Balloon Garland Tutorial - The Easiest Balloon Tail Ever!

by Jo Williams July 20, 2016

I love to make a feature out of balloons and adding a garland or tail is an easy way of making a balloon extra special.

Easy Balloon Tail DIY Tutorial

This balloon tail made from tiny 5" balloons is so easy and quick, no sticking required. You can use the same method to make a balloon garland for a backdrop or table centrepiece as well as attaching it to a balloon.

All you need is:

- A large helium filled balloon like our Rainbow Heart Balloon (but a 24" or 36" latex balloon will work well too. The main thing is the balloon needs to be big!)

- String or ribbon (we used curling ribbon)

- Approx 20 Tiny 5" Balloons in colours of your choice

Balloon Garland Tail Tutorial

Step 1: Inflate your Large Balloon with helium and attach the ribbon.

Step 2: Inflate your little balloons with air or puff. Try to inflate them all the same size, I inflated them to around 4".

Balloon Garland Tutorial

Step 3: thinking about how you want your garland tail to look, pair up your balloons and tie into pairs.

Balloon Tail Tutorial

Step 4: Snip the excess off the tied knots of your balloons (this is important as it reduces the weight)

Step 5: Starting at the top of your tail and just under your big balloon, place your first pair of tiny balloons and wrap the ribbon once over the tied knot in the centre of your pairing, this alone should hold your balloons in place and also means it is easy to reposition your balloons if you need to. Then going down the length of ribbon repeat this step until you run out of balloons or the balloon will no longer hold more weight.

Balloon Garland Tail Tutorial

Balloon Garland rainbow

Balloon Tail Garland DIY



Jo Williams
Jo Williams


Jo Williams is the Creative Director of Pretty Little Party Shop. Jo has been the spearhead of creating new party trends for over six years. There is no-one better qualified to bring you the newest, coolest and most innovative ideas from the party and balloon world.

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