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Tips When Making Balloon Animals

Updated on April 6, 2010

Balloon Animals 101

So you want to be a balloon twister, eh? You think you can do a great job twisting balloon animals to make a living and of course make children happy? And speaking of balloon animals, if the only balloon animal you can twist is a dead worm, which actually does not require any twisting for that matter, do not worry. Balloon animal twisting and balloon animals are not that complicated to make like it seems. Be ready as I show you the different techniques to do shapes, combine balloons to make a bigger figure and twist the balloons to make balloon animals.

No, It's Not That Complicated
No, It's Not That Complicated

Equipment When Making Balloon Animals

Balloon twisters usually make balloon animals. And before they can start making them, here’s what they need.

  1. A set of balloons. Different assorted colored balloons will help you make more detailed shapes and more types of balloon animals. Balloon sizes are usually identified if they are 2x60 and 1x60 when fully inflated.
  2. A balloon inflator. In the past, balloon twisters used to blow balloons using only their mouth and using a balloon inflator is kind of amateurish. Today, due to hygienic purposes (and it’s much easier I suppose) balloon inflators are used to make balloon animals.
  3. A funny costume. Usually, when you’re a balloon twister, it helps to dress up as a clown or to be in a colorful costume. It doesn’t only make kids happier; it also complements the balloon animals you are making.

Balloon Pumps Are Necessary If You Want to Blow Balloons
Balloon Pumps Are Necessary If You Want to Blow Balloons

Blowing Techniques When Making Balloon Animals

Now that you are all set, it’s time to know the different techniques when making balloon figures and balloon animals.

  1. Blowing up the balloon – when making balloon animals, it’s difficult to blow up those long narrow balloons if you’re not experienced. They tend to blow up or be over inflated, making it difficult for you to twist them. The technique is to leave it open and release a little bit of air until the figure is done.
  2. Make your cheeks resemble a funnel when blowing a balloon. It provides less stress on your cheeks and makes it easier for you to make balloon animals. It’s pretty much difficult to smile when you’re in pain.
  3. Hold the balloon firmly but not so tight.
  4. Then hold the balloon 3-4 inches away from the nozzle while blowing it up. This lessens the stress on the balloon making it less likely to pop.

Practice Makes Perfect. They Look Almost the Same. Almost.
Practice Makes Perfect. They Look Almost the Same. Almost.

Twisting Techniques When Making Balloon Animals

  1. If you’re going to twist several bubbles, start twisting from the nozzle. This will help not to give too much pressure to the rest of the balloon and it also lets you release air easily if needed. This is crucial when making balloon animals.
  2. When twisting a balloon into 4 parts, you can lock the balloon if you twist the first and third twist in the balloon. This technique locks the balloon and is used as a dog’s head when making balloon animals.
  3. The same technique above can be used when twisting a balloon with 3 parts. The middle bubble resembles an ear when making balloon animals.

Here are some of the balloon animals you can make using a single balloon: any type of basic four legged animals like dogs and wild animals, an elephant, monkey and a bear. More complicated figures can be made using more balloons. It takes a lot of practice when making balloon animals. Don’t give up if your balloon pops up. Just practice, practice, and practice some more.


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