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Party Planning - Balloon Decorating Tips - Balloon Spiders

Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners

How To Make Balloon Spiders

Use helium-filled spiders to make spooky arches, float spiders at different heights above party tables, add a spider to the top of a balloon column or try them in balloon bouquets.

These balloon Spiders are just crawling with creepiness! They can be helium-filled and floated, or air-filled and suspended from the ceiling or attached to the top of a Balloon Column.

We have provided two different ways to make balloon spiders on this page, one is simple and easy and the second method is a little more difficult, but the results are more dramatic. We are not professional balloon decorators, so if we can put them together, so can you. Just takes a little practice.

Air-filled columns and spiders will last for several days, but if using helium they will only float for about 8 - 12 hours. See balloon tips at the bottom of this page for additional information.

 

Easy Balloon Spider

You will need:

Helium (Optional): About 8 cu. ft.
1 - 12" Black Latex Balloon
1 - 5" Black Latex Balloons
4 - 260Q Black Latex Balloons
Hand Air Inflator
Electric Air Inflator (Optional)
Monofilament Line
Weight (Optional)
Black & White Paper
Spray Adhesive
Preparation:

1. Inflate the 5" Black balloon for the head and the 12" Black balloon for the body. Tie them together.

2. For a helium-filled Spider, tie to monofilament line, and secure to a weight.

3. For an air-filled Spider, suspend the Spider with monofilament line.
4. Inflate all but 1" of a 260Q black balloon (a 260 is the long thin balloon). Repeat with other 260Q balloons. Gather all 4 balloons together, pinch bundle of balloons in the center and twist together to create legs.
5. After twisting the bundle together, separate the legs so that you have 4 legs on each side of the spider, then twist the legs into the knot between the head and body.

6. Cut circles from black and white paper, then use spray adhesive to attach to the 5” balloon for “eyes” and a “nose.”

Balloon Spider with a Twist

We made this spider and column to set on a buffet table as a tabletop display, but the column can be made taller for a floor display.

The difference between this spider and the first one is that we will be twisting the black 260Q balloons to form jointed legs on the spider.

It is easier to do than it looks, so give it a try.

You will need:

Helium (Optional): About 8 cu. ft.
1 - 12" Black Latex Balloon
1 - 5" Black Latex Balloons
8 - 260Q Black Latex Balloons
Hand Air Inflator
Electric Air Inflator (Optional)
Monofilament Line
Weight (Optional)
White Paper
Black Marker
Glue

1. Inflate the 5" Black balloon for the head and the 12" Black balloon for the body. Tie them together.

2. For a helium-filled Spider, tie to monofilament line, and secure to a weight.

3. For an air-filled Spider, suspend the Spider with monofilament line.
4. Blow up a black 260Q balloon (a 260 is the long thin balloon) leaving about 1 1/2 inches un-inflated at the end. Tie balloon.

5. Fold the neck side of the balloon down about 10 inches. Place your fingers about 2 inches down from the top and pinch balloon together, then twist the bubble 3-4 times to secure. Repeat on the opposite side of the balloon.

Your finished twist should look like this.

Repeat with remaining 7 - black 260Q balloons.

Next, tie two of the twisted leg sections together at the neck end. Repeat with remaining legs.
Then, gather the 4 long leg section in the center where they are tied together and twist all the sections together.

You now should have a jumbled mass of legs that look like this.

After twisting the bundle together, separate the legs so that you have 4 legs on each side of the spider, then twist the legs into the knot between the head and body.

 

Once you float or hang the finished spider you can adjust the legs. If you want to place on the top of a column, adjust the legs after you have attached it to the column.

Cut circles from black and white paper, then use spray adhesive to attach to the 5” balloon for “eyes” and a “nose” .

To make a column for the Spider

Step 1: Tie two air-filled balloons together at necks with one knot (all balloons should be inflated to same size for balance). Repeat this step to make a second pair.

Step 2: Twist the balloon pairs together at the necks to create a cluster of four balloons.
Step3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a second cluster of four balloons.

To connect the clusters use a roll of nylon fishing line ( do not cut the fishing line). Tie the loose end to the center of the 1st balloon cluster. Tie a weight (un-inflated balloon filled with 1/2 cup water or sand) to bottom of cluster. If you are doing a tall column, you may want to add 2-3 weights at the bottom. If you plan to use your spider outdoors, see our balloon column page for instructions on attaching balloon clusters to a pole.

Place the second cluster of balloons on top of the first, giving it a 1/3 turn so that it fits snuggly onto the the first cluster. Bring the fishing line up through the center of the cluster, wrap line around one of the balloons in the first cluster. Ending with the fishing line up through the center of the clusters.

Continue until all the clusters are joined together. (The number of clusters depends on the height you want your column to be, usually 7-8 clusters for a 5 ft column)

We only used 3 clusters on this column and it was the perfect size for a tabletop display.

Variation for eyes:

Blow up two 5" orange balloons to 1 1/2 inches and tie together at the necks. Use black maker to make triangular shaped pupils on the balloons for eyes.

Balloon Decorating Tip:

How to make Balloon Clusters and Crepe Rosettes
How to make a Balloon Arch
How to make Balloon Clouds
How to make a Balloon Column
How to make Balloon Fish
How to make Balloon Flowers
How to make Balloon Swags & Strands
How to Make Balloon Palm Trees
How to make a Balloon Wreath
How to make Spooky Balloon Decorations
Balloon Safety Tips

Related Ideas:
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Halloween Props
Halloween Tableware, Halloween Table Decorations
Halloween Party Favors, Halloween Party Items
Spooky Balloon Decoration Instructions
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Happy Hauntings Party
Party Scene Investigation Party 
Zombie Party
Costumes
Glow & Party Lights
Hats and Headgear
Halloween Party Recipes

 

 

 

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