How to Make a Jester Balloon Hat

  • 01 of 09

    How to Make a Jester Balloon Hat

    Here’s a great-looking hat that’s made of balloons. Many will find that it resembles that of a court jester.

    Compared against the basic balloon hat and Helmet Hat, this one is more detailed and fanciful and takes more balloons and additional time to make. This one is also harder to estimate so that it fits well on the head of a spectator.

    To make this “jester” balloon hat, you’ll need to have mastered the pinch twist.

    Materials:
    Two 260 balloons. Try to find two colors that go well together.

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  • 02 of 09

    Inflate the Balloons for the Jester Hat

    Inflate both balloons leaving at least a six-inch tip on each.
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  • 03 of 09

    First Twist in the Jester Balloon Hat

    Starting at the knot end of a balloon, make a long basic twist about a foot long, followed by a pinch twist.

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    Repeat

    Repeat the last step with the second balloon.
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  • 05 of 09

    Forming the "Hat"

    Position the balloons side by side as shown in the picture. You’ll be lining the balloons knot-end on one balloon against the pinch twist of the other.

    You’ll be aiming to form a loop out of the first two sections that will be the size (diameter) of a person’s head so it may be worn. Some balloon twisting pros take the balloons and roughly measure them against the side of a person’s head in this state.

    Be warned that if you estimate incorrectly, this hat balloon is something of a pain to readjust...MORE as you have to physically disassemble the sculpture and essentially start over. As you practice making hats, you’ll become better at estimating a size and distance on the first twist of each balloon that should fit most heads. This ability will only come with time and practice.

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  • 06 of 09

    Connecting the "Hat" Part One

    Take the knot end of one balloon and wrap it around the pinch twist of the other balloon.
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  • 07 of 09

    Finish the Jester Balloon Hat

    Repeat the process with the second balloon, attaching the balloons together in two places. You will see the resulting “loop” that will form that goes around a person’s head and forms the “hat.”

    This is a good point to take the “hat” and try it on the spectator. If the hat doesn’t fit - it’s too big or too small - you can go back, undo the pinch twists and try again and readjust the fit. The shorter the first twist, the tighter the hat. The longer the first twist, the looser the hat. Keep in mind...MORE that you can get away with only adjusting one segment, however, the hat could become “unbalanced” and uneven.

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    Making the Balloon Hat into a Jester Hat

    Once you’re happy with the fit of the hat, cross the two “tails” and then twist them together.
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  • 09 of 09

    Finish the Jester Balloon Hat

    After twisting the “tails” together, you can squeeze and move a bubble of air to the end of each balloon to form a “tassel” (the bubbles of balloon at the end of each tail).

    Creating a "tassel" (I have never heard of a name for these objects) is a bit challenging to explain, but what you're doing is creating a bubble of the balloon that is separate from the rest of the balloon. I create a "tassel" by making a twist just as if I were making a basic balloon twist. At this stage,...MORE the size of the basic twist will determine the size of the "tassel."

    After you make the basic twist, just squeeze from the base of the twist towards the end of the balloon to encourage the "twist" to move (don't forget to not allow the balloon to untwist). With a little trial and error, you'll learn how to move the twist to the end of the balloon. At this point, you can let go of the twist and it will stay.

    Repeat with the other side.

    You’ve created a balloon jester’s hat. Wear it with pride.