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Yo Yo Balloons from Jessica of Zakka Life

Posted by  ·  June 24, 2010  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

The ever clever and creative Jessica of Zakka Life has a cool craft that will provide tons of fun!

Jessica writes…

How To Make Yo-Yo Balloons

Ever heard of a Yo-yo balloon before? As one would suspect by the name, it’s a balloon that you play with like a yo-yo. I often see them at small fairs and parties. It’s a great outdoor activity for the summer and keeps the kids entertained. Yo-yo balloons are easy and inexpensive to make. They’re perfect for entertaining a large crowd and make nice favors as well.

You can also purchase pre-made yo-yo balloons. The only difference is the balloons are striped and you have pre-cut rubber bands with finger loops. That’s really the only thing that separates making vs. buying. Simple directions below.


water balloons
large thick rubber bands
balloon pump – optional

Cut a large rubber band to make a string. It should measure about 10- 12 inches. Tie a loop on one end for it to fit a child’s finger (refer to picture).

Fill the water balloon with water until it’s roughly the size of a golf ball. Now fill with air until the balloon is the size of an orange. Tie shut.

Tie the rubber band onto the balloon. Done.

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  1. Grace
    Thursday, June 24th, 2010
    This seems like a cross between punching balls (remember those) and yo-yos.
  2. Thursday, June 24th, 2010
    I love the craft camp!!! What will I do next month without it! Thank you so much for all the fabulous ideas. We have used many of the ideas and had so much fun! We love it, please do it again soon!
  3. Thursday, June 24th, 2010
    What a fun idea! Thanks!
  4. Thursday, June 24th, 2010
    Sweet! Gotta try this one for sure!