Looking for the perfect centerpiece? Inexpensive and easy-to-make air filled balloon centerpieces are the answer! Air filled balloons make festive centerpieces with the added bonus that they can be created days in advance of an event. While standard helium balloons only last a few days, air filled balloons last for weeks. This type of balloon centerpieces is also well suited for outdoor events where helium balloons can get blown around by the wind.
When creating a table top centerpiece of air filled balloons, the smaller 5” balloon is the perfect choice. To keep the air filled balloons upright like helium filled balloons use plastic balloon sticks and cups. The air filled balloon is inflated and the stem / knot of the balloon is inserting into a small plastic cup that sits on a 12’ plastic stick.
Creating an air filled balloon centerpieces is easy and quick. Here are tutorials for two different versions of a Mardi Gras balloon centerpieces using these 5” air-filled balloons.
This arrangement made with five balloons is anchored in a Mylar foil covered bag weighted with sand. The larger seven balloon centerpiece (shown above) uses a purple glass vase with Mylar tissue as a base.
The options for a centerpiece base are only limited by your imagination. Vases, bowls, boxes or glasses will all work. Here are a few different options from Mardi Gras Outlet. A simple bag filled with sand provides an inexpensive weight for the arrangement. Fancier clear and metallic glass vases add a touch of sparkle and weight to the centerpiece. With the vases you will need to use floral foam to anchor the balloon sticks. Mylar tissue is used to cover the floral foam, adding another layer of sparkle as well.
Tutorial: Air-filled Balloons with sticks/cups.
Inflate the 5” balloon until it begins to form a pear shape (apx 5” long).
Seal the balloon by tying a knot in the neck of the balloon.
Insert the knot of the balloon into the center of the cup, pushing it back out the side of the plastic cup. Insert the knot into the slit in the cup to secure the balloon in place.
Place the plastic cup onto the 12” long plastic stick. Repeat for each of the balloons you will need.
Tutorial: Basic five balloon centerpiece
With all five of the balloons attached to the cups and sticks, arrange them into a pleasing shape.
Once arranged, use a piece of clear tape to secure the sticks together at the base.
Cut off any extra long pieces of balloon stick.
Cut the mylar tissue sheets in half. We used one of each of the traditional colors of Mardi Gras (purple, green and gold). Layer the three (3) half sheets of tissue on top of each other.
Put the balloon sand bag on top of the mylar tissue. Insert the sticks into the sand bag.
Secure the sticks into the bag, sealing in the sand, with clear plastic tape.
Gather the tissue up and around the balloon sticks. Secure the tissue in place with ribbon. Green curling ribbon is used here. Curl the ends of the ribbon.
OPTIONAL: Add some more sparkle with floral sprays. Three metallic star picks were added to the arrangement. This can be done now or in the beginning when you are arranging the balloons. Each star pick is inserted into a different part of the arrangement (and at different heights).
TIP: The (non-wired) mylar pieces in the pick can be curled just like curling ribbon. Run the blade of the scissors over them to create soft or tight curls.
The complete Mardi Gras balloon centerpiece
Tutorial: 7 balloon centerpiece in vase
Inflate seven of the 5” balloons and place on the sticks and cups as instructed above.
Use a piece of floral foam cut into the shape of your vase. If you are using a clear container like this one, use the mylar tissue to conceal the green floral foam.
Layer three (3) half sheets of mylar tissue under the floral foam and push the floral foam into the container.
Balance the three colors in the arrangement. Cut some of the sticks down to shorter heights so you can vary the levels of the balloons.
Add in the three metallic star picks around the arrangement. Fluff the tissue up and over the balloon sticks, hiding the green floral foam.
OPTIONAL: Add in mask or other floral picks for added interest. This is a great way to bring in a theme for an event.
With simple supplies and inexpensive air filled balloons, these festive centerpieces can transform a large space on a small budget. By changing the color scheme and floral accents this style centerpiece will work for any themed event.
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