How to Make a Dog Balloon Animal

  • 01 of 09

    Creating a Dog Balloon

    Yellow balloon dog
    Wayne Kawamoto

    The dog balloon is a fundamental sculpture in the art of balloon twisting and the making of balloon animals. Many animals balloons such as the deer and giraffe balloon animal are variations on the dog balloon. And you'll find that the basics that you master when twisting a dog balloon, will apply to more difficult balloon sculptures.

    Learn From the Instructional Video

    Check out our video, The Beginner's Guide to Making Dog Balloon Animals, for a visual look at the construction of the dog,...MORE along with tips. 

    Here's what you'll need to make the dog balloon animal.

    Materials

    One​ 260 Balloon

    Necessary Skills

    Dog Variations

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    New to Making Balloon Animals?

    If you're just starting out to learn to make balloon animals, you will find our video, Five Tips to Help You Learn Balloon Animals, informative. This video offers helpful tips to get you past common stumbling blocks and difficulties that beginners often encounter.

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  • 02 of 09

    Inflate

    Green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto
    Inflate the balloon to about two inches from the end.
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  • 03 of 09

    Creating the Head Part 1

    Green balloon twist
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Twist three basic balloon twists. The first will be about two inches long, which will form the snout of the dog. The second and third twists will be smaller, about an inch each, to form the dog's ears.

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  • 04 of 09

    Creating the Head Part 2

    Diagram of twists
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Bring the first, longer twist against the main body of the balloon in preparation for a lock twist.

    As mentioned above, the first balloon segment (A), will form the snout of the dog. The second and third twists (B and C), will form the dog's ears. You'll be twisting B and C together while holding (A) and the main body of the balloon to create a lock twist.

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  • 05 of 09

    Creating the Head Part 3

    Green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto
    Your balloon sculpture should now resemble the head of a dog.
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  • 06 of 09

    Making the Neck and Legs Part 1

    Twisted green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Twist three basic balloon twists, each about three-inches. The first (A) will form the dog's neck. The second and third twists (B and C) will form the dog's front legs.

    As you did with the dog's head, create a lock twist by twisting B and C and holding the rest.

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  • 07 of 09

    Making the Neck and Legs Part 2

    Green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto
    Your twisted balloon sculpture should now resemble the front of a dog with its head and front legs.
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  • 08 of 09

    Make the Body and Legs

    Green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Twist three basic balloon twists, each about three-inches. The first (A) will form the dog's body. The second and third twists (B and C) will form the dog's back legs. The final balloon segment (D) will form the dog's tail.

    As you did with the dog's front legs create a lock twist by twisting segments B and C and holding the rest.

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  • 09 of 09

    Completed Dog Balloon and Tips

    Cropped Hand Holding Dog Shaped Balloon Against Blue Sky
    Martin Koller /EyeEm/Getty Images

    You have now twisted a basic dog balloon animal!

    Tips on Making This Balloon at Parties

    Kids enjoy the dog animal balloon and if you're trying to keep things simple - you're at an event where you have to make lots of balloon animals for lots of kids you can simply make dogs for everyone there. Keep in mind that there are simple variations that you can make.

    Make the body extra long and the legs short, and you'll create a Dachshund or wiener dog. Make the sculpture out of a yellow balloon and...MORE create an extra long neck, and you'll have a giraffe. Or make the dog with a relatively short neck and long legs, and you can call it a horse.

    Remember that there's no shame in just making dog balloons. There are lots of clowns and people who appear at kids' birthday parties as characters who make nothing but swords and dogs. Kids will undoubtedly ask for more elaborate balloon animals that they have seen at other locales, but if you're firm, you can tell them that you're only making dogs and swords.

    For more on entertaining at events, check out this video on five balloon animals to make for parties.