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Mini Rainbow Balloon Arch DIY

Today we’re sharing a mini version of a balloon arch and would look great as a table centerpiece of photobooth backdrop. Balloon arches are actually really easy to make and mini balloon arches are even easier (less to blow up!) Don’t miss all our other St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

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Materials: 6″ balloons in rainbow colors (we used 18 different colors in varying shades + white), wire, wire cutters, balloon pump

Step 1: Start by blowing up at least 4 balloons in every color except white. (Each layer of the arch requires 4 balloons.)
Step 2: Tie 2 balloons of the same color together. Repeat with the other 2 balloons of that color.
Step 3: Twist both sets of tied balloons together.
Step 4: Then twist the 4 balloons around long piece of wire. (Don’t wire until you’ve finished attaching all the balloons.)
Step 5: Arrange the balloons around the wire so they’re shaped like a 4 leaf clover.
Step 6: Repeat steps 2-5 with all balloon colors. Push all the colors together tightly.
Step 7: Blow up white balloons in different sizes. Tie them together in groups of 3 and 4 and twist around the wire on both sides of the rainbow.
Step 8: Center on a table on a stabilize with tape. Enjoy!

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Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. Emma

    February 23, 2015

    Ah my days this is beautiful!!! And a wonderful idea to add a different center piece and even a talking point about your party table.

    Thanks from the UK for this lovely idea.

    Yorkshire Pud

  2. Kate

    February 23, 2015

    This is fabulous and would make a fantastic centre piece at a rainbow birthday party!

  3. Becky Chouinard

    February 23, 2015

    Where did you find the mini balloons in all those colors??

  4. Jessica Doll

    February 23, 2015

    I’ve always wondered how this is done, the clover trick sounds perfect! I’m working on my younger son’s 3rd birthday so I might have to try this out. :)

  5. Gucki

    February 23, 2015

    I love it! I really need one of this to kick off my Monday!

  6. Kari

    February 23, 2015

    I love that it is mini! Makes it so much cuter!


    February 23, 2015

    So cute! Did you have to buy a whole package of each color of balloons? I guess that wouldn’t be a big deal since you could always use the other ones at another time.

  8. Paige

    February 23, 2015

    This is seriously so fun! I’m definitely going to be doing this for my little girl’s birthday this year!


  9. Meredithe Stuart-Smith

    February 23, 2015

    This is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party. Just add a pot of gold and a few little leprechauns.

  10. Emily

    February 23, 2015

    Love this! Do you have links to the supplies you used?

  11. cat

    February 23, 2015

    Looks great .. Could this be created the night before ? How long do these last?

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • February 23, 2015

      The balloons stay looking fresh for a few days – so you could definitely make it the night before a party.

  12. June

    February 23, 2015

    Cute! Perfect for my nephew’s birthday party :)

  13. Katie

    February 23, 2015

    Would so appreciate links to supplies you used!! I live in the middle of nowhere so any info you could share would be so appreciated!!

  14. Corey @ Tinysidekick

    February 23, 2015

    Now how could this not put a smile on your face? So fun and colorful. Wonder if this would be nice addition to my daughter’s 5th birthday that’s in the planning stages??? I think yes! Thans for the fun inspiration!

  15. Happy Hazel

    February 23, 2015

    Wow so pretty! I’d love to make them…only if I wasn’t scared of balloon popping on me. :)

  16. lidia nicolis

    February 24, 2015

  17. Monique | WritingMonique

    February 24, 2015

    This is so adorable! So cute!

  18. Paul @ Eco Stores

    February 24, 2015

    Now, that’s just plain adorable. What a sweet idea

  19. Jess.

    February 24, 2015

    This is just so darling, it makes me want to cry. LOVE! xox

  20. Hannah

    February 27, 2015

    So glorious!! I love this!!

  21. Lisa Michelle

    March 3, 2015

    This is so adorable! My son has a St. Patrick’s Day birthday so I can’t wait to make this for him. Any idea what gage of wire your used? Or does it not matter because the balloons sort of sustain themselves?

  22. Lisa Michelle

    March 3, 2015

    Also, how long did the arch last? I’m trying to figure out how many days in advance I can make this. Thank you!!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • March 3, 2015

      I would recommend making this 2 days (or less) in advance. The balloons stay inflated for at least a week, but after 2(ish) days, they start to lose air and don’t look as pretty.

  23. Felt Ball Rug

    March 8, 2015

    How magical! I can think of tons of situations this arch would be such a cute fit — but I can’t think of a more perfect holiday for it to take center stage(…or table!). Put it on top of a yellow felt ball rug and you’ve got your pot of gold!!

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