How to Decorate Craft Balloons

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How to Decorate Craft Balloons
Add flair to craft balloons with drawings and decorations. (balloons 1 image by Pix by Marti from

It may seem unlikely that the slick surface of an inflated latex balloon can be decorated, but with the right materials, you can draw pictures and glue items on it. Kids will enjoy decorating balloons for random craft projects or making decorations for specific events, such as birthday parties. After decorating individual balloons, they can even stick the balloons together to form clusters or sculptures using Glue Dots.

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Things you need

  • Sharpie markers
  • Craft items
  • White or clear craft glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue Dots
  • Spray glue

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  1. 1

    Draw decorations on your balloons using Sharpie markers. Choose light-coloured balloons so the markers will show up clearly. Washable markers do not show up as well and may wipe off onto clothing or skin if someone touches the balloons.

  2. 2

    Attach decorative craft items, such as construction paper shapes, onto balloons using white or clear craft glue. Hold the item in place for 15 to 30 seconds while it bonds to the surface of the balloon. Avoid pressing down too hard before the glue dries or the items may slide out of place.

  3. 3

    Attach multiple balloons together using double-sided tape or Glue Dots. Glue Dots are specifically designed to attach items together easily and instantly. Attach larger craft decorations to balloons using one of these methods instead of craft glue. They are less messy and provide a sturdier bond.

  4. 4

    Coat the surface of balloons with a spray glue for attaching items that cover a large area, such as confetti or glitter. Set the balloons aside to dry before using.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray glue dries quickly, can be messy to use and can cause latex balloons to pop.

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