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How to Make a Balloon Arch

How to Make a Balloon Arch

I have made a balloon arch for several birthday parties and each time I have made one, I get asked how to make it. I have tried to explain it, but figured I might as well actually share how to make a balloon arch on here! Balloon arches are so easy to make and they can make a huge impact. They can be used for birthday parties, weddings, and any holiday party ever. They can add flowers, leaves, pom poms, or anything else you want to make them unique.

How to Make a Balloon Arch on

Balloon Arch Supplies

Balloon arches only take a few items to make. To make your own you need…

Balloon Arch Supplies

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Fishing line


Balloons (I bought this big package of 144 balloons and used about 3/4 of the bag on this arch. It ended up being about 18 ft long.)

Balloon pump *optional, but HIGHLY recommended. If you are making a really large balloon arch or are planning on making several balloon arches, you may want to consider investing in an electric balloon pump.

Making Balloon Arches

Homemade Balloon Arch

First, blow up your balloons. You don’t want them to all be the same size. You want some to be large, some medium, and you even want some small guys in the mix.

Stringing Balloons

Thread the needle with the fishing line and poke it through the end of the balloon.You will want to make sure it goes through both sides of the end of the balloon.

Making a balloon arch

Repeat this step until you have threaded several balloons onto your string.

Homemade Balloon Arch

Once you have several on your string, you want to push your balloons down the string to make room for more. When you push them all together, that is also when you get the bunching effect that you want on your balloon arch.

How to Make Your Own Balloon Arch

Continue blowing up balloons, threading them on the fishing line, and pushing them down to bunch them together. Do this until you have made your balloon arch as big as you want it. When you are done, cut both ends of the fishing line and tie it in knots around a few of the balloons on the ends.

Balloon Arch Tutorial

Hanging up the balloon arch will differ, depending on where you are putting it. When I hung this one along my wall, I just used packing tape. I wrapped it around the fishing line and taped it along the archway of my wall. When I have made one that went along my stairway, I used the ends of the fishing line to tie to the railing along the stairs. You can use tape, wire, fishing line, really anything you can think of to make it stay up. It will just depend on where you are displaying your balloons.

They really do make a big impact on your decor!

Here is another way that I styled a balloon arch for our Moana themed party, with faux leaves for a tropical look.

Balloon Arch Tutorial

I would love to see all of the ways you style your balloon arches!



Thursday 17th of August 2023

How long does it take to make an arch? Round about. Doing it for a bridal shower with only an hour to set up. I can blow the balloons up ahead of time.


Tuesday 29th of August 2023

It really depends on how big the arch is! This arch was huge and once the balloons were blown up, it took probably an hour and a half to put together and hang up.


Friday 20th of August 2021

Thank you so much!