Want to achieve the perfect balloon garland every time? Here are 9 balloon garland tips that will get you an amazing garland every time!
You don’t have to be creative to make a balloon garland and you don’t have to pay a fortune to hire a balloon professional either! They may look complicated, but they really are so simple! With these 9 easy balloon tips, you will be a balloon-garland-making fool in no time! Be prepared, to become the designated balloon person amongst your friends and family. Let me help you elevate your next celebration with a beautiful balloon garland! Let’s get to it!!
Be sure to check out my other balloon garland post for an extremely detailed step-by-step tutorial of exactly how I create my garlands.
This post is all about the best balloon garland tips!
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1. Invest in the $20 Balloon Pump
Yes, you can blow up balloons yourself or use a hand pump, but this electric balloon pump is soooooooo worth it! It will cut your balloon garland prep in half.. at least! So, I HIGHLY suggest you invest in this tool if you plan on making one! It will cost you the same amount as a trip to McDonalds. Or ask around your friend group, maybe they have one you can borrow?? Either way, you won’t be sorry you have it!
2. Use the Chair Technique
When using a balloon strip (aka: balloon tape, balloon ribbon or the plastic thing with holes in it that comes with most balloon kits) to make your balloon garland, use the chair technique. Do this by tying both ends of the strip to the backs of two chairs that are spread apart. Almost like you are setting up for a game of limbo. This is much easier than trying to attach them to a garland that is already hung on the wall. Don’t understand what I’m saying? Check out my Balloon Garland Tutorial Here.
3. Use at Least Three Different Balloon Sizes
Using a variety of balloon sizes will automatically add interest to your garland. For the space you see in my photos (our board and batten wall), which is about 6 feet wide, I usually use 3 18”, 12ish 12”, and 10ish 5” balloons. Using different sizes will automatically elevate the look of your garland and make it look more professional.
4. Use Balloon “Tape”
There are so many names for balloon strips (tape, ribbon, strips..), whatever you want to call it, you will want to use one for this garland making technique. It’s essentially a long plastic ribbon with holes in it to shove the neck/ knot of the balloon through. Using the strip allows you to adjust your balloons as much as possible which isn’t the case when you use other techniques. It just depends on what look you are going for. They typically come with any balloon kits you may buy, but if you don’t have one, here’s a link to the party supplies section of my Amazon store. Also, don’t throw away your balloon strip when you take your garland down because they are totally reusable.
5. Stretch your Balloons
To help prevent your balloons from deflating, be sure to stretch them a few times before blowing them up. Just like warming up your muscles. When I take the time to stretch my balloons out first, I don’t typically have any issues with premature deflating.
6. Shoot for the Bubble Shape
You never want to fully blow up your balloons ever. There should always be some give because when they are too tight, they pop a lot easier. Plus, you really don’t want them to be the typical balloon shape for your garland to look professional. I like to blow up my balloon about 90% of the way and then release enough air until the balloon takes a round bubble shape rather than a typical balloon shape.
7. Use the Tape Trick if you don’t have Hooks
This is such a cool hack if you don’t have command hooks or an easy way to hang your garland. Tape a 260 balloon or some string to the wall and add two more pieces of tape to either end of the original piece to reinforce it. Then use the 260 balloons or string to tie onto the garland.
8. Use a straw to Double stuff your balloons when Changing your Colors
Have you seen those beautiful pastel and muted balloon garlands on TikTok and not sure how to recreate? Double stuff your balloons by stuffing a colored balloon inside a white balloon. This is super easy when you place the balloons on a straw or something of similar size first.
9. Glue Dots are your Friends!
Use glue dots to attach your smaller/filler balloons onto the other balloons. So, place your 18” and 12” balloons first and hang the garland up. Once you have adjusted the balloons to your liking, fill in gaps and cover exposed balloon knots with your 5” balloons by attaching them with glue dots.
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