How to Inflate a Helium Balloon

By Emily Churchill

Created on June 14, 2016

Mylar Balloons

Mylar Balloons (also called Foil Balloons) are a fun addition to your party decorations, especially if you are planning a themed party. Mylar balloons in your child's favorite character, like Elmo or Cinderella, or animal-shaped balloons for a Jungle party really add to the atmosphere. Mylar balloons are also available in letters and numbers so you can customize a message and hang the balloons as a banner. There are so many new styles of foil balloons. We guarantee kids love them but so do adults! Many people have questions on how exactly to inflate Mylar balloons. Follow the instructions below and enjoy your party stress-free!  
 

Instructions

What You Will Need
  • Helium Tank or Balloon Pump
  • Ribbon
  • Balloon Weight
Instructions There is a small valve or opening in the "tail" of the balloon. Slide this opening onto the nozzle of the helium tank or balloon pump until you have a tight fit. Hold the neck of the balloon firmly around the nozzle with one hand and press on the nozzle to release the helium into your balloon. Use the hand pump if you don't need your balloons to float. Inflate the balloon. Mylar (foil) balloons are self-sealing, so just remove the nozzle from the balloon and press the valve flat to seal. Tie the ribbon to a balloon weight to prevent the balloon from floating away. Or hang the balloon on a wall or garland.  
  Balloon Tips:
  • A foil balloon can appear deflated in cold air, but it will fill out when warmed up.
  • Do not expose foil balloons to extreme heat or they can burst.

Latex Balloons

Latex balloons are a perfect way to add a pop of color to your party decorations. Latex balloons can be solid or printed with your child's favorite characters. Latex balloons are available in many different colors to help you coordinate your balloon decorations with your party's theme. With so many latex balloons to choose from, you know there will be the perfect selection for your celebration. Many people have questions on how exactly to inflate and tie off latex balloons. Follow the instructions below and enjoy your party stress-free!  
 

Instructions

What You Will Need
  • Helium Tank or Balloon Pump
  • Ribbon
  • Balloon Weight
Instructions Slide the balloon's tail onto the nozzle of the helium tank or balloon pump. Be sure to hold it in place to ensure you have a tight fit. Hold the neck of the balloon firmly around the nozzle with one hand and press on the nozzle to release the helium into your balloon. If you use the hand pump, know that your balloons will not float in the air. Inflate the balloon. Once it reaches your desired size, pinch the tail and remove the nozzle. Wrap the balloon's end around your first two fingers and tie it off in a knot. Add ribbon just above the knot to secure your balloon to a balloon weight to prevent the balloon from floating away.  
  Balloon Tips:
  • Be sure to not over inflate your latex balloons so that they don't pop.
  • Instead of tying them to balloon weights, create a stunning balloon garland or arch by inflating different colored balloons to all different sizes and securing them in a line.

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