DIY balloon chandelier

Balloons are absolutely the cheeriest part of a birthday. So it’s no surprise that it has become my birthday tradition to create a balloon “chandelier” (no helium required!) for every birthday in our family. I hang the chandelier above the coffee table in front of the mantle in the living room – the perfect spot in my home! And? The balloon chandelier takes less than 10 minites to create and costs literally less than $1.

How to make a balloon chandelier


  • Balloons in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes (psst! the good ‘ol Dollar Store sells packs of multi-color balloons that are fantastic! Rad variety of sizes and colors!)
  • Cotton twine
  • Air or balloon pumper

1. Rifle through the balloons and determine the size of the chandelier and color palette you’re aiming for. For big chandeliers use between 12 & 15 balloons. For a smaller arrangement use 7-9 balloons.

2. Pump up all balloons with an air or balloon pumper (don’t blow them up yourself, you’ll faint!). Not filling every balloon to “full”  will give you an additional variety of sizes.

3. After all balloons are pumped up, tie a knot at the base of the balloon with the cotton twine as illustrated in the image — tying a balloon on every 4-6 inches, dividing the balloons between 3-5 strings (or how ever many you need)
4. Next, hold the balloon strings together and tie a knot towards the top of the strings to secure. Jumble them together allowing the balloons to tangle. This helps the composition of the bundle and fills in any open gaps.

5. Time to accessorize! Add streamers, garlands, frill …
6. Hang from the ceiling with a pushpin .. or … tie to the end of a dowel (which are about a yard long & 59 cents from the craft store) to create a fantastic balloon bouquet.

The balloon chandeliers are so festive and fun I tend to leave it up weeks after the birthday has passed… unless my children manage to bat it down first!

Be sure to check out the other posts in our birthday party series:
DIY party garlands
DIY birthday banner
DIY 5 minute birthday kit

Have you ever made a balloon centerpiece or chandelier?

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  1. I loved this so much Summer! I can’t wait to do this with our next birthday – this whole series has been just amazing. xo

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