I’ve made two balloon garlands in the past two weeks, so I’m basically a pro now ;). Balloon garlands and arches are EVERYWHERE lately and are such a great, easy way to really amp up the WOW factor at any party. I *promise* they’re easier than they look!
The good news is that you can make a BIG balloon garland for cheap and it’s really not as hard as it looks ;).
Here’s how I made an easy balloon garland DIY for a birthday party and a baby shower:
You really don’t need much to make a balloon garland – before we get into the ‘how to’, I have to mention that a *balloon garland* consists of balloons filled with room air (aka oxygen) and won’t float, it needs to be hung. A balloon garland lasts at least a week, so no need to stress yourself creating it day-of your party; it can totally be prepped days in advance
A *balloon arch* is made of helium-filled balloons and the helium supports the arch to give it it’s shape – can totally be freestanding, a la prom 1999 ;). Helium balloon arches will only last a day, maybe two. So plan accordingly!
Balloon Garland Supplies List
Yes, there are tons of ways to DIY a balloon garland but I’m not about that hot glue gun life or tying 4 balloons to each other – ain’t nobody got time for that!
To keep it simple, I only used 4 total supplies:
Honestly not sure how I lived without a balloon inflater for so long! Best $17 I’ve ever spent. It just fills up balloons for you quickly and without wasting your breath. Whew. // buy it here
Balloon ‘tape’ is NOT sticky in any way, so it should actually be called a balloon strip versus tape. But since I don’t name things, balloon tape is inexpensive and comes with holes precut so that all you have to do is slip the filled and tied balloon knot into the strip. // buy it here
You need something to secure the garland to the wall and/or ceiling with – I use Command hooks because they’re clear and come off the ceiling easily // buy them here
You’ll want a bunch of latex balloons in a variety of colors – note! buy a LOT. Here’s the breakdown of how many balloons I used for each banner.
For the blue baby boy baby shower balloon banner, I used (most of) a:
- 30 pack of 10-inch navy balloons // buy them here
- 50 pack of 12-inch metallic blue balloons // buy them here
- 36 pack of 12-inch metallic baby blue balloons // buy them here
- 30 pack of 5-inch navy balloons // buy them here
- 100 pack of 12-inch white balloons // buy them here
NOTE: I definitely had leftovers from the baby boy shower balloons and I also made 2 banners, one larger and one much smaller.
For the Baby Shark birthday party balloon banner, I used a:
- 50 pack of mixed ‘sea’ colored assorted sized balloons // buy them here
- 2 from a 6 pack of deep pink 36 inch balloons // buy them here
- some of the white balloons from the pack above
NOTE: I should’ve ordered about double of the ‘sea’ colored balloons for a banner/garland that actually hung down from the sides like the blue balloon banner I did previously, but, lesson learned!
How to Make a Balloon Banner
Ok, now for the hard part! It’s not that hard… promise! Here’s how to make your own DIY balloon banner:
Cut your balloon tape to size Give yourself a little extra wiggle room, you can always cut it down.
Attach your Command hooks to the ceiling now if you don’t have anything else to tie your banner to (a mantle, a stair rail, etc)
Blow up your balloons Fill them at different levels so you have lots of colors and sizes to choose from when you’re stringing them.
Plug the balloons into the balloon tape; I really didn’t use any rhyme or reason, honestly, other than eyeballing it. I definitely didn’t put balloons into each hole, more like every other hole.
Some tutorials instruct you to hot glue gun or glue dot smaller balloons to the larger balloons; I tried glue dots and it was kind of a fail, honestly. Pull out the double stick tape if you want, but I tried to rely on the holes in the balloon tape versus attaching balloons with any kind of adhesive.
Color Combination Ideas for Balloon Garlands
Coordinate colors for a birthday party balloon arch to match the theme of the party, or here are some other balloon arch color combo ideas for other events:
- a girl baby shower – pinks, peaches, whites, and golds
- a boy baby shower: shades of blue and white and silver for a boy
- a wedding shower: champagne, white, ivory, gold – super subtle and chic
How long will a balloon garland last?
Valid question. If you’re making a garland with room air, a balloon garland will last at least a week. So feel free to make it a few days before your party so you can focus on other things day-of.