Tying balloons is a tedious and painful task that most of us have probably experienced some time in the past or are dreading in the future.  Fortunately, there have been a few nifty inventions that have created solutions for this age-old problem of tying balloons without hurting your fingers.

Some inventors attempt to solve this problem by devising tools that take the tension of the stretched balloon off of your hands. Others allow you to seal a balloon without tying it, this works out handy when tying balloons with long nails.

Below are DIY instructional videos and images on how to use the various balloon tying tools and accessories.

What is a Balloon Tying Tool?

A Balloon Tying tool reduces the effort needed to seal inflated balloons. The tools accomplish this in one of two ways, by absorbing the tension of the stretched balloon during the knot tying process, making it easier to tie, or by sealing the balloon without the need for tying.

Now grab your ballon tying device or kit and let us show you how to get your balloons sealed up.

How Does a Balloon Tie Tool Work?

The first device we will look at is a balloon tying tool, it works by taking the place of your fingers when you wrap the balloon to tie a knot.

Where to Buy a Balloon Tying Tool?

You can get balloon tying tools from Amazon.com for cheap. Click here to buy a pack.

How to use balloon tying tool DIY instructions

Step 1

Inflate your balloons using an electric balloon pump or a double-action manual balloon inflator. You can utilize your lungs as well to inflate them, but you will begin to feel pain in your chest, cheeks, and lips after a few balloons. Since you are using a tying tool, you don't seem like the type of person who likes pain.

Ensure you do not over inflate the balloon, you should be able to stretch the mouth of the balloon to about 6 inches without much effort. You can use a balloon sizing tool to ensure you get the right amount of air in the balloon at all times.

Step 2

Place the balloon tie tool on your less dominant hand (left, if you are right-handed). Do this by inserting your index (pointing) and middle finger in the ring provided. Ensure the tool is pointing out from the palm of your hand and the hollow side of the tool facing your fingers. All the work will be done in your palm.

Step 3

Grip the balloon and seal it between your thumb and index finger on your less dominant hand, right beside the balloon tying tool.

Step 4

Stretch the mouth of the balloon over the top of the balloon tying tool till it is about six inches long

Step 5

It is now time to tie your knot.

Make a loop by wrapping the balloon around the tying tool in your palm until it is back at the top. You can now use your thumb to keep it in place.

Step 6

Then carefully pass the mouth of the balloon under the stretched balloon neck from back to front.

Now simply pull the knotted balloon towards yourself and off of the balloon tie tool. Then voila! Your balloon is tied!

How to use a balloon tying tool to tie balloons to ribbon or string?

Follow Steps 1 to 5 above for How to use balloon tying tool. The instructions will take you up to where you have now wrapped the neck of the balloon around the tying tool.

Step 5b

Secure the mouth of the balloon at the back of the tying tool as shown below.

Place the ribbon or string or fishing line between the slit in the balloon tool and behind the secured balloon neck. Ensure it is firmly placed at the back of the slit, so it does not easily fall out of the balloon tying device.

Now that you have threaded your ribbon or fishing line through the balloon tying tool. Remove the secured balloon mouth from between the grooves of the tying tool and continue the process.

Step 6

Tuck the mouth of the balloon under the stretched balloon neck. This is the actual tying action of the balloon. Be careful not to let the ribbon fall out while tying the balloon.

Pull firmly on the balloon after the tie has been complete. You should see the shape of the knot on the balloon tie tool.

Step 7

Pull firmly of the end of the balloon, gradually pulling it off of the tying tool

Finally, the balloon will tie on to the ribbon in one action.

You can proceed to cut the string at your desired length or keep on using the same fishing line or ribbon to tie together the balloons on the same line.

What are Balloon Tying Clips?

Balloon Tying Clips are small plastic devices that restrict airflow from a balloon. The neck of the balloon is tightly squeezed or wrapped between the two ends of the clip and held together.

There are two main types of balloon tying clips. Both are made out of a single piece of hard plastic. The first type of clip we will look at has two halves and is connected by a hinge. The hinge allows the clip to fold and close itself around the neck of the balloon. The following instructions describe how this type of balloon tying clip is used.

How to use hinge balloon tying clips

Step 1

Inflate your balloons.

Step 2

Twist the neck of the balloon three or four times to help prevent air from leaking.

Step 3

Place the twisted part of the neck to the corner of the hinge

Step  4

Squeeze the opposite end of the clip with enough force to close it tighly over the neck of the balloon

Voila! Your balloon is now sealed, now you can use it for whatever you please.

How to use hinge balloon tying clips to tie balloons to ribbon or string?

Step 1

Inflate your balloons.

Step 2

Twist the neck of the balloon three or four times to help prevent air from leaking.

Step 3

Place the twisted part of the neck to the corner of the hinge

Step 3a

Insert your ribbon or string or fishing line along the hinge of the clip beside the twisted balloon

Step  4

Squeeze the opposite end of the clip with enough force to close it tightly over the neck of the balloon

You can proceed to cut the string at your desired length or keep on using the same fishing line or ribbon to tie together the balloons on the same line.

How to Make a homemade balloon tying tool  or jig?

Are you are in dire need for a balloon tying tool and need one now? Don't have the time to go to Walmart, Party City, or wait for an Amazon delivery after shopping online? Do you have some basic tools and DIY skills?

Here are two quick and Easy DIY balloon tying tools you can make at home.


Simple Trick to tying Balloons with Long Nails

If you have long nails, we recommend using a balloon tying clip to seal your balloons. However, you may just have a few balloons to tie and don't need to invest in a whole pack of balloon tying clips. Try this method in the video below. The fingers in the video have relatively short nails but the technique is the best option for tying balloons wit  long nails.

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