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What do i use to write on latex balloons?

by Jeanne Fashempour
(Medina, OH)

Different Ways to Write on Latex Balloons [Image source: asubtlerevelry.com]

Different Ways to Write on Latex Balloons [Image source: asubtlerevelry.com]

I want to label some large latex balloons. What do I use to write on them?


ANSWER

Hi Jeanne,

There are several options for writing on latex balloons.

One of the easiest ways I have seen is to use ready made letter labels and stick them onto the balloon. The downside to this method is that you can't vary the letters much. They'll probably all be capital letters of the same color, as shown in the image above.

The print labels also add weight to the balloon; something you need to take into account when you want your latex balloons to float.

For the other option, writing directly on the latex balloon, these types of markers or pens have been recommended by balloon professionals:

Duct Tape Markers

The Uchida Duct Tape Marker came out as the best marker for writing on latex balloons in an elaborate test done by a balloon twister.

He only tested white markers, but it stands to reason that his results can be applied to colored markers as well.

Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pens

The Sharpie oil-based pens also got good marks in the test I mentioned above. They dry quickly and don't smear much.

Metallic Markers

The balloon pros at BalloonHQ.com suggest Qualatex Metallic Balloon Markers, but I don't think that these are still being sold.

As an alternative you could try Sharpie Permanent Metallic Markers, which you can get in gold or in silver.

These are especially great for writing on dark colored balloons. Or use gold on white for an elegant look.

I hope this helps. Let us know which method or pen you used and how it worked out!

Best,

Margit

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