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How to Bring a Helium Balloon Down From the Ceiling

By Contributor ; Updated April 18, 2017

How to Bring a Helium Balloon Down From the Ceiling. Young children never fail to be delighted with helium balloons. They also never fail to let go of the balloon and then watch, helpless and crying, as the balloons float to the ceiling, out of reach. If this happens to your child, there's an easy way to retrieve the balloon, even from a high ceiling. Follow these steps to find out how.

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Reassure your child and tell him or her that you know a very neat trick to get the balloon back.

Get a second helium balloon and attach a long ribbon or string to it.

Find a roll of transparent tape and pull off about six inches. Attach the ends to each other, which will form a circle with the sticky side of the tape on the outside.

Attach the circle of tape to the top of your balloon.

While holding onto the ribbon or string, slowly allow you balloon to rise toward the ceiling and your child's balloon. Maneuver your balloon so the tape touches your child's balloon.

With the balloon stuck together, pull them both down from the ceiling. Carefully detach your child's balloon from yours and present it to your amazed and happy child.

Things You Will Need

  • Helium balloon
  • Long ribbon or string
  • Transparent tape


To avoid having to retrieve the same balloon again a moment later, tie the string or ribbon to the child's wrist, leaving it loose enough to avoid cutting off the blood to your child's hand but not so loose that the child can slip it off. Or, you may use a safety pin to attach the balloon's ribbon to the child's clothing.


Always closely supervise a child with a balloon. Children may get tangled in the ribbons or strings, causing them to fall or strangle. Additionally, a burst or deflated balloon is a choking hazard.

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