How to Make a Balloon Arch With a Fishing Line

How to Make a Balloon Arch With a Fishing Line
Balloon arches add festive decoration to all types of events. Color coordinating the balloons to the specific event adds a custom look. If you've ever seen one of those cool looking balloon arches and wondered how to make one yourself, here's the answer. Although it may look complicated, anyone can do it.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Balloons in the colors of your choice (9 inch diameter balloons work well)
  • Helium
  • Monofilament fishing line (15-30 pound test)
  • Scissors
  • Heavy duty quart size plastic bags
  • Sand
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon
Step 1
Figure out how many balloons you will need to complete your arch. Measure the length of the arch, then divide that number by the diameter of the balloon size. The result is the number of balloons you will need. Buy a few extra in case some accidentally pop.
Step 2
Take the measured length of your arch from Step 1 and add 24 inches to it. Cut a piece of monofilament fishing line to that length.
Step 3
Fill the two plastic bags with sand to hold the ends of the arch down. Wrap the sand bags in tissue paper that matches or compliments the color of your balloons. Tie one end of the monofilament line to one of the sand bags. Take the other end of the line, stretch it out taut, and then loosely tie it to a chair back or other similar object.
Step 4
Inflate a balloon to the desired size and tie the neck of the balloon to the line by wrapping the neck of the balloon around the line first, and then tying it off with an overhand knot. This will serve to both tie off the balloon, and secure it to the line with one knot. Repeat with the rest of the balloons, keeping in mind that the arch usually looks best if you are careful to inflate all the balloons to the same diameter. Tying a little ribbon to the neck of each balloon is an option that adds more decoration to the arch.
Step 5
Adjust the balloons by sliding them down the line to where they are just touching one another. Slide the balloons into position slowly so that the heat generated from the friction between the balloon and monofilament line will not burn the balloon neck and deflate the balloon.
Step 6
Untie the end of the line that was tied to the chair and tie it to the other sandbag. Move the bags into position and adjust any individual balloons as necessary.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.