Bee is 21 this year.
Can you even believe it?? I’m just coming to terms with the fact that I’m a parent of an adult, and then low and behold, there she is, old enough to apply to adopt a child, drive a lorry over 7.5 tonnes with a trailer and apply for a licence to fly a commercial airship.
(I googled those. As a side note, doesn’t it feel weird to you that you have to be the same age to buy liqueur chocolates as you do to fly a glider??)
One of Bee’s favourite things is pink doughnuts, so we thought it fitting with her landmark commercial airship birthday just around the corner that our final post in our series with Balloon Time should be creating pink doughnut balloons. Yay!
Making a pink doughnut balloon is actually quite a lot easier than you might think, as you can buy doughnut shaped balloons. You can use any colours you like, but we are sticking with pink obviously.
Things you need to make pink doughnut helium balloons:
- Doughnut shaped balloons – we got ours from Amazon
- Acrylic paints in whatever colours you like
- A foamy brush to apply your paint
- Tissue paper
- A tank of Balloon Time helium – we got ours from our local Asda in the aisle with the party supplies, but you can also get them in Toys R Us.
The first thing to do is to inflate your balloons. If you’ve not done this before, you might want to have a practice on a regular balloon first to get the hang of it. We found the ends of the doughtnut balloons were a little bigger than standard balloons, so they didn’t fit as snugly over the nozzle of the helium tank, but you can double them over a bit and hold them in place and it works fine. Have a practice though, to get the hang of it.
I’d then recommend attaching your string. Once you’ve applied the paint you want to be able to tie the balloons onto something while they dry, otherwise you’ll end up with paint all over your ceiling. Before you start, you also need to prepare your decorations. We went for multi-coloured sprinkles, made from cutting up tissue paper into thin strips. Tissue paper has the advantage of being very light.
Next is the fun bit, the painting. We had quite a dark pink, so we mixed it up with some white to get the perfect pink doughnut shade. Apply your paint in a ring around your balloon, like icing. Temptation is to apply it quite thickly to get a really good colour, but as we discovered with our first balloon, paint is actually quite heavy, and if you put on too much it weights the balloon down. Go instead for a nice thin coat.
As you’re painting, apply the sprinkles. They will stick to the wet paint easily. All you have to do then is wait for your balloons to dry!
Finally comes the trickiest bit, which luckily for you, you won’t have to do. This bit is called ‘trying to make four pink doughnut helium balloons all point in the same direction on a windy day so that you can take a picture of them.’ Well done to Belle for her valiant efforts.
Of course Bee’s birthday isn’t until July, so we will have to make them all over again then, but that’s fine, because we’re pros now.
And then maybe we can fly them from her commercial airship.
In partnership with Balloon Time helium