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How to Make a Dinosaur Balloon - Intro
Here's a balloon animal that will be quite popular with the kids. After all, who doesn't like a dinosaur? I'm not going for any realism here (heck, who even knows what a real dinosaur looked like?). This balloon animal is something of a cross between a stegosaurus and a brontosaurus or apatosaurus (your pick).
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Depending on how you make it, you can use a single balloon. But use two balloons and you'll have more flexibility. To make a balloon dinosaur that more closely resembles a stegosaurus, you can shorten the head and add a second balloon to make a longer tail. And don't forget the "spike" at the end of the tail that you can make from a couple of pinch twists.
One 260 Balloon. You can make this balloon animal out of any color, but it looks great in green or blue.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Starting the Dinosaur Balloon
Inflate the balloon and leave at least a five-inch tip.
Starting at the nozzle end of the balloon, take about a foot of the balloon and bend it to form a “crook.” What you’re trying to do is make a suggestion of a head and neck for the dinosaur.
Once you have a bend in the neck, make a basic balloon twist.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Make the Front Legs
Twist two basic balloon twists, each about two inches. These will form the legs.
Bring the first, longer twist against the main body of the balloon in preparation for a lock twist.
The first balloon segment forms the neck and head of the dinosaur. The second and third twists form the dinosaur’s front legs. Twist the legs together while holding the neck and the main body of the balloon to create a lock twist.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Finish the Front LegsThis shows the dinosaur balloon animal with its head/neck and front legs.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Make the Body
To make the body, make two basic balloon twists approximately three inches long (each of the two segments is three inches in length).
The next step is similar to making and finishing a three-balloon push through. You'll be making the same basic shape, but won't be pushing the third segment between the other two. Also, this is where you make the "spikes."
You can be creative with the "spikes." You can make them small and have more of them. Or make them large and have fewer of them on the... dinosaur's back. I like to go with four or five "spikes."
Simply make a series of small basic balloon twists to approximate "spikes."
Once you're done making spikes, take the remaining balloon and feed it between the other two segments to lock it in.
Now you have the dinosaur's body.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Finish the Dinosaur Balloon Animal
Make two basic balloon twists to match the length of the front legs. As you did with the dinosaur’s front legs, create a lock twist by twisting segments that form the legs and holding the rest of the balloon. The remaining balloon forms the tail.
Finish the Dinosaur Balloon Animal
If you like, you can use a marker to add a face to the dinosaur. This balloon doesn't necessarily need eyes. You can experiment and decide for yourself if you like the dinosaur better with eyes or without.
One thought on... markers. I prefer to use erasable markers as opposed to Sharpie and other markers. Early on, I was told by an experienced balloon twister that there's less balloon popping when one uses an erasable (whiteboard) marker. Since then, I have used Sharpies to draw on a balloon and haven't experienced any significant popping. But I still mostly use erasable (whiteboard) markers when drawing on balloons.
If would like a longer tail for your dinosaur, you can cut the remaining balloon (tail) away and tie it off. Get a second balloon, inflate it, and use this to form a tail. Again, if you are going for a Stegosaurus look, you'll want a tail with a "spike," which you can make from two small pinch twists and use a basic twist at the end. Cut away the remaining balloon.
Check out the next page to view a variation on the Stegasaurus.
If you like, you can use a tulip twist to make something of a mouth on the dinosaur’s head. I think that the look is not worth the effort and prefer to simply use a marker to add personality to the balloon sculpture. Also, I feel that a tulip twist makes for a distinct neck that lacks the look of a smooth transition from a head to neck on the dinosaur.
Among the dinosaur balloon animals taught here, the brontosaurus or apatosaurus style dinosaur is the easiest and fastest version to make. (You can learn how to make the apatosaurus here.)
If you have lots of kids at a party and lots of balloons to make, you'll want to go with the "brontosaurus" balloon. Also, this balloon animal only requires a single balloon whereas most of the other dinosaur balloons require two balloons. It's the fastest to make and by saving the time of inflating a second balloon, you can construct more balloons for more kids.
Admittedly, the most impressive dinosaur balloon is the T-rex (tyranosaurus rex or "sharp tooth"). The T-Rex is also the most popular of the dinosaurs. (You can learn how to make the T-Rex here.) Keep in mind that the T-rex, which requires two balloons, is quite a bit more complicated and takes more time. By the way, add a balloon with a series of small basic balloon twists and add them to the backbone (spine) of the T-Rex balloon, you can turn it into a dragon or Godzilla-like creature.
If you're working balloons at an event, you always have to gauge the size of the crowd and how many balloon animals you will have to make, and balance your estimate with the complexity of the balloons that you can reasonably make in the set time. To be successful at an event, it's imperative that you try to make balloons for as many kids as you can while keeping up the quality. It's a balancing act that gets easier with experience.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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A VariationBy simply reversing the "head" and "tail" of the dinosaur balloon animal, you get a sculpture that more closely resembles the anatomy of a stegasaurus (albeit, one that hasn't yet sprouted its tail spikes). Let's just call it a "baby stegasaurus."