I decided that despite my lack of skills, I wanted to make a balloon arch for my son's 2nd birthday. First of all, I definitely underestimated how many balloons it was going to take to make this thing. The balloon arch pictured is what I've started, and there are about 20-30 balloons here. I have to run to the store to get more red balloons before I can finish this project.

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However, building the arch has been fairly simple so far. I opted in to buy a balloon arch strip from our local party supply store. It cost me under $10. Then, I bought 30 red balloons, 30 yellow balloons and 30 black balloons from the dollar store. I will probably need another 30-45 red balloons to finish my arch.

So, all in all this arch will end up costing me less than $20. You can make this arch without buying the plastic balloon arch strip. There's a great online tutorial where you can make the arch using curling ribbon.

I don't have the lung capacity to blow up each balloon myself, so I borrowed my grandma's balloon pumper which costs about $5. I didn't use helium, even though I've got a helium tank in the picture...that's for another project I'm working on.

So, here's how it works...

1. Blow up your balloons. You'll probably need roughly 100-150 balloons for this project.
2. Weave the balloons through the small holes in the plastic.

That's it. That's literally all there is to it. I can't believe how easy it is. I thought this was going to be a really difficult project, but it's really not. The only thing is, it takes a lot of time. To get this far in my arch took me about 30 minutes. It's a cheap way to make your party look really cool.

This would be great decoration for an upcoming Halloween party, winter formal, anniversary or birthday party.

Stay tuned for the final product...

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