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Party-Planning Tips

HI-FLOAT is a party planner’s best friend. Besides giving your balloons up to 25 times longer float time, we also have all kinds of unique party-planning tips to make your event one to remember.

Confetti on the Inside of Clear BalloonsConfetti on Outside of Balloons

Double-Stuffed or Gumball Balloons

Floral Arrangement

Food Coloring Balloons

Spiderweb Balloons

How to Save Helium with 60/40 Inflators

Confetti on the Inside of Clear Balloons

It is easy to make festive, eye-catching arrangements by putting confetti inside HI-FLOAT treated balloons. Confetti balloons can be used to create elegant décor for special events such as New Year’s Eve.

The confetti needs to be made of soft foil. Sharp edges could cause the balloon to pop. When inflating a balloon with confetti, safety glasses are recommended.

Check out our Confetti Balloons video on you tube.

Ingredients:

• ULTRA HI-FLOAT
• 16-inch clear latex balloons
• Foil confetti
• A canning funnel

Instructions:

  • Add ULTRA HI-FLOAT to a 16-inch clear balloon using the grey pump restriction clip.
  • Rub the outside of the balloon in the usual manner to spread the coating over the inside surface.
  • Blow a puff of air into the balloon so the sides of the balloon are not touching.
  • Add about 1/3 cup of chopped foil or other soft confetti into the balloon through a funnel. You can make confetti by cutting up some old foil balloons that have popped, or you can buy it pre-chopped.
  • Inflate the balloon with helium to about the size of a grapefruit.
  • Shake the balloon vigorously to spread the confetti uniformly inside.
  • Inflate the balloon the rest of the way with helium, and tie it with rainbow curling ribbon.
  • Repeat with several more balloons, and attach them to a bottle of jelly beans for a really colorful arrangement.
  • This same technique can be used to put sparkling glitter inside the balloon.

Tip: The key to getting the confetti uniformly spread over the inside of the balloon without forming clumps is to avoid rubbing the balloon after the confetti is added. Instead, inflate the balloon slightly and shake it.

Note: It is always a good idea when working with confetti to wear protective eyewear.

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Confetti on Outside of Balloons

Ingredients:

  • ULTRA HI-FLOAT
  • 11-inch latex balloons
  • A cup or glass
  • A pencil
  • Confetti or glitter

Instructions:

  • Pour HI-FLOAT into a cup or glass.
  • Place an un-inflated balloon over a pencil and dip the balloon into the glass of HI-FLOAT to the stem, as shown in the figure above. Keep the liquid out of the inside of the balloon. Make sure the entire outside of the balloon is wet except for the stem. If folds form in the balloon, withdraw it from the liquid and re-dip it to wet the entire outside.
  • Remove the balloon and let it drain for a couple of minutes.
  • With the helium nozzle pointed down, as shown in the figure to the left, slip the balloon onto the nozzle and inflate it while the balloon is still wet. The balloon will stop dripping as soon as inflation begins.
  • Since the balloon is still wet, you will need to be careful to tie it without touching the sides, and you will want to keep it from touching other balloons for about 30 minutes.
  • The outside coating of HI-FLOAT will remain wet and sticky for about 20 minutes. You can sprinkle confetti or glitter on the outside of the balloon during this time. Be careful not to use too much, or the balloon will get heavy and will not float.

Warning: Air-filled balloons with an external coating of HI-FLOAT must be kept in an air-conditioned location in hot weather. Heat and/or high humidity can cause the balloons to burst or deflate prematurely.

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Double-Stuffed or Gumball Balloons

To increase the float time of a double-stuffed balloon (an 11-inch colored balloon inside a 16-inch clear balloon) or a gumball balloon (several 5-inch colored balloons inside a 16-inch clear balloon), use the following method:

Ingredients:

  • ULTRA HI-FLOAT
  • 16-inch clear latex balloons
  • 11-inch colored latex balloon or several 5-inch colored latex balloons

Instructions:

  • Treat the inside of the 16-inch clear balloon with ULTRA HI-FLOAT. Add two pumps with the grey restriction clip on the pump dispenser.
  • Inflate the 16-inch balloon to 12 inches with helium, and seal with a plastic clip or disc. Do not fully inflate the 16-inch balloon at this stage.
  • Allow the balloon to dry for at least 24 hours.
  • Remove the clip, letting only a little helium escape.
  • Insert the uninflated 5-inch balloons or the 11-inch balloon into the 16-inch balloon.
  • Inflate the smaller balloon(s) with helium, and hand-tie.
  • Fully inflate and hand-tie the 16-inch balloon.

Note: The ULTRA HI-FLOAT should be completely dry inside the 16-inch balloon before smaller balloons are inserted.

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Food Coloring Balloons

A beautiful Easter egg or tie-dyed effect can be easily created using HI-FLOAT, white latex balloons and food coloring. Safety goggles are recommended when using food coloring inside balloons. Check out our Food Coloring Balloons video on you tube.

Ingredients:

  • ULTRA HI-FLOAT
  • White latex balloons
  • Pearlized white latex balloons
  • Food coloring

Instructions:

  • First treat a white balloon with HI-FLOAT. Refer to the clip guide to choose the correct restriction clip based on balloon size.
  • Before rubbing the balloon, add two or three drops of food coloring. At first, add just one color to each balloon. Try blue, yellow or red.
  • Rub the balloon to spread the HI-FLOAT and food coloring to cover the inside of the balloon.
  • Inflate the balloon with air or helium in the usual manner.
  • To change the color pattern just deflate the balloon, rub again and re-inflate to get a different pattern. No two are alike!
  • For a more elegant look, use pearlized white balloons instead of plain white.
  • You will be surprised at the beauty of these custom-colored balloons. By blending, you can make any color you want. The colors will darken slightly when dry. If runs form, use slightly less HI-FLOAT. For variation, use clear balloons instead of white ones, and add a little glitter for sparkle. Or use with pastel-colored balloons to achieve many beautiful colors.

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Spiderweb Balloons

For a unique Halloween decoration, use HI-FLOAT and clear balloons to make balloons with spiderwebs inside. Check out our Spider Web Balloons video on you tube.

Ingredients:

  • ULTRA HI-FLOAT
  • 11-inch clear latex balloons
  • A small rubber spider

Instructions:

  • Treat a clear balloon with HI-FLOAT. Refer to the clip guide to choose the correct restriction clip based on balloon size.
  • Rub the balloon to spread the HI-FLOAT.
  • Inflate the balloon with air to about 75% capacity.
  • Seal the balloon with a plastic disc or clip.
  • Let the HI-FLOAT in the balloon dry overnight. Place the balloon out where there is good air circulation. It must be very dry in order for the spiderweb to form.
  • The next day, remove the clip and deflate the balloon.
  • Insert a small rubber spider.
  • Hold the balloon by the stem and the top as shown below, and stretch it a few times to separate the dry film from the wall of the balloon.
  • Slowly inflate the balloon with helium or air.
  • As the balloon inflates, the HI-FLOAT film will continue to separate from the wall of the balloon in several places and hang to form a spiderweb. If you inflate the balloon too quickly, the HI-FLOAT coating will totally come off, and the special effect will not work. If the coating does not separate from the balloon as it inflates, deflate the balloon again and stretch it a couple more times. Use caution so the coating does not totally come off inside the balloon.
  • This takes a little practice, but once you’ve mastered the technique, almost every balloon turns out beautiful.

Note: Since the HI-FLOAT coating inside the balloon is no longer intact, the balloon will not have an extended floating life. A long-lasting product can be made by inflating the balloon with air instead of helium and putting it on a cup and stick. Use the dilute-coating technique on the outside to keep it from oxidizing.

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How to Save Helium with 60/40 Inflators

60/40 helium inflators are compatible with ULTRA HI-FLOAT treated balloons.

60/40 inflators add a helium/air mixture to the balloon and can provide balloons that will float for several days when treated with ULTRA HI-FLOAT. Because 40% less helium is used, the savings on helium more than pay for the HI-FLOAT. Check out our 60 40 Inflators video on you tube.

Because a 60/40 helium air mixture is less buoyant than pure helium, less HI-FLOAT will need to be added than for balloons with pure helium. Refer to the clip guide, and use the restriction clip for the next smaller size balloon.

  • For an 11-inch balloon inflated with a 60/40 mixture, use the purple restriction clip that is normally used with a 9-inch balloon.
  • Snap the purple clip onto the pump dispenser.
  • Slide the balloon on to the pump nozzle so the HI-FLOAT will fall into the base of the balloon. Push the pump down as far as it will go.
  • Pinch the balloon as it is removed, cleaning off the pump nozzle and keeping HI-FLOAT out of the neck of the balloon. Keeping HI-FLOAT out of the neck of the balloon will make it easier to handle and tie.
  • Rub for a couple of seconds to spread the HI-FLOAT inside the balloon. While rubbing, hold the opening elevated to allow air to escape and to prevent liquid from entering the neck of the balloon.
  • We recommend rotating the helium nozzle downward to reduce splatter and keep the HI-FLOAT out of the balloon neck.
  • Inflate the balloon until it is almost pear-shaped. Hand-tie the balloon. It should float upright. Underinflated balloons will not float upright and may lean to one side. Fully inflated balloons float straight up.

An ULTRA HI-FLOAT treated 11-inch balloon inflated with a 60/40 helium/air mixture will float for two to 10 days.

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