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All you need is fishing line, paper clips, balloons (1 or 2 colors), helium, weights for each end. This is easiest done with about 2-3 people. Take the fishing line and stretch it between 2 folding chairs tying to the backs of the chairs.
Have 1-2 people filling and tying the helium balloons. The other person takes 3 helium balloons and inserts the necks into the paper clip. You need to be careful not to put a hole in your balloon. The idea is the paper clip will hold the 3 balloons together.
Then simply take the attached balloons and wrap 1 balloon around the fishing line 2 times keeping the other 2 balloons still. Keep doing this until the fishing line is full of the balloons.
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I need to make a balloon arch across/over a gym and do not know how many balloons I will need. I do not have specific dimensions, can you help?
Kathy from New Jersey
A lot will depend on what kind of balloon arch you are making, what size balloons you are using and of course what size the arch will end up being. I would make sure you purchase extra ballons as whenever we make one we always pop some while making it. You can always return any unopened bags to the store. I made a post a while ago on how to make a balloon arch if you need directions.
I agree, buy plenty and return what you don't use. Better that than to run out mid-stream! It looks like a good estimate is 4 to 6 balloons per foot of frame. These are so cool... have fun!