Every time I share on of my party photos featuring a balloon garland I get inundated with messages asking how to make one. I have been saying for ages that I would blog the instructions for a DIY balloon garland and have never had the chance to get any photos of the process. When I shared Kylan’s party photos a couple weeks ago the messages came flooding in and since I had Arden’s party planned the following weekend I decided I would film the process.
So here it is. a quick video of how I make mine and I will pop down the full written instructions below with some hints and tips along the way.
Now Murphy’s law, I had one chance to get these photos to share with everyone and the odds were just against me this time! I have made so many over the years with no issues and this time round, if something was going to go wrong it did!
I needed someone to help me as I couldn’t shoot myself doing it so I needed to wait for Ryan to be home. It also happened to be the same night as Kylan’s basketball and then school disco so it was a bit chaotic around here rushing to get it done while we still had some natural light coming in whilst juggling the kids. Thank goodness I could mute the sound on the videos as through most of the second half of the garland when Ry had gone to get Kylan I had Arden screaming and crying in his bed about goodness knows what!
DIY BALLOON GARLAND
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Balloons (the more balloons the longer and fuller your garland)
- Balloon pump (not necessary, luxury item)
- Thread (I use cotton thread, but the stronger the better. Dental floss would work well too)
HOW TO DO IT:
Blow up all of your balloons. I find it best to blow them up to various sizes so that when they are threaded together its a mix of small, medium and large balloons.
Thread your needle with your thread but don’t cut your thread yet. Leave it on the spool as you work as you don’t want to cut it too short. I only cut mine once my garland is complete. It also helps anchor the one end of the thread somewhere so that its not getting all tangled.
Begin threading through the needle and thread through the little tied part of your balloons.
Alternate colours and sizes as you thread and just keep threading them on and moving them down to the far end of the thread.
Continue until all balloons are on your thread.
I leave about 1 Metre of thread each end of my garland when I cut it. This allows me enough thread to work with to hang it come party time.
Once its all threaded you can twist the balloons around and squish them up and move them around to get your desired look.
I hope that helped you!
If you give it a go please tag me and show me how it turned out.