How to Refill and Reuse Mylar Balloons
A couple weeks ago our family celebrated a weekend of milestones. Our last child, The Finale, took his first steps on Friday. He stood up, took three steps, did a little dance to the music on Just Dance 4 that his sister was playing and then sat down.
On Saturday, we celebrated our little Finale’s 1st birthday. (I can’t believe it’s already been a year since his dramatic arrival. You can read about it here.) He loves being the center of attention and loved his party. His favorite parts of the afternoon were:
But what should you do with Mylar balloons after your kiddo has a great time with them and they begin to deflate?
Keep them and use them again and again!
All you need is a drinking straw and you can store and reuse your Mylar balloons.
1. Insert a drinking straw into the opening of the Mylar balloon where you can see the colored plastic slip. The straw must go in between the two slips of colored plastic.
As you can see in the picture below, the straw goes in fairly far.
2. Slowly squeeze the Mylar balloon until you feel air being released through the straw. If air is not being released, you have not inserted the straw far enough.
3. Slowly fold the balloon until all the air is removed.
4. Once the balloon is completely deflated simply fold and store it in a convenient location. I store our empty Mylar balloons in our filing cabinet.
Once you’re ready to use the balloon again, simply take it to a store for a less expensive refill. Or, since helium is becoming scarce, reinsert a straw and blow it up yourself. You can tape the balloon to walls or tables to decorate with them.