How to Make a Flower Balloon - Version 3

  • 01 of 05

    Flower Balloon - Version 3, Intro

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    Like the other flower balloons, this version offers a cute, crowd-pleasing balloon animal/sculpture. Unlike the basic flower balloon, this flower features points at the end of its petals for a distinctly different look.

    This one takes more time to make than many of the other balloon flowers so it's not one to consider when you have to make a lot of flowers in a short period of time. But I like the variation of this balloon sculpture that offers something different, particularly if you're...MORE making a bouquet of flowers.

    Before tackling this one, you'll want some experience making balloons, in particular, the basic flower balloon.

    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.

    To make this balloon animal, you will need to know how to make basic and pinch twists. Optional: If you like the appearance, you may want to employ a tulip twist on the stem.

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  • 02 of 05

    Start the Flower Balloon - Version 3

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    Inflate the balloon to about five inches from the end.

    Make an individual petal by constructing the following:

    1. A basic twist about an inch and a half to two inches in length.
    2. A small pinch twist that forms the "point" of the petal.
    4. A second basic twist that matches the first one for symmetry.

    Note: You'll have to experiment with the inflation and size of the petals to get this one right. Another consideration, you can make larger petals but make fewer of them. You can also make...MORE smaller petals and see how many you can make - depending on how you inflated the balloon. And if your estimation is off, don't feel bad about simply cutting off the first balloon and adding a second of the same color to finish the flower.

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  • 03 of 05

    Continue Making the Flower Balloon - Version 3

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    Repeat the process of making individual petals. Try to make the petals the same size. As mentioned in the prior step, if you need to cut off the first balloon and add a second one to complete the number of petals that you wish to make, feel free to do so.

    You will now have a flower with points at the end of each petal. 

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  • 04 of 05

    Add the Stem to the Flower Balloon Version 3

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    Straighten out the five petals and the points at the end so that they form the petals of the flower. You're done with the petals, now you need to add the stem.

    Inflate the second balloon with about an inch or two left uninflated. You'll have to experiment a bit with the uninflated end as the amount of the balloon that you will need will depend on what you do with the stem and flower's center.

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

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

    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. 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.

    2. Finish the basic twist after joining the stem to the flower.
    Join the stem to the flower and then take the nozzle and wrap it around the flower, in between the petals. You'll have a flower center that doesn't show the nozzle. This is the option shown in the picture.

    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

    Here's the final basic balloon flower attached to the stem. If you like, you can add leaves by twisting the "stem" as you would a basic sword balloon. In this case, you're essentially making the hand guard for the sword, but are forming leaves. One more thought, the technique to quickly make a hand guard for a sword applies here to make the leaves.

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  • 05 of 05

    The Flower Balloon - Version 3: Final Thoughts

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    Feel free to experiment with the "points." You can turn the pinch twists so they are in either direction to your liking.

    This flower balloon is more complicated than the basic or iris-style flower balloon and takes longer to make. If you have lots of flower balloons to make or a considerable line, you'll probably want to construct the simpler flower balloons.

    Another thought, there's no way to make a fast version of this flower balloon as you can with the basic flower. It's probably best...MORE to consider making the balloon flower in situations where you have the time or that you can want to add variety, say, to a bouquet of flowers that you can making. 

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