After making my first giant balloon garland, I thought I’d share my mistakes, tips, and tricks! I’m giving you all the details on what you need to save you time and energy for an adorable balloon backdrop. So read on to find out how to make an easy balloon garland!
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How to Make an Easy Balloon Garland
I recently made my first balloon garland! I was super excited to try making one and somewhat nervous! Well, I can assure you that if I can do it, anyone can! The balloon garland was for a first communion party. We gave the typical first communion party a little upgrade and added some pink and gold and other fun embellishments! You can see the vision board for the Pink, White, & Gold First Communion Party HERE and be sure to check out ALL the details of the party HERE!
From the moment that I walked into my client’s house, I knew that their foyer NEEDED a balloon garland! Luckily they were totally on board! A balloon garland is such an easy DIY project to add some drama to a space for a small amount of money!
I made sure to read-up on all things “balloon garland” before I made mine! You can see my post on “Five Easy Ways to Make a Balloon Garland” where I shared different ways to make a balloon garland. I took ideas from here and there to come up with a plan that worked best for me.
The first thing that I did before creating my easy balloon garland was invest in an automatic balloon pump. You can’t go wrong with buying one because it is under $20, and it speeds up the process tremendously! Honestly, I can’t even imagine blowing up all the balloons by mouth or by using a hand pump! The second thing I bought was a handy dandy balloon tying tool (EZ-tie) that saves your fingers from falling off from tying so many balloons! It took me a few minutes to get a hang of both gadgets, but after I did, I flew through making the balloons!
I bought all of the balloons at Party City. I originally bought three colors (pink, white, and gold), but decided that I liked the simplicity of the pink and white. The balloons were bought in three different sizes (12 inch, 9 inch, and 5 inch).
Details to DIY the Easy Balloon Garland:
- Balloons (pink and white in three different sizes 12 inch, 9 inch, 5 inch)
- Clear fishing line
- Automatic balloon pump
- EZ-tie (balloon tying tool)
- Glue dots
- Large sewing needle
- Glitter name garland
Measure your space or decide how long you want your balloon garland to be. I knew that I wanted mine asymmetrical and cascading down the banister. Cut your clear fishing line to size. Leave an extra foot on both ends of the line.
Tie a knot in one end of the fishing line so that the balloons do not fall off once you start stringing them. Thread your fishing line through your needle and tie the line onto the needle. This holds the line in place.
Blow up a bajillion balloons in different sizes! You have all the control when it comes to the sizes.
Start threading your needle through the tied of part of the balloon. I call it the belly button of the balloon.
I started with my largest balloons, so that they would be at the bottom. However, I threaded smaller ones in there as well, so that the garland looked more organic. Continue stringing on your balloons making them slightly smaller and smaller until you get to the end.
Finally, blow up tons of 5 inch balloons and a few slightly larger balloons. I used my 9 inch balloons, but didn’t fill them up as much. Now you will use your glue dots to stick the smaller balloons onto the garland. Fill in the gaps or holes with the smaller balloons. I applied three dots to each balloon and stuck the smaller ones onto the larger ones. Some balloons needed a few more glue dots than others depending on their location.
Step 6: (optional)
Add greenery or flowers to your balloon garland! I decided not to add anything, because I ended up liking it simple. It was such a statement on its own, that adding some flowers would have made it too much!
How to Make an Easy Balloon Garland
It looks way harder than it was to make, or maybe it doesn’t look hard to you! Ha! I was slightly skeptical at how easy others had said it was to create, but they were right! My garland was around 12 feet long, and it did take me a couple of hours, but I was also watching a movie, so that may have prolonged the process! I accidentally strung several of the large balloons onto the fishing line to begin, as opposed to some large and medium. It wasn’t a huge deal, but I had to take them off and restring them. That was also after my son had twisted the fishing line into a big ball of mess!
I love balloon garlands because you can create so many unique looks with them. You could do all of the balloons the same size or have more of a cascading effect like mine. On top of having different pre-made sizes of balloons, I was able to make my own sizes by filling up the balloons with as much or as little air as I wanted.
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