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    32 Unexpected Things To Do With Balloons

    Balloons bring instant joy and happiness to one's life. It's a fact.

    1. Glue pom-poms on them.

    2. Attach streamers, feathers, tinsel, and any other long stringy sparkly things to them.

    3. Revamp your vases.

    4. Surprise someone you <3.

    Go for the single balloon for a subtler effect.

    5. Freeze water ballons and use them to keep drinks cold at a party.

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    Your new party trick. When the water melts, just throw them back into the freezer.

    6. Make your guests do a little work if they want to find out where the party is.

    7. Make a drumset.

    Thankfully, this one doesn't make any noise.

    8. Create a balloon drop.

    Basically a small-scale version of...

    9. Display photos.

    10. Hang tiny people off the ends.

    11. Splatter them with gold paint.

    12. Give someone the gift of bubblegum.

    Your valentine will think you are impossibly clever. Directions here.

    13. Put confetti in your balloon.

    Hint: Use a funnel.

    14. Put confetti AND money in your balloon.

    15. Put LED light bulbs in them.

    Just make sure the bulbs aren't breakable in case one of them comes crashing down due to a popped balloon.

    16. Create a table centerpiece with plants and flowers.

    17. String them into a fruity garland.

    18. Give the kids a super durable bouncy ball to play with.

    Get the directions on how to make this using balloons here.

    19. Make a giant strawberry party decoration.

    All you need is green construction paper and a sharpie.

    20. Instead of piñatas, hang water balloons.

    21. Fill them with non-toxic paint and have a fight.

    22. Make water balloon yo-yos.

    23. Brighten up those mason jars.

    They look deceptively paint-dipped!

    24. Use them as molds for twine ball lights.

    Use different colored string for a decorative fixture.

    25. Turn your favorite little one into a walking apple tree.

    26. Use a balloon as a mold for a votive holder made from a doily.

    All you need is a balloon, a doily, and sugar starch.

    27. Hang them from the rafters with macramè.

    Get the directions here.

    28. Run a threaded needle through the tied end of the balloon to string them together.

    29. Wrap them in cellophane and put them on sticks to make giant lollipops for a candy-themed party.

    30. Hang them upside down from the ceiling.

    31. Freeze an LED tea light into a water balloon to create a winter "fire and ice" lantern.

    Add food coloring if you want them to be colored.

    32. Make a water balloon to end all water balloons.

    Game over.