How to Make a Beach Ball Party Arch

Three Methods:Assess Your Party NeedsPurchase SuppliesBuild Arch

Add that “wow” factor to your next summertime/beach party by constructing a beach ball arch for your guests to walk underneath. Although it may look difficult, creating this arch is extremely easy and cost effective.

Method 1
Assess Your Party Needs

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    Determine where you should place the arch. Finding an area at your party will allow you to assess how big to make the arch and how many beach balls will be needed.
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    Decide if the arch will be used to walk underneath or to frame the party. You could create the arch as more of a backdrop for photo ops, which means you won’t need to take into consideration party guests’ height, etc.
    • Take measurements of the area where you plan to place the arch. Consider both height and width to help you determine the number of beach balls and inner tubes required for building.
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    Evaluate surrounding support for the arch. Although this arch should be self standing, you may want to find an area where you can affix the arch to a support, especially if you are planning an outdoor party (where wind could blow the arch over, etc.).

Method 2
Purchase Supplies

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    Buy beach balls and inner tubes. Your arch will be built using the beach balls as the arch “walls” and the beach balls to secure and ground the arch.
    • Spring for a pump to blow up all inflatables. This will make the process go faster and avoid you getting lightheaded!
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    • Consider purchasing balls and tubes in a variety of sizes. You may want to start with larger beach balls and tubes toward the base of the arch and then get smaller toward the top.
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    • Use small sized inner tubes to connect beach balls together. Use a large tube to ground the arch, then add the beach ball and then add a small inner tube.
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    Purchase latex based glue. Although the arch will most likely stand on its own without gluing it together, you are better off with some sort of adhesive material to ensure it doesn’t topple over in the event it is bumped.
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    Add props or other enhancements. For example if you want to go extravagant you could purchase sand to surround the arch or create a beach towel “red carpet” going through the arch.

Method 3
Build Arch

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    Blow up all inflatables. Use your electric or battery operated pump to avoid getting lightheaded while blowing up all the inflatables.
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    Stack inner tubes and beach balls without using the glue. You want to construct the arch first to make sure you like the design before making it permanent.
    • You may need to enlist the assistance of a friend to hold the beach ball arch in place toward the top. Use small inner tubes to hold each beach ball in place.
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    Add adhesive to the beach balls and inner tubes. You may need to hold the middle portion of the arch in place until the glue adheres. Glue as you build the arch to ensure it arches and curves in the right place (as opposed to building it on the ground and then standing it up).

Tips

  • Add lighting around the arch to distinguish it from the rest of the party.
  • Create a temporary arch (without glue) and give beach balls and inner tubes out as party favors.
  • Try gluing on starfish and using blue beach balls for an under the sea party.
  • Add cute elements to the arch like sea creatures or sunglasses. Use glue to adhere items to the beach balls.

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