How to Make Balloon Arches Step-By-Step Instructions

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How to Make Balloon Arches Step-By-Step Instructions
A balloon arch can decorate many happy occasions. (30 year balloons image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Football players love to take the field running through them, prom dates enjoy posing for pictures under them and even a whimsical bride is happy to stand inside one if the right man is at her side. A balloon arch is festive, colourful, inexpensive and can be made to coordinate with any party theme or decor. Though it may look complicated to make, if you can tie the end of a balloon closed, you can create a cheerful balloon arch for your next special occasion.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Premade arch frame
  • Dowels
  • Hammer
  • Twine
  • Coffee cans
  • Sand
  • Cloth
  • Cup hooks
  • Fishing line
  • Weights
  • String
  • Balloons
  • Helium

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the width and height of the area where you want to place the balloon arch. Use these measurements to calculate the size of the arch frame you will purchase.

  2. 2

    Secure the arch frame to the ground or floor when using air-filled balloons. Outdoors, sink the ends into the ground, or pound two 1-inch dowels into the ground at the width of the arch and secure the frame to the dowels with twine. If your indoor arch frame does not have a base to keep it level, put the ends of the frame into coffee cans filled with sand. Cover the coffee cans with coordinating fabric before attaching balloons. Secure helium-filled balloon arches with weights tied to each end; no further staking is necessary.

  3. 3

    Screw cup hooks into the ceiling to suspend your air-filled balloon arch indoors. Tie the arch to the cup hooks with fishing line. Tie weights onto each end of an indoor arch made from helium-filled balloons.

  4. 4

    Calculate the number of balloons you will need by measuring your arch. Estimate 4 to 6 balloons per foot of arch frame. For instance, if your frame measures 10 feet from end-to-end, you will need 40 to 60 balloons.

  5. 5

    Inflate two balloons and tie the ends together, and repeat. Cross the balloon pairs and twist the tied ends together for a grouping of four balloons.

  6. 6

    Place the balloon cluster at one end of the frame. Twist one of the balloons around the frame, back around the cluster of balloons and pull it back to the front of the frame to temporarily lock the cluster in place. Tie the grouping onto the frame with string or fishing line. Working from one end to the other, continue making clusters and tying them on until the entire frame is filled.

Tips and warnings

  • An alternate to purchasing an arch frame is to secure helium-filled balloons to a length of heavy twine or clothesline rope. Follow the same process of creating balloon clusters and tying them onto the twine. Create an arch by adding a weight to each end of the twine. This method only works with helium-filled balloons. Air-filled balloons will not rise and create an arch.
  • Helium will make your balloon arch more expensive to make, but it will also last longer, hold its shape better and can easily be held in place with common fitness weights, making it unnecessary to purchase a frame or stake the arch in place.

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