How to Make a Balloon Arch WITHOUT Helium or Frame – Fishing Line Balloon Arch | TuTu Ep 44

October 24, 2019

so the first step to building the
balloon arch without using helium balloons and without using a stand is we
need something that’s going to weigh down the ends where we’re going to
attach the fishing line so what I’m doing is I’m just filling a ziploc bag
with some sand from an old pool filter so I’m that’s what I’m going with you
could also fill a balloon with sand I’m just filling the ziplock bag just
because it’s easier to get it into the ziplock bag but whatever you do you want
to have something that’s fairly heavy but isn’t going to pop the balloons like
a cinder block might work but it would also be more likely to pop the balloons
so I’m just going to fill these gallon size zip ties with sand and then I’ll
double bag them and these will act as my weights once you’ve figured out what
you’re using for weights you want to begin inflating your balloons I’m using
these ones that I got off of Amazon by party outlets I’ll put a link in the
description below so you can use an air compressor or if you don’t have one
handy you can always use a hand pump but the air compressor is going to make
things go so much faster alright so why shouldn’t see I’ve got most of my
balloons blown up again when you blow them up gonna make sure you leave a bit
of a tail on there that’s gonna make this method work a lot better since
we’re not doing any kind of a frame so the biggest thing with this method is
you’re going to want a fishing line I have a just normal thing a fish line
here it’s probably some fancy something whatever supposed to do something with
my dad but you just need fishing line any kind should do you know what
anything that’s gonna give too much stretch the fishing line normally
doesn’t really stretch so that makes it good for this you’re also as I mentioned
earlier going to need some weight so what I have here is my knee
jalen size ziplock bag filled with sand and a stand a little damp cos where we
got it from so that makes it extra heavy so we want to start by doing is
fastening one end of our fishing line to the weight to the sand bag the downside
of using this method versus using a frame or using helium balloons
is once we fastened the one end on here we’re gonna have to unroll our whole
link so just keep that in mind as you go forth on this project so the first thing
I need to do is I need to fasten my fishing line to the sandbag so to do
this I’m going to come from underneath it so my fishing line is running this
way and I’m going to bring them both up and I’m going to twist them around each
other so I’m just gonna take this one go from this end and bring it to this front
side and bring this to the back side flip the whole thing over and then tie a
knot on this side it’s kind of like if you’ve ever wrapped ribbon around a
president it’s the same kind of idea I’m just gonna tie this nice and securely in
the center of my weight so this is what I have now where I have this one string
coming out the top it’s a little hard to see but if I got a string coming out
from the center of my weight so now this is the part I was talking about where
however long our balloon arch is going to be that’s how much length we need to
leave attached to this talent here so I’m pretty much gonna unroll this long
thing fishing line a whole bunch to get it about my length so that is the down
side you’re gonna have to string them pretty far down there string but just
unroll and make sure you leave enough length for the length of your Blue Ridge
all right so now I’ve got my end of my fishing line here and a way at the other
end is attached my sandbag that we just rigged up so next time I’m going to need
is just a basic sewing needle I have this nice one with the large eye so I
can fit the fishing line through it so I’m going to thread my needle and then
here comes the fun and easier part cause pulling up the balloons takes forever
I’m going to pick how many balloons I’m going to have for each ring of my
balloon so I’m going to do five and I’ll show you the pattern I’m doing so I’m
going to get my five balloons and all I’m going to do is I’m going to take my
five balloons and string them onto the fishing line using the needle so I’m
going to go through this tail piece here and just send my needle right through it
you can say about it running could be just like that and I’m just going to
slide it down my fishing line and now I have my Bluto my fishing line here and
I’m just gonna slide it all the way down to the end now the reason I do it five
at a time is did that helps us make the shape that we want and can give us the
spirals of things so I’m going to slide my five on here string them and slide
them all the way down to the sandbag and I’ll show you what I do next
so I’ve slid my balloons mostly down to the end and I’ve got my sandbag right
here so what I want to do is I want to create my first ring now you might
notice I didn’t really pay attention to what color order I went and that’s
because these balloons and so just on the string I can rotate them around the
string to be in whatever order I want so I’m going to do this kind of red will be
like green orange blue green orange I’m just gonna rotate my balloons around
basically what I want to do is I want to slide is down so that all these tail
ends are as close to each other as possible I’m gonna kind of just keep
sliding them down arrange them in the water they need to go just by holding
here also it helps if you have another pair of hands alright so because of the size of these
balloons they’re a little different than some of the ones I was using the other
day I’m just going to do rings up for so I’m going to do like an orange or every
other side and then blue and green and so the trick is I just want to slide
these tail and ends of the balloons as close to each other as possible
it’s just for our angle here basically I’m doing is I’m putting some tension on
the fishing line joining these tail and together just like that and it’s going
to be the tension in the fishing line and having those tailings so close
together that’s going to create the stability for this part so I’m going to
get my next four so I’m going to have the same colors again and I’m gonna feed
these onto here and slide these down and I’ll show you how I arrange them once I
slide them down alright so here we go I’ve got my next four on the stringer so
I’m going to once more go into slide the ties of the balloons those tails slide
them as close as I can together on the line I’m also going to you know have
that same pattern now want mine to spiral around so as I slide
this cluster for down I’m going to arrange it so that way they nestle in
between the colors I already have there so the trick is to push the tail down as
far as you can on each of the balloons because that’s going to add that tension
to build the support into double emerge just keep adjusting it and so they kind
of nestled into each other and that every other and fill in the gaps so the
trick for this again it’s that tension to slide the ties a balloon and also
another tip that will help with this is if your balloons are the same size of
are a little bit varying in size so that’s why they don’t always Nestle
together right away but you can play around with it play around with how far
down you slide them and they’ll start to nestle together like this and then just
keep sliding them down and the reason I slide it when you just a four so I can
keep track of my pattern and also it’s a lot easier to slide only four of them
down the string at a time versus sliding off flush down the string so I’m just
coming from the top and really pushing those ties down as far as I can that’s
close together for each round it helps also if you have someone to hold tension
on here when you walk away from it so when I walk away from its gonna learn to
do this but just slide on top back together and keep adding on more and
more layers of balloons okay so as you can see we’ve done our
balloon arch here so we’re gonna see as far as height-wise goes because we’re
running out of fishing line so well if we’re gonna see if we need it attach
more Morgan just gonna see how big it is what we’ve got so far so fortunately we
have enough fishing line now as you can see and then I let go of it here it’s
not super sturdy right if you have a wall like this you can kind of prop it
up so because we’re doing the fish plate method the two options they have are I
can leave it as is and just add some support so you can even put like a
command hook on the wall and just run fishing line ties to that the commander
on the ceiling something like that that’s what we’re gonna cover another
thing you can do to make it sturdier is go row by row and brush all the layers
down even more because it’s going to create more attention to help support it
but realistically speaking you’re probably going to need some extra
support with this method if you’re going a sign that’s big enough to walk
underneath so that’s what we’re gonna do we’re going to rig up some supports here
and then our balloon arch will be ready okay so y’all can see me I’m on screen
but we’re going to start standing this up somewhat I went ahead and slid all
the rows of balloons down to create the extra tension but we kind of wanted bend
but blues tend to shift it is changed by the tension it I’m going to have my
helper is kind of stand it up in the curve is going to be as I drew my
enforcer we’re going to lay it down anyways again but that’s just to kind of
get the balloons already in vessel din so I don’t need to do now is I need to
tie this into my second weight this is very important because the closer I can
get it the more tension it’s going to leave in here because if I have it way
down here and have this much string between the end of the arch and the
weight all the balloons are gonna slide this way and it’s going to create less
tension and make the balloon weaker so basically what I’m trying to say get
across it I want to tie my weight as close to my balloons as possible so I’m
just gonna kind of put this here as you can tell this like a really precise
professional endeavor you can already see that just from the weight in the
tensions kind of hoping cold section of balloons up a little bit and then we’re
gonna need to stand this whole thing up as I already mentioned we’re going to do
some more supports of this but I’m just curious
just like how stable how often is about doing anything so you kind of jostle the
balloons runs gonna find a really stacked on top of each other at the
bottom and kind of got in the car going so I’m gonna let go or just going to see look at that
okay so we’re going to definitely need some more support so I feel like a
farmer like Buffett the whole thing’s gonna go like that but as you can see
this kind of gives you an idea of just how sturdy or flimsy this might be
obviously if we did a smaller arch we when need as much support stuff probably
just gonna do one in the middle it shouldn’t be good but hopefully you can
kind of see how this will work and what’s gonna give it enough support and
all that so you kind of decide I don’t know that pointed anyways here’s just
you can kind of see some different things about this balloon arch method so we walked into this beautiful mess
alright so as you can see our balloon arch needs a little bit of help we left
it last night because we ran out of fishing line and just because you know
it’s getting pretty late so you need to get home so today we’re gonna to get it
actually secured up so it doesn’t fall over like this and people can actually
walk underneath it so the basic idea is I’ve got some extra fishing line here
you probably can’t see it but anyways I’m putting it in my hands and there’s
the ceiling tiles I’m going to run it hopefully between life supports for the
ceiling tiles and this is not tall enough so I’m gonna need a ladder okay
now that I’ve got my ladder I’m going to end up here and hopefully be able to run
it underneath the ceiling beams between these top also gonna get the strung up
and if I get it to work I’ll show you what I’m doing so here’s a look where
I’m at I am be ceiling tiles above me and I found the center one so ceiling
tile they lift up but the problem is I can lift up from both sides but if
you’re looking at there this flat right here has a piece that goes straight up
so I can’t just run a needle through that but then I was feeling and I found
that spot where I just went ahead and threaded my fishing line with a needle
and I’m gonna be able to run it right through that hole there so I’m gonna get
that threaded through there here’s kind of an idea what I’m doing I’ve got the
needle going behind that to that little spot that I’m just gonna feed the
fishing line through I’ve got the fishing line attached to the ceiling and
now be able to use this to make a support for the top of my balloon urghhh so now we need to do to kind of side
supports we’re gonna do a similar method wherever we go in the ceiling again but
as you can see you can definitely make a balloon or without using helium or a
stand but there’s some more challenges that come along with this you just got
to get smart with how you do supports another option is if you don’t have
ceiling tiles you could run your fishing line supports to command hooks and put
those on the wall also it really helps that we’re doing this and something
that’s already an archway because then we have spots that we kind of prop it up
against and give it extra support so just you want to think those things
through when you’re making your fishing line no helium of balloon arch we found
a male on this wall where plot hangs up so we’re going to try running and
support to there so my assistants gonna pull on up but how can kind of test out
if that a support mare is going to help hold it up to do these next two supports I’m going
to use the ceiling again if I don’t have a good spot to run it through so I’m
just gonna bend my paper clips out like this so that way this leftmost one can
kind of see how I’ve got that hooked there and I’m just gonna slide that into
the ceiling like underneath the ceiling tiles we’re just gonna slide that right
up there like that so that’s our first side support and we’re gonna do the same
thing on the other side all right so here’s the balloon arch
that I have created as you can tell it looks a little bit different than it did
last night when we just left it sitting up but as the day goes on as time goes
on balloons pop we’ve had some pop in here you might notice a spiral a little
off it’s a big hole right there where a balloon should have been so it’s gonna
lose support as it goes on and also you’re not going to get as smooth of an
arch with this method especially if you go bigger so because we’re going big
enough for this hallway that you can walk underneath it’s gonna be a lot
harder to get that nice beautiful arch like you would if you were using either
helium balloons or if you were using a frame but I think this is still pretty
cool and definitely you know it should take some work and some time but it’s
definitely not impossible to do and even though it’s not a perfect arch it still
looks super cool also if you go smaller scale with your balloon arch like I had
that one that was rainbow color that I used as part of my backdrop behind me
for filming in a couple previous videos if you just don’t thing on a small scale
like that you don’t even need to worry about adding these supports and things
because just the weights at the end and the tension and the fishing line itself
are enough to help hold it upright and give it a nice curve so hopefully you
enjoyed this tutorial and I just got to have some of my talons a fishing line
here so that way no one’s jumping up and messing with it but this is how you can
make a balloon arch without using helium and without using a balloon frame so
this is the balloon arch for the typical family thanks for watching guys and
happy crafting

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