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Old 02-16-2006, 06:14 AM   #1
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Default balloon weights?

I need some balloon weights for a shower this weekend. I have heard that you can make your own using rice and foil. Any other suggestions on how to make your own. I don't know if I can make it to the store before the party.

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Old 02-16-2006, 06:17 AM   #2
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The rice & foil works real well. I made my own balloon weights using rice & tulle circles.

Not sure what else to suggest. Sorry.
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I'd think that you could use most anything that had a little weight...I think the stores use sand in the bottom...how about dried beans, lentils, unpopped popcorn, bird seed, acquarium rock...even a single stone would work.
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A rock & tissue paper
Dried beans & tissue paper
"Sour cream" boxes with candy
A baby bottle filled with Jelly Beans (for a baby shower, of course)
Little gift boxes w/ribbon filled with something heavy
Tableware (knife, spoon, & fork) tied with ribbon

Anything at all heavy will work. I once took some took my "gift" (vegetable peeler, measuring cups, measuring spoons, garlic press, etc.) and used each piece for a balloon weight. Just look at the other things you are using as decorations and see what could be used.
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Oh, I forgot... teapots or teacups also make beautiful balloon weights.
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:55 AM   #6
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... uninflated balloons filled with rice, sand or beans also make great weights ...
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Is there a theme to the shower?
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I will see what I can do tonight.

Shower theme is hearts and flowers. Colors are sage shadow, pretty in pink, silver, and white. I think the ballons are white and green.
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Soup cans wrapped in pretty paper works quite well too.
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I like to tie my balloons to, or put inside of. gift bags w/ rocks in them.
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Oh! How about the little fruit cups...you could even make little prizes out of them...just a thought.

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I've made a bunch of balloon weights for cub scout dinners, graduation parties, etc.

The first one I bought from the party store ($2) and the rest I made myself. Here is how:

- 2 plastic cups (doubled) per weight. I used clear ones, they seem stronger and are about 9oz. - not too big but more of a tall shape than the short, squat ones.
- Fill inside cup with sand (tape opening w/packing tape to avoid leakage)
- Flip cup over so opening is on the bottom centered on a piece of mylar (lots of colors - comes in sheets by tissue paper - cut to size)
- Pull mylar up and tie ribbon around top.
- Tie balloon ribbons around top too!

I've also seen balloons filled with sand - must use a funnel. You can buy sand cheap at the toy store or even something like Home Depot.
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:57 PM   #13
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In a pinch, I have used a small raw potato wrapped in mylar paper tied with curly ribbon. But I like some of the ideas (fruit cups & tea cups) better!
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I made a bunch for a shower, we then saved them and they got passed around for a few more showers and christenings....

Get some small(like 2x3?) white bags with handles from Michaels or Joannes.
Stamp em( of course)
get a bag of floral rocks, put a big handful into a baggie ( or...I used rubber gloves)
put the baggie into each white stamped bag
top with some crinkle cut paper ( also michaels)

wasn't too much $$ and they lasted forever!!!


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How about cookie cutters?

Several years ago we did a train-themed birthday party for my DS and we used train-shaped cookie cutters for balloon weights. We let the guests take the balloons & cutters home as part of their goody bag stuff.
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I've seen Hersey's kisses (ar any candy) wrapped in colored plastic wrap and tied with the balloon ribbon. Looks cute and guests can take them home.
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