How can I reuse or recycle weather balloons?

weather balloonLucia of JBLarts has sent us a bit of an obscure one:

Such a strange thing, you may say, but I have a good quantity of meteorological lattice balloons: any suggestion on what doing of them, apart fulling them with air to make huge balls to play with in a big garden? Huge snow/lattice-men?

I tried to cut the lattice to use it in some other way, but it was not so easy to maintain the form of the cut pieces.

Any ideas?

I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so I can’t really offer any suggestions. Anyone else got any ideas?

(Oh, and on the subject of balloons: we’ve covered deflated helium ones in the past too.)

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16 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle weather balloons?”

  1. Bobbie says:

    This idea is pretty outragous, but how about making a raft/pontoon out of them? If they will hold air and are pretty sturdy this should hold the raft up.

  2. Bryan says:

    I’m not really sure what these are for, but if they’re still mostly functional, maybe they could be donated to a high school/college to help some budding meteorologists.

  3. JOHNQ says:

    I could use one as a condom.

  4. Dumpster Diva says:

    I want I betcha some of Burning man people would love to have them they come up with all kinds of creative reuse things or contact Make magazine, or
    they have tons of cool ideas for this kind of adventure in reuse.

  5. c5 says:

    I haven’t seen one. How durable are they? Maybe you can send me some and I’ll see what I can do.

  6. pietbez says:

    do you still have these balloons? can i buy them from you. i can put them to good use.

  7. Gulia says:

    Use them as party balloons!

    Use them for exercise.

    Collect a bunch and just fly around the world.

    Use at theater for sound affect, just pop it at a proper moment.

    Send message across the world.

    A giant bag filled with these balloons can save lives of people during fire, when they jump out the windows.

    While holding the cord, attach a camera to it and record places from the birds view.

    Glue a swimming safety ring to it, send flying to simulate UFO.

  8. Roberto says:

    I’m very interested to buy them.
    Please reply to:
    Thank you

  9. Hi Lucia,

    I am currently organising a cluster balloon event for charity and I need exactly these type of balloons for researching their capabilities! The money raised is going to address two types of need – H.I.V treatment for children in Africa and food supplementation, also for children in Africa. If you decide that you would like to donte them (or even a few of them )to us we woud be extremely grateful! We would also be prepared to buy them off you if you felt that you couldnt let them go for nothing!

    Let me know what you think.

    Thank you kindly,

    Paula Shields

  10. terra says:

    i am a sculptor and i am actually looking for this material for an art project. where did you purchase it? and do you still have some that you would like to sell?

  11. paul says:

    Hi. Judging by the other replies you might have shifted all of your balloons by now, but i would love to buy one off you for a photographic project. Let me know and good luck with the rest, cheers, paul.

  12. caul says:

    You should use it to try and fake a UFO sighting, duh.

  13. Gaz says:

    Our cubs need a couple, as a bladder for our giant push ball if thereare any left


  14. Mark W says:

    I could really do with a very large weather balloon to appear like a planet for a childrens club.

  15. Olia says:

    Create airborne, flying Wi-Fi station!

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