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How To Make A Balloon Arch With Tape And Cricut Vinyl

I have been working on a little project recently with Cricut that I wasn’t required to share here on my blog. However I had to share this easy step by step tutorial on how to make a baby shower balloon arch with tape and make Cricut vinyl balloon decals as I love it!

And also of course if you want said ballon arch personalised your Cricut is essential to make Cricut vinyl balloon decals. This tutorial is not only super easy! But also saves so much money if you can make it yourself.

Although I made this gorgeous balloon arch for a baby shower! You can change and personalise it in any colour or design for any occasion and party.

Ballon arches can cost well in excess of £100 to buy. However, I made this oh so beautiful baby shower ballon arch for around £20. I know, what a bargain?

How to make an easy step by step balloon arch for parties, baby showers and bridal showers.

Creating A Virtual Celebration

Although we aren’t currently able to mix in large groups, some occasions do still need marking. Such a the forthcoming arrival of a baby, birthdays and anniversaries. Therefore creating a zoom party and inviting friends to celebrate on-line with you is a wonderful way to mark an occasion. And of course balloons always make an occasion feel extra spacial.

If you can’t fill your home or event with friends and loved ones then fill it will balloons, create a balloon throne and share that on your virtual party.

Ways To Create A Virtual Baby Shower Or Birthday Party

  • Use Zoom, you can have 40 minutes on the free version or buy a month and have unlimited time.
  • Use Facebook messenger
  • Or FaceTime call with Apple products.

How To Make A Balloon Arch With Tape And A Cricut

You need to decide whether you’re going to buy a kit. Or alternatively go solo and make the arch totally free hand. When researching this post I found that kits offer great value as they contain all the components you need.

Thus you simply, build, cut your vinyl and decorate. Also, they are not too difficult to build and the more you do, the easier it gets.

To Make A Balloon Arch You Will Need:

A balloon arch kit. This one was from Amazon and added a few extra confetti balloons.

If you want to build the arch yourself you will need

You Will Also Need

  • Balloon pump ( I used an air bed pump)
  • Cricut Joy
  • Cricut removable smart vinyl
  • Weeding tool
  • Transfer tape (optional)
An easy Balloon Arch with a step by step tutorial on how to build a Balloon Arch and personalise with Cricut

Step By Step How To Make A Baby Shower Balloon Arch

Preparing The Balloon Arch

Start by preparing your vinyl decals, I prefect to use removable vinyl as I find it easier to reposition once the arch is built.

Weed the vinyl and place onto the balloons freehand unless you have fiddly areas then use transfer tape to make Cricut vinyl balloon decals

If you’re using a Cricut Joy and have larger images that would want to break down check out this tutorial. I broke down the feet so I could cut two larger feet on the Joy. Alternatively you would not need to do this on the Cricut Maker or Air.

The link to the project I used is here ready to cut in design space . The images I used in the project are in the image below.

Baby shower Cricut vinyl balloon decals

Blow up all of your balloons with a balloon pump. As you are blowing them up start building a plan of how you are going to distribute them throughout the arch. Also, I found some of the balloons difficult to inflate, however stretching them before hand resolved this.

Ensure you keep some of the balloons quite small, these will be used for filling in any gaps when the arch is in position.

Add removable vinyl freehand and smooth it over but dont fully run down until you are sure of the placement.

Once the balloons are blown up and the vinyl decals are cut and weeded, decide on which you want to decorate. Consider where in the arch you will place the balloons as this will affect the direction.

Freehand place the vinyl decals onto the balloons. I chose the decorate the largest balloons and also some of the clear confetti balloons.

Don’t rub too hard to adhere at this stage as you may need to remove them when the arch is build and in place. Thus don’t stress if you have any creases these can be corrected later.

How To Make A Balloon Arch With Tape

When learning how to make a balloon arch for the first time consider the balance and start with the biggest balloons first. Distributing them throughout the tape at intervals considering where you are going to hang the arch and where they will fit when finished.

Using the balloon arch strip distribute your biggest balloons evenly. I went for top middle and bottom of the arch, using the middle sized balloons on the arch strip and to build up the arch.

To attach the balloons to the arch strip you simply pull the tied balloon end through the ballon arch strip and slide across, which makes the arch quite secure.

pull the balloon knots through the hole on the balloon strip tape to secure them ensuring you space out.

However if you do intend to move the arch or keep it outside also secure the balloon to the strip with a glue dot. ( I transported mine in the car and did not secure with glue dots and only had to re attach 3 balloons, these strips are secure. But the glue dots are great for peace of mind.)

Keep going with all the balloons apart from the small balloons, leave the smallest balloons until your arch is in place. These will be attached with the glue dots.

Baby shower afternoon how to make a balloon arch with Cricut vinyl balloon decals and  tape

Attaching The Balloon Arch

When your arch is full, decide where you are going to hang it and attach cotton or fish wire to the arch and pull into position.

This is the time to ensure the Cricut vinyl balloon decals are all in the correct position and you’re happy? If you are, use a dry cloth to gently smooth them down. Alternatively you can gently reposition and then smooth down.

Now fill in any gaps and build up the shape by adding glue dots onto the smaller balloons. This step really does finish off the balloon arch.

Baby Shower
How to make Baby shower Balloons With Cricut

How To Create A Balloon Arch For A Baby Shower With Cricut Vinyl

Yield: 1 Baby shower balloon arch with vinyl decals.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: moderate
Estimated Cost: £20.00

How To Make A Balloon Arch With Tape And Cricut Vinyl, step by step diy decorating a balloon with Cricut Vinyl decals and a baby shower balloon arch.

Materials

  • Cricut removable smart vinyl
  • Transfer tape (optional)
  • And
  • A balloon arch kit. This one was from Amazon and added a few extra confetti balloons.
  • Or
  • Balloon arch strip tape and glue dots.
  • Fish wire or cotton to attach to doors, walls etc.
  • Balloons of varied sizes. ( I used 100, in 5 varied sizes)

Tools

  • Balloon pump ( I used an air bed pump)
  • Cricut Joy
  • Weeding tool

Instructions

    Preparing The Balloon Arch

    Start by preparing your vinyl decals, I prefect to use removable vinyl as I find it easier to reposition once the arch is built.

    If you’re using a Cricut Joy and have larger images that would want to break down check out this tutorial. I broke down the feet so I could cut two larger feet on the Joy. Alternatively you would not need to do this on the Cricut Maker or Air.

    The link to the project I used is here ready to cut in design space . The images I used in the project are in the image below.

    Baby shower balloon decals

    Blow up all of your balloons with a balloon pump. As you are blowing them up start building a plan of how you are going to distribute them throughout the arch. Also, I found some of the balloons difficult to inflate, however stretching them before hand resolved this.

    Ensure you keep some of the balloons quite small, these will be used for filling in any gaps when the arch is in position.

    Once the balloons are blown up and the vinyl decals are cut and weeded, decide on which you want to decorate. Consider where in the arch you will place the balloons as this will affect the direction.

    Freehand place the vinyl decals onto the balloons. I chose the decorate the largest balloons and also some of the clear confetti balloons.

    Add removable vinyl freehand and smooth it over but dont fully run down until you are sure of the placement when the arch is built

    Don’t rub too hard to adhere at this stage as you may need to remove them when the arch is build and in place. Thus don’t stress if you have any creases these can be corrected later.

    Building The Arch


    When learning how to make a balloon arch for the first time consider the balance and start with the biggest balloons first. Distributing them throughout the tape at intervals considering where you are going to hang the arch and where they will fit when finished.

    Using the balloon arch strip distribute your biggest balloons evenly. I went for top middle and bottom of the arch, using the middle sized balloons on the arch strip and to build up the arch.

    To attach the balloons to the arch strip you simply pull the tied balloon end through the ballon arch strip and slide across, which makes the arch quite secure.

    pull the balloon knots through the hole on the balloon strip tape to secure them ensuring you space out your larger balloons

    However if you do intend to move the arch or keep it outside also secure the balloon to the strip with a glue dot. ( I transported mine in the car and did not secure with glue dots and only had to re attach 3 balloons, these strips are secure. But the glue dots are great for peace of mind.)

    Keep going with all the balloons apart from the small balloons, leave the smallest balloons until your arch is in place. These will be attached with the glue dots.

    Attaching The Balloon Arch

    When your arch is full, decide where you are going to hang it and attach cotton or fish wire to the arch and pull into position.

    This is the time to ensure the Cricut vinyl balloon decals are all in the correct position and you’re happy? If you are, use a dry cloth to gently smooth them down. Alternatively you can gently reposition and then smooth down.

    Now fill in any gaps and build up the shape by adding glue dots onto the smaller balloons. This step really does finish off the balloon arch.

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Thursday 17th of December 2020

Great work! Keep sharing useful stuff like this!

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