My favorite party ideas are the most simple and straightforward. This balloon wall fits that category. This would be awesome as party decor backdrop or as a photobooth! To emphasize the different shapes and sizes we blew up some balloons smaller to add variety. A few tips when you do it yourself: Make sure to use a very strong tape like Gaffers Tape (our favorite for holding strong and not ruining walls!) Balloons start to look old when exposed to light. So it’s best to install the same day as the party. If you want to get a head start blowing up balloons before your party then store them in garbage sacks in a dark closet a day in advance. Last but not least: don’t forget to buy yourself one of these to save your lungs.
I love this project because it’s affordable and simple to make! I really wanted to make this giant wall for full impact and it goes really quickly with a few people working on it. Start in the center and begin adding pieces to the wall like a puzzle. It’s great because you can do any color scheme you want, just switch up the colors.
Step 1: Blow up a bunch of standard balloons, mini balloons and skinny balloons in every color. Set these aside for later. You’ll want a bunch so you can grab them easily when you start taping the balloon shapes to the wall.
Step 2: Make shapes!
- For short line balloons, use 260Q or 160Q balloons and knot into varying sizes before inflating. Pump air into the first section and finish it with a knot. Then cut the inflated section off as close to the knot as possible, and repeat until you have multiple balloons.
- To create zig-zags, inflate the long balloons to almost full length. Twist the balloons into a three or four segments. (You will eventually tape the back of each segment to the wall.)
- Make some poodles (here’s a link to an easy DIY).
Step 3: Begin attaching the balloons to the wall with gaffer’s tape. We started with a “squiggle” by making three loops of gaffer’s tape and fixing the balloon to the wall in the beginning, middle, and end of an “S” shape. Start filling in balloons like a puzzle – mixing and matching until your wall is completely filled!
Photos by Alison Piepmeyer
Crafting by Naomi Julia Satake