Basic Balloon Decor
The ultimate building block of Classic Balloon Decor, an air-filled balloon Garland offers limitless design and profit possibilities year-round. Expand your design capabilities with this essential skill.
11" Qualatex Round latex balloons
50 lb. Monofilament Line
2 stationary objects
- Cut a piece of monofilament line and secure both ends to stationary objects, such as doorknobs or chairs, leaving a minimum of 1'-2' of extra line at each end. Make sure the line is tight.
- Air inflate two 11" balloons to 10" and tie them together. This is a “duplet.”
- Make a second duplet. Twist two balloons together, one from each duplet, to create a four-balloon “cluster.”
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until desired number of clusters is complete.
- To attach a cluster to the balloon line, separate two of the balloons in the cluster and push the cluster into the line. To secure, twist together the two balloons that were separated.
- Attach a second cluster to the lines as in Step 5. Rotate it 45 degrees so it is nested into the first cluster. Before securing, push its center firmly against the first cluster’s center. Twist together the two balloons that were separated.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all clusters are secured to the line.
- Remove the line from the stationary objects and wrap the line around a couple of the balloons to secure it to the end of the cluster. Tie the excess line to anchor points as desired.
Four-Balloon Collar Cluster
Curly 260Q Balloon
Gumball balloons offer a unique, colorful design that appeals to customers of all ages. Used alone or in bouquets, gumballs make a big impression while adding value to your offerings and profit to your bottom line.
1 16" Diamond Clear Qualatex Balloon
5 or more 5" Qualatex Latex Balloons
Balloon stick or straw
- Stuff an uninflated 5" balloon inside an uninflated 16" Diamond Clear balloon with a balloon stick. Hold the necks even.
- Insert the helium nozzle into the 16" and inflate it to about 2/3 full.
- While holding the 16" balloon closed, insert the helium nozzle into the 5", inflate, tie, and trim the neck. The inflated 5" balloon will block the bigger balloon’s neck so the helium won’t escape.
- Insert another uninflated 5" balloon inside the 16" with a balloon stick while releasing the first inflated 5" into the big balloon. Fill the 5" with helium and tie and trim the neck as in step 3.
- Keep adding and filling 5" balloons until the big balloon has five or more balloons in it. If you need to, add helium to the big balloons as you’re stuffing it.
- Fully inflate the 16" balloon with helium, knot, and tie to ribbon.
Tip: You can also fill Qualatex Deco Bubbles with gumballs to upsell and increase your profits.
With unlimited color combinations and add-ons, topiaries can set or strengthen the theme of any event.
- Air inflate and size two 5" balloons. Tie the two balloons together to make a “duplet.”
- Make another duplet and twist the two duplets together, separating the first duplet and making sure the balloons intersect at the knot so the center stays constant.
- Repeat two more times, separating the previous duplets and keeping the center constant.
- For the last two duplets, tie the balloons together as close to the neck as possible so it’s easier to keep the center constant. Add the last two duplets to make a round “ball.”
- The completed topiary can be used as the top of a centerpiece, made bigger and hung from a ceiling, or made smaller for the base of a bouquet.
Tip: Always use 12 balloons to ensure a round topiary. Increase the size of the balloons, not the quantity, to make larger topiaries.
Round Latex Balloons
When inflating round latex balloons, note the recommended teardrop shape. Even though Qualatex balloons stretch well beyond their properly inflated sizes, be careful not to over inflate, causing them to have a pear-like shape. When Qualatex balloons are underinflated, they have a round shape.
Tip: For the right-sized balloon every time, use Balloon Sizing Templates. Simply inflate the balloon, slide it through the template, and release helium or air until the balloon can be pulled through the template.
Heart-Shaped Latex Balloons
- Grasp the base of the Heart to prevent inflation into the neck and provide sufficient length for tying.
- Inflate the balloon to its full, designated size. Overinflation will cause the base, or tip of the Heart to inflate, losing the Heart shape.
- Tie the balloon at the Heart’s base as high up on the neck as possible to maintain the shape.
GEO Donut and GEO Blossom Latex Balloons
- Grasp the base of the balloon, not the neck. This will prevent inflation into the balloon neck and ensure easier tying.
- Inflate the balloon to its full, designated size. GEO balloons can be sized with a template just like Round balloons.
- Tie the balloon as high up on the neck as possible to maintain its special shape.
Mousehead Latex Balloons
- Put the balloon over the inflation nozzle so the nozzle tip is at the base of one of the ears.
- Place your index and middle fingers between the ears and inflate one of the ears.
- Move the nozzle tip to the base of the other ear and inflate.
- Once the ears are inflated, allow the rest of the balloon to inflate from the top down.
Microfoil balloons (18” or larger) are inflated through self-sealing valves, located on each balloon’s neck. Simply insert the helium inflation nozzle (designed for inflating Microfoil balloons) into the hole in the balloon neck and inflate. When the balloon is fully inflated, remove it from the nozzle and the balloon will automatically seal. Properly inflated Microfoil balloons are tight with uniformly spaced creases along the seams.
Basic Balloon Tying
- Hold the neck of the inflated balloon between the tips of your left thumb and index finger. Pinch the neck roll with your right thumb and index finger and stretch out the neck.
- Turn the inflated balloon away from you and down, twisting your left wrist as shown.
- Lay the neck roll on the pad of your left thumb.
- Poke the neck roll through the circle created by the balloon neck with your left index finger while you open up the circle with your left index finger.
Tying Ribbon & Balloon Together
- In your left hand, lay ribbon across your palm, allowing enough ribbon for a tail to extend from your fingertips.
- Place neck of an inflated balloon across the ribbon (neck pointing up) and hold both securely with your left thumb.
- With your right hand, stretch the neck around the index and middle fingers on your left hand, and then back around to the front.
- Use your thumb and forefinger to tuck in the neck, making sure to grab the ribbon while making the knot. Remove fingers from the knot and curl the ribbon tail.
Tying Ribbon to Microfoil Balloons
- Lay ribbon across the notch on the tail of the Microfoil balloon.
- Roll the tail up with the ribbon inside as shown.
- Pull the ribbon tight as you tie it in a knot so the tail makes a “U” shape as shown. This hides the mechanics, and gives your design a clean look.
Stacked and staggered bouquets provide an easy, attractive way to display Qualatex latex and Microfoil balloons. Once balloons are arranged, they can be tied to gifts, bows, chairs, railings, or other weights for impactful deliveries and decor.
- Helium inflate all of the balloons using a sizing template to ensure all the latex balloons are the same size and attach to ribbon.
- Gather three of the latex balloons with ribbon in your fist and pull down tight on the ribbon to get all three balloons even and resting on your fist. All three balloon necks should be at the same level.
- Repeat Step 2 with the other three latex balloons and nest them into the first layer of balloons. (NOTE: The two layers should be spaced so you don’t see gaps between layers.)
- Attach the latex balloons to a weight.
- Add a Microfoil or Bubble Balloon so that it’s nested on top of the arrangement, then tie it to the weight.
- To build consistent bouquets efficiently, mark a wall with pieces of masking tape spaced 7" apart.
- Helium inflate all of the balloons and attach to ribbon.
- In one hand, gather all of the balloons together at the lowest tape mark.
- Pull what will be the top balloon in the bouquet to the highest tape mark. Then pull the next highest to the second highest tape mark, and so on.
- Attach each balloon to the weight separately.
Quick Sand Weights
Keep balloons where you need them with sand weights. Quick and easy, these weights are ideal to have on-hand for any delivery or decor job.
- Fill an empty soda bottle with sand, stretch the neck of an 11" latex balloon around the bottle’s opening.
- Invert the soda bottle and squeeze slightly to force sand into the uninflated latex balloon.
- Tie the sand weight.
Tip: Customize your sand weights by matching the balloons to the decor job. Or dress them up with squares of tissue and ribbon.