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Festive Fall Balloon Arch DIY

Party, Styling, Text and Photos by LaurenConrad.com

And just like that, we’re entering our absolute favorite time of year! There’s just something about the holiday season that’s a little extra magical. Whether it’s the flavors, the foliage, or the quality time spent with family and friends, we can’t wait for all that’s to come over the next couple months. Thanksgiving has to be one of our favorite holidays, and lately we’ve been dreaming up so many fun and festive ways to celebrate Turkey Day with our nearest and dearest. We wanted to do something a little bit different with our Thanksgiving décor, so we created a whimsical, autumnal balloon arch that you can style anywhere you’ll be serving food, drinks or desserts for the big get-together.

We styled our balloon arch above a cocktail bar, which made it even more fun to mix up a drink. However, you can put your balloon arch in any spot that makes sense for your own celebration. An arch like this would look beautiful hung over a dessert table, on the wall next to the dinner table, or even in an entryway.



  1. Using the Balloon Time Helium Tank, start by blowing up a bunch of your smaller sized balloons in various colors and tie a knot in the end of each balloon.
  2. Take two of your balloons and tie the ends together in a double knot. Repeat this step with two more balloons.
  3. Take your two separate balloon pairs, and cross them in the middle so the knots are overlapping each other. Twist the two balloon pairs 3-5 times in random directions, until they are sufficiently bound together in a cluster of four.
  4. Once you have your cluster of four balloons, add another balloon pair to your cluster, using the same twisting motions you used with the first balloons. Repeat this step one more time, until you have a cluster with a total of eight balloons.
  1. Take your fishing wire (leaving about two feet of slack to dangle from the end of your balloon arch) and wind it around the center of your first balloon cluster. Finish just this one by tying a knot around the center of your cluster so the end of your balloon arch stays secure.
  2. To make your next balloon cluster in your arch, repeat steps 1-4. Note: For our balloon arch, we alternated clusters of eight small balloons with clusters incorporating our large balloons. We made our clusters with the large balloons using only four small balloons, and a pair of two large balloons, totaling six balloons in these clusters.
  3. To add your next cluster to the arch, place the balloon cluster as close as possible to your first on your fishing line, and nest the clusters together so there are little to no gaps.
  4. Take your fishing line, and wind it in different directions around the center of your second cluster about five times, until it is secure. (As long as you wind your fishing line securely enough, there is no need to tie a knot around each cluster.)
  5. Repeat steps 7-8 for each balloon cluster you add to your arch, until you’ve reached your desired length.

Then add in the flower garland:

  1. Start by trimming unnecessary fullness from your garland. (We clipped off some extra leaves and a few flowers so that we could wind the garland through the arch more easily. You can use these extra tidbits later!)
  2. Weave your flower garland through your balloon arch, winding it up and down around your balloon clusters. Note: Be careful of any sharp ends on your garland, and make sure to clip these off before you add it to your arch. They will pop your balloons if any ends are too sharp.
  3. Once you have your garland wound through your arch, secure any weak spots with more fishing line so that they stay put.
  4. Once your arch is hung up on the wall, go back and gently nestle any extra flowers you have into bare spots in your arch for added fullness.

And voila! We’re absolutely in love with how our balloon arch turned out, and how perfectly it fit above the cocktail bar that we set up for our guests.

Cheers to a successful (and oh-so-fun to create) DIY project. The only hard part is waiting patiently for Thanksgiving to arrive!



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Note: Adult supervision is required when using balloons. Please read all warnings and precautions on the Balloon Time carton.

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