Balloon Arch Instructions & Balloon Arches, Balloon Arch Displays & Ideas
Balloon Arch Strip Manufacturer Instructions:
The Balloon Decorating Strip is designed for any size balloon.
Balloons Galore strongly endorses this wonderful product, as it as made our decorating days easier, faster and happier!
Balloons Galore sells 5" and 11" helium quality balloons.
Balloons may be filled with air or helium. Two hole sizes are provided on the strip. The small for 5" to 9" balloons and larger for 11" to 18" balloons. You may or may not use all holes on the strip. This clear polyethylene strip is practically invisible as it holds up to 12 balloons per foot.
To attach balloons to the strip, first inflate and tie the balloon.Cut strip to desired length for your project. Remember to MEASURE first!
Pinch the tied nozzle of the balloon eightly and insert into an open hole. Additional hold security - pull knot thru hole!
Attach balloons to top and bottom of strip as you desire to achieve your effect.
Strip may be reused, taped together or recut however your needs now and in the future require!
TO MAKE A SINGLE BALLOON ARCH with this product:
Simply pull ONE balloon thru a hole, hold another next to it, pulling knot thru the appropriate hole below.
When you are finished with your length, allow arch to arch up on its own.
You may have to adjust a few balloons which are bumping into each other, due to the arch curve, but the work is done!
With these balloons, NO OTHER arch material is needed! Simply tie the balloons together (each package of link-o-loons comes with complete tying instructions) and form the arch quickly and easily!
Basic Building Techniques for Link-O-Loon Arches
The Link-O-Loon™ balloon, like all other balloons, has a Bead (ring), Neck, and Body.
The difference to this balloon is the tail that stays deflated when the balloon itself is inflated. This flexible tip gives you a ready-made tie line for connecting directly to other balloons or structures.
The Link-O-Loon™ Knot
Most people tie one Link-O-Loon™ to the next with a standard "double knot" (reef or granny knot). While this is quite secure, Link-O-Loon™ recommends the Link-O-Loon™ Knot, as it is more secure, easily undone (for repairs or alterations) and prevents the burring, which occurs while tying a knot; thus creating a slow leaking deflation hole in the latex.
|To tie the Link-O-Loon™ Knot, start with a simple half hitch (the first half of the double knot). Then flip the free balloon around again to increase the length of the overlap. Then complete the second half of the "double knot" and only pull it in quite loosely.
Direct tying, balloon on balloon
The Link-O-Loon™ tail allows the user to tie directly to the neck of other balloons or directly to the tail or neck of another Link-O-Loon™. Chains can be created quickly without the use of fishing line.
Other Balloon Arch Ideas / Photos / Projects
Balloon Arch Directions
When planning a balloon arch, there are several things to consider. Before starting, determine the size of the arch, materials needed for the frame, the color(s) and quantity of balloons, and whether you will fill the balloons with helium or air. Read through our helpful tips before constructing your arch.
Size:When deciding on the size of your balloon arch, measure the height and width of the area where it will be displayed. To estimate the approximate length of the arch, use the following calculations.
For an arch with the same height and width: (1 1/2 x Height) + Width = approximate total length.
To make an arch that is wider than it is tall: Width + Height = approximate total length.
For an arch that is taller than it is wide: (2 x Height) + Width = approximate total length.
The size of your arch will largely determine the size of the balloons that are necessary. For a small arch, the balloons do not need to be inflated all the way; the larger the arch gets, the bigger the balloons should be.
Note: Make sure all balloons are inflated to the same size. One way to ensure you are being consistent is to make a template from cardboard. Cut a round hole to match the desired balloon size, and pass each one through when inflating them.
Frame: Air-filled balloon arches require a sturdy frame. A strong, flexible material such as conduit, PVC pipe, and aluminum or plastic rod will work well. For additional support, you’ll need to wire the arch to the wall or ceiling, and/or find a sturdy base to anchor the frame at the bottom.
If you choose to fill your balloons with helium, the gas will hold the balloons up without additional support; all you’ll need is balloon arch strip for building your arch and nylon fishing twine or nylon twine to tie the balloons together, and two ground supports to tether (weight) down each end of the line.
Color: Arches with one color are the easiest to make. If you have made a balloon arch before, try combining two or more colors to create a spiral pattern.
Balloon Quantity: The size of your arch will determine the number of balloons you need as well. In general, you will need 4-6 balloons per foot of frame.
Air vs. Helium: Balloon arches filled with air last much longer than those filled with helium, but require more support. It also takes a lot of people and energy to blow up dozens of balloons, unless you decide to invest or rent in an electric air pump.
Arches made with helium-filled balloons effectively fill large spaces and require less support than air-filled creations, but can be trickier to handle and put together due to the helium’s tendency to rise. In addition, helium is more costly than air and will only float for about 6-12 hours. Floating time is dependent on the size of the balloon, quality of the balloons used, and weather conditions where your arch is being displayed.
Single Balloon Arch (String of Pearls) Instructions
Determine the approximate length of the balloon arch. (See sizing calculations above for help.
Set up the frame for your balloon arch. If using helium, stretch out your line and secure each end to a heavy object. Leave plenty of extra thread at each end, so it will be easier to move and tie down the arch in its permanent location later.
Inflate balloon, size and knot.
Thread knot of balloon thru archstrip hole.
Count over the necessary number of holes to achieve your balloon row. Your balloons should just barely be touching each other when the arch is let to arch freely. This may take several times to accomplish by pulling knots of balloons back out and threading into the next hole.
Repeat counting necessary number of holes across, threading next balloon into hole until arch strip is full the entire length of your strip.
For air-filled arches, set up the frame in its permanent location, if possible. If not, lay the frame flat so that balloons can be easily attached. (Note: If using an aluminum rod frame, the balloons can be attached before shaping the rod into an arch.) Fill archstrip as above, except tie or tape to frame when filled with balloons.
Multi-Balloon Arch (Swirl) Instructions
Determine the approximate length of the balloon arch. (See sizing calculations above for help.)
Set up the frame for your balloon arch. If using helium, stretch out your strip or arch line and secure each end to a heavy object. Leave plenty of extra length at each end, so it will be easier to move and tie down the arch in its permanent location later.
For air-filled arches, set up the frame in its permanent location, if possible. If not, lay the frame flat so that balloons can be easily attached. (Note: If using an aluminum rod frame, the balloons can be attached before shaping the rod into an arch.)
NOTE: If you are using the balloon arch strip, you will need to skip the step below, as you will just pull balloon knots thru all holes in the strip, rotating around strip, creating the swirl design. You can use the format below, just sliding the clusters onto your arch strip, if you like.
Inflate two latex balloons and tie the necks together.
Repeat step 3. Cross the pairs of balloons in the middle and twist them together to make a cluster of four.
Starting at one end of the arch, place the cluster against the frame, or line. Wrap one balloon around the frame; then twist it around another balloon to lock the cluster on the frame. If using helium, tie the cluster securely to the line.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make another cluster. Place the second cluster against the first and secure it in place. Adjust the second cluster so it nests snugly against the first.
Continue adding clusters, until the entire length of the arch is filled. If using helium, carefully untie the line from its anchors and move it to its permanent location when completed. Bricks, gallon bottles filled with water, etc. make great anchors that can be easily decorated and hidden from direct view.
Once arch is in place, you may add tulle, lights, ivy or floral garlands to accent your arch with. Remember when adding lights, to evenly space strands between the same number of balloon clusters. Also, be sure cords are completely concealed and taped down to floor, so none of your guests trip or catch your arch with a heel!
Balloons Galore is NOT a professional decorator and we do NOT employ a Balloon Artist. We are not decorators and do not give out decorating advice. Please contact your local balloon decorator if you have questions. Please DO NOT email or telephone us with decorating questions, as we will not have the answers for you!