How to Make a Balloon Flower

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    How to Make a Balloon Flower: Introduction

    Yellow and green balloon flower
    Wayne Kawamoto

    The flower balloon animal is a cute, crowd-pleasing balloon animal sculpture. Here, you'll learn how to make the basic flower, the stem, and, if you wish, the leaves for a fun balloon flower that kids and grown-ups will love.

    Materials: 

    Two 260 balloons. You can use any color balloon for the petals and will probably want to use a green balloon for the stem and leaves.

    Video:

    An instructional video might help clarify the process, including the twisting and tying.

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    Balloon Flower: Inflate the Balloon

    yellow balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Inflate the balloon to about an inch from the end.

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    Balloon Flower: Tie the Balloon

    Yellow balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Take the knotted end of the balloon and tie it to the tip of the balloon. You can simply use a traditional square knot. Doing this, you've created a loop out of the balloon.

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    Balloon Flower: Begin the Petals

    Yellow balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Bring the knot of the ring towards the center of the balloon and twist the knot into it.

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    Balloon Flower: Two Loops

    You've created two loops; it will resemble a bow tie. Now locate the center of the balloon where the knotted end resides; we'll call that point "the axis."

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    Balloon Flower: Twisting the Axis

    Yellow flower balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto
    Bring the center of one of the loops towards the knotted axis. Twist this center into the axis.
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    Balloon Flower: Create Another Petal

    Balloon flower
    Wayne Kawamoto

    You will now have three loops: one large loop and two smaller loops. The flower is beginning to take shape.

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    Balloon Flower: Twisting the Axis

    Yellow balloon flower
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Repeat with the larger loop. Bring the center of the larger loop towards the knotted axis and twist it into the axis. If you want a fuller flower, repeat this process 

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    Balloon Flower: Finish Four Petals

    yellow balloon flower
    Wayne Kawamoto

    You now have a balloon animal with four loops. Straighten these out to form the petals of a flower. Next, you can either add petals or attach the stem, which is explained in Step 11.

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    Balloon Flower: How to Make Five Petals

    You can make another petal, which will make your flower look more realistic, by repeating the process you just followed with slight additions. In brief, for a five-petal flower so this:

    After you inflate the balloon, Make a small fold twist using a balloon segment that is about four inches long.

    To make a second petal, Make a second fold twist. Try and make it the same size as the first fold twist.

    To make the third, fourth, and fifth petals, Repeat the process and make third, fourth and fifth fold...MORE twists. Try to make each petal the same size as the first and second fold twists.

    Straighten out the five fold twists so they form the petals of a flower. You're done with the petals.

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    Balloon Flower: Making and Attaching the Stem

    Here is how to make and attach the stem and the center of the flower. Since the flower is yellow, we are adding a green stem but you can make this whatever color you wish. Let's begin:

    Inflate the second, green balloon and leave a half-inch of inflated balloon at the end.

    Taking the nozzle end of the green balloon, make a small basic twist, about an inch in length. Join this basic twist to the center of the flower petals. To do this, stretch the basic twist away from the rest of the balloon...MORE (stem), and insert the flower so the petals reside between the nozzle twist and the rest of the balloon. 

    At this point, you have three options for the center of the balloon flower:

    Option 1: Leave the basic twist as is.
    When you join the stem to the petals of the flower, you'll have a nozzle showing in the middle of the flower. This is fine, but it's probably the least finished of the options. As a plus, this is the fastest method to make a flower balloon if you're pressed for time or have lots of people waiting in line.

    Option 2: Finish the basic twist after joining the stem to the flower.
    Join the stem to the flower and then take hold of the nozzle and wrap it around the flower in between the petals. Doing this, you'll have a flower center that doesn't show the nozzle.

    Option 3: Make a tulip twist in the flower's center.
    Before joining the basic twist of the stem to the flower, make a tulip twist in the nozzle end. Attach the tulip twist to the flower petals as you did in Option 1.

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    Balloon Flower: the Completed Balloon Flower

    The final basic balloon flower is now attached to the stem. If you like, you can add leaves by twisting the stem with a couple of fold twists as you would for a basic sword balloon. In this case, you're essentially making the handguard for the sword, but you are actually forming leaves. The technique to quickly make a handguard for a sword applies here to making the leaves.