DIY Balloon Banner

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

As promised, here are instructions for the Balloon Banner we made for June’s 1st birthday celebration. I hope you find the perfect excuse to make one too!

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

HOW TO MAKE YOUR VERY OWN BALLOON BANNER

1) Start by grouping balloons in to groups of 4. We used rainbow colors, but using all the same color, or lots of different shades of blue would be neat too.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

2) Blow up each set of 4 balloons and tie the ends. (I’m awful at tying balloons! But Maude is really good, so she was a big help.) No need for helium, your own lungs should do the trick. Do your best to get the balloons fairly equal in size.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

3) Thread some good twine (I used a waxed kitchen twine) on a big needle — upholstery size is perfect. Technically, a small needle would work too, you just need the eye to be big enough to pass the twine through.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

4) Pass the needle through the tail of all 4 balloons in your set. Be careful — needles are known for popping balloons. : )

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

5) Slide the balloons to the end of the string and trim off threaded needle and remaining length (you’ll use them to thread the next set of balloons). Leave a 2 or 3 inch tail on either side of the 4 threaded balloons.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

6) Cinch the four balloons together and use a square knot (right over left, left over right) to keep them nice and tight.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

7) Do the same thing for all your sets of 4. For our banner, we made 18 sets of 4. Three sets of 6 colors.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

8) When you have all your sets made, thread the needle again, but don’t trim the thread from the spool.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

9) Pass the needle through the center of a balloon set. Use the point to go through at least of couple of the balloon ends so that the set is secure on the twine.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

10) Use the needle to add another balloon set, push each set along the twine at intervals of 5 or 6 inches. If you’re going for the same rainbow look we used, you’ll thread all the red sets first, then all the orange sets, then all the yellow sets, etc.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

11) Keep adding sets with the needle and sliding them along the twine till you’ve completed your banner. Leave a long tail of twine on either side of the balloons so that you can tie the banner to a wall or arch or window. Then cut the twine from the spool.

The balloon banner is so light that it’s easy to hang. We used push pins in the wall and then wrapped the twine around the push pins.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

That’s it! Your DIY balloon banner is done! Now you can find the perfect place to hang your banner. Yay!

P.S. Here are some behind the scenes photos from the day we made June’s banner:

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

My inspiration for this balloon banner project was something I saw in Amsterdam. We arrived in the city the day after Queen’s Day and lots of festive decorations were still up. The orange crepe paper fringe is so cute! It would make a fun replacement for the ribbons we used on our banner.

DIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design MomDIY Balloon Banner featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

131 thoughts on “DIY Balloon Banner”

  1. I’m gonna make one for my Ximena’s birthday! But if my other 2 girls like it ( that I’m sure they will) I’ll be doing this 2 more times.
    They love rainbows and this is just perfect, thanks for sharing Gabrielle!

  2. Oh, I wish I had this two weeks ago for Teacher Appreciation Week. We did a theme of “You are our gold at the end of the rainbow” So everyday we did something with a rainbow and gold theme.

  3. Love this idea! It turned out so fun and festive! Every time I look at this I have a sudden craving for green grapes – those green balloons look just like green grapes to me. :) Ha!

    1. Good question! Yes. I made it the day of. And kept it hanging the day after to see what happened. It was completely deflated by the afternoon of the following day.

  4. We did something like this decorating for numerous dances when I was (much) younger. There is another way to do it for those interested. We used a paper clip to group the balloons, then strung them together through the center. I’m sure that was safer than giving a bunch of teenagers needles! Also, if you do use helium, it floats like a rainbow and you can secure the ends by tying them to something or with big bolts from the garage!

  5. Hi,
    I recently made a rainbow balloon garland for my twins’ 5th birthday party…Balloonapalooza! I was fortunate to come across some awesome tape that has holes in it. The knot of the balloon is pushed through the holes – so easy and I think I can reuse the tape. We also used balloon pumps to inflate the balloons and made the garland the night before.
    I bought the balloon tape here at Party City but the only link I could find was this..
    http://www.shindigz.com/party/Lady-Bug-Balloon-Decorating-Tape.cfm
    Hope that makes life simpler for everyone!

    1. You made yours the night before I was wondering what time your party was the next day. Im worried about making it the night before with her party at 1 the following day. Thanks!

  6. oh how great! we made snowballs from bunches of white balloons for our girls’ birthdays in december, and it was quite a wrestling match to gather them together – the needle + twine is a great idea!

    and i love all that color. may have to make one just because! xoxo

  7. balloon arches were all the rage when I was having my bat mitzvah…and now the secret is out for how to make our own! so cool!

  8. my son, eddie, loves loves LOVES balloons! when he is feeling a little grumpy we just go to the dollar store and buy him a balloon and he watches it and tries to get it for hours. he’s turning one this july and our theme for his party is “red balloons” so this will be perfect! thanks so much for the tutorial!!

  9. What a handy tutorial! I’ve always loved the way balloon banners look and figured they couldn’t be too hard to make, but had no idea how. Thanks so much for posting. It’s also really cool to know that you can do it without helium!

  10. Yippee, just in time. Although I love the rainbow ideas I see all over the web and feel like a “bad mom” if I don’t make a rainbow cake (ha!), I’m thinking of going with a shades-of-purple theme. The little birdie’s favorite color. Or at least I think it is, or maybe she just likes saying “purple.”

    But I digress…

    Thanks for the timely post!

  11. Perfect! I’ve been planning on making this for our high school reunion’s family picnic (10 years, so lots of darling teeny alumni offspring to enjoy balloons) and now I know HOW! Thanks Design Mom (and offspring).

  12. Perfect timing, my little (big!) 3 year old boy requested a “hockey-rainbow party” that is occuring this Saturday. I figured that it was such a creative request, I had to try. Off to buy balloons!

    Thank you,
    Tara
    PS You are all so cute clapping for Baby June.

  13. Wow! You are amazing.

    Love this balloon banner. I’m planning a rainbow party for my three-year-old, so this is perfect! I’m a graphic designer mum too – only two kids though. I live in Australia and am starting my own DIY party printables company after I became completely obsessed with cakes & cupcakes about a year ago.

    So nice to find you here! I eagerly look forward to more posts.

    Elise

  14. I didn’t have balloons at my little girl’s first birthday for fear one of the kids might burst them (by accident or otherwise!) and totally freak her out. This has such great impact (and can potentially be placed waaay out of reach) that I’ve decided: Balloon Garland For Birthday Number Two-oo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For a 14 month old, she has impeccable taste – no, seriously! – as indeed do you, so she’s bound to love it. Thanks Gabrielle!!!

  15. Thank you Gabby I love the last pic the best. What a little treasure. My lungs will need a bit of training, but with such a gorgeous impact my daughters 3rd birthday will be all the more colourful.

  16. I love this! So fun – and affordable, to boot. I’m definitely bookmarking this for a big family birthday in the fall. Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. You’re so smart. :) I’ve strung up a few balloons before, but I never thought to thread the string THROUGH the knot end of the balloon!

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