How to Reuse or Recycle Mylar Balloons

by Jennifer Douglas

Items you will need

  • Mylar balloons, deflated
  • Scissors
  • Shredder
  • Hole punch, regular or decorative
  • Ribbon

Party time? Don't just throw away those Mylar balloons from birthdays or other celebrations. Reuse them or recycle them into something totally new.

Step 1

Cut and separate the front and back of the Mylar balloon.

Step 2

Cut or shred the front and back pieces into small ribbons.

Step 3

Use the straight edge of the scissors to curl the ribbons to decorate gift boxes or bags.

Step 4

If you don't want to curl the Mylar ribbons you can use them as basket filler or gift bag filler.

Step 5

You can also use a Mylar balloon to make confetti. Simply use a hole punch to punch holes in the balloon.

Step 6

You can also turn your Mylar balloon into a gift bag. Start by cutting a straight line across the top of the balloon about 1/2 inch from the very top.

Step 7

Place your gift inside the balloon bag.

Step 8

Gather the top of the balloon.

Step 9

Tie the top together with a ribbon.


  • Keep mylar balloons and balloon pieces away from pets and small children as this poses a choking hazard.

About the Author

Jennifer Douglas is a writer and editor specializing in the autmotive, higher education, medical and travel industries. Her work has appeared in newsletters, public relations materials and online publications. Douglas holds a B.A. in English and journalism.