We just celebrated Baby A’s 1st birthday, and man did the day fly by! With our new little guy on the way in just a few more months, I decided that I wanted to try to DIY as much as possible for this birthday party. The one thing I was super nervous about? Making my own balloon garland! If you’re searching for how to make your own balloon garland, this is the post for you.
I’m basically a kid at heart, and I’m not lying when I say I love balloons. I knew for Baby A’s 1st birthday that a balloon arch or two was a necessity, but some of the DIY tutorials out there were a little bit overwhelming.
I’m so excited I stumbled across the absolute easiest way to create a DIY balloon garland arch. I’m not joking: I found out about this product seriously 2 nights before A’s birthday party, and am SO thankful for Amazon Prime! I ordered everything we needed for two balloon garlands for UNDER $50!
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How to DIY a Balloon Arch Without Helium
My number one tip for a gorgeous party on a budget is to DIY as much as possible, and I knew that figuring out how to create a balloon garden ourselves would save a ton. I was quoted anywhere from $100 to $500 just for one 5 foot balloon garland from outside companies!
There was no way that worked for our budget and knew I could DIY a balloon arch without helium on my own. I ordered everything we needed to DIY two balloon garlands for UNDER $50!
We received so many compliments on our DIY balloon garland that I knew I had to create a tutorial. You won’t believe how easy and inexpensive this project is! It’s also really easy to personalize your DIY balloon arch by incorporating your color scheme, adding extras (like leaves and flowers) or changing the length.
For Baby A’s party we did a Welcome to the Jungle Wild One theme, and went with green, gold and white balloons with jungle leaves. It was so fun to make my own balloon garland to go with it!
Below you’ll find an easy step by step tutorial on how to make your own balloon garland at home. If you prefer video, be sure to check out my Instagram page, where you’ll find a Balloon Garland highlight with even more details.
What Materials Do You Need to Make a Balloon Garland?
- Balloons in various colors- I chose 3 colors recommend using 10-20 balloons in each color, depending on how long your arch is. I chose this pack from Amazon.
- Balloon Garland Plastic Strip, like this one from Amazon.
- Push Pins (if hanging on wall) or Fishing Line or String (if making a longer ballon arch)
- Embellishments (we chose these jungle leaves to go with our Welcome to the Jungle Wild One theme)
How to Make Your Own Balloon Garland at Home
It’s super easy to DIY balloon garlands. Just follow the steps below to make your own simple and fast balloon garland or balloon arch.
Step 1: Arrange each color of balloons into three separate piles. This will allow you to easily see what you have left and grab the color you need next.
Step 2: Blow up your balloons with air, not helium. This is by far the most time consuming and tedious part of the DIY Balloon Garland. I recommend either recruiting some friends and family to assist, or spending a little extra and getting an air compressor or balloon pump.
Step 3: Attach your blown up balloons to the balloon garland strip. You’ll see that the strip has both a large hole and a smaller hole. Insert the knot of the balloon into the large hole, then pull the knot forward to secure it in the small hole. Be sure that the actual knot has come through, otherwise the balloon can easily fall off.
Continue to add balloons to the plastic strip in the pattern you desire. I chose to add two of each color at a time.
If you want a very full balloon arch or balloon garland, you’ll want to not skip any of the pairs of holes (pair of holes = the small and large holes that are attached to each other). I chose to skip one pair of holes between every new color, as I wanted to stretch our balloon garland out and pin to the wall.
Step 4: Add any embellishments to your DIY balloon arch that you want! We added jungle leaves to go with our Wild One theme.
Step 5: Hang your balloon garland. We made two DIY balloon garlands, and chose to hang them on the wall as accent decor. I simply used push pins!
If you are making a larger garland to use as a balloon arch, you’ll want to anchor the ends of the arch to the ground utilizing fishing line or string.
While you can absolutely secure your balloon garland by yourself, for safety I recommend having a spotter if you’re going up on a step stool.
That’s seriously it! This Balloon Decorating Strip from Amazon is seriously a game changer. It made creating our own DIY Balloon Garland so incredibly easy, and I hope it helps your party planning too!
Can You Make a Balloon Arch the Night Before?
Short answer: YES, you can absolutely make a balloon arch the night before a party! As you are blowing up balloons with air, instead of helium, your balloons will actually last for quite a few days. We made this balloon arch the night before Archer’s 1st birthday party; we made the balloon arch for this 2nd birthday party 3 days before.
How Many Balloons Does it Take To Make a Balloon Arch?
This depends on how big you want your balloon arch to be. If you are making a single small balloon arch, I recommend ordering at minimum a package of 40 balloons to be safe. I actually always get 50-100 balloons when I’m making my own balloon arch to be sure I have enough.
How Long Does it Take to Make Balloon Garlands?
Again, this depends on how big you want your balloon garland or balloon arch to be. If you are using the electric balloon pump I recommend, you can do it in less than an hour!
Give yourself a little bit extra time to make your balloon garlands. It’s better to have more time than you need, then to not leave yourself enough time.
I recommend giving yourself an hour to create your first batch of balloon garlands. Over time you’ll become much faster, and it helps to have an extra set of hands!
Can you DIY a Balloon Arch Without Helium?
YES! You can absolutely DIY a balloon arch without helium by following the steps above. In fact, I think it’s much easier to make your own balloon garland without helium.
By using an air pump, instead of a helium tank, you cut your price way down. You also are able to keep track fo the balloons a lot more easily.
You can also use your own lungs to blow up the balloons. Just know that it will take much longer to make your balloon garlands, and honestly you’ll be a little worn out! I tried this route the first time I made a balloon garland and I was EXHAUSTED when I finished blowing up all of the balloons!
It’s simple and easy to make your own balloon garland. I would love to see yours when you’re finished!
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