You won’t believe how easy it is to make a balloon arch!!
I hope your week is going well. This last weekend was quite the busy one for me😁! We had a close friends birthday celebration and every once in a while I get to decorate for events like these. This isn’t the first party I’ve decorated and it’s a bummer I haven’t posted tutorials for all that party decor. It usually happens so quick I don’t have time to take photos or a video along the way. Since I had at least two days to prep for this balloon arch I was super excited to share this DIY with you.
Ok so originally I was thinking this balloon decoration was called a banner or even a garland but, for some reason when I googled it, it didn’t look anything like the one I made. I ended up searching balloon arch and found it was more similar to what I made. So, if you’re wondering why I called it a balloon arch even though it looks like a garland. That’s why! 😆
Why I love this super easy balloon arch
There are some many ways to make these arches. I’ve seen people use cardboard, chicken wire, pvc pipes and sssso much more to make them. When we were planning to make this balloon arch my friend brought up the idea of using tape. After weighing out our options this was by far the most budget friendly and easiest way to make it. I love that this technique has no limit to size. You can make your banner as big or as small as you’d like. Plus it’s very easy to add on length. OH😍 man and my favorite part of all is that you can switch out balloon colors super duper easy!! Yes even if you’re arch is complete!! Click here if you want to learn how to make that custom happy birthday sign.
What you’ll need
- Balloon pump
- confetti (optional: if you choose to add confetti to your balloons)
- 5 inch + 12 inch in diameter Balloons (we got ours at the zurchers party store) If you plan on doing confetti clear balloons work best!
- Clear adhesive dots (these are like little gel stickers sold at any craft store)
- Clear Tape
- Hole Punch
To begin start by connecting 4 layers of tape into one thick layer. I like to work in 4 ft sections. It’s easiest that way. You can always connect your tape to add length to your balloon arch.
Following that use your hole punch to make holes in your strip of tape. Here’s a photo showing you how many holes I made (below). Honestly this was way to many holes. I spend so much time and energy making the holes and realized it’s too much once I was adding the balloons. For my last strip of tape I did about half the amount holes if not less and it was perfect. Every once in a while I needed to add a hole which was still way easier then making all those holes and not using them.
Don’t make this Confetti Mistake
Okay so if you’re using large confetti like I did you’ll need a bigger funnel. You can also try taking a pinch of confetti and squeezing it into the balloon although I haven’t tried this. Oh on the subject of confetti. The best confetti for your balloons is the ones that come in the form of tissue paper. As you can see in the photo below I’m using plastic gold confetti. My gold confetti balloons were a complete fail because the plastic confetti is too heavy and doesn’t stick to the walls of the balloon. Plastic confetti simply falls to the bottom of the balloon and therefore is pretty much pointless because you can’t see it. There is super thin plastic confetti that’ll work as well. If we’re talking glitter like huge confetti than it won’t work (that’s what I used in the photo below). Hope this makes sense. Oh by the way small glitter works well too.
Putting together your balloon arch
Okay this is when everything starts to come together. Once you’ve blown up all your balloons start by sticking the knots of your balloons through your tape holes.
Here’s what the balloons look like once you squeeze them through the punch holes. As I’ve mentioned the first time around I made way to many holes in the tape. So my second strip of tape has 1/2 those holes if not less.
To built up the shape of my balloon arch I used the 12″ inch balloons to fill in all my punch holes. Once you fill all your punch holes with balloons you should have a pretty balloon garland. Following that I hung my balloon garland on my pallet using regular push pins on both sides and started using my 5 inch balloons to build up the shape and add more contrast.
How to add your 5″ balloons
I used zots to attach the small 5 inch balloons to the balloon arch to add more shape. Honestly I wish I had more time to add more tiny balloons. I was in such a big rush I didn’t get a chance to really complete shaping off the balloon arch.
Here’s a quick video of how I put it together!
The black confetti I used in the balloons was made of tissue paper and as you can see it stuck onto the walls of the balloons very beautifully. There’s a gold balloon to the right bottom of the photo and as you can see the gold confetti isn’t really visible. The small gold glitter however is pretty visible. 🙂 (top right balloon is small gold glitter)
I didn’t get a chance to add much small balloons to the top of the arch at all but, I think it still has a pretty shape. This pallet was 8ft tall so it’s pretty hard to get too 😑.
I love the concept behind this balloon arch! It would look ssso cool in color. Since this was a double birthday for brother and sister we had to keep it neutral. I hope this inspired you to make your own balloon arch! 😊
Let me know if you have any questions. I know I usually do more step by steps photos. 🙂
Here’s how you can make that custom happy birthday sign from dollar store foam board!