See what's floating into the party: A swatch of wispy black tulle gives this ghostly white balloon an ethereal effect.

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SHANNA SULLIVAN

This idea comes from Digital Editor Alexandra Churchill. The balloon pictured here was used as a decoration for our "Boo-tiful" Halloween Baby Shower.

When purchasing tulle, consider the size and quantity of your balloons. Tulle should be measured to be twice the balloon's diameter in inches for full coverage.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Inflate balloon with helium. (Tip: A helium tank is easy to use when inflating latex balloons. To use, slide a balloon onto the nozzle — specially designed to grip the balloon by the neck — fill to desired size, remove, and tie off.)

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Step 2

Measure and cut a swatch of tulle for balloon.

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Step 3

Cut a length of ribbon. Wrap tulle around balloon, gathering neatly at the base, and secure using ribbon.

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Step 4

Optional: Heavy tulle may weigh down the balloons, even when filled with helium. To give them the illusion of floating, monofilament may be strung from an above fixture or a balloon pole may be used.

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