How to Make Balloon Centerpieces

by Kelly O'Gea ; Updated September 28, 2017

Balloon centerpieces fit any occasion and table setting.

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Items you will need

  • Helium tank (optional)
  • Balloons
  • Curling ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Balloon weights
  • Vase or decorative container

You can jazz up a table setting by choosing a less traditional centerpiece such as one made of balloons. Whether you are hosting a birthday party, a dinner or cocktail party, or even a wedding, a balloon centerpiece will be a welcome addition to any theme and color palette.

Floating Centerpiece

Step 1

Fill several balloons with helium. Place the end of a balloon over the nozzle on the front of the helium tank and press downward. Once the balloon is filled to the desired size, stop pressing on the nozzle, slip the balloon off, and tie a knot in it. Alternatively, some stores keep helium tanks on hand and may fill your balloons for you.

Step 2

Cut lengths of curling ribbon and tie one end to the knotted end of the balloons. Cut the ribbons to various lengths, within several inches of each other. The length differences will help your centerpiece look more full than if the ribbons were all one length.

Step 3

Gather the end of the ribbons and tie them to the balloon weight.

Step 4

Place the balloon weight in a vase or decorative container, if desired.

Balloon Bouquets

Step 1

Blow up several balloons and tie a knot in the ends.

Step 2

Cut lengths of curling ribbon. The ribbons should be slightly longer than the container is tall.

Step 3

Tie one end of the ribbons to the knotted ends of the balloons.

Step 4

Gather the other end of the ribbons and tie them to the balloon weight.

Step 5

Place the balloon weight inside the decorative container.

Step 6

Adjust the positions of the balloons, like you are fluffing flowers, until they have the look desired. The ribbons or balloon weights should not be visible.

Tips

  • When making balloon centerpieces, you can use as few or as many balloons as you want to obtain the result desired. To blow up all of the balloons to the same size, cut a circle in a piece of cardboard and place the balloons in the circle as they are inflated.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Kelly O'Gea entered journalism in 2009. Since then, she has been the general editor of the collegiate publication "GAMBIT." O'Gea has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southeastern Louisiana University.