DIY Balloon Garland Tutorial
We celebrated our sweet Nora’s first birthday this past weekend and I am not ashamed to say I pulled off this party on a small budget!
The backdrop for her cake table was recycled from Emmy’s first birthday party (it was unicorn theme so the colors worked well for this years mermaid theme). We ordered the cake and cupcakes from a grocery store bakery (much cheaper than a specialty cake shop). And I made the balloon garland myself!
When I took on the balloon garland project, I thought it was going to be a monster of a task. I worried it would look frumpy and scream homemade. But it was SO much easier than I anticipated and I was pretty proud of the end results (especially considering it cost less than $40 to make!)
Here’s what we used to make it:
- Balloon Garland kit from Amazon (more details below)
- Balloons of various color and size. We started with just 4 colors and ended up adding in a 5th. With a smaller number of colors it was hard to not end up with clusters of one color. We purchased a variety of both 12-inch and 18-inch balloons.
- Command hooks and ribbon to hang
The main reason it was so simple to make the balloon garland was the kit I purchased from Amazon. It came with the garland strip, glue dots and a nifty little tool to tie the balloons, which was a HUGE lifesaver!
Putting it together was simple. You start by blowing up the balloons (hand pumped like this one HIGHLY recommended). I would blow up about 10-15 balloons and start feeding them through the strip. I would alternate the direction the balloons were facing to give it more fullness. Again, I cannot tell you how useful the tying tool was. If you can recruit help and get a good assembly line going with one person blowing up, one tying and one stringing through, you will have your garland done it no time!
So once you have your strip filled to the desired length, it’s time to hang! Trust me here, hang first, then fill in with the smaller balloons.
We used small, clear command hooks that are designed for hanging Christmas lights to secure our garland to the wall. We used the white curling ribbon that came in the kit and strung it through three of the holes meant for a balloon, two at the top left and right corner of the garland and one in the middle. We didn’t add any security to the side of the garland that was hanging vertically.
Once the balloon garland was up, we started filling it in with smaller balloons. THIS seems to be the key in every tutorial I have read and couldn’t agree more: the thicker and fuller it is, the better! The reason you don’t want to do the filling in before hanging the garland is to ensure you are only filling spots that are actually going to be seen. It saves a lot of time to only fill what’s needed.
I had read in other tutorials that you need a low temperature glue gun to add additional balloons on, but I was able to complete the task without it. The glue dots that came in the kit worked perfectly and held up well.
I made our balloon garland the day before the party and the balloons looked perfect the next day.
Also, please note my one year old’s face in this photo… I’ll give you one guess as to how she felt about her smash cake!