I love how the fairy arch turned out. The balloons and flowers make a beautiful fairy arch. Can you guess what the fairy door and fairy sign are made of? To give you a hint – I created this fairy party for under $100 and so with an extremely small budget I had to be creative. The fairy door and sign are made out of cardboard that was painted. To see more details check the Fairy Party on a Budget. At the bottom of the Fairy Party on a Budget post, I have links to tutorials on how the fairy party was designed for such an affordable price. I will be sharing the tutorial on how to make the fairy door and sign too!
I was asked by Balloon Time to create a party for $100 for a party challenge and this fairy party is what I came up with. If my party gets enough votes, Operation Shower the charity I chose will receive $5000. Their mission is to provide joyful baby showers for military families to ease the stresses of deployment. I appreciate the sacrifices made on our behalf by the nations military and their families (especially expectant wives!).
You can vote here for my party.
Balloons and Flowers Make a Beautiful Fairy Arch
Supplies for Balloon and Flower Arch:
- Peony flower bushes from the dollar store – I used about 5
- wire- I found the red heavy-duty 6 foot long doodad at the thrift store. I have no idea what it is but I thought it would be perfect to support the balloon arch. Heavy duty wire you can shape would work. You can also purchase a Balloon Arch Kitas well.
- assorted colored balloons to match your party
- tulle, string
- 1/2 inch clear glue dots
- 2 topiary tree/bushes. I’ve had these for years. You probably don’t have anything similar. If not, use the balloon arch kit (link shared above) and have the balloons start at the base/floor of the arch. You could also attach this to an entryway or gateway to a side yard, etc. Be creative where you can build this fun arch
Use zip ties to attach a heavy-duty wire or balloon arch kit to the trees. Once the arch is moved into position trim the zipties so the tail can’t be seen.
Inflate your balloons with air and keep them small sizes. I inflated the balloons at several different sizes. There is no helium used for this arch. A few days before the party, I inflated the balloons and kept them in large lawn-sized trash bags. Do not keep the balloons in the garage or hot environment. They will deflate more readily then a normal room environment and not look the best. Heat and balloons do not mix.
Place the topiaries at the correct distance apart. Since I added the gate with my balloon structure, I wanted to make sure that it was the proper width.
Wrap tulle around the wire. It’s basically to hide the wire.
I tied the balloons together at the knots in sets of 3 with string and then tied them to the arch as a set. Tie them tight so the balloons will sit well together. Remember to inflate the balloons much smaller then you would normally inflate them.
Light pink, dark pink, pearlized pink, clear and a couple of greens were used to create this look. Mix up the colors so there is variety.
The glue dots are imperative to make this balloon arch look good. Once I tied the balloons to the wire arch and got them somewhat in place, I put glue dots on the balloons to adhere them together. So basically it was two balloons that were touching and a glue dot was put in place to create a more professional and tighter look.
Add the flower bushes and gold ivy (in my case I sprayed some silk green ivy leaves gold) to the spots that need a little something. The glue dots kept the ivy in place. The flowers were tucked into the empty spaces between the balloons.
You will notice the balloons appear to be different colors in the photographs. The images that look a little more vintage/faded were taken in the evening. The brighter color photos were taken during the daytime.
If you make a balloon arch with flowers, I would love to see it.
The first image in the post and the collage image was taken by Jenisse Forbes of Jenisse Photography
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