How to make balloon weights

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How to make balloon weights
Weigh balloons down. (auimeesri/iStock/Getty Images)

A balloon weight is a small, weighted device that holds down helium balloons. Balloon weights are made in various sizes and shapes. Make these weights to match the theme or decor of your party. These balloon weights take less than 5 minutes to make. Create as many as you need to keep your balloons from taking flight.

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Things you need

  • Cellophane or wrapping paper
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Candy, sand, or fishing weights
  • Helium-filled balloons

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  1. 1

    Cut the cellophane or wrapping paper into 20 cm (8 inch) squares. You will use one square for each balloon weight. Cellophane bags are available at most party supply stores and in some department stores. These are usually more expensive than the wrapping paper, but they do save time.

  2. 2

    Make a bag out of the paper by pulling up the sides into a bag shape. The corners may need to be folded for a better-looking balloon weight.

  3. 3

    Fill the bag with sweets, sand or fishing weights. For a child's or teenager's party, use sweets as a filler so the children have a treat to take home along with their balloon. If the balloons are simply for decoration, sand is the cheapest filler. If the weight is meant to hold down multiple balloons, use 3 or 4 lead fishing weights per bag. Add more if the balloons still aren't staying put.

  4. 4

    Gather the top of the paper or bag. Wrap the ribbon tightly around the top of the bag. Tie the ribbon in a bow to hold the contents. Wrap the balloon's ribbon around the weight's ribbon. Tie it down to secure the balloon to its weight.

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