# Wrapping a square concrete column with balloons.

by Ellie
(Whitehouse, Jamaica)

I would like to wrap a square concrete column with balloons in a spiral pattern. The balloons won't stay down and they look untidy.

Hi Ellie,

Are you using a single line of balloons or balloon clusters for wrapping the concrete column?

If you use balloon clusters, try alternating between clusters of 3 balloons and 2 balloons (instead of making the garland with 4 balloon clusters). Once you wrap the garland round the column, you'll find it easier to shove and push the balloons into position so that they neatly "hug" the column.

The balloon pros at BalloonHQ.com claim that this method produces a tidier result than using clusters of 4 balloons, which often look a bit bulky.

If you want to cover the column with chains of single balloons, try this tip: Use 9" balloons (they are also better for the garland method described above). Put a paper clip to the neck of each balloon. The paper clip on balloon number 1 then attaches to balloon number 2. The paper clip on balloon number 2 goes to balloon number 3, and so on until the chain is long enough to wrap once round the column. The paper clip on the last balloon of this line is attached to the first balloon in this same line.

Then you produce the second line of balloons the same way. Set this line on top of the first chain, so that balloon number 1 snuggles into the gap between balloons 1 and 2 of the first chain, balloon number 2 into the gap between balloons 2 and 3, and so on. Use the same sequence of colors for each chain of balloons to achieve a spiral pattern.

I hope this helps. You can read more tips about covering columns with balloons at this BalloonHQ.com article.

Margit

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