How To: Simple Birthday Balloon Garland

I have officially given up on being a Pinterest worthy birthday mom. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely went all out with my first two kiddos. I created elaborate themes and DIY projects that took weeks to pull together. By the time kid 3 and then 4 came along, however, I suddenly felt the realness of birthday burnout. Because of this, the balloon garland tradition was born.

Simplicity became my new go-to and I decided to focus my efforts on the simple things that my KIDS really loved: presents, cake and BALLOONS!

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When my youngest turned 1 the simple traditions started and I came up with a seamless way to create this easy and decoration in under an hour. Because let’s be honest, I have 4 kids who’s birthdays are all within 3 months. There have definitely been a time or two where the day has crept up and the birthday planning suddenly becomes more of a birthday scramble.

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Balloon Garland Supply List:

  • Balloons (12in, 10in & 5in in a variety of colors)
  • Plastic Strip
  • Air Pump
  • Tacks

Balloon Garland supplies can also be purchased in kits.

Click on the links below to shop a variety of my favorite kits.


Step 1:

Pug in that pump and blow up all of the balloons. (A pump isn’t required but it will save you SO much time and only costs around $20. well worth it for the time and oxygen saved.


Step 2:

Grab the plastic strip and add the first balloon. (I will typically start on the 4th or 5th hole so there is extra strip to hang from when finished.) Pull the knot through the large hole then slide it over to the small hole to secure it.

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Step 3:

Add the second balloon from the opposite side of the strip. This will avoid crowding and allow you to add one to every hole.

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Step 4:

Continue to add balloons until you reach your desired length. Make sure to mix sizes and colors at random.


Step 5:

I love to hang ours from the ceiling above our kitchen island. Ill cut the plastic strip with about 4-5 open holes at the end then use a few tacks to secure it to the ceiling.

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Simple DIY Balloon Garland Complete!

The only other thing I typically add is a happy birthday banner (which is available in a variety of styles and colors HERE) and a large mylar balloon exclusively picked out for the birthday kiddo. I usually run to the party store to grab that.

Pizza and store bought cupcakes and we are ready for a simple birthday party that my kids love!!

If you decide to attempt this simple birthday decoration I would LOVE for you to tag me on Instagram! I love seeing when my followers are inspired by one of my projects!


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6 thoughts on “How To: Simple Birthday Balloon Garland”

  1. Pingback: 25 Educational Game Ideas for a Home School Room - Haute House Love

  2. Thank you, I have a 75th birthday coming up and I think this looks very nice, and far more affordable than purchasing it complete. Question where do you find the plastic tape?

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