Balloon Basics

Thinking about starting a balloon company? Maybe you just want to do a few decorations for your friends or family. Well first things first. You’ll need to learn the basics. Some of these techniques you may know how to do but I’ll start from the beginning and you can take it from there.

Things you need to learn:

 

  • How to correctly tie a balloon. Sounds easy, right? Perhaps, but there are many people out there that cannot tie or balloon or don’t know how to tie a balloon correctly. When tying a foil balloon, it’s all about presentation and giving a clean look. With latex, you need to make sure you add the ribbon with the knot making you twice as productive by saving time.  Here is the way to tie a foil and a latex balloon. Video coming soon….
  • Cutting and curling ribbon- Another overlooked technique for beginners. Cutting and curling ribbon is super easy but if you don’t do it correctly it can cost you precious time and money. Watch this video on how to cut and curl ribbon.  Video coming soon…
  • Inflating and sizing balloons- It’s all about symmetry. When putting together a balloon centerpiece, column or arch you need to size your balloons! I’ll say it again you need to size your balloons. Although time consuming this technique will ensure your work will look great and stand up among the best.  Video coming soon….
  • Knowing the color wheel- Balloons come in different shades and textures. Learning how to properly match up your balloons is very important when choosing your theme. Learn the color wheel here….
  • Types of balloons- Matching your balloons together and to your theme is very important but knowing all the types of different balloon that are out there is crucial in maximizing profits and giving your clients the best options to choose from. Learn about diff balloons here. Video coming soon…
  • Helium and no helium balloon decorations- Its essential to learn both helium and non-helium balloon décor. Sure, you can focus on one more than the other but there will be occasions that calls for both. Be prepared for any situation or client request.
  • Stands and equipment for Balloon arches, centerpieces and balloon columns- There are many different stands and equipment to choose from but in my opinion it’s better to make the most equipment you can yourself. Most stands for sale are expensive and must be picked up after the event has ended. This costs gas, time and money. If you learn how to make your own gear or at least some of it, you’ll be ahead of the game. Watch this video and I’ll do an overview of what’s needed to get you off the ground. Video coming soon….
  • Accents and accessories- This is what is going to set you apart from your competition. Adding accents and accessories like ribbons, tulle and confetti can really make balloon decorations stand out. You can use high float to make glitter balloons or even add led lights for the extra ambiance. Learn how to use high float and add accessories in the following videos.  Video coming soon…
  • Learn basic balloon twisting- This is what make a good balloon decorator great. Purchase some 260q balloons(qualatex) and learn the basics. You’ll want to learn your basic twists like pinch twist, ear twist etc. The Flower, dog and heart creations are good to start with. I’ll put a few videos down below to help you get started. Once you have the basics it will be easier for you to follow along with my videos as well as come up with some nice creations of your own.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice- As with any profession or skill practicing daily will get you where you want to go. Before you attempt your first job or any new design make sure you do it at least 1 or 2 times before you are on a job site. Running into problems or not foreseeing them can lead to a disaster.

Next up Learn Balloon Columns:

 

Once you have the basics down its time to learn balloon columns. Balloon columns can be made with or without a stand. I always recommend using a stand to give the structure more stability and strength. If you are doing any column outdoors a stand is absolutely needed as well as weight to keep it from tipping over. You can purchase stands or make your own which is way more cost effective. I’m going to show you different ideas for making bases as well as how to make a column with and without a stand.

Without stand column video-  Video coming soon…

Introduction to stands and bases  Video coming soon…

Column with stand video  Video coming soon…

Introduction to arches

Balloon arches are my favorite décor piece and can be the most profitable. There are many different arches to learn but here I’ll go over the most typical arches used today.

String of pearls- The string of pearl arch is a helium arch that can be used over doorways, can be attached to two columns or even be used as a backdrop. Its constructed by attaching single helium filled balloons to an arch line typically made up of monofilament (fishing line) It’s the easiest type of arch make. Watch the string of pearl arch video here.  Video coming soon…

Link a loon or Quick Link Balloon arch- This arch is constructed by tying special balloons end to end creating the arch. It can be made with or without helium but if constructed without helium you need to put in a cluster of 4” smaller balloons between each link otherwise it will not be able to hold its structure. Video coming soon…

Watch a video about link a loon/ Quick link arches here.  Video coming soon…

Multi-cluster Arches –  When I started balloon décor these types of arches are the ones I wanted to know how to make! They are used for entrance ways, backdrops, cake tables, over racer tracks and alike. They can be constructed with or without stands and with or without helium. When making extra-large arches, helium is almost always used. There are also a few diff techniques that you can use and I will demonstrate them in the videos below

Non-helium arch without frame  Video coming soon…

Non-helium arch with frame Video coming soon…

Helium Arch video Video coming soon…

Balloon Ideas

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Start up FAQ

Starting up a balloon business? Heres a few questions answered.

Balloon Tutorials

Follow along a learn how to make your own balloon arches , columns and more!

Resources

Find all your Balloon Resouces here. Color charts, helium charts and more.