How to Make DIY Balloon Garlands

It's not a party without balloons! Get your party poppin' with balloon decorations your guests will be amazed you created yourself! We're breaking down the steps to two basic balloon garland techniques: Mylar balloon garlands, which are created using fishing line and round balloons, and latex balloon garlands made with balloon decorating strips and classic party balloons. Once you're feeling ready to create, shop all balloons!

Blue and green mylar balloon garland

Make a Mylar balloon garland

We're totally swooning over our new Mylar balloon garland. This trendy take on the classic balloon decoration really takes your party decorating to new heights! 

Party supplies in package on white surface

What you'll need:

  1. 30-40 round Mylar balloons
  2. Air-inflated phrase balloon
  3. Monofilament fishing line
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Command hooks 
  6. Scissors
  7. Tassel garland and table cover for finishing touches (optional)
Pile of round foil balloons in multiple colors

Step 1: Inflate balloons

To make our garland, inflate 36 round mylar balloons with air. You may find you like how your garland looks with a different number of balloons once the garland goes up, but it's always nice to have a few extra to fill in any gaps. Now's the time to invest in an air pump (you'll thank us later)! Choose balloons in shades of blue and green, or any color scheme that matches your party.

Two round balloons tied together by their ends

Step 2: Tie ends together

These round balloons have long ends, so it's pretty easy to knot two balloons together. Tie all of your balloons into pairs by color.

Round balloons hanging from wall in garland

Step 3: Hang your garland

Thread your sewing needle with fishing line. Don't pre-cut the fishing line—leave it on the spool. Push the needle carefully through the connected pairs of balloons. Continue until all balloons are threaded onto your fishing line. When you're finished, tie off the end. Attach three Command hooks to the wall (these only stick once, so be careful with your placement!), and tie your fishing line to the Command hooks. Bunch your balloons together to create your desired shape.  

Pro tip: Buy extra Command hooks in case you need to relocate or reposition your garland.

Make your own Mylar garland:

Green balloon garland decorated with paper flowers

Make a classic DIY balloon garland

We know this one looks more intimidating than the Mylar garland, but some actually find this technique easier thanks to the help of our balloon arch decorating strip. This clear plastic strip acts as a template for your garland, holding up to 12 latex balloons per foot. Keep reading for the details!

Green balloons and decorating strip on white surface

What you'll need:

  1. 12" latex balloons in kiwi and festive green, about 85 total
  2. Balloon arch decorating strip
  3. Command hooks
  4. Double-sided tape (optional)
Hands stretching out balloon decorating strip with text "Attach balloons to strip"
Three green balloon garlands on floor

Step 1: Make two small garlands

The easiest way to make an oversize garland is to create two smaller garlands and piece them together. Measure your decorating strip where you plan to hang the garland to determine how long you want each section: one garland will hang horizontally, the other vertically. 

Simply pull the knotted ends of your inflated balloons through the pre-made holes in your strip, leaving a little extra length of balloon strip unused on either end of the garland. Vary the color and size of your balloons to create visual interest. 

Green balloon garland on wall

Step 2: Hang first garland

Get a friend to help determine the ideal position for the garland on the wall. Since you left a little extra length of decorating strip on either side of your garland, you can hang the balloon strip directly onto Command hooks using the empty holes. 

Two green balloon garlands attached to wall

Step 3: Hang second garland

Use two more Command hooks to hang your second garland vertically. Make sure the garlands overlap to create the effect that this is a single garland! Cover any holes with additional green balloons.

Detail of paper flowers and plastic table cover strips in green and yellow

Step 4: Add thematic details

Cut long strips of table cover to achieve the cascading colors on the opposite side of your garland. Top it off with decorations that match your theme: we used these ultra-cute paper flowers for a pop of tropical color! Use double-sided tape or Sticky Tack to attach. If you're making this garland for a different theme, you can use letter balloons to finish your garland.

Make your own tropical balloon garland:

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