Glitter Balloons – DIY

DIY Glitter Balloons

Glitter Balloons are gorgeous, there is no other way to describe them. They really add glamour to a party.

They take a little time to put together, but the result is always amazing.

You will need:

12″ Clear Latex Balloons

Glitter (obviously)

A funnel

Hi-Float or Balloon Oomph

A hand pump


Glitter to be used in a balloon

Get your glitter ready.

My personal favourites are pink or gold.

Deflated Clear Latex Balloon

You will need to use a 12″ clear crystal latex balloon.

Using a hand pump inflate the balloon with about 4 or five pumps.

Don’t blow into the balloon using your breath as it leaves condensation inside the balloon.

Let the air out the balloon, and you will see your balloon is now much bigger looking.

Deflated Expanded latex balloon

Now you need to add hi-float or balloon-oomf to the balloon.

A single pump of each will do.

This coats the balloon with a glue like substance which makes the glitter stick to the sides of the balloon.

When you put the glue into the balloon you rub it in to coat the entire inside of the balloon with the glue.

Insert the funnel into the neck of the balloon so that you can put the glitter in to the balloon.

Funnel in a latex balloon to add glitter

You will need to put about a teaspoon worth of glitter into the balloon.

If you put to much your balloon won’t float, or it will tilt upside down.  Bear in mind that a 12″ balloon can hold about 20 grams and still float when inflated with helium.  Also when you add hi-flaot or balloon-oomf (I use Balloon-oomf because it is more cost effective here in South Africa) it already adds weight to the balloon.

You might need to inflate a few to get that perfect weight.

The good thing to know, is once the Balloon-oomf has dried a balloon that was previously floating down by the floor will slowly start to rise.

For most of my clients I will inflate the balloons the night before an event to be sure the balloons are all floating beautifully.

Adding Glitter to a balloon using a funnel

Once the glitter is in the balloon – DO NOT RUB the balloon.  If you do you will end up with clumps of glitter in some areas.

Instead what you need to do is hold the neck of the balloon and then shake the balloon to cover the inside.

Inflate the balloon using helium.

Pink Glitter Balloons

Tie it with a ribbon that matches the colour of the balloon and Voila.

Pink Glitter Balloon
DIY Glitter Balloons

Balloons Popping

Popped balloon

It does not matter how long you work with balloons, a balloon popping scares the pants off you.  Every.  Single. Time.

It also, in our business, tends to cause near pant-wetting giggles.  Every. Single. Time.

There are downsides to this.

The first is normally I have to sit on the floor to be able to stop myself laughing.  When we are doing an on-site setup this does not look very professional.  But balloons are fun so people tend to forgive us.

The second is that when a balloon pops in an empty space it echoes.  And the person closest to the balloon tends to go slightly deaf for a bit and have ringing ears.  I’m normally that person.  This is why when we deliver balloons we tend to bring them inside in small bunches.  Doors, plants and rough walls are not the friends of balloons…. and therefore not friends of balloonsdirect ears either.

When we are doing a function setup, then it’s normally some poor unsuspecting helper at the event who is either setting up for catering or music or just tidying up that gets the fright.  So if we’re setting up for you, we apologise in advance because there will be at least one loud bang.

Lastly, if the balloon has been treated with hi-float then the person holding the popped balloon normally ends up covered in glue and general stickiness.

Wedding Balloons April

Today was a quiet day for deliveries, however we did have 2 large orders.
Our afternoon was spent setting up at a wonderful venue in Northcliff (House Higgo).

100 Satin Pearl white and Satin pearl Pearl latex balloons were tied to steel pins and these were pushed into the lawn.

Hopefully the bride and groom get some stunning pics among the balloons (sadly we’re never around for the main event)


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Win Balloons in our April Event Balloon Giveaway 2016

Candy Table Balloon Decoration

Win balloons for your April event to the value of R500

Are you hosting a baby shower, birthday party, anniversary celebration or some other event in April 2016? If so enter our April 2016 balloon giveaway and you could win balloons to the value of R500.

The final balloons decorations and colour scheme will be discussed with the winner to ensure they match the theme of their event. The prize could include helium latex balloon bouquets, a simple helium balloon arch, glitter balloons or other decorative balloons.

This competition closes on 18 March 2016.

To enter the competition please complete the form below


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50th Birthday Elvis birthday party in Rivonia

Yellow and White balloons at a restaurant in Bryanston

Balloons at a charity event

Purple Polka dot balloons

These are some of the balloons we’ve done for events recently. Let us know in the comments what your favourite balloons are.

Christmas Trading Times

Can you believe it’s that time of year already?  Exams, office parties and then finally holidays!!

Please note the following important dates:


Balloons Direct will be closed from 16 December until 11 January.


If you need balloons delivered before 17 January your order must be placed by 11 December as our suppliers close for the festive season.

We would like to thank all our customers this year for their support and hope to do business again with you in 2016

Halloween Balloons

Orange, black and halloween printed crystal clear balloons

Halloween is one of those events that you either love or you hate. It is becoming more popular in South Africa – no where near as serious as in the USA, but quite a few complexes are getting involved.

This was our first Halloween trading, so we didn’t have many orders, and we’re hoping that the inspiration we’ve found on other websites will inspire you to have a halloween party this year (and of course decorate with halloween balloons)

Halloween Balloons ready to inflate
Halloween Balloons ready to inflate
Halloween Bat Balloons
Halloween Bat Balloons
Orange, black and halloween printed crystal clear balloons
Orange, black and halloween printed crystal clear balloons

Ghost Balloons shows you how to create super simple ghost balloons using white latex helium balloons, black permanent marker, white crepe paper and double sided tape.

Haeley also has an amazing blog post on Halloween balloon ideas that you can check out here for ideas. 6 Simple Halloween Balloon Ideas

If anyone is interested in this for their halloween party, contact us and let us know.

Silhouette Balloons

What a super simple idea Nest of Posies has come up with.

You can even get the kids involved with this one.  All you need is helium balloons, wool, a few templates cut out and a sharpie Koki.

Hanging Spider Balloons

Anyone who knows me understands what a complete but COMPLETE arachnophobe I am, so even posting a link to this idea on my blog shows what an awesome idea I think it is.

Not only do I love that the spiders aren’t that scary – I mean who can be scared of glittery spiders, but I also love how Studio DIY doesn’t go with the standard orange and black balloons for Halloween, the mint green thrown in gives it such a sophisticated twist.

For more ideas, follow our Halloween Balloons board on Pinterest

Starting out

what 1000 balloons looks like

Small business are a dime a dozen really, and today I joined the ranks. What makes a small business successful however? Well I’m not sure yet, but here is what BalloonsDirect offers you.

1. We solve a problem.

We know what it’s like to be running around at the last minute getting everything ready for that birthday party or bridal shower. And we all know that balloons make it a party really. But how do you get Helium Balloons in the car and back in time as well as doing everything else? You call us of course.


2. We provide the best service we can.

We are genuinely service orientated people. We love trying to solve a problem or just make your life easier.


3. We love balloons.

It’s a good thing really I guess. A lot of people don’t love balloons.  And if you’re inflating and tying 400 balloons at an event by the end of the day we don’t really love balloons all that much anymore.  But the next morning when the feet have recovered then we love balloons again.

4. We bring creativity and ideas.

When you’re stuck for ideas give us a call.  We have some really big ideas that we’d love to try.  We just need people to try it with us.