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 scissorsThe 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 topa 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 ita 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.
  • I hate to post negative comments, but balloons are just so eco-unfriendly, sadly. There is simply no recyclable alternative. The arch looks adorable, but thinking about fabric bunting or different kinds of paper decorations is where we have to get to…

  • hi,
    this looks amazing! can i ask how long the decorating strip that you used was? i am trying to do something similar but bigger. what do you recommend?

  • Pretty cool!! Balloon are always first preference to plan any party. But it’s more cool if we use these type of cool and beautiful balloons arch which simply add a spark to the decorations.

  • Good morning, here in Brazil, we celebrate as well.
    wanted to know the name / brand / manufacturer of decorative ribbon balloons? It does not exist in Brazil, at least I have never seen …
    thanks

  • What an adorable and easy way to spruce up party decor!! I did not know balloon decorating strips existed – so useful!!

    Woof Xo,
    Michelle & Watson

    https://www.watsonandwalls.com/

  • Looks great!! You actually don’t need helium for these which is nice and cheaper! I make these all the time and I use an electric air pump. Attach to strip and hang to the wall with tape or tack, voila! They are such a hit at all the party’s we Do!

  • Thank you very much for the explanations! Very clear! I love your work! Thank you so much! Keep up! 🙂

  • Love this! Did you end up using all the balloons you bought? Just trying to estimate the qty so I can make my own arch ?

  • Omg I love you guys you both are my true inspiration and are a big idol to lots of people who look up to you I appreciate your tips and crafts and advice they help me a lot.
    Your Number 1 Fan
    Lara xx❤️

  • True! Valentine is a day that everyone wanna get filled with love and see love all around. I am married and it’s been 3 years. On every valentine, I decorate my home with a loving environment like- candles all around, our favorite cake, and balloons lying on the floor. This makes my hubby more romantic as he just loves surprises. But, after reading your article, seriously, this time I would love to go for balloon arch. Let’s see how successful I get.

  • I definitely didn’t know it existed. Now I’m on the hunt for some to use at an event.

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE this arch. It’s absolutely beautiful. My heart slightly hurts knowing balloons are a single use item that gets put into the trash and accumulate plastic. I’m SO sorry for being a Debbie Downer. It is gorgeous!

  • This looks like such a fun party! I’m definitely going to try that balloon arch for our next get together!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • Sooooo pretty! I agree with staying in on Valentine’s Day, I’m just not into the stress of going out. I didn’t even know that balloon decorating strips were a thing. That makes things much easier. Thanks for sharing!

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  • This is just amazing!
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  • This is gorgeous!! I’m also thinking of hosting my best friend’s engagement party and this would be lovely.

  • That looks so cute! Would be wonderful for a Birthday party!
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  • Oh my goodness…this is seriously the CUTEST idea ever!! I want to throw a Valentine’s Day party now!

    xoxo
    Lauren
    www.dressingdallas.com
    @dressingdallas

  • This is super lovely, I really like the colours used & the greenery looks perfect! <3

    Jess xo

  • I’m on a pink holographic glitter kick! https://www.etsy.com/listing/203440756/champagne-blush-rose-gold-vintage-pink?ref=shop_home_active_4 This is my jam!
    xx- Elsie

  • I got it from Oh Happy Day! http://shop.ohhappyday.com/products/three-tier-cake-stand
    xx- Elsie

  • Such a cute set up! This would be a great background for a lookbook or photoshoot I feel! And the donuts look so delicious it’s making me hungry.

  • This is absolutely adorable, but I think my fiancé would be a little weirded out if he came home to this…

  • how fun! I agree- staying in is the way to go! Last year, my husband and I made our own sushi and home and it was a blast! We plan on doing it again this year

  • That is so cute!!! I love valentines day, it is like my most favorite celebration!! Hey, Elsie! Do you happen to decorate your nails any special way for valentines day?

  • I love this! It’s so pretty and would be fab for any party. Also, how cute are those doughnuts?! xxx

  • This is amazing! The balloons look so pretty! It’s such a great idea to decorate the house for any celebration!

  • Oh how easy you make it look!! Love this! The color of the balloons can make this for any occasion!!

  • This is so pretty!! And where can I find that tiered serving platter with the donuts?!

  • So cute!! I love balloons and this works for so many occasions! As for Valentines Day traditions….mine basically consists of saying, “oh s***! It’s Valentines Day!” Then whipping up a homemade card that I pretend wasn’t made last second:)

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