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Balloon Strands or Swags
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
How to make Balloon Swags
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.
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
Criss-crossed strands can be used to drop the ceiling of a large
Place strands on the ground to outline a dance floor.
Lay along a floor to form an
Attach a strand to a door frame.
Twinkle lights wrapped around a
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
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.
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
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
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.