What Is A Balloon Stand
A balloon stand is a stand that holds balloons from falling over, often used for balloon columns or as part of a balloon arch. Balloon Columns and Balloon Arches are staples in the balloon decorating industry. Which makes balloon stands an essential part when decorating with balloons.
Why Do You Need A Balloon Stand
You may need a balloon stand if you are decorating with balloons inside but you will definitely need a balloon stand if you are decorating with balloons outside.
Steps To Make Balloon Column Stands – Wood
- Gather All Your Ingredients
- Cut Wood To Size
- Sand Edges
- Attach Flange(s)
- Cut Handle(s) (Optional)
- Paint (Optional)
1. Gather All Your Ingredients
- 3/4″ Finished Wood
- 1/2″ Metal Flange (here on Amazon)
- 1/2″ x 8″ Metal Conduit (here on Amazon)
- Or 1/2″ x 60″ Metal Conduit (here on Amazon)
- Measuring Tape
- A Pencil
- A Straight Edge
- Drill & Drill Bits
- Saw(s) (I used a circular saw and a jig saw)
- Eye Protection
- Ear Protection
- Blue Painters Tape (Optional)
- Black Paint (Optional)
2. Cut Wood To Size
Measure and cut your wood to size. For this example, I’m going to be cutting my wood to 24″x24″. You could go smaller if you wanted smaller stands but I wanted these to be sturdy enough for outdoor use. I also want to cut a handle in the balloon stands to make them easy to carry.
3. Sand Edges
Use the sandpaper or sandpaper block to sand all of the edges, especially the one(s) you just cut.
Make sure to remove any staples you may find. Sometimes I find staples in the wood.
Using your straight edge, measure from one corner to the diagonal corner and make a mark in the center. Make sure to draw a line several inches long so you will be able to line the flange up with it later.
Then measure from the other two corners diagonally and make a mark along the center. Again make sure to draw your line several inches long.
5. Attach Flange(s)
Place your flange on the center of your piece of wood, using the lines you drew from the previous step as a guide to ensure the flanges are in the center.
Mark your wood where each of your screws will go. Remove the flange. Using a drill and drill bit smaller than your screws, drill pilot holes in your piece of wood. You don’t need to go very deep, you don’t want to go through the piece of wood.
Place the flange back on the piece of wood, lining the holes in the flange with the holes in the wood. Next, screw the flange down to the piece of wood.
6. Cut Handle(s) (Optional)
I used the flap off of a box as a guide for the shape of my handle. First I cut off the flap from a box.
Then I measured halfway on one side of my balloon stand base and measured down 1-1/2″ in three places. The middle line is the halfway point on that side of the wood.
Next, I measured the halfway point on the box flap and lined the halfway point of the flap with the halfway point on the piece of wood.
Then I used a paddle bit in my drill to cut a hole through the center of the future handle on my balloon base.
Cut out the remaining part of the handle with a jig saw and sand the edges.
7. Paint (Optional)
This step is an optional step but a worthwhile one in my opinion. I usually just paint all of my balloon stands either black or white.
8. Attach Metal Conduit
Attach the metal conduit to the flange on the balloon base.
Balloon Column Stands – Wood Video
There are many different types of balloon stands. If these wood based balloon stands don’t meet your needs or you just want to learn more about different balloon stands, check out my post All About Balloon Column Stands / Balloon Bases here.
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