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40th Zebra Birthday

Neat little delivery for a special birthday, quick simply but effective


Equipment used:

Mini Cool Aire Dual Pro Inflator
Premium Mini or Maxi Heat Sealer

PBA Ingredients:


Additional Ingredients
  • 1 x Qualatex 9 " Birthday Zebra Print
  • 2 x Qualatex 260 Black
  • 4 x 5" Quaaltex Zebr print
  • 4 x 5" Qualatex Wild Berry
  • 2 x Large Soft Pink tulle bows
  • 5 x Small Soft Pink tulle bows
  • 3 small squares of tulle
  • 2 x 18g floral wire
  • 1 x 8" base


Designer: Peggy Butland and John Preston
Company: The Great British Balloon Company
Country: UK
Step by Step Instructions:

    Step 1
    Glue a Maxi Base to the middle of the board using Multi tape, stick a Mini Base on either side using the Multi tape (make sure you adapt the Mini Base to fit a saddle stick)
    Step 2
    Inflate the 9" Happy Birthday foil
    Step 3
    Hold the neck of the balloon with your finger and thumb, ensuring that no air leaks from the balloon. Place in the Heat Sealer making sure the neck of the balloon is flat. Heat seal the balloon. Please note: For best results, the Heat Sealer's setting should be between 3 and 4
    Step 4
    Wrap the foil balloon onto the Maxi cup and stick
    Step 5
    Tie a Pink tulle bow under the foil on one side of the stick
    Step 6
    Repeat step 5 on the other side of the stick

    Step 7
    Insert the Maxi Balloon Stick into the base
    Step 8
    Using the Mini Cool Aire® "Dual ProTM" Inflator, inflate two Zebra print 5" balloons to 4" and tie into a duplet
    Step 9
    Repeat step 8 and twist both duplets into a balloon cluster
    Step 10
    Place the cluster on the base with the Maxistick in the middle, twist two balloons around each other to hold in place
    Repeat steps 8,9 and 10, but inflate the Wild Berry 5" balloons to 2.5", so creating a good tight cluster at the bottom of the stick
    Step 12
    Take a floral wire and make a small loop at each end (so it does not pierce the balloon)
    Step 13
    Insert the wire into a Black 260, stretch down the length of the wire and knot
    Step 14
    Repeat steps 12 and 13 with another Black 260 and floral wire
    Step 15
    Take one of the black wires, and bend into a "4" making sure that the neck of the 260 ends up at the bottom of the "4"
    Step 16
    Take the neck of the 260 at the bottom of the "4" shape and wrap it around the saddle stick, as normal, to secure
    Step 17
    Make an "0" shape with the other wired Black balloon, securing at the bottom of the "0"
    Step 18
    Take the neck of the 260 at the bottom of the "0" shape and wrap it around the saddle stick, as normal, to secure
    Step 19
    Tie in a small Pink tulle bow to the bottom of the "4"  on the saddle stick front and back
    Step 20
    Repeat step 19 with the "0"
    Step 21
    Finish of each of the numbers with a small scunched bow , made from the small squares of  Pink tulle
    Step 22
    Add a small tulle bow to the top of the 9" balloon, attach with Multi Tape
    Step 23
    Push the two numbers on the saddle stick, between the clusters, into the mini bases, to create the number 40
    Step 24
    Push a small square of tulle into the top of the cluster

Tips and Additional Instructions

Do not forget to Balloon shine to give the best effect