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A big funny balloon face is a guaranteed winner with little kids, with its huge grin, bulbous nose and crazy google eyes. And it's so easy to make, so why not do it together with your children?
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O.k., all set? Let's start with blowing up the 24" balloon for the head (fig. 1). Then inflate four of the 5" balloons for the 'base' and tie them together in groups of two (fig. 2).
Bring the two sets of 5" balloons together in the shape of a cross (fig. 3). Then rotate two of the balloons one full turn to keep your cluster of four balloons together (fig. 4).
Before attaching your balloon head to the 'base' you might like to set it in position (knot facing upwards), just to be sure where to apply your glue.
When you're happy, put small blobs of glue onto the four 'base' balloons (fig. 5). Then attach the head (fig. 6).
If you're using a glue gun, you'll find you only have a short time to stick your balloons together, before the glue sets. So, if you feel you need more time we'd recommend using the special balloon glue instead.
Now blow up another 5" balloon for the nose. Put a little blob of glue right in the middle of the balloon head (fig. 7). With the knot facing the head, attach the nose so that it points downwards (fig. 8).
Your funny balloon face is starting to come alive. All it needs now is a mouth, eyes and perhaps some hair!
Blow up two white 5" balloons for the eyes and with the knots pointing down and towards the nose find the best position for them. Once again, put two little blobs of glue there and attach the balloons (fig. 9).
Now let's give him a big cheeky grin! Using a balloon pump inflate one of the twisting balloons (fig. 10).
You only need about 30 cm for the mouth, so from the end of the balloon, twist it a couple of times at this length. Then pinch it at this point between your fingers, let the neck end deflate and snip it off with your scissors.
Finally knot the balloon and you should be left with what looks like a large hot dog sausage (fig. 11).
Bend the 'sausage' into a smiling shape (fig. 12). Then apply glue to either end and the middle and attach it to the balloon head (fig. 13)
O.K., he's grinning and staring right back at you, but maybe he looks a bit thin on top! So, let's give him a few strands of hair. To do this, take two twisting balloons and tie them in the middle around the knot on the top of his head (fig. 15).
And there you have it: one big happy balloon face, ready to help bring some huge smiles to many little faces!
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