Friday, September 4, 2020

How to Create Spiral Balloon Columns - with Step-By-Step Instructional Video

Spiral Columns made with modelling balloons such as 260Q and 160Q have always been a favourite of mine. They are quick to make, always look elegant, and are a great way to decorate a pole when creating a design that uses a pole and base structure. As with all techniques, they need to be practiced to ensure that you get perfect results every time! 

Design 1. Single, one colour Spiral - This beautiful column made with all shades of green was designed and created by Eve Antonello, CBA, Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS, USA.


Elegant Shimmering Emerald Stars Column - Design by Eve Antonello.
Shimmering Emerald Stars - Design by Eve Antonello.


Design 2. Single, double or multi-coloured spiral column. Still working with four balloons, using two or more colours brings a whole new look to this style of design! - These colourful 'Fashionable Fish' centrepiece was the crowning glory at this summer party, and brought an explosion of colour into a huge and very plain marquee tent.


Fabulous Fish Centrepieces by Sue Bowler, CBA.
Fabulous Fish Centrepieces by Sue Bowler, CBA.


3. Double Spiral Column using Eight Balloons. This design takes this technique to the next level, and is a fabulous example of Candy Strip style decor! By simply changing the colours, we can completely change the look and easily execute the effect that we want to create.



Christmas Candy Swirl Arch by Sue Bowler, CBA.
Christmas Candy Swirl Arch by
Sue Bowler, CBA.


4. Double Spiral Column with Precision Bubbles. How lovely does this effect look as a finishing touch on this baby design column! Because you're working with eight modelling balloons, and you are introducing Precision Bubbles, this technique is a little bit trickier than the others shown above, but definitely worth the extra effort! 




It's A  Girl - Baby & Moon Column by Sue Bowler, CBA.
It's A  Girl - Baby & Moon Column by Sue Bowler, CBA.

To learn how to create this style of dΓ©cor check out the video below! 



Here are some more inspiring design ideas using this technique! This video explains step-by-step how to create each of the styles of columns shown above.


Lion Tamer Pedestal Place two of these Columns at the event entrance, or use them to draw attention to other focal areas at a circus-themed party.  Designer name: Sue Bowler, CBA, Balloon Art by Sue Bowler, Oxfordshire, UK

Lion Tamer Pedestal

Place two of these Columns at the event entrance, or use them to draw attention to other focal areas at a circus-themed party.

Designer name: Sue Bowler, CBA, Balloon Art by Sue Bowler, Oxfordshire, UK



Got Treats? So cute it’s scary!  Designer name: Sam Jossie, CBA, Pioneer® Balloon Company

Got Treats?

So cute it’s scary!

Designer name: Sam Jossie, CBA, Pioneer® Balloon Company


It’s All So Magical! The perfect decor accent for the princess on her special day!  Designer name: Eve Antonello, CBA, Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS, USA

It’s All So Magical!

The perfect decor accent for the princess on her special day!

Designer name: Eve Antonello, CBA, Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS, USA



Come Close Valentine! Designer name: Eve Antonello, CBA, Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS, USA

Come Close Valentine!

Designer name: Eve Antonello, CBA, Pioneer Balloon Company, Wichita, KS, USA

If you have always wanted to know how to create this style of dΓ©cor, or maybe have struggled to get the perfect, tight spirals, I hope that this post has helped!

Happy Ballooning! 

Sue
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