Balloons have been around since…well I actually have no idea but since before my lifetime began, and likely yours. Simple helium balloons are cheap and easy and add a lot of color and volume – but then one day came the balloon arches and swags. Professionally curated, not only were they expensive to commission but the delivery fee for them rivaled the balloons and together rendered them untouchable for most people, especially pragmatic people like me (ummm, so how much for balloons for a 2-hour party?). Well, fast forward to today and birthday parties have completely reinvented themselves over the last 6 months. Good in some ways, and a bummer in others. But regardless of whether it’s a fourth birthday or a fortieth birthday, we all want to help our friends and family celebrate as best we can! While the party may be short on attendees, we’re seeing decor that packs some punch! So have you wondered about all these balloon arches and swags you see on social media? You will be shocked how many are DIY balloon garlands, swags and arches!
The short of the long is that you need to use a special (and cheap!) DIY Balloon garland tape, mix 2-3 different balloons sizes or more (12 inch balloons, 5 inch balloons, etc.) and using glue dots, fill in the gaps with more balloons or small embellishments. Since they aren’t helium, the process can easily be done at home, in advance and isn’t very expensive at all!
In fact, you can now buy a complete DIY Party balloon swag kit or DIY arch kit including an electric balloon pump, tape, glue dots, starter balloons and a little handheld gadget making tying them off easy all for around $25-$30 bucks! Scroll to the bottom to see the recommended kits!
If you’re making a small swag and are willing to hand pump them, you can grab it for a little less…but honestly not much less so you really are better off investing in the electric pump! Once you have the pump, the theme options you can create are endless!
I asked around and gathered some DIY party balloon guides from the pros! Best kept secret…you can do this yourself!
DIY Balloon Arch for Robot Party
Devon from U Ready, Teddy? created this robot themed birthday party for her son which features a metallic silver and blue balloon arch with tinsel and gear embellishments. Check out that DIY robot cake, too!
Graduation Party DIY Balloon Arch
Check out this graduation themed DIY balloon arch I found on Instagram! It adds so much to a plain room, right? She uses a wide variety of sizes, and you can see where some of the smaller balloons have been added with the glue dots. Gorgeous, right? Perfect spot to tuck a food table or gift table!
DIY Balloon Garland for Easter Bunny, Butterfly or Fairy Party
Jordan made this easy Easter themed balloon garland, a great example of how to embellish a basic garland with flowers and butterflies. By customizing the embellishments and balloon colors, this DIY Balloon swag would lend itself well to Easter Bunny, Fairy, Butterfly or any light colored spring party theme. You can head to her blog to watch her DIY Balloon Garland video guide.
Best Party Themed DIY Balloon Garland, Arch & Swag Kits Most Under $20!
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Easy to Replicate DIY Balloon Garland Inspiration Pics
Do you have any tips or recommendations? I’d love to hear them in the comments!