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Creating a Dog Balloon
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,... along with tips.
Here's what you'll need to make the dog balloon animal.
One 260 Balloon
A giraffe balloon animal is essentially a dog balloon with a long neck and spots. Watch an instructional video to guide you through it.
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.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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InflateInflate the balloon to about two inches from the end.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Creating the Head Part 1
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.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Creating the Head Part 2
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.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Creating the Head Part 3Your balloon sculpture should now resemble the head of a dog.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Making the Neck and Legs Part 1
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.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Making the Neck and Legs Part 2Your twisted balloon sculpture should now resemble the front of a dog with its head and front legs.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Make the Body and Legs
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.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Completed Dog Balloon and Tips
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... 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.