DIY Small Balloon Pencil for Back to School Celebration

This DIY balloon pencil is perfect for decorating a Back to School celebration. Most DIY Balloon Pencil tutorials use standard 11" balloons to produce a fairly large balloon pencil, about 5 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. We've modified this tutorial to use 5" balloons instead. This makes the final product only about 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide. It's suitable for floor or table decorations.

What you'll need:

How to put together your balloon pencil:

Start by inflating all the balloons. This will make it a lot easier to put the balloon pencil together.

  • Inflate all pink, gray, and yellow balloons to 3 pumps
  • Inflate beige balloons to 2 pumps
  • Inflate 4 black balloons to 2 pumps
  • Inflate 4 black balloons to 1.5 pumps
  • Inflate 1 black balloon to 1 pump

Next, you'll tie the balloons in sets of 4 or quartets. First, tie two sets of pink balloons together to form duplets and twist the duplets together to form a quartet.  Repeat this with all the pink, gray, and yellow balloons. Make quartets of the smaller beige and black balloons as well. Leave the smallest black balloon to be the tip of the pencil.

Next, tie all the quartets together using the 260 balloon. Start by tying the 260 in a knot around one pink quartet. Place the second quartet on top so that the balloons in the second set are nestled in the space between balloons in the first (bottom) set. Pull the 260 up while pushing the middle of the quartet down. This will prevent the 260 from showing in between quartets. 

Twist the 260 in succession around two of quartet's balloons to secure it in place. Repeat this process with all the quartets in order. Tie the smallest black balloon to the 260 at the top to finish the pencil.

Your balloon pencil is done! You can tie a small water balloon, as a weight, at the pink eraser end to stand your pencil upright. Or you can leave it without a weight for the kids (and adults!) to play with using a giant wall notebook backdrop.

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