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:


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and balloons.

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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!

Mylar Refill

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.


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As you can see in the picture below, the straw goes in fairly far.

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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.

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3. Slowly fold the balloon until all the air is removed.

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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.

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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.


love DB


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