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How to Make a DIY Balloon Garland (Full Guide)

Are you looking for a decor element to serve as the focal point at your next party or celebration? Or perhaps you find your current decoration plan too simple, and need that "one thing" to take it over the top?

A DIY balloon garland or arch is just what you need to glam up your next birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower or dinner party.

how to make a balloon garland on a princess balloon garland with strip

You have probably seen the gorgeous pictures on Instagram and Pinterest, and wondered how much it would cost to have one of those made for you. Well, this blog post will provide you the simple steps you need to create your own dazzling balloon garland.

sonic balloon garland

Other than the cost of supplies which can be as low as $20 - $100, you wouldn't need to spend any money on this balloon garland. Take a moment to pause and think of all the nice things you can do with the savings from making this DIY balloon garland yourself.........

mermaid balloon garlans and tpee tent

I don't know about you but I'm thinking spa date, dinner at a fancy restaurant, short getaway....or perhaps goodie bags for your guests to let them know that you appreciate their coming.

boho balloon garland outdoors

Best of all, you do not need any prior craft or balloon decorating experience to create your balloon garland. We include in this post, a detailed supply list, step-by-step guide and complete video tutorial to help walk you through the process. 

No matter the outcome, your DIY balloon garland will be beautiful and unique to you!

Project Time: 60 – 90 mins

Before you start - what you need to make a balloon garland

tool for how to make a balloon garland includes electric pumps and latex balloons
  • Latex balloons – Choose the colors that match the decor scheme you have in mind. 
  • Balloon Pump – Perhaps this may not be necessary for some, however, a balloon pump will help you literally save your breath!.  
  • Balloon Tying Tool – We highly recommend this tool, especially if you are inflating more than 10 balloons. Learn more here.
  • Balloon Decorating Strip – The balloon decorating strip is quite frankly magic! It serves as the frame for the garland that you will be creating and eliminates the hassle of sewing your latex balloons together. Most importantly, it allows you to change things up even after the garland is complete.
  • Glue strips – Fill out your garland by gluing on extra latex balloons. If you have a variety of sizes, I recommend leaving the smallest size out and using these to fill out your garland once it has been hung.
  • Hooks – I recommend using Command hooks (or a similar brand) to prevent ruining the area where you are hanging the final product. Command hooks come off easily from the wall without ruining it. 

Rather than purchase individual pieces for your balloon garland kit, we recommend you purchase an all-inclusive balloon garland kit.  

Step 1: Blow up your balloons


blow up your balloons with an electric inflater

Choose your color scheme and your balloon colors accordingly. Then, blow up your balloons to various sizes to give your garland a nice shape and form. Of course, if you are using our DIY Balloon Garland Kit, you may have up to 3 different sizes of balloons.

Use an electric pump to speed up the process. Or enlist the help of your family and friends to blow up your balloons with you. Knot your balloons using a tying tool, or by hand.

Pro Tip: Leave out some small balloons for filling in the spaces in the balloon garland once Step 2: Attach your balloons to the balloon decorating strip you put it up. This will give your balloon garland a fuller look.

Step 2: Attach your balloons to the strip

insert balloon in strip

You should decide whether you want alternating colors every hole on the balloon decorating strip, or if you want to make tiny color clusters for a more coordinated look.

Leave some length of the balloon decorating strip on either side empty so that you can hang your balloon garland easily later on.

Each hole segment on the balloon decorating strip has a small hole and a big hole. Pass the knot through the big hole, then slide it through to the smaller hole to lock it in place.

Pro Tip: Vary your balloons in color and size as you add them to the line.

multiple balloons in strip

Step 3: Stick the hooks on the wall

command hook on wall for balloon garland

Depending on your desired shape for the balloon garland, mark out (using a pencil) the spots on the wall where you want to stick your hooks.

Create the frame of the balloon garland by sticking your hooks to the wall or area where you are hanging it.

For more pro tips on how to hang you balloon garland, read this post.

Step 4: Now, it’s time to put your balloon garland up.

Install your balloon garland on the wall in sections, supporting the weight of the rest of the DIY balloon garland with your hands.

Pro Tip: Clear a free hole in your balloon decorating strip to hang your balloon garland to the hooks or nails.

Step 5: Using your glue strips, fill in any holes with the smaller balloons, thus creating a fuller balloon garland.

We don't recommend a glue gun as it may pop balloons.

unicorn balloon garland

Step 6: Decorate the rest of the space where the balloon garland with sit.

We have set ours as a backdrop for our dessert table adorned with a DIY no-sew tulle table skirt. This adds some extra glam to our balloon arch or garland and emphasizes our color scheme.

Pro Tip: Feel free to add palm fonds, flowers or ribbons to your DIY balloon arch or garland, depending on your party theme.

Now that you’ve created your own balloon arch or garland, it’s time to stand back and admire your creation. Remember, it was all your doing. You should be proud of your work!

Finally, step in front of your garland and take gorgeous pictures!

Keep in mind that there are many ways to showcase your DIY balloon arch or garland especially since it can stay up for up to one week. We chose to highlight ours with a dessert table underneath to which we would add sweet treats in the same color scheme.

frozen balloon garland

However, you don’t have to install your balloon arch or garland by the dessert table. Here are some alternative locations for your DIY balloon arch or garland:

  • As a photo booth backdrop
  • Above the entryway
  • Above the dining table
  • Near a fireplace
  • By the gift table

Now that you have followed our guide, you should be confident about hosting a party that will impress your guests. No matter the event or reason for celebration, a DIY balloon arch or garland is a great focal point decor element.

Best of all, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Whatever you create, rest assured it will be unique. And you would have saved a significant amount of money DIY-ing this balloon arch or garland.

You can now use your savings for an after-party spa date for yourself, or throw it into more treats and snacks for your guests - something they would really thank you for!

I hope seeing how easy it is to make a balloon garland will inspire you to try your hands at it for your next party. Get ready for the oohs and aahs from your guests though!

Stay on our blog for more inspiring party ideas!

Here's a complimentary tutorial on how to make your own balloon garland by our pal, Anastasia Onishchenko.

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