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This instructable will explain how to build a balloon that will never deflate. The potential uses are endless! (This would also make a great valentines day gift)

Step 1: Materials needed

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1 balloon
Several sections of newspaper
Armature/Hanging wire
White Tape
Red Paint
Glue (Normal and Hot)
Water
String
Platforms to hang things from
Trash can
Drill
Screws
Drill bits
X-acto blade
Sand Paper

Step 2: Paper Mache

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Part 1:
Mix paper mache glue. We used 1 part wood glue to 1 part water. If in a sealed container, this can last for a week or so.
Part 2:
Rip paper into strips
Part 3:
Hang balloon over a trash can
Part 4:
Dip strips of paper into glue, push onto balloon, continue until balloon is thoroughly covered
This can be done over any time span. It is okay if it dries before you are done, just keep going with more glue-newspaper strips
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Allow to dry overnight or until hard

Step 3: Sanding

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Part 1:
Pop balloon with an X-acto blade
Part 2:
Remove paper-mache balloon from string that it was hanging on, lay on a table
Part 3:
Gently sand the bumps and creases off of the balloon. Be careful because you can dent the balloon if you sand to hard. Use a heavy grit sand paper to do this.

Step 4: Holes

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Part 1:
Drill four holes around the base of the balloon (Where you inflated the balloon), making sure that there each set of two holes lines up. This is easiest to do by driving screws into the base
Part 2:
Drill a hole in the top of the balloon
 
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techtheaterballoon (author) 1 year ago
I promise that the wrinkles that are visible in the close up are avoidable with better sanding, and they are not noticeable in real life.
techtheaterballoon (author) 1 year ago
What do you think?