The biggest trend in the balloon industry – Giant 3ft Balloons!

If you’ve been involved in events or been on the look out for party decor recently, you would certainly have come across the most popular trend in the industry – giant round 3ft balloons. Everyone has been going crazy for them! Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings, Product Launches, Christmas Parties, Promotions – you name it, people want them!


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The great bonus for us with the growth in their popularity is that it’s no longer considered an extravagance but an absolute necessity to make an impact.  We’ve had the opportunity to experiment with new twists and designs on these big impact balloons to create even more of a wow factor.

3ft giant balloon wrapped tulle christening

You can see some of our elegant designs – starting with Tulle Wrapped 3ft balloons.  We use lovely, light bridal tulle for a soft and stunning effect, often teaming them with flowers and silk ribbons to complete the look. These are great because they are something totally different from the your usual event balloons. It’s really has a stunning jaw-dropping effect and we have had lots of great feedback about these!

giant 3ft balloon wrapped in tulle

We have been getting requests from all over Australia for the funky full length and mid length tassel design on our 3fts.  Each bespoke tassel is handmade and threaded together in the perfect colour combination for each event.  

Ombre tassel - our favourite design from our product testing session:

White with a splash of black and metallic silver. Absolutely LOVE it!:

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves with our Confetti filled Diamond Clear 3ft balloons below.  You might notice in the photos below that we can also combine some or all of the above looks for the most fantastic results!

Gold and Caribbean Blue (Aqua/turquoise) themed - 3fts with confetti and tassel, interspersed with large 16" (40cm) balloons. I love this look!:

3ft latex clear balloon filled with pink, gold confetti and tassels:


A personal favourite and very very cute design that has been hugely popular for Christenings and birthdays, are our Hot Air Balloon designs. We use one of our giant balloons inside a net. You can either attach this to a weight or basket for a super cute hot air balloon effect!

hot air balloon effect

Sunday.. Fun day! A beautiful mixture of #bright #3ftballoons in a #hotairballoon structure… Gorgeous! ?

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17" round balloons as hot air balloons with handmade nets set off pastel coloured baskets. Delicate and beautiful:

Sometimes all you need though, is pops of prints within a gorgeous colour palette.  Alternating the heights adds further dimension for such a beautiful backdrop as shown in one of our favourite Baby Shower decorations below, incorporating clean matte White, with soft Rose Pink and Wildberry Polka Dots.

baby shower2

Small 5" balloons stuffed inside diamond clear 3ft balloons set as table arrangements:

These giant balloons really are incredibly versatile – take a look at our Pinterest Board and Instagram feed for even more inspiration pics and ideas.  We would love to help you out with your next event and come up with the perfect decor to match your theme! Email us or give us a call on 02 9569 8101 or 1300 655 058 to talk through your ideas – we are always excited to try something new!

Over and out – from your local Balloonie Sophie and the team at Balloons Online 🙂

Sophie holding 3ft balloons

Take a look behind the scenes. Putting together our custom letters

Hi Everyone! We thought it would be neat to show you a little sneak peek ‘how to’ on what we do.

Today the team at Sydney put together their new window display promoting for Mother’s Day with our crazy cool LED lit custom lettering for “Mum”.


So… how did we make it? Read on!

Step 1. We found a font of the proportions we wanted, typed it up in Illustrator (or you could use MS Word). Make the artwork fit a full A4 page. Landscape or Portrait as required. Note: The same technique is used for any logo or other shape

Step 2. Print out the design. Now measure the width on your A4 page with a ruler, ours came to 27.7cm. We measured the sculpture position (shop window) to 3.4m and decided for our default unit to be centimetres as this will be the most common unit going forward.

Step 3. (VERY IMPORTANT). Calculate a key to convert measurements from your sketch to measurements on your sculpture. Our key was calculated using this formula: Finished width of sculpture / finished width of A4 print out = key. So in this case 340 / 27.7 = 12.27. So now we know every 1cm on the A4 page equates to 12.27 on the real life sculpture.


Step 4. Draw an inner line inside your design. This is the line that the frame will follow. The balloons will be the thickness of the structure

Step 5. Measure the distance between each bend. We will need to write the distance between each bend on our frame later.


Once you have all your measurements. Convert the distances from your A4 print out to the life size sculpture size by multiplying every measurement by our key of 12.27. For instance, the measurement of the left hand upright of the large letter ‘M’ was 8.2cm on the print out… this calculates to 100.6cm in the sculpture. You can see from the below image I have written all our raw measurements AND the corresponding size it will be.


Step 6. Calculate the total distance of each segment. Our sculpture was built in two segments, the ‘M’ and the ‘um’, we will be cutting 12mm aluminium tubing to meet the required length of each segment. There are two techniques for calculating the finished length of each section. 1) Use thin cord to bend around the and follow the entire segment. First, mark the start and end, then pull the cord taunt and measure (see example below) OR 2) Calculate the distance by adding up each individual distance. If you are starting from scratch (just say its a simple shape or logo), I would suggest option 1.


So in the above example. The letter ‘M’ was 33cm, times that by our key of 12.27cm and we now know that a length of aluminium of 4.049m (404.9cm) can be cut to make that piece.

Step 7. Looking at your A4 print out, put an identifier (number) on each bend. Using your cut lengths of aluminium, mark each distance with the same identifier at the exact distances calculated.



Step 8. Bending. Lots of techniques here. Some people use pipe benders… they don’t work on all sizes of pipe. They do not offer wide bends (or super tight bends). We bend by hand, the aluminium is thin enough and malleable enough to work by hand. Bend at each marked point in the required up or down direction. Lots of advice to give here but I won’t flood the post. PM us if you need any more advice. Don’t worry about finished widths yet. Just get the rough shape from your whole length.



Note: We decided half way to cut the ‘um’ length (using adjustable tube cutters, a clean and burr free cut) and re-join the sections parallel to each other, this gave us a direct line to finish off at the tops of the small ‘u’ and ‘m’… instead of a tight bend. See below for how we cable tie and tape our joins.


You can see below our frames (segments) coming together. Note: Very important to measure some distances, segment widths and heights from your A4 map to use as references… for instance, the width of the first ‘M’ in this example.



Step 9. Layering. I won’t go into this too much, we use our conwin dual sizer (connection to an air compressor), drop the PSI so we have more control in the low numbers. We ranged from 0.2 to 0.6 size at 18psi. Use your creativity to merge from thick to thin to follow the natural flow of a pen. We consumed over 500 Qualatex 5″ standard white balloons!


Step 10. Accessorising! Don’t leave it at just that. Theme or accessorise your sculpture. We offered some simple flowers in pink.



Step 11. Lighting! The fun stuff. Now this is a trade secret & would require a whole new blog to detail!


We would love to hear your thoughts on the above. If you have a go, please email your own experiences with photos! If you don’t have time, why not let us do it for you! We just love working with balloons to create any theme, corporate branding or event experience.

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Olympics Fever!

It’s that time again! When the best of the best in world sport will be competing, all the diehard sports nuts will go two weeks straight without sleep, and everyone else has a collective ‘a-ha’ moment while finally figuring out what exactly the decathlon is*.

That’s right – it’s less than two weeks until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics begins!


I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly getting excited. There is no better excuse than the Olympics to go mad with colour. One of the great things about designing balloon decorations in Australia, is that we have so many cultures, every colour has a team! Green and Gold for Australia – add a little blue for Brazil, drop the green for Sweden and don’t forget the Orange if you’re barracking for the Dutch.

One of the best ways to do this is with our classic helium floor or table arrangements. With any number of latex balloons, you can really show your team spirit. Keep it simple with them all the one size, or go a little further and top the arrangement with one of our 16” latex to really make it stand out.

Or, you can go even further and show your passion for the games with an Olympic torch like the one our stylist Lindsay created for our shop window in Annandale. Combine it with letters like we did, or have it standing alone amongst your team colours.

One my favourite ideas is to go all out with our gold and silver Megaloons to spell out ‘RIO 2016’ with coloured weights.


Image courtesy of APNOutdoor

Or why not go for a more subtle look to show your love for the Olympic Values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence and include throw up a string of pearls one of our arches in the same colours? Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red. Five colours chosen representing the colours of all national flags at the time of it’s creation, meant to symbolise the unity of all five inhabited continents. Or let us put together some columns for you in the same colours with an Australian flag or Kangaroo on top!


Kangaroo decoration

Know someone who lives and breathes the Olympics? Send them a bouquet to show you understand why they won’t be contactable until the Closing Ceremony is done and dusted!. Try our new Kangaroo walking pet and an Australian flag foil with some green and gold latex for a patriotic feel. Or, if it’s a Kiwi you want to impress, choose black and white to compliment an All Blacks jersey for when they inevitably win the Rugby 7’s.

Kangaroo balloon bouquet

Whatever your needs, Balloons Online is here to help you celebrate the XXXI Olympiad in style.

Contact us now to order for your party. Don’t leave it to the last minute…like every Olympic host ever!

xxx Rikki the Roo


*JSYI The decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events.