How do you make a DIY balloon arch stand for the outdoors? Simply, and I’ll show you how! We made one of these for our baby girl’s first birthday party and it came out great! (see the how to tutorial below)
– two white PVC pipes
– one PVC coupler and two “tee” fittings
– a roll of duct tape
– two large plastic flower pots
– two bags of cement mix
– spray paint (optional)
– some yarn or string
– lots of balloons!
Here’s how to put it together:
1. First, place one “tee” fitting onto the end of each PVC pipe. Then mix your cement in the two flower pots (make sure you do this several days before the birthday party to give the cement time to dry). Place the PVC pipe end that has the “tee” into the middle of the flower pot when the cement is still wet. The “tee” will help stabilize the pole and help prevent it from coming out. Place the flower pots in against a building in a non-windy spot so the cement can harden with the poles sticking straight up.
2. Use the coupler to fit the two pieces of PVC pipe together at the top. You can put heavy duty glue on the inside of the coupler before you put it on the pipes and wrap duct tape around where it connects to ensure it will not come apart during the party.
3. Once the cement has dried, spray paint your flower pots the color of your choice if you desire. You can also spray paint the PVC pipe as well.
4. Inside, blow up a lot of balloons (a lot!). Then cut a 5-6 foot piece of yarn or string at a time and tie a balloon every 3-4 inches along the string. You will make several of these. If you make the string of balloons too long it will become difficult to place on the arch and might become tangled.
Your string should look like this.
5. Take each string of balloons out to your balloon arch one at a time. Tie one end onto the pipe then wrap the string of balloons around the PVC pipe until it will not wrap around anymore then tie again. Continue doing this until you have filled the entire arch!
That’s it! Pretty simple, huh? Be aware that blowing up the balloons, tying them onto strings, and wrapping them around the arch can take some time. It took me (and I had help) about 1-2 hours total. However, definitely worth it for a beautiful display at your party! I hope this tutorial was helpful for you. Please post pictures of your own arch if you want…I would enjoy seeing them! ♥