How To Make a Balloon Column for a Party

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Balloon decorations offer a great way to decorate a venue for almost any party or event imaginable, be it a children's party, a school social, or a community fair. A balloon column, in particular, is very easy and inexpensive to make. If you're planning a children's party, consider making balloon columns instead of buying one. Here's a step-by-step guide to making a balloon column.

You will need the following to make a balloon column:

  • High quality latex balloons of different colors

  • A hand held balloon inflator - If you don't own one, you can also use an air compressor or air mattress inflator

  • A sturdy base for your balloon column

  • Ribbons - optional


1. Get your sturdy base. If you don't have one, you can create one out of a PVC pipe, a lidded bucket and some gravel. Cut a hole with a diameter the same as that of the PVC pipe. Fill the bucket with gravel and insert the PVC pipe into the hole, all the way down to the bottom of the bucket. Make sure that the PVC is secure and doesn't wobble.

2. Take four balloons and inflate them using the inflator, or whatever you have. What's great about balloon columns is that you don't have to use helium-filled balloons. Air balloons can do the job well and are very inexpensive.

Tie the two balloons together, and do the same to the remaining two balloons. Take the two pairs and twist them together to make a cluster. Make sure that you use at least two different colors in the cluster for a dramatic effect.

If you want to, you can use a balloon sizer to make sure that the balloons are exactly the same size. However, this is an optional task and if you are pressed for time, you might not want to do this. Besides, people will not look at your balloon column and check if the balloons are of the same size. It is probably a children's party after all.

3. Take the balloon cluster and wrap it to your PVC pipe. Twist the balloons around each other to secure them in place. Push down the cluster into the bottom of the column.

4. Start filling out the column. Continue doing steps 2 and 3 until you have completely filled out the column or frame. Make sure to pat down the clusters as you go along that the balloon column will look full and ripe for plucking like grapes on a vine.

5. Add a little flair to your balloon column by tying ribbons in strategic places along the column. This is optional. Adding ribbons will make your balloon column appear whimsical. However, as mentioned earlier, this step is totally optional and you can choose not to do it.

Balloons columns can do wonders in making your yard and home ready for a children's party. And they are very inexpensive to make, too. Make balloon columns a regular addition to your must-have children's party decorations.


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