Balloon Week: DIY Balloon Arch Without Helium

Whew, we made it to the end of the week and through all of the balloon related posts this week.  In the final post, I’m showing you how to make a balloon arch without using helium.  It’s all thanks to one little party decor gadget that has made all of these balloon posts possible.

I recently hosted a #girlpower themed baby shower and wanted to make a fun statement piece, so I thought an arch would be perfect.  But have you priced a helium balloon arch?  They are expensive!  So this is a great alternative to shelling out so much money.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsFirst I blew up balloons in various sizes, in various colors matching the party theme.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsHere are all the supplies you need.

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpieceNext I used the balloon decorating strip and popped the tied end of the balloon through the holes. I promise, this balloon decorating strip is a game changer when it comes to doing anything with balloons.  This next picture isn’t great, but you can see how the tied end of the balloon goes through the holes in the strip.

Just start popping them into the strip and fill in as necessary.  Then find a doorway to hang the balloons up.  I just taped the strip to the wall and ceiling.  You may have to adjust a few balloons once it’s hanging to get the fullness you desire.  If spots look a little bare, just blow up another balloon and pop it through the hole.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsIt makes a great entrance or backdrop to any party.  And all you have to spend out of pocket is about $8 between balloons and the decorating strip.  Although if you don’t have strong lungs you may want to purchase a pump to blow up the balloons.  It only took me about an hour to make this whole arch.  So for not a lot of money and not a lot of time you can have a great statement piece at your party.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsI was pretty surprised at how well the balloon arch held up too.  I finished the arch and hung it up about a week before the party and it was still holding up great the day of the party.

There are so many ways to use this method when decorating for a party.  Make an arch like I did, attach the balloon garland to stair handrails, hang a bunch from the ceiling to make a balloon filled background, or attach them to the front of a buffet table.  It would also look great if you tucked other things in between the balloons.  Flowers, streamers, leaves, or garland would look great and fill in any bare spots.

You can bet that I’ll be having a lot more balloon arches and garlands at my upcoming parties, that’s for sure.  Happy 4th of July weekend, be safe and eat a lot of bar-b-que.  If you need some last minute decor inspiration, don’t forget to check out my patriotic front porch.

If you loved this simple DIY party decorating idea, take a look at a few others that are just as easy!

21 Responses to Balloon Week: DIY Balloon Arch Without Helium

  1. Kerrie June 30, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    The arch is my favorite from balloon week. It looks so expensive, but you DIY-ed it for a bargain!

    • dailyhostess June 30, 2017 at 6:34 am #

      Thanks! I really loved the way it turned out.

  2. Jeremy Thompson January 16, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    I do like how you mentioned that making a balloon arch would be a great entrance or backdrop to any party as it would be a great statement piece. That is why I am sure to have these balloon arches in my daughter’s debut. Though I don’t know whether I should do it myself or have it done so that I could manage other things. I’ll try to think more about this before deciding. Thanks!

    • dailyhostess January 17, 2018 at 8:32 am #

      So glad this inspired you Jeremy! It’s a pretty simple thing to do ahead of time too. Just blow up all the balloons and get them set up on the strip then all you have to do the day of your event is hang them up.

      • Claudia April 10, 2018 at 4:28 am #

        How many days in advance could this arch be made?

        • dailyhostess April 10, 2018 at 5:33 am #

          I made mine about 4 days in advance. It will definitely hold up, especially if you’re securing it to a doorway. The only thing that may not look as fresh is the balloons. They may not be as firm by day 4 or 5. I hope that’s helpful!

  3. Lisa B. April 20, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    I just bought a 50′ roll of balloon strip. Can’t wait to use it!

    • dailyhostess April 22, 2018 at 8:24 am #

      Yay! So excited to see what you do with it! Tag me on Instagram @thdailyhostess

  4. melanie May 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

    can’t wait to try! did you alternate the balloon directions on the strip or did you put them in all the same way?

    • dailyhostess May 12, 2018 at 9:19 am #

      Thanks for giving it a try! I did alternate the direction of the balloons. When I hung it, I had to kind of squish some out of the way to get it to lay flat. Hope that helps!

  5. Alli May 12, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    How many balloons did it take ?

    • dailyhostess May 12, 2018 at 9:22 am #

      I don’t remember exactly, but probably around 50 balloons or so. It definitely depends on how full you want your arch to be and how big of a doorway you have.

  6. Sheena June 9, 2018 at 3:21 am #

    The color of balloon is so beautiful. I have tried it in my sister’s birthday party and it was the highlight of the evening.Thank you so much for sharing this. Keep it up.

    • dailyhostess June 12, 2018 at 5:53 am #

      Awesome! I’m so glad it turned out for you and that other people liked it too!!

  7. Amanda July 29, 2018 at 8:04 am #

    I’m totally doing this for my babes first next weekend. Thank you. I’ll DM you pix on instagram!!

    • dailyhostess July 31, 2018 at 6:02 am #

      That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  8. Charlene November 20, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    I knew this is how this was done i just wantedto confirmed myself cause I am doing a big Birthday Party on December 1st so I want to exacuted .zThank u

    • dailyhostess November 20, 2018 at 7:25 am #

      I’m sure it’s going to turn out great!


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