KIDS BALLOONING with Magical Balloon-dude Dale
Caution: Balloons are fun toys, but can be dangerous like all toys…PLEASE make sure small children do not chew balloons or have access to broken bits. We would like all our kids to grow healthy and happy. I ask you to be responsible like a professional balloonist. Adult supervision is recommended.
The first trick to making a balloon animal is to blow up the balloon. This is hard. You can buy a hand pump or use a football pump to help blow up the balloons. Do not blow the balloon up all the way… you only need 1/2 a balloon.
Carefully tie the balloon. When twisting a balloon, always start at the end with the knot. Do not worry, it will not break if you twist it, but you must hold on to both ends of the balloon. Otherwise, the balloon will untwist. The balloon will not stay twisted by itself. You have to twist the balloon together.
Balloon Animals – Princess Crown
Step 1–Inflate 3 quarters of the balloon.
Step 2–Start at the beginning with the knot and twist a 1-inch bubble. Make sure you hang on to both ends of the balloon, otherwise it will untwist. Twist it around 2 or 3 times. Do not worry; it will not break. Why didn’t it break? There is space at the end of the balloon for the extra air. That is why we only blow the balloon up halfway.
Step 3–Take this 1-inch bubble and make a pinch twist.
Step 4–Make an 8-inch bubble and twist this into the newly made pinch twist. Look at the picture. This will be the largest bubble or arch on the crown.
Step 5–Twist a 4 to 5-inch long bubble, followed by a 1-inch bubble.
If yours looks like this very good; if not, try it again practice makes perfect.
Step 6–This 1-inch bubble will become a pinch twist. Then make another 1-inch bubble and pinch twist this bubble.
Step 7–Make a 6-inch bubble and twist this bubble into the double pinch twist. This will make the second arch of the crown.
Step 8–Inflate a second balloon three-quarter of the way. Make a 1-inch pinch twist at the beginning.
Step 9–Twist the 1-inch pinch twist into the largest arch on the first balloon.
Steps 11 & 12 are repeating steps of 5-9
Step 11–Make a 4 to 5-inch bubble followed by a 1-inch pinch twist.
Step 12–Make a second 1-inch pinch twist, followed by a 6-inch bubble that is twisted back into the double pinch twist. This will form the left arch of the princess’s crown.
Step 13–Measure the head and twist the remaining balloons together to form a strap. Remove an excess balloon
Step 14–The jewels of the crown are just broken balloons about 1 to 3-inches in size. Using scraps or a new balloon inflate and wrap the balloons in between the arches.
Congratulations, you just made your first Princess Crown.