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Party Planning - Balloon Decorating Tips - Balloon Strands or Swags

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How to make Balloon Swags

Balloon strands or swags are clusters of balloons wrapped around a 30 pound test monofilament line (fishing line) and suspended from the ceiling or laid alone a floor.

The pictures below illustrate some of the ways you can use balloon stands or swags.

Wild Safari Print Balloons Assortment Pkg/100

Making Spiral Patterns:

To create a spiral pattern, make each cluster in the same color order and nest them in the same direction. 


  • Two color spiral: use two of each color balloon in each cluster. 
  • Three color spiral: use one each of two colors, and two of the third (remember when buying your balloons that you will need twice as many of the third color.) 
  • Four color spiral: use one of each color in each cluster.

Ideas for using balloon strands.

Strands can be hung straight down from the ceiling.

Criss-crossed strands can be used to drop the ceiling of a large room.

Place strands on the ground to outline a dance floor.

Lay along a floor to form an ocean.

Attach a strand to a door frame. 

Twinkle lights wrapped around a balloon strand can further enhance their appearance. 


Assembling Balloon Strands



Assemble 11" latex balloons in clusters of four balloons, as shown below. The balloons can be all one color, or two, three or four different colors.

The clusters of balloons are wrapped around a 30 pound test monofilament line. 

To assemble your swags or strands, tie each end of the monofilament line to a chair or a doorknob, so it is stretched out. Leave 2' of line loose at each end. Loop the ends around and tie them to the line so the end balloons will not slide off. 

Sizing Balloons: 

It is important that all the balloons are blown up to the same size. An easy way to size the balloons is to make a template. Cut a round hole in a piece of poster, foam board or a box the size you want the balloons to be, and when inflating pass the balloon through the hole. 


Plastic Balloon Inflator

Making 4 Balloon Clusters:

1.Blow up two balloons and tie the necks of them together, sealing the balloons and attaching them together at the same time.

2. Do this again to make a second pair of balloons, and then simply cross the two pairs in the middle and twist them together to make a cluster of four.

Continue twisting pairs of balloons together until you have enough clusters to cover the length of swag or strand you are creating. 

Attaching Clusters to Make a Swag or Strand:

Twist a four-balloon cluster around the end of the monofilament line. Push it down as far as it will go. 

Twist on a second cluster. Rotate the added cluster so those balloons fit down into the spaces between the previous cluster. Continue adding clusters and rotating them until the arch is finished. 



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