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How to make a frame for a walk through balloon heart

Updated October 31, 2018

Balloon entrances provide a touch of drama and class to your prom, quinceanera or wedding reception. A heart-shaped balloon arch is appropriate at any time, but becomes especially meaningful for an occasion held on Sweetest Day or Valentine's Day, a renewal of vows ceremony or a wedding reception.

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  1. Bind two 14-feet pieces of 1/4-inch diameter steel rod stock together using 16-gauge steel wire wrapped around them at one end in a tight, 12- to 18-inch long coil.

  2. Hold the bound rods with the bound end pointed at the floor. Pull the rods apart above the bound end, bending them down and around toward the floor into two equal and opposite curves to make the top of your heart shape.

  3. Adjust the curves and continue to bend the rods until the unbound ends meet.

  4. Place each unbound end of the frame in a new, unused 5-gallon white plastic bucket. Fill the space around each rod with sharp-sided white landscaping gravel.

  5. Wrap white or iridescent garland around the wire frame from end to end. Secure with white floral tape. Repeat with real or artificial ivy vine and green floral tape.

  6. Inflate round balloons to 10-inch diameter and knot them. Theme Parties N More suggests tying pairs of balloons together by their knotted ends and twisting them together to make clusters of four. Attach the clusters to the wire frame, from one end to the other, until there is no visible wire left.

  7. Place your heart-shaped balloon arch in the entryway of your reception hall, gymnasium or other venue. Position the gravel buckets just far enough apart that couples can walk through it side-by-side. Coil additional garland and ivy vine around the buckets until no white is visible.

  8. Tip

    Although it takes some strength and persistence, 1/4-inch diameter steel rod stock can be bent cold with just your hands. If you have trouble bending the rods, find round objects such as a pair of porch columns or metal barrels to use as a bending jig.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces 1/4-inch steel rod stock, 14 feet long
  • 1 spool of 16-gauge steel wire
  • 2 new, white plastic 5-gallon buckets
  • Sharp-sided, white landscaping gravel
  • White or iridescent garland
  • Real or artificial ivy vine
  • Round balloons in your colour choice
  • White or coordinating-colour floral tape

About the Author

Jane Smith has provided educational support, served people with multiple challenges, managed up to nine employees and 86 independent contractors at a time, rescued animals, designed and repaired household items and completed a three-year metalworking apprenticeship. Smith's book, "Giving Him the Blues," was published in 2008. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in education from Kent State University in 1995.

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