5 facts you might not have known about balloons:
- The first rubber balloons were made by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824 for use in his experiments with hydrogen at the Royal Institution in London.
- A 100-foot-diameter balloon can lift 33,000 pounds!
- According to the Reader’s Digest, children and adults send up a billion balloons each year in celebration.
- Latex balloons come from rubber trees found in rainforests. Latex balloons are biodegradable and decompose as fast as an oak leaf in your backyard!
- The invention of foil balloons comes directly out of the NASA Space Mission.
Balloons aren’t just for party decorations or celebrations. You can also use this little piece of latex as a crafty tool that you and your tween will have a blast testing out and experimenting with. These are our top 5 crafty inspirations we found using the simple balloon as a catalyst for creativity. Enjoy!
Mini Pinatas from Not Martha
Decorative Yarn Balls from Make and Takes or Kara’s Party Ideas
Chocolate Bowls from Bakerella
Bean Bag Balls from Family Fun
Make a Balloon Rocket from Arvindtoys
We know there are many other ways that this simple piece of latex can be used in creative and crafty ways. We would love to see any of your suggestions or creations. Leave a comment with your image or suggestion. Happy Crafting!
* Safety note: PLEASE DO NOT release the balloons. Helium filled balloons should be taken home by someone and properly discarded later. Otherwise…PLEASE pop the balloons and discard the broken balloons. Balloon pieces can be ingested by animals/birds and can be dangerous.
Thanks to Balloon Moments for the interesting facts about balloons.