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How to create large balloon numbers with frame | Share or pin for later!

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Hi there! Would you please advise how I would be able to make Numbers 2 & 1 from 5inch balloons, I would like the numbers to stand at least 5foot tall. I have tried using various florist wire but this is to flimsy, I guess I would need Aluminium tubing of sorts.

I would most appreciate your help.

Kind regards,

Donna Parsons

ANSWER: How to Make Large Balloon Numbers on a Frame

Hi Donna,

You are right with your guess that you would need aluminum rod as frame for your numbers. I recommend using 1/4" aluminum rod for smaller and hanging designs.

For bigger, self-supporting sculptures like a walk through arch or the kind of large numbers you have in mind, you should consider using 1/2" aluminum rod.

Just be aware that the thicker the rod, the more difficult it is to bend. You might want to use a pipe bender to help you shape the frame.

I found this video with an excellent tutorial for creating the number 2 with 1/4 inch aluminum rod and 5 inch balloons.

The instructor also shows how to create the base part of the structure which you would then slide into a 1/2 inch PVC conduit. If you put the numbers up on a lawn, you can simply pound the conduit into the ground with a hammer.

If you're decorating on solid ground or indoors, use either an IKEA NOT Lamp stand as your base or follow my DIY balloon column stand instructions.

And here's another video, explaining how to create the number 1. Tanya uses a regular balloon column stand, and no frame for the diagonal part at the top of the number.



Hope that helps!

Best,

Margit

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Reply to "Giant Balloon Numbers"
by: Margit

Hi there,

You need a sturdy base plate and solid frame to make the large balloon numbers stay upright.

Best is to use heavy material like metal for the base plate. If you use wood as shown in our step-by-step instructions, you'd have to attach bricks or a thick tile to weigh the base down.

Regarding your question about disclosures... if you are offering balloon decorating services, I would recommend that you talk to a lawyer about the legal requirements for your contracts.

Hope that helps.

Margit

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Giant Balloon Numbers
by: Anonymous

How do you make the giant number stand or make it stay steady all day?

Also do you give your customers some disclosures about the balloons? If so please respond.

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Aluminum Rod
by: Margit

Hi Tonya,

You should be able to get the aluminum rod at hardware stores.

You can also find it on Amazon, although most offers are only 12 inches long (too short for creating the number frames). I found this one 1/4 inch aluminum rod that is 8 feet long.

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Balloon Numbers
by: Tonya

Where can I find the rods to do the numbers and letters? I am having difficulty locating the rods.

Thank you

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5" or 11" Balloons
by: Margit

Hello Anonymous ;-)

Regarding your question...

"Do you use 5" balloons or 11" balloons for a 6 foot number?"

You would use 5" balloons. 11" balloons are too large to make the bends that are part of balloon numbers look pretty.

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size of balloons
by: Anonymous

Do you use 5" balloons or 11" balloons for a 6 foot number?

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Bases for Balloon Numbers
by: Margit

Like with balloon columns or other air-filled designs, the balloon numbers need a sturdy base to make them self-standing.

Take a look at the photo above or the examples of balloon numbers on this page to see what I mean (you have to scroll down to see the photos).

You can either buy ready-made bases, or make them yourself, as I explain on this page about making a balloon column base.

Hope that explains it better.


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how?
by: Anonymous

it doesnt say how he got it to stay up??

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