Maybe you’re not sure what a balloon arrangement is, or maybe you’re not sure how to make one.. Either way,
I’m here to tell you what a balloon arrangement is, how to make one and how they can enhance the decor of any type of event! Balloon arrangements are basically a bouquet of balloons on a weight. You can essentially choose any amount of balloons you’d like but it mainly depends on the type of arrangement you are looking to have. We typically do two types of arrangements: a floor arrangement and a table arrangement. What this means is that a floor arrangement, is an arrangement you would place on the floor and can hold a large number of balloons. A table arrangement is an arrangement that you would place on a table and usually has a smaller amount of balloons. You can mix latex or mylars in these arrangements.
Latex balloons are your basic colored balloons that you usually see when dealing with balloons. These balloons usually come in a wide variety of colors and different looks. For example, we carry plain latex balloons as well as pearl latex balloons, which basically just feature a nice pearl sheen coating. It just depends what you’re looking for as far as the pearl goes, and for what type of event you are using the balloons for.
The other type of balloon I mentioned, is a mylar balloon. These are foil balloons usually with fun designs, characters, messages, etc. If you love Scoooby Doo, you can find a Scooby Doo mylar balloon. If you love Harry Potter, you can find a Harry Potter mylar balloon. And if you’re just looking for a Happy Birthday balloon, than you can find plenty of Happy Birthday mylar balloons like this one:
Now that you know the two types of balloon arrangements and the two types of balloons you can incorporate into those arrangements, I can explain to you the best way to make one! Now, if you’re doing a floor arrangement, you want to stick with about 7-8 balloons. We typically recommend one mylar balloon of your choice and 6 latex balloons in coordinating colors. For a table arrangement we recommend about 4 balloons, typically one mylar of your choice and 3 latex in coordinating colors. Once you choose your balloons, you’ll want to blow them all up, but it gets tricky. The latex balloons need to be tied a certain way (this will help you when you get to the arranging part). You essentially want to tie the string inside of the knot of the balloon, click here for a video on how to do this.
For mylars, pick three colors of string you really like and tie them around the tab of the balloon, like this:
Once all of your balloons are blown and have string, we can move to the arranging part!
To arrange balloons, you want to set your weight on the floor (for a floor arrangement) or a table (for a table arrangement) pull all balloons together in your hand. Start pulling up the balloons one by one until they touch the ceiling. You typically want the mylar on top, and then stagger the latex underneath. A good rule of thumb is to have the top of each balloon touch the bottom of the one above it.
Once you’ve staggered all balloons like the pictures demonstrate you’ll tie a knot in the strings and tie it around the weight.
The next step is to foof. You’re probably wondering what this is. Foof is what you do with the excess string. So you will cut off the excess string, Tie it in a knot in the center and curl.
To curl the string, simply hold the blade of a pair of scissors underneath the string with your thumb on top and pull, this will curl the string. Click here for a video on how to curl the string. Do that to all straight pieces of string so that it looks like this:
Then tie the string around the weight and make sure all the straight strings around the weight are curled.
Then curl the other string hanging from the balloons, in the same way the string around the weight was curled:
Once you curl all strings, you have finished your balloon arrangement! Take a step back and marvel at it! If you find that you do not like the way the balloons are arranged you can higher or lower them as much as you want because of the way we initially taught you to tie the balloons. This can only be done with latex balloons, however. Click here to see how to raise or lower latex balloons to better position them within a finished arrangement.
We hope you had fun creating your balloon arrangement, and we hope it wasn’t too difficult! If you’re proud of what you’ve accomplished, feel free to send some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org! We’d love to see your work and you may even be featured on our Facebook page! Thanks so much! And you can always contact us with any questions you may have!