Party Decor: Glitter Balloons

I just realized that I flaked on talking about Eva’s 2nd birthday party, so I’m going to roll out a few details from her big day. This is one of those 5 second projects that turns out better than the thing you spend 2 hours on.

Glitter balloons for 2nd birthday party made from clear balloons and superfine gold glitter

NOTE: If you want to see how different types of glitter turned out, you should check out this post: Glitter Balloons and Confetti Balloons Made Easy

For Eva’s 2nd birthday, I went with a pale pink and gold color scheme. I searched high and low for a non-Pepto-Bismal pink balloon at the party store, but the only ones I could find had things like “It’s a Girl!” written on them. As for the balloons, all of the gold ones looked a little too dull or a little too shiny. I was trying not to be too particular, but since color was the only theme we had really come up with it didn’t make any sense to settle.

As a quick fix, I bought a ton of clear balloons and picked up some superfine Martha Stewart glitter. I also grabbed some glitter star confetti, since I knew that Eva’s birthday cake would have stars on it and she loves all things starred. Once home, I used a creased index card to pour glitter into the balloons and then blew them up. We decided against helium this year, since it didn’t hold up well last year, so we just blew up a ton for the kids to kick around. The glitter and confetti mix turned out even better than I thought it would and the balloons made the most delicious sandy sound when we shook them.


/// Be sure not to inhale through your mouth at all while you’re blowing up these balloons. I was spitting out glitter for an  hour.

/// The bigger you can blow these, the better because you want them as clear as possible.

/// You do need quite a bit of glitter to get even a hint of color, so plan on buying a good amount.

/// If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on glitter and confetti, blow up two or three plain clear ones for every one you fill. The clear ones look like bubbles and don’t detract from the color scheme the other ones create.

/// These are glitter bombs if they pop, so if that’s not your thing this might not be party decor for you. We don’t mind glitter around the house and it all vacuumed up eventually, so it worked for her party.


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  • Reply Hope

    Cute idea! My mom used to use a bike pump to blow up balloons for our birthdays. Maybe you could try that next year so you don’t inhale all that glitter?

    May 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply Carly


      May 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I canNOT find clear balloons anywhere! I looked at Hobby Lobby, Party City, Target, etc. I found them on for $5 PER BALLOON!! Where did you find these?!?!

    April 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I can’t believe you can’t find them! They were just at our local party store – Zurchers. I would think they’d be pretty common though. Sorry you’re having trouble tracking them down. 🙁

      April 5, 2014 at 11:14 am
  • Reply afarin

    How much of the martha stewart fine glitter do you think you used and how many balloons overall? i’m hoping to do this for a party and would love to know how much to order. Thank you!

    November 30, 2014 at 1:15 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I did 15 balloons and used quite a bit of glitter. I’d plan on using up at least three of the small tubes.

      December 4, 2014 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Does the glitter stick to the inside of te balloon? Or will it all fall to the bottom?

    February 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply Anonymous


      February 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm
      • Reply Carly Morgan

        It probably depends on how much static there is. We’re at a high altitude so we might be more staticky but the glitter in ours stuck to the edges at first and then slowly settled to the bottom. Also, the smaller your glitter is, the more it will stick to the sides!

        February 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm
        • Reply Anonymous

          Thank you so much! I didn’t think of size- I’ll get small glitter!

          February 6, 2015 at 9:34 am
  • Reply tash

    will it work with helium as wwel

    December 31, 2015 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I know this is an old post now, but in the link to the Martha Stewart Glitter, I just see a yellow not gold. Is that what you used or was there a gold when you got it?

    May 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      My set had a gold and a yellow. I used gold for the party.

      May 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

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