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Party Planning - Balloon Decorating Tips - Balloon Arches

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Choose the colors of your balloons to match your party or event's theme an attach to the Radiant Balloon arch frame. Set up balloon arches at the park entrances to your company picnic. Use balloon arches as parade float decorations. Use balloon arches for great photo ops at any event.

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Make a Balloon Arch

Types of Arches:

  • Single balloons tied to arch support. 

  • Single balloons with curling ribbon streamers.

  • Single balloons with shaped balloons repeated across arch.

  • Two colored arch

  • 3 colored arch

  • 4 colored arch

Balloon Arch Tips:

  • Air filled balloon columns can be attached to a weight, a plastic ziplock bag half filled with sand, pebbled, rice or beans.

  • Attach helium filled balloons to a nylon string, tying only one end down.

  • For an elegant look, use two 4' air filled balloon columns as bases for a helium balloon arch. 
  • To dress up the arch even more, wrap gossamer or tulle around the columns and puddle it on the floor beside the columns. Coordinate your balloons, gossamer or tulle in matching or complimentary colors. 
  • A balloon arch makes a lovely photo setting.

Balloon Arch Instructions:

The first step in making an arch is deciding what kind you want to make. There are two basic types: air filled and helium filled, both of which have advantages and disadvantages. 

Helium arches are great for filling large spaces and require less support. Helium arches are made by attaching clusters of balloons to a nylon line that is tied down to either ground supports (railings, tables, etc.) or heavy weights (cinder blocks, bricks, rocks, bags of sand, etc.) The helium holds the balloons up, so all you need is the balloons, helium, heavy nylon thread, and something to tie the ends to. However, helium is more expensive than air and will only float the arch for about 10 to 12 hours. Add a squirt of Hi Float Liquid before filling balloons with helium to make them stay inflated 3 to 5 times longer.

Air filled arches are made by attaching clusters of balloons to a frame made out of aluminum or plastic rod, conduit, PVC pipe or a combination of these. They will last for days or even months (depending on conditions) but require either a sturdy base or a handy wall or ceiling to wire the arch to for support. Air pumps are inexpensive to rent for one time uses and fairly affordable to purchase if you are planning to make ballooning a career.

Color:
Single color arches are easiest to make, but two or more colors in spiral patterns are not much more difficult. The size of your arch will largely determine the size of the balloons that are necessary. For a small arch, the balloons do not need to be inflated all the way; the larger the arch gets, the bigger the balloons should be.

Sizing Balloons: 

It is important that all the balloons are blown up to the same size. An easy way to size the balloons is to make a template. Cut a round hole in a piece of poster, foam board or a box the size you want the balloons to be, and when inflating pass the balloon through the hole. Fig.1

How many balloons? 
The number of balloons needed will depend on the size of the arch or design, but you will need approximately four to six balloons per foot of frame. 


Determine the approximate length of the balloon arch

When deciding on the size of your balloon arch, measure the height and width of the area where it will be displayed. To estimate the approximate length of the arch, use the following calculations. 

1. For an arch that is taller than it is wide: (2 x Height) + Width = approximate total length. 
2. For an arch with the same height and width: (1.5 x Height) + Width = approximate total length. 
3. To make an arch that is wider than it is tall: Width + Height = approximate total length

Balloon Clusters:

Both types of arches require tying the balloons into clusters of three to five balloons (most commonly four) so lets start with that. 

 

 

Making four-balloon clusters:

1.Blow up two balloons and tie the necks of them together, sealing the balloons and attaching them together at the same time.

2. Do this again to make a second pair of balloons, and then simply cross the two pairs in the middle and twist them together to make a cluster of four..

 

Making Spiral Patterns:

To create a spiral pattern, make each cluster in the same color order and nest them in the same direction. 

  • Two color: use two of each color balloon in each cluster. 
  • Three color: use one each of two colors, and two of the third (remember when buying your balloons that you will need twice as many of the third color.) 
  • Four color: use one of each color in each cluster.

Attaching the Balloon Clusters: 

Set up the frame for your balloon arch.

For Air Filled Arches.

Air-filled balloon arches require a sturdy frame. A strong, flexible material such as conduit, PVC pipe, and aluminum or plastic rod will work well. For additional support, you'll need to wire the arch to the wall or ceiling, and/or find a sturdy base to anchor the frame at the bottom. 

For air-filled arches, set up the frame in its permanent location, if possible. If not, lay the frame flat so that balloons can be easily attached.

NOTE: If using an aluminum rod frame, the balloons can be attached before shaping the rod into an arch. 

Making A Frame

Make a frame for your arch using a heavy base with conduit for the main support and aluminum rod for the arch across the top (you can rent these). This works fine for smaller freestanding arches (about 8 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide), but larger arches will require support from above. Aluminum rod by itself can also be used as a frame but does require support at the base and from above. This works well for arches over doorways and against walls, as the rod can be tied to tacks or nails in the wall or doorway (if you are renting a space for your event check with management before putting holes in their walls.) 

Attaching the clusters of balloons is a simple matter of placing the cluster on the rod and twisting two balloons around each other, locking the cluster on the rod. Slide the clusters up against each other, nesting them together. 

TIP: If you are using the aluminum rod by itself, the balloons can be placed on the rod before shaping it into an arch and tying it down.

For Helium Arches. . . 

If you choose to fill your balloons with helium, the gas will hold the balloons up without additional support; all you'll need is heavy nylon thread (fishing line) or twine to tie the balloons together, and two ground supports to tether down each end of the line.

If using helium, the first thing to do is to stretch out your monofilament line (nylon fishing line) and secure each end to a heavy object (2 chairs) so that it is about waist high. Do not cut the string to the length you need just yet, it is easiest to adjust the length of the arch while making it and then tie it off and cut the string. Leave plenty of extra thread at each end, so it will be easier to move and tie down the arch in its permanent location later. 

For indoor decorations, 50-lb. monofilament is recommended , and outdoor designs should be made with 100-lb. monofilament. 

Attach the clusters as you make them by making a space between two side-by-side balloons and setting the cluster in place and wrapping the string around one of the balloons. Attach each cluster in the same way, nesting the clusters close together before wrapping the string around. 

NOTE: To make assembly easier, mount the first cluster against a flat surface, such as a large piece of cardboard attached to the line, so that the subsequent cluster will "nest" easily into it. When placing following clusters on the line, do not slide balloon clusters along the line as balloons may tear slightly, causing leakage or breakage. Pay special attention to the position of each cluster mounted onto line, as this is how patterns are created.

Other types of  balloon decoration

How to make Balloon Clusters and Crepe Rosettes
How to make Balloon Clouds
How to make a Balloon Column
How to make a Balloon Buddies
How to make Balloon Fish
How to make Balloon Flowers
How to make Balloon Swags & Strands - Use to lower the ceiling in large spaces.
How to make Balloon Spiders
How to Make Balloon Palm Trees
How to make a Balloon Wreath
How to make Spooky Balloon Decorations
Balloon Safety Tips

Shapes ( hearts, numbers, etc ) 
Create a frame from aluminum rod in the shape desired and attach air filled balloon clusters. 

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