The Fun of Balloon Hats
Dr. Who Tardis balloon hat
Ready...? Set...? Balloon!!!
Balloon hats are made by twisting long, skinny balloons into joined sections so that they hold their shape and fit onto the head. After that, almost anything goes!
I recently did a project that left me with a lot of twister balloons, and I decided the best way to use them up was to learn to make balloon hats... so here goes! After all, making animal shapes are fun, but what do you do with them... really? I mean, you have to carry them around or find somewhere to put them but with a balloon hat, you can carry them around in a hands-free form, they are less prone to get popped while on your head and they really are a lot of fun as far as headgear goes!
THE INFLATABLE BALLOON CROWN HAT KIT - this is THE balloon hat book to own
If you could consider there to be a "Bible" of balloon hat-making, this is that book! Authors Addi Somekh and Charlie Eckert are the two guys behind the Balloon Hat project, traveling the world to bring balloon hats to all corners of the globe.
The beginnings of a balloon milliner
I got started making balloon hats after I created a Big Giant Squid head as a mask-making commission. I had lots of twister balloons leftover after making the tentacles. In fact, I had every color of long skinny balloon you might want except orange. I decided I had to do something fun with them.
So that's how I got started on making different types of balloon hats. If I can mange to come up with something cohesive, I promise to put up pictures here. My housemate has a fear of the sounds of balloons popping, so I only make balloon hats when she's out of the house.
Balloon hats are really fun to make, they travel well (you don't make the hat until you get to where you are going) and they are fun for anyone as you can easily make them in whatever size you need!
It turns out that blowing up twisting balloons takes more lung power than you would imagine. Most people prefer a balloon pump.
Instructions for Different Balloon Hats - make balloon hats right now!
If you've got some twisting balloons on hand and are ready to start, the below links will get you hat-making in minutes!
- How To Make Balloon Hats
If life gives you balloons, make balloon hats! Quick and easy instructions for how to make your own balloon hats using twister balloons.
- Balloon Hat - How To Make a Hat
There's only one rule to remember when making balloon hats: The bigger and crazier, the better. Add to the base as many balloons as you'd like. Keep it somewhat symmetrical for balance and wearability.
- How to Make a Balloon Hat.
Balloon hats are a fun activity for the young and old. Learning how to make them can brighten up anyone's day. If you're feeling a little bored, make a balloon hat.
- Square Knot Balloon Hat
I received this design from Charles Dolbel, a professional entertainer in Aukland, New Zealand. He calls this design simply an Adjustable Hat, but I like to call it the Square Knot hat. It's quick and easy, and it won't catch loose hairs in the twist
- How to make a Balloon Bubble Hat.
Learn how to make a bubble hat out of balloons with Magical Balloon-dude Dale
- Make a Balloon Top Hat
A few years ago I posted instructions for a hat similar to this on the BalloonHQ email list. This improved version uses more balloons, but it's easier, faster, and looks better. While not practical for line work, it's an attractive piece for a specia
Get Twisiting... - stuff to make balloon hats
This is a standard size of balloon used for twisting, and ordering a whole bunch makes it easier to practice.
"Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon."
- Winnie the Pooh
Tips and Tricks for Twisting
helpful hints and suggestions
Getting started with balloon twisting is both easy and hard. Here are some suggestions of things I found helpful through my own trial-and-error ballon games.
- Trim down your fingernails. Long fingernails or ragged edges make it easier to accidentally pop your balloons. Plus long nails can make it harder to tie knots.
- If the sound of popping balloons freaks you out.... Wear earplugs! Seriously, this is easy to do and can really increase your comfort level until you get more skilled at all the twisting.
- Watch out for your pets! Not only can popping noises make them scared, some animals will try to play with, or eat, the balloon shrapnel.
- Right before you start twisting, wash your hands. Getting all the oils off your skin will give you a bit more grip, which can be really useful to the beginning twister.
Totally reload your balloon stock with this assortment.
Gettin' Fancier with your Balloon Hats - more complex balloon hats and videos
Here are links to sites that feature follow-along balloon hat videos. You can go absolutely balloon hat crazy with these!
- How to Make Balloon Hats | ExpertVillage Videos
How to Make Balloon Hats. In these free videos learn how to make balloon hats, including using intermediate techniques to make a bike helmet, baseball cap, cowboy hat, jester's cap, crown and more.
Jelly Kelly shows us how to make a balloon hat- it looks fantastic!
- Balloon Twisting Instructions: Balloon Dolphin Hat
Here is a pretty simple, very larger balloon dolphin hat I figured out. It is easy to make and comes alive with a couple eyeball balloons.
- Twisted - A Balloonamentary
This documentary follows eight professional ballon twisters at the annual Twist and Shout balloon convention.
Radical Balloon Hat Twisting Dvd
Amazing balloon hat from superstar balloon artist Denis Regling. Learn to be a balloon professional with this DVD!