How to Make a Balloon Garland

Balloon Garland makes a perfect decoration for any celebration! Learn how to make a balloon garland the easy way.

Balloon Garland Photo Backdrop- Maison de Pax

Balloon garland is so easy to make, and with the millions of colors of balloons available, you can match it to any party theme. Customizable and simple, balloon garland is the perfect decoration for birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, and more.

Balloon Party Decor- Maison de Pax

With four kids and zero desire to spend inordinate amounts of time or money on a few hours of birthday fun, Mr. Pax and I consider ourselves the masters of the “micro party” (a term we’ve coined ourselves to mean a very small birthday party for our kiddos: 2-3 guests max 😉 ). The key is to pick just a couple of friends, find something fun yet easy, and put a tiny amount of extra effort into something special. This year for my girls, the “something special” was a beautiful naked cake (get all the tips on making naked cakes here) and this incredibly fun balloon garland.

Balloon garland with paper flowers- Maison de Pax

Why balloon garland is the perfect party decoration:

  • it’s easy
  • it’s inexpensive
  • it makes a huge impact
  • it’s perfect indoors or outdoors

What you need to make balloon garland:

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  • 5-10 balloons per foot of desired length (depends on the size of your balloons and the fullness of the garland)
    For this garland, I used these coral balloons, the rose gold and champagne balloons from this set, and these green balloons.
  • twine and scissors
  • air compressor and blower attachment (or at least something like this… I would not recommend blowing these all up with your own breath! 😉 )

Balloon garland tutorial:

How to fill balloons- Maison de Pax

  1. Cut twine to your desired length (add ~2 ft per side for tying) and tie between two chairs so that the string is taut
  2. Determine a pattern for your balloons and blow up the correct number, tying them off as you normally would (tip: buy different size balloons or blow up the balloons different amounts to achieve even more variety…)
    I blew up all the coral to a medium size, the champagne balloons large, the rose gold small, and the green half large and half small. My pattern was: coral, large champagne, small rose gold, coral, small green, coral (the next time I repeated it, I used a large green instead)… Your possibilities are truly endless!
  3. Cut 3-5″ pieces of twine for each balloon.
  4. Tie pieces of twine around the knot of each balloon (one time is enough, as shown).
  5. Choose your pattern (see above) and tie balloons onto the main string one at a time.
  6. Slide the balloons closer together as you add more and more. Feel free to tie each balloon tight against the main string or to tie some 1-4 inches away from the main string for more bulk to your finished garland.

Balloon Garland Photo Backdrop

The balloon garland also makes a gorgeous photo backdrop (especially with the DIY giant paper flowers I made for my daughter’s nursery)…

Mother and daughter 1st birthday balloon garland- Maison de Pax

And it was the perfect outside decor, as well, as we were able to secure both ends (just tying the extra 2′ of twine). The wind was blowing hard that day, but the balloon garland held up beautifully!

1 year old birthday party and balloon garland- Maison de Pax

What do you think? I’m planning to make one to hang from the mantel for a friend’s baby shower next week, too. What will you make one for?

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How to make a balloon garland- Maison de Pax

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  1. Such a great idea! I love it. We have one child, but when she was born, we didn’t have a lot of disposable income for birthday parties. Our solution for the “favors” which everyone here seemed to think was important to give to the party guests was to shop the Dollar Store. We found lots of cute ideas for “favors”, set an amount limit, and often had enough left over for decorations. Instead of cake, we did cupcakes, so easy for small hands to hold. Simple things always seem to be great ideas.
    Thanks for such a lovely post and idea.

    1. I agree! Simplicity is best! I’m glad you found a good party solution for your budget. 🙂

  2. What a sweet garland! I love balloons! Thank you for sharing tips on how to make it. Very helpful! Your paper flowers are gorgeous! What a lovely day that must have been! Have a great day! Koko 🙂

    1. I made mine a day before, and then it stayed looking pretty good for another week at least. I hope this helps!

  3. Yes that is so helpful!!! I already have an overwhelming number of things to set up day of AND night before so I might try to make this 2 nights before the event! Thank you!

      1. Thank you! I tapped two small nails into the wall and tied the garland at those spots. Hope this helps!

  4. Balloon garland is always in trend. But making it by yourself can be tricky. These steps are so simple thanks for sharing.

  5. Question–what about those gorgeous paper flowers?? Did those come from a kit or do you have a DIY plan for those?
    Also-do you see any issues with me getting my balloons pre-filled from party city? or is helium a bad idea for garland control?

  6. I love this! You did such a nice job and the idea is perfect for so many events. The baby has grown so much and is simply precious!
    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  7. I love this, I’m planning on making a green dinosaur themed one for my son’s 3rd birthday party. I was just wondering though, how did you secure it to the wall? The venue my son’s party is being held at will only let me use blue tac to put decorations up with. Do you think it will hold? Thank you for taking the time to create this tutorial 😊

    1. Is there anyway to suspend it with string or 3M hooks since they are non-damaging? Blue tac isn’t probably the best choice to keep it tacked to the wall.

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