You all asked for it and I finally got around to photographing the steps for how to make a balloon installation. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen quite a few of the balloon installations I have been making around Austin as of late. Since I am not able to go to every city to make these for you all, I figured I would give you my tips and techniques for recreating them on your own. The process is really quite simple, it is just time consuming depending on the size of the install.
–Latex balloons in a few different sizes and the colors you want in your arch (I prefer Qualatex)
–Low temp glue gun and sticks (the glue sticks are sometimes called multi temp)
Begin by blowing up one balloon and tie it off. Then blow up a second balloon and when tying the knot, slip the knot of the first balloon in there to attach them to each other.
Repeat with 2-3 more balloons to create clusters of 4-5 balloons of varying sizes.
Once you have all your balloon clusters, it is start to assemble the freeform garland. To do this you will simply use the glue gun to attach the clusters to each other. Because you are using a low temp glue gun, the glue will not pop the balloons. Just add a dab of glue to one balloon and press a balloon from a second cluster onto it and hold in place until the glue is set (about 15 seconds).
Repeat with the other balloons in the cluster making sure to secure the two clusters to each other in a few different spots. Then move on to your next cluster. As you go, add more balloons to one side and increase and decrease the side of the garland to give it an asymmetrical look.
Depending on the size of your install, you can make this garland up to 10-12′. If your install needs a bigger balloon garland, just repeat the process to create a second garland. When you are ready to install to the wall, use the command hooks to add hooks along the path you want the balloons to take, and then thread a piece of ribbon around one of the balloon cluster knots and tie to the command hook. Repeat with a few hooks across the length of the garland.
Once you have the main garland up, fill in with single balloons by gluing them onto the installation to fill in any gaps.
As you can see, each install is different. For this small dessert table garland, it only took me about 20-30 minutes to make, but the larger ones take around 4-5 hours if you are doing it all yourself.
Now that you know how to make a balloon installation, I expect to see tons of balloons from you all!