Balloon arches are popular for any party, from formal wedding parties to casual birthday parties. They can be used outdoors for a large arch or inside to frame a doorway. If you are going to take the do-it-yourself route and make a balloon arch for your own party, you can do so without spending any extra money. Instead renting a helium tank from a party store, you can fill up balloons yourself and suspend them with materials you may already have.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Masking tape
Measure the area where you would like to put the balloon arch (like in a doorway), or go by how tall the tallest person is who will be walking under the arch (like at a wedding). An ideal height for an arch would 8 feet tall or taller if everyone will be walking under it.
Mark the ground with chalk to note the height and measure how wide you want the base to be and mark that on the ground as well. Measure one end of the base in an arch up to the height and then back down to the other end of the base--this is the total length of the arch.
Fill up the balloons. If you want large balloons (about a foot wide), blow a balloon up for every foot of the total length of the arch. You can also blow up three 4-inch wide balloons per foot to have a clustered arch.
Cut a thin cotton string at twice the total length of the balloon arch with scissors. Tie the ends of the balloons to the string and trim off any excess string when you've tied all of the balloons on. Make sure the string will be hidden by the balloons when you hang it.
Hang the balloon arch by hooking the string on nails or tree branches. You can also use masking tape to tape the string to the frame of a doorway.
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