How to make a Balloon Column, Part II

We're well on our way to make a balloon column. The foundation is done, now we can start building the middle and top parts of our spiral column. To review steps one and two please click here.

Beginner's Tip: If you don't want to make the balloon column base yourself, you can buy this ready made base and the matching poles at Amazon.

Make a Balloon Column, Step 3

Take four 5" balloons, two of each color, and inflate them fully, again checking their size with your balloon sizer. Then tie them into pairs of two white and two peach balloons and twist them into a cluster of four, so that you have both colors directly opposite each other, as explained in step one.

Now put this cluster into position on the conduit (fig. 9), remembering that you're moving one balloon to the right on each consecutive cluster to create your spiral (fig. 10).

 As you repeat the previous steps with your remaining 5" balloons the central spiral of the column will turn out beautifully (fig. 11).

Step Four

Step four is basically the same as step two. So, you take four 11" balloons, two white and two peach ones, and under inflate them to 8". Tie them into two pairs of the same color and twist them into a cluster of four. Then put them into position (fig. 12).

The last stage now is the final cluster. As with the base of the column this consists of two peach and two white fully inflated 11" balloons. Once twisted into your group of four, fully inflate another white 11" balloon and tie it directly to the center of the cluster.

This acts as the 'crown' of your spiral column (fig. 13). Once this is in position, make a final visual check that all the balloons are positioned snuggly and are sitting in line.

If you want to make a balloon column to mirror your first one, then just follow all the previous instructions, but for one difference: you simply move one balloon to the left, instead of to the right, on every cluster.

 Your Finished Balloon Column, Version A Your Finished Balloon Column, Version B

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