group of eight to 10 balloons together by grabbing the ribbons. Arrange the balloons at the top of the arrangement by allowing some of the ribbons to slide up and pull some of the others down. This creates a layered effect in the arrangement.
Tie a weight at the end of the ribbons. Set the weight on the floor, against the walls. The balloons should stretch toward the ceiling.
Make several balloon arrangements and place them along the walls.
Tips and warnings
- Use metallic ribbons and balloons to create a more elegant look.
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