How to inflate balloons with helium cheaply

Updated April 17, 2017

Balloons are a staple of decorations, whether for a wedding, birthday, reunion or just a basic party. Balloons filled with helium have a different effect than those without helium, as a floating balloon adds a visual element that raises the eye to highlight specific areas and items. While balloons add a fun and decorative aspect to the party atmosphere, filling numerous balloons with helium can be costly. Choose wisely on the amount of balloons, the placement and the style to make your dollar go farther.

Shop around for the best deals on the balloons and helium tank. Look for deals online and at places such as party supply stores. Price the difference between buying a helium tank and renting one.

Inflate the balloons properly and don't overinflate them. This will save helium and will reduce the risk for bursting--which further escalates costs because you'll have to buy and inflate a replacement balloon.

Place the filled balloons in a plastic bag once they're filled and prior to the party. This will keep the balloons from deflating and help preserve their helium content.

Choose smaller balloons, rather than large ones. Smaller balloons will look more full and lush while using less helium.

Spray the balloons with hairspray. This helps to keep the helium in and stops the balloon from deflating, meaning you will not have to add more helium.

Things You'll Need

  • Balloons
  • Helium tank
  • Hairspray
  • Plastic bag
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About the Author

Michelle Barry graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then, she has worked as a reporter for the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, an editor for Month9Books and Evolved Publishing, editor and has spent the past seven years in marketing and graphic design. She also has an extensive background in dance.