Does a balloon arch need helium? What kind of balloons do you use? How many balloons does it take? And how, exactly, do you make one?
Let's dive into the answers, shall we?
A helium filled arch, especially a so-called "String of Pearls", is the easiest and less time consuming solution. As the balloons float, you won't need any sturdy construction.
The balloons are simply attached to a fishing line. This also works for an arch made of balloon clusters of three to five balloons each.
A simple variation of a single line arch is the so-called "Link-O-Loon" (or Linkaloon) arch. Link-o-loons have special ends to tie the balloons to each other.
If you attach clusters of four 5" balloons in contrasting colors between each link-o-loon, you get the beautiful result as shown on the picture.
The downside of every helium filled decoration is their relative short life span of about 12 to 24 hours and the cost of the helium.
In summary, helium filled arches are best for indoor events that last a single day or evening. Wedding balloon arches would be a good example for the use of helium filled designs.
If you need a decoration for more than one day, or for an outdoor event, you will be better off with air filled decors. An air filled arch needs two supportive elements:
Consider how to blow up the balloons. As you will need about 6 balloons per inch, it would take a lot of breath to blow them up by mouth.
In summary, air filled arches take some time and effort to prepare. However, you can do this well in advance, and you can re-use both the frame and the bases.
The most commonly used balloons for arches are round latex balloons in sizes from 5 inches to 36 inches. For a "traditional" single row or clustered balloon arch you usually just need one size, in either a single color or two to four different colors to create a pattern.
For the trendy "organic balloon arches" you need at least 4 different sizes (5", 11", 16", 36"). And you need each size in various colors, or shades of the same color (typically 5 to 8 colors).
You can also mix latex balloons with Mylar or foil balloons, or even create an arch completely with foil balloons, for example with balloon letters or numbers.
How many balloons you need depends on:
Glad you asked. Here are some designs you can try.
This elegant "String of Pearls Arch" is ideal for framing the head table at a wedding or to highlight the entrance to your party.
This beautiful baby shower arch was designed by one of our readers. There are two methods how you can create this type of organic arch.
Walking through this majestic Star Shaped Arch might really feel like entering heaven. That's why it's called "Celestial Arch".
It is one of our featured balloon decorating kits, and comes complete with metal frame, pearl white balloons and instructions.
How many balloons do you need for your arch? Get an easy formula with our balloon arch instructions. Works for single-row and clustered balloon arches.
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