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:

Cake…

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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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10 thoughts on “How to Refill and Reuse Mylar Balloons

  • October 7, 2014 at 3:29 am
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    Once you blow up the mylar, how do you seal it? Do you need to seal it? Thanks!

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    • October 8, 2014 at 1:57 am
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      Mylar balloons should self-seal if they’re still good. Eventually the seal wears out but not for a long time. When you’re done inflating the balloon then simply press the opening shut and it should seal.

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  • October 26, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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    Thanks, the straw is the key!

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  • November 2, 2016 at 9:45 pm
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    Thanks. Great advice and worked easily. Not sure why I had not thought of this before.

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  • January 31, 2017 at 1:56 am
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    This is such a great idea! I recently just thought of re using mylar balloons I bought last year for a party.

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    • March 29, 2017 at 7:36 pm
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      I have some as old as 6 years old.

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  • June 5, 2017 at 10:12 am
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    You are a lifesaver. I wanted to keep the balloons as memorabilia from my son’s baptism but was struggling to deflate it….until I Googled and stumbled upon your post. Thank you!!!

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    • June 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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      I am so glad you found it!

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