Easy ways to tie balloons
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No fun event is really complete without balloons. Whether they are helium balloons, regular balloons, balloon animals or water balloons, balloons always liven up a party.
Unfortunately, tying balloons can be an uncomfortable chore, especially for those with arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome or other limitations on finger mobility. Learning a few easy ways to tie balloons will have you ready to party in no time.
Inflate a balloon, leaving about an inch or so at the end as a "tail." Wrap the balloon's tail around your index and middle fingers and push the end of the tail underneath the loop you've made, through the crack between your fingers. Then simply pull the tail through to form a knot.
Big Loop Method
Inflate a balloon, again leaving an inch or so of slack as a "tail." Wrap the tail around your index and middle finger, holding it closed with your thumb. Insert the tail under your thumb and between your fingers, pulling it up so that it rests atop and between your fingers. Simply pull your fingers out of the big loop, and the knot is tied.
- Inflate a balloon, again leaving an inch or so of slack as a "tail."
- Wrap the tail around your index and middle finger, holding it closed with your thumb.
Holding the inflated balloon between your knees, wrap the balloon's "tail" around a fork (a two-pronged carving-style fork works best) and pull the tail through the loop between two of the fork tines. Pull the fork out of the wrapped tail to close the knot.
Specialised balloon-tying tools are available for purchase. They are designed to relieve pressure on your fingers and make tying even hundreds of balloons easy, without pain or discomfort.
Mike Andrews is a freelance writer and serial entrepreneur focused on small-business and entrepreneurship for average people. He holds a bachelor's degree in biblical studies and a master's degree in theology and has appeared in a wide array of print and online periodicals including "HiCall," "Mature Living" and "Caregivers Home Companion."