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Balloons to Float a Tinsel Chandelier

by Leigh
(Hawaii)

Tinsel Chandelier

Tinsel Chandelier

I am decorating a ballroom and want to use some mylar tinsel chandeliers, they are 3ft in diameter and three feet long. They are extremely light maybe 1 lb each.

The hotel doesn't allow us to hang anything from the ceiling so I had the idea of using a very large helium balloon to float them in the air.

Either inserting the balloon inside the chandelier and inflating it until it is a tight fit or hanging the chandeliers from the balloon/s.

Is this even feasible? I am desperate to use these decorations and need a solution.

Aloha!
Leigh

ANSWER

Hi Leigh,

Apologies for my late reply. I somehow overlooked your submission.

If the tinsel chandeliers weigh about 1 pound, you would need to use at least a 4 feet round balloon to lift them, according to this Qualatex helium chart.

A fully inflated 4 feet balloon would not fit inside the chandelier with 3 feet diameter.

So you would have to hang the chandelier from the balloon.

The balloon-chandelier pairs will of course float up to the ceiling and may move around a bit, depending on the air flow within the room.

You would have to test it if it works. Perhaps even a smaller balloon would be enough to lift the chandelier, depending on their exact weight.

Good luck! I would love to see a photo of your decoration. It sounds like a beautiful idea.

Margit

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