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A balloon column (also called a balloon tower or pillar) is a truly impressive party decoration.
Follow our step-by-step instructions, and create a professional looking design with a beautiful spiral pattern. You can do this -- even if you are a beginner!
For a balloon tower of 7'3" (2,2 m) height you'll need a stand of 6'2" (1,88 m), 17 x 11" balloons (9 white, 8 peach) and 52 x 5" balloons (26 white, 26 peach). Make sure you have some extra balloons in case any should burst.
Take four 11" balloons, two of each color, and begin inflating them (fig. 1), using your balloon sizer to make sure that they are all a uniform size (fig. 2).
Tie them in clusters of two (fig. 3).
Note: The professional way is to tie both balloons together with one single knot. To do this, you hold one inflated balloon in each hand, lay one neck over the other, pull the necks long, wrap them to the other side and then create the knot.
Sounds confusing? The short video below will demonstrate this technique much better than my description! It's part of the "Balloon Basics" series produced by Balloon Market UK.
However, you may find that you lose air as you do this. Alternatively you could knot both balloons and then tie them together. Whatever method you use, stay consistent for all clusters.
Now cross the two pairs of balloons (fig. 4), and then twist them around once, so that you have both colors directly opposing each other (fig. 5). This first cluster can now be put in position at the base of your stand (fig. 6).
Position the balloons so that the conduit is between two of them and simply push the cluster onto it, until it's in contact with the knots in the middle.
You'll find that it's such a snug fit that the balloons are self-securing. This technique will be used for all the clusters of the column.
To avoid confusion, once you begin constructing the spiral, always pass the conduit between the two white balloons of every new cluster that you attach.
As in Step One, take four 11" balloons, two of each color, the only difference being that these four will be under inflated to 8". After inflating, tying and twisting, again you should have a cluster of two opposing colors.
Now put this cluster in position, with the conduit between the two white balloons (fig. 7).
From this point you will be working from left to right, in other words, each new cluster will rotate 90 degrees (or one balloon) to the right (fig. 8).
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 column pole (fig. 9), remembering that you're moving one balloon to the right on each consecutive cluster to create the balloon pillar's spiral pattern (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 is basically the same as step two. 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.
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