String of pearl balloon arch - everything you need to know (and a little bit more!)

String of pearl balloon arch The Derbyshire Balloon Artist blog

The string of pearl balloon arch is one of the requests we receive most frequently from our customers. Find out here how to use this piece of classic balloon decor to its full advantage, plus how to avoid some common pitfalls.

Plus points - ideal for framing a focal point

String of pearl arches are ideal for framing a focal point indoors, such as doorways, a cake or gift table.

This is a lovely double string example from An Occasion Station.

Double stranded string of pearl balloon arch by An Occasion Station

The balloons are helium-filled and tied to a transparent monofilament line so they float, creating a wonderful sense of movement.

We think the simple string of pearl arch looks best of all when it is made using double-bubbles, which are created by inserting a coloured balloon (usually an 11 inch balloon) inside a clear 16 inch balloon which often displays a printed white pattern, such as hearts, flowers or a filigree pattern. This gives a really pretty effect, which people love to see.

Double bubble balloon arch The Derbyshire Balloon Artist blog

Use to fill a large space

String of pearl arches work well when you need to fill a large space, particularly one with a high ceiling, like this fabulous design for a shopping mall by in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Fabulous black and gold string of pearl balloon arch by

Create a canopy

String of pearl arches can also be used to create a wonderful canopy for a dance floor by attaching intersecting lines of balloons to balloon columns achieve extra height, like this fabulous design from Raven Entertainment LLC.

Canopy effect using string of pearl arch by Raven Entertainment LLC

Creating multiple strings of pearl can really create the wow factor, like these designs from Balloons-Denver.

Canopy effect using multiple red, white and blue strings of pearl by

Downsides - a word about our UK weather

Here in the UK, due to our often inclement weather, string of pearl arches are not ideal for outdoor use, so here at Balloon Artworks, we would always recommend them for indoor use only.

Even when appropriately weighted, it only takes a strong gust of wind to ruin the design, or even rip the arch from its weight and send your balloon arch floating skywards, where it risks getting caught in power lines, and creating a hazard to aircraft and wildlife. Better not to take the risk in the first place - there are other options for outdoor balloon decor.

Avoid tangles

Once your string of pearl arch is in position, it really is best to try and leave the arch where it is for the duration of your event, as the monofilament line does have a habit of getting very tangled up if the arch is moved, and it can be difficult to untangle if you're not used to dealing with this type of structure.

Pay attention to ceiling heights

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see string of pearl arches being used in venues which simply do not have enough ceiling height to accommodate them and the design looks cramped or 'off' in some way.

This is because the overall size of the arch does not fit the scale of its surroundings.

As a general rule, the height of the balloon arch at its apex should be no more than two-thirds the height of the ceiling, leaving a third of the ceiling height as empty or negative space. This allows the arch to sit comfortably within the space and allows room for the eye to appreciate the design within its surroundings.

Take advice from your balloon professional

Whilst string of pearl is the arch most people think of, it's not always the one best suited to your event or venue. Always take advice from a balloon professional trained in the principles and elements of design, so that they can advise you on the full range of balloon decor options to suit your event and venue.

About the author

Melanie Allen CBA is a certified balloon artist and owner of Balloon Artworks in Ripley, Derbyshire. Melanie has a passion for creating beautiful balloon decor that her customers love.

Melanie is a member of both The Balloon Artistes' Guild and the National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers (NABAS). Melanie is also a member of the Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN).

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As a balloon artist in Ripley, Derbyshire in the East Midlands I  create unique balloon decor and balloon decorations, as well as  organic balloons and organic balloon decor and party balloons for wedding balloons and wedding balloon decor for wedding receptions. As well as balloons for corporate events and corporate event balloon decor. I also specialise in birthday party balloons and birthday party balloon decorations for special birthdays including 1st birthday party balloon decorations, 1st birthday balloons, 5th birthday party balloon decorations, 5th birthday balloons, 10th birthday party balloons, 18th birthday party balloons and 18th birthday balloon decorations, 21st birthday party balloons and 21st birthday balloon decorations, 30th birthday balloons, 40th birthday balloons, 50th birthday balloons, 60th birthday balloons, 70th birthday balloons, 80th birthday balloons, 90th birthday balloons, 100th birthday balloons.  I also create unique balloon decor for wedding anniversary balloon decorations including 25th wedding anniversary balloons, 50th wedding anniversary balloons, silver wedding balloons, golden wedding balloons, golden wedding anniversary balloons, silver wedding anniversary balloons and ballon decor and ballon decorations. My expertise as a balloon decorator is particularly important when create balloon decor for corporate events and event planners, for corporate balloon decor and corporate balloon decorations, balloons for corporate events, corporate balloons and balloons for corporate functions and corporate awards ceremony balloons and corporate awards balloon decorations. As a balloon modeller and balloon twister I am an expert in balloon modelling and balloon twisting and I create amazing balloon animals and balloon animal models and I publish how to videos and balloon tutorials showing how to make balloon animals and learn balloon modelling and learn balloon twisitng. My balloon videos and balloon tutorials and balloon video tutorials are sold across the world. 


I am based in Ripley in Amber Valley in Derbyshire.  I also cover Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. I attend parties and events for balloon modelling and balloon twisting in Alfreton, Heanor, Swanwick.  I also provide balloon modelling for children's parties at Belper, Selston, Hucknall, Papplewick and Linby and Nutall. I decorate parties and visit Heanor, Eastwood, Langley Mill, Ilkeston, Brinsley, Underwood, Kimberley, Sutton in Ashfield, Selston and Kirkby in Ashfield, and also Somercotes and Leabrooks and Swanwick. I work as a balloon artist in Pinxton, South Normanton, Mansfield, Forest Town, Waingroves, Marehay, Denby, Blackbrook, Shottle Hall, Holbrook and Derby. In addition to Loscoe, as well as Codnor, Ambergate, Riddings, Bagthorpe, Ravenshead, Pinxton, Jacksdale, Brinsley, Clay Cross. Other areas I cover South Wingfield, Crich, West Hallam and Giltbrook, in addition to Wingerworth, Mansfield Woodhouse and Shirebrook, Matlock, Matlock Bath and Cromford, as well as Little Eaton and Breadsall. 

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