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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?
Balloon arches can be helium or air filled. To find out which type is best for you, answer the following questions:
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 in the picture.
The downsides of every helium filled decoration are 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 typically uses two supportive elements:
Consider how you'll 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, an air filled balloon arch takes 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:
For an easy way to calculate arch length and number of balloons, get my free balloon arch calculator!
Glad you asked. Here are some designs you can try.
Check out this balloon arch step by step tutorial for a helium filled "String of Pearls Arch." It's ideal for framing the head table at a wedding or to highlight the entrance to your party.
Have you ever wondered how Spiral Balloon Arches get their nice pattern? It's simple when you know how to do it!
Want an easy way to create a gorgeous looking custom balloon arch or garland for your next party? Find out how with my balloon decorating strip tutorial.
This beautiful baby shower arch was designed by one of our readers. There are two methods how you can create this type of organic balloon arch.
Want so save the cost of helium but don't have an arch frame? Here's how to make a DIY balloon arch without helium or frame.