How to Make a Dog Balloon Animal

  • 01 of 09

    Dog Balloon Animal - Intro

    Yellow balloon dog
    Wayne Kawamoto

    The dog balloon is a fundamental sculpture in the art of balloon twisting and 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, along...MORE with tips. 


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


    Materials: 


    Necessary Skills: 


    Basic Balloon Twist
    Lock Twist


    Dog Variations


    A giraffe balloon animal is essentially a dog balloon with a long neck and spots. You can learn it here, and watch an instructional video here


    If you'd like to learn how make a Poodle Balloon, check out my video and instructions.


    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

    Dog Balloon Animal - Inflate

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

    Dog Balloon Animal - Head

    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

    Dog Balloon Animal - Head 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 on the last page, 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

    Dog Balloon Animal - Head 3

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

    Dog Balloon Animal - Neck and Legs

    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

    Dog Balloon Animal - Neck and Legs 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

    Dog Balloon Animal - 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

    Dog Balloon Animal - Final

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

    You have now twisted a basic dog balloon animal.


    If you'd like to learn how make a Poodle Balloon, check out my video and instructions.


    Thoughts:
    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 dachsund or...MORE wiener dog. Make the sculpture out of a yellow balloon and 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 our story about Five Balloon Animals You Need to Know for Parties.


    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.


    Video Assistance


    Check out our video, The Beginner's Guide to Learning to Make Balloon Animals, for a visual look at the construction of the dog, along with insights and tips to make the learning process easier.


    If you would like to view a video where I teach you how to make the dog, you can watch it here.


    Dog Variations


    A giraffe balloon animal is essentially a dog balloon with a long neck and spots. You can learn it here, and watch an instructional video here


    If you'd like to learn how make a Poodle Balloon, check out my video and instructions.