Dining Kitchen

How to Make a Fancy Balloon Arch

Today, we’re going to teach you how to make a fancy balloon arch. It’s easier than it looks and it packs a lot of visual wow factor!

I’m definitely going to do this next time I host a baby shower, and the colors we used in this post would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve party.

I love that you can swap out the colors and do this for nearly any occasion.

a pink and red balloon arch over a table with cookies and drinks on it

pink balloons not blown up in a basket

Here’s what you will need to make your own balloon arch:

Supplies:
electric balloon pump
balloon decorating strip
mini balloons (I used 30)
various pink balloons (40-45 regular size)
glue dots or tape
balloon ribbon
greenery (optional)

Elsie blowing up balloons with a red helium tank with the basket of balloons in front of her

First, use your electric balloon pump to blow up your balloons and tie the bottom closed.

If you want to blow up all your balloons at once before attaching them, put them into large garbage bags as you blow them up so they don’t float away.

Or, you can blow them up in a room with a low ceiling so you can reach up and grab them as you need one.

someone putting balloons on the balloon decorating strip

Next, slip the knot of a regular-sized balloon through one of the holes in the decorating strip. Skip a few holes and place another balloon into the strip facing the opposite direction.

Keep alternating balloon colors and sides until you have a balloon strip as long as you want your arch to be.

You can add a few more balloons into some of the holes you skipped if it looks too skimpy, but make sure to leave some room to add the small balloons in later.

Here’s a video tutorial to show you how we made our fancy balloon arch!

Once you have your main balloons attached, cut the balloon decorating strip just past where the balloons end on either side. Then, tie a piece of balloon ribbon or twine onto each end.

Tie those strings onto the piece of furniture you want the arch to go over (or have the strings go to the floor and use balloon weights at the bottom of each).

a blonde woman hanging up the balloon arch on the wall

Use your glue dots to stick the mini balloons into the gaps and crevices until you have an arch that is completely filled in.

someone cutting a fancy scalloped border into the pink tablecloth with green scissors

The finished fancy scalloped border tablecloth on the table

We also made a fancy scalloped border for our table out of folded sheets of tissue paper and fringed each layer with scissors to give it more texture. So cute and easy to whip up!

the finished fancy scalloped tablecloth on the table with cookies on top

a close up of green fake leaves on the balloon arch

If you want to add a little greenery to your arch, you can either stick the sprigs into dense areas of the arch, or tape the stems in a hidden spot.

a close up of the cookies and drinks on the table with the balloon arch over it

a close up of the balloon arch over the tablea balloon arch over a table with cookies and drinks on it

There you have it! An extra special party table idea for your next fancy occasion. These look so cute over a buffet or console table stocked with treats and champagne.

Speaking of parties, we love to use trays like this and pretty cake stands for table decorations.

You can also make a balloon garland for your front door for more decoration fun! xx- Elsie

How to Make a Fancy Balloon Arch

step-by-step instructions to create a balloon arch
Keyword balloon arch, party decorations

Equipment

  • electric balloon pump

Ingredients

  • 30 mini balloons
  • 40-45 standard balloons
  • balloon decorating strip
  • glue dots
  • balloon ribbon
  • greenery optional

Instructions

  • First, use your electric balloon pump to blow up your balloons and tie the bottom closed.
  • Next, slip the knot of a regular sized balloon through one of the holes in the decorating strip. Skip a few holes and place another balloon into the strip facing the opposite direction. Keep alternating balloon colors and sides until you have a balloon strip as long as you want your arch to be. You can add a few more balloons into some of the holes you skipped if it looks too sparse, but make sure to leave some room to add the small balloons in later.
  • Once you have your main balloons attached to the strip, cut the balloon decorating strip just past where the balloons end on either side.
  • Tie a piece of balloon ribbon or twine onto each end, and tie them onto the piece of furniture you want the arch to go over (or have the strings go to the floor and use balloon weights at the bottom of each).
  • Use your glue dots to stick the mini balloons into the gaps and crevices until you have an arch that is completely filled in.
  • If you want to add a little greenery to your arch, you can either stick sprigs of greenery right into dense areas of the arch, or tape the stem in a hidden spot.
  • We also made a fancy scalloped border for our table out of folded sheets of tissue paper and fringed each layer with scissors to give it more texture. So cute and easy to whip up!

Notes

If you want to blow up all your balloons at once before attaching them, put them into large garbage bags as you blow them up so they don’t float away. You can also blow them up  in a room with a low ceiling so you can reach up and grab them as you need them.