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How to Make a Balloon Column in Four Easy Steps

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!

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What You Need to Make Your Balloon Column

Materials for making a balloon column: balloon inflator and balloons in different colors

Beginner's Tip: Don't want to make the balloon stand yourself? You can buy ready made bases and the matching poles at Amazon. 

For smaller, indoor columns (where there's not much danger of them toppling over), IKEA "Not" lamps are an affordable alternative.

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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.

Special Tip: If this tower will be the only air filled balloon decoration you'll ever make, consider renting an inflator instead of buying one. Check out specialized balloon suppliers in your area and ask whether they offer inflators for rent.

Alternatively, gather friends and family together to help you blowing up the balloons  or use a manual balloon pump.

Make a Balloon Column, Step 1

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). 

Balloon Inflator
Sizing a Balloon

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. 

balloon duplets for balloon column
balloon quadruplets
balloon cluster for balloon column
attach balloon cluster to column pole

Beginner's Tip:
If you find it difficult to create and attach the balloon clusters to the column or arch frame, try using balloon rings (also called balloon connectors).

They are easy to use and fit over a 1/2" pipe. You can get the balloon rings  at Amazon.

Make Your Balloon Pillar, Step 2

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). 

attaching balloon clusters to column pole
rotate balloon clusters

Create Your 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 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). 

Balloon clusters attached to PVC pipe
Bottom part of a peach and white balloon tower.

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

Middle part of a balloon column with spiral pattern

Finish Your Balloon Tower, Step 4

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. 

Adding the top cluster to a balloon column.
11 inch latex balloon at the top of a spiral balloon column.

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. 

Beautiful balloon column with spiral pattern.Your Finished Balloon Column, Version A
Beautiful balloon tower with spiral pattern.Your Finished Balloon Column, Version B

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