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Wondering how to make balloon animals? Isn't it fascinating to watch how a long thin balloon "sausage" turns into one of those delicate, twisted creatures which delight kids and adults alike?
With our tips, some practice and patience, you are well off to create your first balloon dog, bear or elephant.
We are balloon decorators, ... and balloon twisting is a whole science of its own. So please take the following tips as what they are - some basic advice to get you started. At the end of this article, you will find some videos and links to more advanced instructions.
Phew, that's a lot of theory. How about some practice now? With just a handful of twisting techniques, you can create most balloon animals or other shapes, such as flowers and swords.
I hope you'll find the following video from balloon-animals.com as helpful as I did. Michael Floyd demonstrates how to make balloon animals with the 5 basic twisting techniques:
And he lifts the secret about how the air gets into the poodle's tail! Enjoy!
Hungry to learn even more twists? The "Tulip Twist" shown in the next video is a bit more advanced than the basic techniques above. But Jeremy (the guy in the video) does a good job in explaining it. He also shows how to get a ball into your sausage balloon - pretty cool, so watch the video to the end.
Hooked on balloon twisting? If you want to get more step-by-step instructions how to make balloon animals as well as other fancy shapes, I highly recommend that you subscribe to Michael Floyd's YouTube channel. He's got tons of balloon twisting tutorials, and publishes a new one every week.
But wait! You'll need balloons and a pump first. Because you will only learn how to make balloon animals by doing it yourself. Watching alone is not enough.
If you are just getting started, then this Balloon Animal Kit is a good idea.
It contains 100 assorted color Qualatex twisting balloons, a dual action air pump, an instructional book and access to a whole online video series.
Or browse through a selection of balloon twisting supplies.