Look up! This larger-than-life cloud of balloons makes a whimsical backdrop for any baby shower, birthday party, or celebration.

Updated June 14, 2017
SHANNA SULLIVAN

This idea comes from Digital Editor Alexandra Churchill. The cloud balloon pictured here was used as a decoration for our "Up, Up, and Away" themed baby shower.

A balloon cloud can be made in any size you'd like, but we recommend measuring the length of the table beforehand to determine desired coverage. Pictured here: we used approximately 25 balloons to hover above a table that measures 31 x 23 inches. When choosing balloons, you can use a mix of shimmer and matte all-white balloons or a spectrum of sizes for added dimension and depth.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Step 1

Inflate at least 25 balloons. (Tip: A handheld balloon pump will help inflate latex balloons much faster. To use, slide a balloon onto the nozzle — specially designed to grip the balloon by the neck — pump it to desired size, remove, and tie off.)

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Step 2

Cut a length of twine and tie two balloons. Repeat so you have two pairs of tied balloons.

Step 3

Tie the two pairs of balloons into a quad.

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Step 4

Tie more balloons to form a cluster; use smaller size balloons to fill gaps. Use double-sided tape to stick them in place.

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Step 5

When balloon cloud has reached desired size, affix to a wall using double-sided tape or suspend from the ceiling using a length of twine and tape.

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