Holographic Ghost Halloween Balloon Installation

Ghost Balloon Decor

A good balloon installation is our favorite go-to because not only do you just need a little bit of time (and a good balloon pump!) but the large scale look makes a major statement without needing a large scale budget.

We are big fans of Anagram balloons. In fact, this Halloween balloon installation is one of many Holiday ideas they have helped us dream up over the past year. You can check out our tutorials for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even St Patrick’s Day here! Plus the massive foil balloon arch we made for my sister Caitlin’s baby shower.

Foil balloons are re-useable!

Much like our DIY Rainbow Lucky Charms Arch we made back in March, this one is big, fun, and the best part—the balloons are deflatable! Meaning you can recreate this look next Halloween with the same balloons! Just keep them in storage and bring them out year after year.

I first fell in love with their holographic ghost balloons that come in a jumbo size and a mini size (too cute!). They also have this great circle balloon with a ghost face on it, which Jasper has dubbed “eggs” as the mouth is yes, in an egg shape. Anagram also has some beautiful solid color shapes so we added in some rose pinks, rust oranges, and some celestial shapes in matte black stars and crescent moons. It’s a beautiful take on a ghoulish theme you know?!

First, I put together a board of the colors I was wanting to use from Anagram.

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And luckily, they were just as pretty in person! Love the rose gold with the orange and iridescent!

Halloween balloon installation

You can use this ghost balloon decor to decorate your porch for All Hallow’s eve, a neighborhood (socially-distanced!) party or parade, or just to catch the eye of passers-by.

Watch our video to see me put together the party with a snap of my fingers!

 

Setting Up the Halloween Balloon Installation (no magic needed) 

This is a fairly easy project skill-wise, but it does take a bit of time to blow up the balloons and set them up. Maybe you’re wondering if you can blow up some balloons in advance, perhaps the night before while you’re watching a scary movie (by “scary” I mean Hocus Pocus…that’s my threshold). We recommend blowing them up only 1-2 days in advance to avoid any premature deflating. ALSO, an important tip is blowing them up in the temperature of where they will be installed. If it’s going to be outside, we recommend blowing them up outside.

Halloween balloon installation

Another perk of these foil balloons is you don’t need helium to fill them up—just plain ol’ air works great. Most of our balloon projects are made so you don’t need helium at all. That is a major plus in my book and since there’s a helium shortage, we tend to steer clear!

Look how cute these ghost balloons look! Special thanks to our sponsor Anagram for making this Halloween balloon decor possible!

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3 DIY 4th of July Bunting Ideas

1 – Draped Paper Bunting:

This is the style of DIY Fourth of July bunting that I came up with last year and I love it. Most buntings are made out of draped fabric, and as a result are super expensive. This one is made out of butcher paper but it has the same fabulous drape – without the extravagant price tag! Follow this link for instructions.

DIY Fourth of July Bunting with butcher paper

2 – 2D Paper Bunting:

Also made out of butcher paper, this bunting is budget-friendly and super quick to make! It is a 2D version of a traditional patriotic bunting, and I love the simple lines. If your home is more modern than traditional, this bunting makes for a great alternative to the ol’ faithful draped bunting. You can’t go wrong with clean design!

DIY Fourth of July Bunting with paper

Materials:
  • Red, white, and blue butcher paper (amount varies depending on your measurements, this can typically be purchased at your local party store).
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tape
Instructions:
  1. Measure the length of the desired location for bunting. Do a little math to figure out how long each individual section should be.
  2. Cut the red, white, and blue papers to the correct lengths and half circle widths. *An easy way to get a nice round shape & even width is to tie your pencil to a string that’s anchored to something heavy enough on the opposite end to hold its position as you draw. Pull the pencil to the end of the length of string and follow it in the natural circular shape, going around the anchored point. Then cut along the line you’ve drawn.*
  3. Glue the red, white and blue half circle shapes on top of each other, with the largest color on bottom, the smallest color on top, and the flat edges lined up.
  4. Double over pieces of tape and stick them to the back of the straight edge to attach the bunting to your desired location.

3 – Balloon Bunting

We love balloon decor, and the Fourth of July is a holiday without enough balloons! Because of this, I decided to make a bunting with balloons. The third DIY Fourth of July bunting features red white and blue balloons of different shapes. Long balloons are reminiscent of the red and white stripes, while small blue ones decorate the bunting like stars! 

DIY Fourth of July Bunting

Materials:
  1. The same materials as the paper bunting
  2. Red, white, and blue balloons – each color in both 5 inch round balloons and 46 inch long balloons (amount varies depending on your measurements) 
    • A low-heat glue gun works best for gluing the balloons to the butcher paper
Instructions:
  1. Follow the instructions above to create your paper buntings in the desired sizes
  2. Blow up enough 46 inch long balloons to create two side-by-side layers of each balloon color. Then hot glue each balloon to the butcher paper bunting, following the half circle arch of the balloons’ corresponding color. Red balloons will follow the arch of the red butcher paper, white balloons will follow the arch of the white butcher paper, and blue will follow the arch of the blue butcher paper.
  3. Blow up enough 5 inch round balloons of each color to fill in the space between the long balloon arches. Then hot glue a layer of round balloons to the corresponding color of butcher paper.
    • Balloon order: Two side-by-side layers of red long balloons, one layer of red round balloons. Two side-by-side layers of white long balloons, one layer of white round balloons. Two side-by-side layers of blue long balloons, fill in the remaining area with blue round balloons.
  4. Double over pieces of tape and stick them to the back of the straight edge to attach the bunting to your desired location.

DIY Fourth of July Bunting with balloons

Click here to see some of our other favorite patriotic projects! And you can find all of our holiday ideas on our Pinterest here.

DIY Rainbow Lucky Charms Balloon Arch

In true Lars fashion, our balloon arch is BIG and COLORFUL, and made up of Anagram’s wonderful foil balloons. We said this before and we will say it again, we love these balloons because they are deflatable, and therefore reusable which we love, helps the environment and cuts cost since you can use them again!

How to make the balloon arch frame for under $10

We knew we wanted an arch that was much larger than anything we’ve ever done so we had to think BIG! For our pumpkin arch we made one small enough for our walkway and it worked so well. And this time we went double the size!

Here’s what we did to make the balloon arch frame:

  • We used three 10′ PVC pipes connected with their little connectors (all under $10!).
  • We pounded a piece of rebar on either side of the pole into the ground with a hammer and the pipe slid on nicely over the rebar.

Blowing up the Balloons for an arch

This is one of the questions we get over and over again “How far in advance can you blow up the balloons?” Well, it depends on the type of balloon and the weather and if it will be indoors or outdoors. To ensure freshness, I’d recommend 1-2 days. Anything over that is probably fine but you just never know. Some of the balloons even have tiny holes in them and you don’t know that until a few hours when it’s in the arch and starts to shrivel up.

It took us 5 people in one morning to blow up all the balloons for this arch. Mind you, we blew up waaaaay too many because we didn’t know exactly what shape we were going to build yet and we wanted to be sure. We used about 48 balloons here for this 30′ pole.

How to add on balloons to the pole

We know and love using balloon tape, but for something like this, we prefer to attach it to the pole directly with clear shipping tape. We take an 8″ piece and tie it around the end of the foil balloon and around the pole.

We added on more balloons to the base so that they acted more like clouds.

All the colors!

We must have a soft spot for holiday-themed balloons (You may remember seeing them from our favorite Jingle Bell Balloon post?) since we undertook creating this huge Rainbow Balloon Arch! Despite the helium shortage, we were able to use these reusable balloons to make our BIGGEST balloon arch yet, a full 30 feet because they are all air-filled! Perhaps the real treasure at the end of our rainbow was the rainbow itself! We couldn’t believe how great it turned out, with all our favorite colors. We used a mix of pastels and bright, saturated colors because we love the mix together! 

The Lucky Charms!

We added a few smaller rainbow balloons in to make our arch extra charmed with flour-leaf clovers, an X to mark the spot, hearts, and rainbows! Because can you even have enough rainbows?! This arch is even luckier, since these balloons are made of foil we can make this arch again and again for holidays to come.

Like I said, we sure feel lucky to be able to share this Rainbow Balloon Arch with you and even luckier to work with wonderful sponsors like Anagram who made this arch possible! 

Birthday Printable Collection

Printable Birthday Suite

We love the colors, the sentiment and the craftiness. Here’s what we have!

Printable Birthday Invitations

You know what they say, first impressions are everything; so, let your guests know they are in for a great time with these invitations!

Printable Birthday Banner

Is a birthday party really a birthday party without a proper birthday banner?! We think not! Hang this up to set that party mood!

Birthday Crown

We heard you can only have a proper birthday if you are wearing a crown… so, we present you what might be the best birthday crown you have ever seen!

Cake Toppers

Lest the Birthday Queen or King forget how old they (yes, this has happened to me once or twice…) remind them with these cake toppers that are good for anyone ages 1-1,000!

Thank you to Dahlia Bakes for the scrumptious and beautiful cake. If you’re local in Utah Valley, we highly recommend her work!

Printable Birthday Decorations e-book

You can find all the individual components in the shop OR you can find them all in our Birthday e-book here. Here are a few must haves for your next birthday Party!

As always, we can’t wait to see how you make your birthday come to life with our printables. Tag us with #LarsMakes so we can see! 

Give a (balloon) Heart Attack


Now, I know what many of you are thinking, “Brittany, if that’s your absolute number one dream, why didn’t you dress up as Cupid for Halloween one year?” The answer is simple. Why would I use my one day of the year when it’s acceptable to dress up as whatever I want to be Cupid, when I can just dress up as Cupid on a day when it’s not acceptable to dress as anything else! Halloween or not, this is the season of love, and it would not be the end of the world if I started a trend of people dressing up on another holiday.

Embarrassing as it might be, when I first envisioned myself as Cupid, I really did see myself in the most Cupid-esque costume I could think. You know, baby curls, rosy cheeks, and that small diaper he wears? I soon realized that the outfit might not be the most appropriate for the weather or the people that would have to see me in it. I settled on the next best thing; a Greek-inspired breezy toga, heart-embellished accessories, and of course, some fluttery wings!

Give a Balloon Heart Attack for Valentine’s Day

Donned in my Cupid attire and ready to put a little bit more love in the world, I set out to spread the enchantment far and wide. This is where I really got to shine, thanks to the many heart shaped foil balloons (which come in the most amazing Valentine’s color palettes) I had in my arsenal. Using these impressive foil balloons, I got to work heart attacking a few of my most beloved friends’ houses. Don’t worry, it’s a lot less drastic than it sounds, just the simple act of decorating an unsuspecting friend’s house with hearts of all sizes, shapes, and colors! We were so excited to team up with anagram because of how incredible we knew a house would look if it was absolutely covered in balloons. With the house decked out in hearts, we used foil letter balloons to spell out, “You’ve been hit by Cupid’s arrow” and left a box full of foil balloon goodies on their porch so they could pay it forward. 

Tips:

  • Use an electric air pump (we use this one)
  • Use sticky Command strips to attach to the house
  • Heart string: You can create your own hanging tabs for the heart balloons hanging from the ceiling by using packing tape and a hole punch.

Materials

With my work done, and the dreary February skies filled with just a little more love (and mischief), I hung up my bow and arrow and took a well-deserved rest. I’m already missing my time as Cupid, but who knows, I may just have to pull out my wings next year. 

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