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How to prevent balloon decor from popping in outdoors heat?

by Lauryn
(Virginia )

Outdoor balloon decor - beautiful but tricky to work with

Outdoor balloon decor - beautiful but tricky to work with

Any suggestions on how to prevent balloons from popping when used for outdoor decor during the summer?

I did my first outdoor decor last July, and many of the balloons popped before the party got started.


Hi Lauryn,

Working with balloons outdoors is always tricky, even more so when it's hot.

Here are a few pointers to prevent the balloons from popping:

1. Use light colors.
Dark colors absorb the heat from the sun more, making them expand faster. So dark colors will pop more easily then light colors.

2. Use larger balloons than required and underinflate them.
For example, use 14 inch balloons if you want to blow them up to 11 inch size.

Some balloon pros underinflate even more and report best results when they use 16 inch balloons inflated to only 10 inches. 11 inch balloons should not be inflated to more than 7.5 inches.

IMPORTANT: Always blow up the balloons to their maximum size and then deflate them to the reduced size. This way you stretch the material, making it less likely to pop.

3. Wrap frames and poles with white duct tape or modelling balloons.
This ensures that the frames and poles won't get too hot.

4. Use Qualatex Bubbles / Deco Bubbles instead of latex balloons.
They are made from a much more durable material and therefore withstand outdoor conditions better than latex or foil balloons.

BalloonHQ has a whole section about working with balloons outdoors where you may find some more advice.

I hope this helps!


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