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How to Inflate an Air Walker Balloon

Updated April 17, 2017

AirWalker balloons add a festive air to any event or room because they have the ability to either float in place or roam about the room as if walking on air. Though the effect is impressive, anyone can tame an AirWalker.

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  1. Carefully open the package and remove the AirWalker balloon. Unfold the balloon and locate the fill valve tab. The tab will have a small round opening on one side.

  2. Turn on the helium tank. Press the regulator nozzle to test. If using a metal, Mylar-specific nozzle, activate the nozzle by pressing the button at the base of the nozzle. If using a regular rubber nozzle, activate by bending the nozzle gently to one side.

  3. Place the tab of the AirWalker over the nozzle and gently press or bend the nozzle to release helium into the balloon. Use short gentle bursts to prevent overinflation. Continue to fill the balloon until only a few wrinkles are visible in the skin of the balloon. Do not attempt to fill the balloon enough to remove all wrinkles, since this will cause the AirWalker to burst. If the AirWalker will be used in a warm area, or placed in direct hot sunlight, put less helium inside to allow for heat expansion.

  4. Locate the tie tab and tie a length of ribbon to the tab. Some AirWalkers come with built-in ties; if so, use this. Either tie the other end of the ribbon to your final location or centrepiece or, for a travelling AirWalker, temporarily secure the other end of the ribbon to a weight or stationary object.

  5. Gently pull the arms and legs away from the body of the AirWalker so that they hang freely. Some AirWalkers have inflatable hands and feet. If so, these should be inflated with air, using either a hand air pump or a straw to blow air into the balloon. For inflation, follow the guidelines in Step 3.

  6. Untie the balloon from the weight and add paper clips to the ribbon until the AirWalker floats or stands at the desired level.

  7. Tip

    It is normal for Mylar balloons to deflate over time. When this happens, the AirWalker can be refilled. If the decor calls for a balloon that hangs rather than floats, the AirWalker can also be filled with air using a hand pump or straw and hung from above by taping the ribbon to its head using a small length of clear packing tape.


    Be cautious when storing your inflated AirWalker in a hot location, because too much heat will cause the gas inside to expand beyond the limits of the Mylar.

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Things You'll Need

  • Helium tank or other source of helium
  • Balloon regulator (either metal or rubber)
  • Ribbon
  • Paper clips
  • Hand pump (optional)
  • Straw (optional)
  • Clear packing tape (optional)

About the Author

Teresa Patterson

Teresa Patterson has been writing professionally for 15 years. Her credits include The World of the Wheel of Time with Robert Jordan and three other books, as well as numerous nonfiction articles and short stories. She also works as a professional balloon artist and a show horse trainer.

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