How to Make a Balloon Stuffer

by Alice Godfrey

A child will be thrilled to find a toy or other token "appear" from out of a balloon. To enable the balloon to hold an object, make a balloon stuffer. The balloon stuffer facilitates the inserting of small objects into the inflated balloon without popping it. Supplies from a hardware store and tools from around the home are also needed.

Items you will need

  • Mylar balloon, 10-inch diameter
  • Bicycle valve
  • Duct tape
  • Bicycle pump
  • PVC pipe, 8 inches long, 2-inch diameter
  • Toy figure, 3-inches
Step 1

Stretch the neck of the balloon that will be stuffed with a toy figure over a bicycle valve. Tape the valve to the neck of the balloon with duct tape.

Step 2

Insert the nipple at the end of the bicycle pump into the valve. Blow up the balloon with the bicycle pump until it is almost fully extended.

Step 3

Pinch the neck of the balloon with one hand while removing the duct tape with the other. Remove the valve.

Step 4

Stretch the neck of the balloon over the end of the PVC pipe. Upend the pipe. Insert the toy into the open end of the pipe and let it drop into the balloon.

Step 5

Cover the end of the pipe with the palm of your hand. Release your hold on the neck of the balloon. Pinch the neck of the balloon again.

Step 6

Remove the pipe from the neck of the balloon. Tie a knot in the balloon.

Tips & Warnings

  • An opaque balloon will not betray the fact that there is something inside.

About the Author

Alice Godfrey is a marketing analyst with more than 15 years of experience in her field. She holds a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology. Past positions include market research analyst at various advertising agencies and corporations. Her articles on a wide variety of issues relating to entertainment have appeared in numerous trade publications.