Have a balloon questions? Curious about inflation? We have all the information you could have need or want!
- Tell me about your balloons! What are they made from?
- How will my balloons arrive?
- How long will my balloons last with helium?
- How should I store my balloons?
- Where do I get my balloons inflated?
- Why won’t my helium balloons float?
- Can I put helium in a mini balloon?
- Helium is expensive! Are there any other options?
- What’s the story with confetti balloons? Why won’t the confetti stick?
- Can foil balloons be filled with air or helium?
- We would like organise a balloon release. Can you help us?
- How do I dispose of balloons thoughtfully?
Tell me about your balloons! What are they made from?
Our latex balloons are made from the highest quality 100% latex. For more information about the biodegradability of our balloons please see here.
Our foil balloons are made from mylar.
How will my balloons arrive?
Your balloons will be shipped to you flat. If you are local to our Flagship store in Hawthorn you can choose to pick up your balloons inflate. Check out our Inflation Station for more details.
How long will my balloons last with helium?
Good question! Check our super informative ‘how long will balloon float with helium?’ chart here.
How should I store my balloons?
If you are buying your balloons for an event in the near future we suggest storing them away from light and heat. Latex balloons are biodegradable and therefore sensitive to both these elements. Poppies For Grace packaged latex products will be labelled with a packaged date and we recommend using latex balloons within 12 months of packaging date.
Why won’t my helium balloons float?
The main reason balloons won’t float is because not enough helium has been added. Check our ‘how long will balloon float with helium?’ chart for a good indicator.
Another reason your balloon is struggling is you may have added too much weight to your balloon with fun tassels and decorations. Standard balloons won’t float with any decorations added and you should only add light weight options to larger balloons.
Helium is expensive! Are there any other options?
Helium can be pricey - but don’t you worry! It is not the only option for making your party look magical. You can try hanging balloons from the ceiling or instead go for one our balloon garlands that do not require helium.
What’s the story with confetti balloons? Why won’t the confetti stick?
Confetti will not stick to the sides of your balloon without static and unfortunately helium does not create static. We suggest that you pop in some air first (about a basketball worth for a jumbo balloon, a tennis ball for a standard balloon). To create static rub the inflated balloon with your hand & roll the balloon for the confetti to stick. This process may need to be repeated during your event. Bear in mind we cannot guarantee the confetti will stick when inflating with helium.
Also, remember that confetti in balloons will affect the float time when filled with helium. Check our ‘how long will balloon float with helium?’ for more details.
We recommend blowing all confetti balloons up with a balloon pump. This will avoid moisture going into the balloon.
Can foil balloons be filled with air or helium?
Some foil balloons can only be filled with air – you find these details on the product page. To fill a foil balloon with air insert a straw and blow! And the super fun thing is that sometimes you are able to reuse these balloons! It doesn’t always work but you can try carefully inserting a straw into the balloon past the self-sealing valve. This will release the air so you can flatten the balloon and put it away until next time.
We would like organise a balloon release. Can you help us?
Balloons released into the environment via helium releases or otherwise can find their way into our oceans. Water will slow down the breakdown of the latex and that means they can have a negative impact on the environment including posing a threat to wildlife. For that reason we do not condone the release of helium balloons, or the use of balloons outdoors on windy days.
How do I dispose of balloons thoughtfully?
Gold star for you! This is a great question. So the party is over and clean up has began - but what do you do with your latex balloons? It is super simple! Your first option - leave them up and keep the party going! Latex balloons can last for a long time so keep that garland up and enjoy them for as long as you like!
If it really is time to tidy up, cut your balloons down and pop them. Latex balloons will completely decompose over time so you can safely dispose of them in your household waste where they will decompose in landfill. Discard of broken balloons immediately.
If you have mylar or foil balloons, try and reuse them where you can. See above for more details.
If you need more information on balloons and the environment check out some further thoughts here.
To float or to not float, that is the question.
Most balloons can be filled with helium or air, simply check the instructions provided or on the product page for details. Some balloons can only be filled with air due to their size (like mini latex and foil balloons), and some balloons are not designed for helium (like balloon garlands).
First tip! When inflating balloons with air, use a balloon pump or air compressor! Seriously - do! You can thank us later.
Second tip. Do not use your mouth to blow up confetti balloons. The condensation caused by your breath will do weird things to the confetti. You don't want that. Use a balloon pump or inflate with helium.
Tip number three. Mini latex and foil balloons can only be filled with air. They are too teeny tiny to take enough helium to make them float. They are an air only situation.
Tip four is a good one - you might want to bookmark it. How do you get that confetti to stick in the balloon?! Confetti will not stick to the sides of your balloon without static and unfortunately helium does not create static. We suggest that you pop in some air first (about a basketball worth for a jumbo balloon, a tennis ball for a standard balloon). To create static rub the inflated balloon with your hand & roll the balloon for the confetti to stick. This process may need to be repeated during your event. Bear in mind we cannot guarantee the confetti will stick when inflating with helium because we can't control science.
Also, remember that confetti in balloons will affect the float time when filled with helium.
Tip five is all about those mini foil balloons (like a cake toppers).
If you are blowing up your mini number or letter balloon follow these instructions for the best result: To start, find a friend!
To blow up your balloon you will need a balloon pump. If you really want to forge ahead without a balloon pump, you can use a straw, however you may not be able to achieve the same inflation.
One of you blows up the balloon, the other pinches the end once it is inflated. Twist, twist & twist again, then knot. Please note as they are small balloon they do not need much air.
If using this method we recommend inflating the balloon on the day of your event. Air will very slowly leak from the knot. Depending on your skills, the balloon will stay inflated for 2 days to 2 months.
Tips six and seven are all about helium, baby.
The time helium filled balloons will float is dependant on how they are handled, transported and weather. Helium is sensitive to temperature so avoid extreme heat & extreme cold. We strongly recommend inflating with helium as close to your event as possible.
Tip eight is all about jumbo balloons.
When you are inflating a good trick is that a doorframe is approximately 90cm, so that is the size you are aiming for. You will start inflating, and inflating, and inflating and you will think that the balloon is going to to burst, but keep going! You are doing fine! Don't go bigger than an average doorframe (even go a little less if you are worried) and you will be great!
We have lots of helium tips and tricks available below.
Helium is a naturally produced gas that has a lower density than oxygen - which is why it floats. Isn't science fun?!
Helium is sensitive to temperature so we suggest keeping your balloons away from extreme heat & extreme cold. Our latex balloons are made from natural rubber so over time the helium escapes, the balloons will become smaller and start to lose their ability to float. We recommend inflating your balloons as close to the start time of your event as possible.
For an estimate on how long balloons will float with helium please see our super helpful 'How long will my balloon float with helium' chart:
Please note these are conservative estimates and we do not take responsibility for helium float times. We strongly suggest inflating balloons with helium as close to your event as possible.
WARNING: Balloons are not toys. Children can choke or suffocate on non-inflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision is required. Keep non-inflated balloons away from children, and discard broken balloons immediately.
PLEASE NOTE: Balloons are fragile. We use the highest quality latex balloon available, however please use great care when inflating. If you are concerned please order extra balloons for your event. We do not offer refunds on balloons.
Did You Know?
- Latex balloons filled with air, like in our balloon garlands, can stay up for months if kept inside! After your fancy garland or garland has been used as a decoration at a party, why not use them as a room decoration for your little one!
- We use recycled and recyclable material wherever possible, and we recycle all paper, plastic and soft plastics at our studio and shop.
- Instead of using bubble wrap for our online orders, we use ‘Eco Wrap’ which is made from recycled paper material and is recyclable.
- Still not sure about using balloons at your party? Don’t worry, we have a great range of paper products as well including; honeycomb balls, paper garlands, paper lanterns, fringed crepe paper, paper streamers, paper plates and cups made from recycled material, and paper straws. Please note that foil products are not biodegradable.
Environmental Impacts – The Basics
- Our latex balloons are made from 100% biodegradable latex with no fillers or substitutes used in manufacturing. Which means they will eventually break down once disposed of responsibly.
- Latex is a natural substance that comes from rubber trees, it is used in a variety of products including latex gloves, rubber bands and toys.
- Balloons released into the environment via helium releases or otherwise can find their way into our oceans. Water will slow down the breakdown of the latex and that means they can have a negative impact on the environment including posing a threat to wildlife (see below for more information).
- Poppies for Grace does not condone the release of helium balloons, or the use of balloons outdoors on windy days.
- Poppies for Grace is a proud member of the Pro Environment Balloon Alliance. PEBA’s aim is to assist in making Australia “The First Balloon Release Free Continent” in the world. Our members do not support or condone, nor will they facilitate the deliberate release of balloons. http://www.peba.com.au
- If latex balloons are disposed of thoughtfully (deflated or popped indoors and placed in the bin) they should not pose a threat to wildlife.
The Facts About Helium Releases:
As Australia moves towards a more environmentally conscious culture, it is important we are well informed and aware of the potential impact of our actions on the natural environment and our wildlife. When latex helium balloons are released, some balloons lose air and begin to descend, while others continue to rise and expand with pressure, eventually bursting (Foley, 1990). These burst latex balloons are often shredded into strips 2-3mm wide, and then fall back into the environment which then can be ingested by wildlife (Foley, 1990 & Franeker, 2015). There has been significant research into the impact that this latex balloon debris can have on the loggerhead turtle, which can ingest small pieces of balloon debris thinking it to be food (Foley, 1990; Franeker, 2015). Latex balloons that are submerged in saltwater have been found to remain intact for periods of at least one year, while those not exposed to air become weak and non-rubbery within six months (Andrady, 1988; Foley, 1990). Andrady (1988) found that latex balloons exposed to sea water for a year have a higher average strength and tension than balloons exposed to air for only two months (Andrady, 1988). This research and countless others show that the practice of releasing helium balloons should not continue, nor the use of balloons in outdoor settings in conditions where balloons cannot be safely controlled, such as days of high wind. However, the use of latex balloons in controlled conditions such as indoors (and outdoors if properly secured) is a great way to bring joy to your event when balloons are disposed of safely and appropriately in the bin (Franeker, 2015). When deciding to inflate balloons with helium, Poppies for Grace encourages you to think about the environmental impacts of balloon releases, and choose to use them inside or attached securely to weights or similar.
You can read more about alternatives to helium releases on the Zoo’s Victoria Website. https://www.zoo.org.au/get-involved/act-for-wildlife/balloons
Poppies For Grace is a proud member of the Pro Environment Balloon Alliance.
Andrady, A, 1988, ‘Experimental Demonstration of Controlled Photodegradation of Relevant P l a s t i c Conditions Compositions under Marine Environmental Conditions’, U. S. Department of Commerce, North Carolina
Foley, A, 1990, ‘A Preliminary Investigation on Some Specific Aspects of Latex Balloon Degradation’, Florida Department of Natural Resources Florida Marine Research Institut, St. Petersburg, Florida
Van Franeker, J.A, 2015 ‘Five Small facts about balloon litter’, IMARES Wageningen, The Netherlands.