Small gifts tucked inside balloons offer a special surprise for young ones. The key to creating gift balloons is to use large, durable balloons with wide mouths, rather than narrow balloons better suited to crafting balloon animals. While professional equipment is available to stuff somewhat large gifts into even larger balloons, tiny prizes may be added to balloons by hand, no special equipment necessary.
Things You'll Need
- Large and stretchy wide-mouthed balloons
- Small party favors or gifts
- Balloon pump (optional)
- Funnel with wide bottom opening
- Decorative ribbon
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Stretch an uninflated balloon several times in multiple directions to make it more flexible.
Place one or two fingers from each hand inside the mouth of the balloon, stretching the opening as wide as possible. Stretch the opening several times to make it a bit more flexible. Roll the mouth of the balloon downwards so the balloon's neck become shorter.
Stretch the balloon opening over the narrow end of a funnel so the balloon stays in place on the funnel without your assistance.
Drop a small toy, gift or party favor through the funnel opening until it drops into the balloon. You may need to push it down through the funnel if the fit is tight.
Inflate the balloon by blowing it up with your mouth. If you have access to a balloon pump, use that instead, when adding gifts to a large number of balloons.
Tie a knot in the balloon to keep it inflated. Tie a bit of decorative ribbon around the knot, if desired, to dress the balloon up a bit.