How to Write on a Balloon

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Making custom party decorations doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. With just a few basic materials you can transform plain balloons into personalized party pizazz. Send handwritten birthday wishes or blow-up invitations by following the easy steps below.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex balloons 
  • Mylar balloons 
  • Black or metallic permanent markers 
  • Rubber bands 
  • Paint pens
  • Helium tank (optional)
  • Masking tape

Latex Balloons

For Inflated Balloons

Inflate several latex balloons with air or helium. Hold a balloon in your lap and freehand a message with a black or metallic permanent marker.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)
(Image: Lindsey Crafter)


  • Want to create an invitation sure to secure a RSVP? Write party details on a black balloon with a white paint pen for a fun chalkboard look.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter )

For Deflated Balloons

Inflate a latex balloon with air and temporarily secure the end with a rubber band. Using black or metallic permanent marker, pen a message and let dry.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter )


  • Create even spacing between lines and lettering with temporary guides created from thin strips of masking tape.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Remove the rubber band and deflate the balloon before enclosing in an envelope to send to friends.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter )
(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Mylar Balloons

Inflate several mylar balloons with helium. Hold a balloon in your lap and free-hand a message with a paint pen. Test your paint pen and script on a scrap piece of paper to avoid mistakes or misspellings. Repeat the message on both sides of the balloon to ensure the text is visible from any angle.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)
(Image: Lindsey Crafter )

Aiming for typographic perfection? Use stencils to trace your letters in permanent marker. Dress up your balloons with tissue tassel tails or brightly colored ribbon.

Leave any questions, comments or economic party ideas in the comments below!

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