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Friday, July 17, 2009

How To Make Yo-Yo Balloons

Ever heard of a Yo-yo balloon before? As one would suspect by the name, it's a balloon that you play with like a yo-yo. I often see them at small fairs and parties. It's a great outdoor activity for the summer and keeps the kids entertained. Yo-yo balloons are easy and inexpensive to make. They're perfect for entertaining a large crowd and make nice favors as well.

You can also purchase pre-made yo-yo balloons. The only difference is the balloons are striped and you have pre-cut rubber bands with finger loops. That's really the only thing that separates making vs. buying. Simple directions below.

water balloons
large thick rubber bands
balloon pump - optional

Cut a large rubber band to make a string. It should measure about 10- 12 inches. Tie a loop on one end for it to fit a child's finger (refer to picture).

Fill the water balloon with water until it's roughly the size of a golf ball. Now fill with air until the balloon is the size of an orange. Tie shut.

Tie the rubber band onto the balloon. Done.

Have Fun!


MommaMari said...

Oh how fun and does that take me back! Where I'm from they make the balloons huge and filled with a few spoonfuls of dry rice to give a nice wooshing noise along with the ping pong effect.

The Queen of Clearance said...

quick and easy! Ill have to remember that they next time I watch my friends kids!

mushroommeadows said...

How fun (and inexpensive, too)!

Ayie said...

kids love this, even I do!

Anonymous said...

...Thank you for the Cool Idea;)

lg Marion

SewDelish said...

I'd completely forgotten about these!
My daughter's birthday is coming up and this will be a great addition to the kids party bags.

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Ali said...

I'd never seen these - off to scour the house for balloons - thanks!

mayaluna said...

another wonderful idea I can make right now... we're ironically having a yo-yo obsession around her by the big one and the littlest is quite frustrated... here's my solution! Thanks Jessica!

Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea. My boys would love it!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh how fun! I haven't thought about these in forever! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Wynn Tan said...

this is a great idea for my 2 yr old boy!!^_^

amida said...

I'm making these for my boys water balloon party -- it is the perfect addition to the goodie bag! Thanks for the tutorial!

Lenetta said...

It took watching the video before I figured out the concept, but I love it! I linked to it on my weekly roundup here. Thanks!

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your yo-yo! You can see it here:


Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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