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Sunshine in Winter



Here’s a sweet gift idea from Oh Happy Day to brighten someone’s day during the cold winter months. Fill mini smiley balloons with helium and hide them in a painted cardboard box. When they open the box, out pops a fun surprise.



  • Balloon Time Helium Tank
  • White cardboard box
  • Rainbow paint colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape
  • 5-inch smiley face balloons
  • Thread


  1. Place painters tape diagonally along the box. You may want to stick the strips on your clothes beforehand hand so it’s not super sticky. Leave between one and one and a half inches between each strip of tape.
  2. Paint rainbow colors between the strips of tape.
  3. Wait for the paint to dry, then remove the strips of tape.
  4. Fill 10 mini smiley balloons with helium and attach strips of thread (you don’t want string that’s too heavy or the balloons won’t hold them up.
  5. Place the balloons into the box one at a time. You’ll probably need a friend to help you.
  6. Close the box and give away!

Just remember: a 5-inch balloon stays floats for about three hours with helium, so you’ll want to share the gift quickly!



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Note: Adult supervision is required when using balloons. Please read all warnings and precautions on the Balloon Time carton.

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