How to Send a Note in the Wind

Have you ever lost a balloon outside and watched it drift off into the sky? Did you wonder where it landed? Did another person find it? Or have you ever found a lost balloon? If there was a note on the balloon, it would be an exciting thing to find, like finding a buried time capsule. Continue reading - you will learn how to send a note on a long journey into the sky, hopefully falling into the hands of another person someday.


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    Go to your local party supply store and buy a few helium balloons. You can either have the store fill the balloon, or you can buy a helium tank and fill it yourself, if the store sells them. Refer to the video on how to fill the balloon properly.
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    Write the note you want to send on the piece of paper. Keep in mind that you don't know who will receive it or if anyone will receive it at all.
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    Fold up the piece of paper and hole punch it. If you want it to be less susceptible to weather, put the note in the sealable plastic bag, seal it, and hole punch the bag.
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    Tie the fishing line or string around the already tied mouth of the balloon and through the hole punch. Make sure it is tied tightly. The longer it stays attached to the balloon, the farther it will travel.
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    Go outside (preferably on a windy day), and let the note float away into the sky. The windier it is, the farther it will travel.


  • Remember to try this on a windy day. Otherwise, your note will drop right to the ground!
  • When choosing balloons, select the toughest type of balloon you can find to maximize travel distance. As soon as the balloon pops, the note will flutter to the ground.
  • If the note you are tying to the balloon is too heavy for the balloon to float away, consider tying two or three balloons to it.


  • Don't put things inside the bag that could harm someone or something when falling from a great height.
  • Consider the environment you are releasing the balloon in. The balloon, when it deflates, might land in an ocean, a forest, a river, etc., putting the animals there in danger should they eat they balloon.

Things You'll Need

  • Helium Balloon(s)
  • Writing Utensil
  • Piece of Paper
  • Hole Puncher
  • Fishing Line or Strong String
  • Sealable Plastic Bag (Optional)

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