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Content submitted by A Bubbly Life.

Anyone graduating this winter? I was a winter graduate – GO ASU! I can’t believe another graduation season is almost here, and while staying at home these days is our new normal, our celebrations and parties at home are becoming bigger and better!

I’ve used the Balloon Time® Standard Helium Kit for years for our parties – I love to have a ton of balloons at all our get-togethers! Have you ever tried to pick up 20 helium-filled balloons from a store and fit it in your car? It is the worst. They pop, fly away and just give me anxiety while I wait for the pop, so I no longer do that, haha. I’d much rather have a compact helium tank that can sit in my passenger seat and some balloons in bags in my car and at home.

This is one of the many reasons I prefer to use a helium tank at home – it is easy to use, safe and convenient. You can find the tanks at many stores and pick up your party supplies at the same time. To find a location near you, click here.

For the DIY Confetti Balloons, making the balloons at home is a must. You can choose whatever confetti you want instead of purchasing the stock confetti balloons. For graduation, you can pick your school colors for the confetti and the balloons.

I wanted a winter look for the graduation party without being the leftover typical holiday colors of red and green. I used holographic curtains, holographic party horns and disco balls. I did the party set up first, including balloons with normal air for the floor, before I made the helium-filled confetti balloons. I like to do the balloons last because the longer the balloons last, the better. We still have the large balloons seen in the photos! The kids love playing with them. Here is how to make your own confetti balloons at home!


  • Balloon Time Helium Tank
  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Funnel
  • Pen

Attach balloon to the bottom of funnel and add confetti to funnel.

Push confetti down using a pen (or pencil).

Attach to the Balloon Time helium tank.

Blow up the confetti balloon. I like to attach the balloons to the tank as I blow up so I can keep it organized.

If you remember, I cleared out my craft room into one cabinet, so space is limited now without my office. But I can store the tank in any closet – this one is in the kid’s playroom closet (I cleared out their playroom too during quarantine) and embarrassingly enough, I realized I had another one in my closet, LOL! I kept it under my long dresses, and it was so compact I hadn’t noticed I still had one. Cleaning up the tank is easy – the confetti, not so much!

Written by: Laurel

I am Laurel and I love to create, entertain and indulge in cocktails & wine. I am originally from NY, spent high school & college in AZ, then moved around all over as an Army wife for 8 years. My favorite station was Hawaii for 3.5 years and I hope we can find a way back. We settled in Arizona for the time being, with two girls and another baby on the way!

My husband, Nick & I have been together 20 years (we met as teenagers) and he is the love of my life. Our two girls plus another baby on the way make our life complete.

In 2011, I left a business I helped build from the ground up after 12 years (rinkya.com, check it out, it is awesome) to stay at home with my first girl, Kalia. I went a bit stir crazy and started A Bubbly Life.

Now, I stay at home with my TWO girls and attempt to juggle raising them while pursuing my creative side and hopefully teaching them to follow their passions. While that may sound awesome and inspiring- mostly I am super excited when I get out of the house and all three of us are actually dressed.

Since my time is limited, pretty much ALL my DIY projects are uncomplicated, easy and will not require special tools. But they are modern, fun and sparkly. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy creating them!

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