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How to Make a Lollipop Balloon
Here’s a balloon lollipop. Actually, it’s a fairly large balloon sculpture that can be held in one’s hand and stands some two-feet high. It’s a colorful and attractive balloon sculpture that can dress up an event. You can make and use this one as a decoration - just imagine a field of these on a table. Or you can make and hand these out so people can carry them around. Keep in mind that this one can take time to make and will take lots of practice to manufacture quickly.
While the twists... themselves aren’t difficult, the creation of the lollipop itself and the handle takes some practice and trial and error. I think that beginners would be frustrated trying to make this one without a decent amount of experience working with balloons. It’s best tackled by those who have mastered the balloon fundamentals and can easily make basic balloon animals.
Because of the nature of this particular balloon sculpture, I recommend that you read all of the instructions first so you have an idea of how this balloon is put together. Since the balloon doesn't lock in place at various stages as other balloon animals do, this will help you be successful and reduce the frustration.
To make this lollipop balloon, you’ll need to have mastered the basic twist.
Two 260 balloons. Try to find two colors that go well together. One balloon will be the “lollipop” and the other the “handle.”Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Prepare the HandleInflate two balloons to nearly their entire length with only a little bit of slack, say, a quarter of an inch.
Take the balloon that will act as the “handle” for the lollipop balloon and find its middle.
Create a basic twist in the middle of the balloon, which separates it into two large segments. You’re ready to prepare the second balloon to become the lollipop.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Start the Lollipop BalloonTake the second balloon that will make up the “lollipop” and make a basic twist about one or two inches from the knotted end of the balloon.
Twist this segment from the second balloon into the middle of the first balloon (the “handle”). You have connected the two balloons together and are ready begin to form the lollipop.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Start the Lollipop Balloon
Begin to coil or tightly wrap the second balloon around the first balloon and then around itself. You’re creating a spiral out of the second balloon that will form the “lollipop.”
Be patient as this process can take time and you’ll find that the balloon will often slip and negate your work up that point - causing you to start over. I find it helpful to prop the balloon against my body to help it hold its spiral shape. Just use whatever technique works best for you to wind the balloon and hold... your work up that point in place without unraveling. Once you’re done with the winding, you’re ready to secure the coil and work on the handle.
Keep a tight hold on the spiral so that it doesn’t come undone. In the next step, you’ll create the handle to secure the spiral.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Secure the Lollipop Balloon
Take the two lengths of the first balloon and hold them tightly against the spiral to secure it. You’ll want the handles to cross over a section of the “lollipop” balloon near it’s end with maybe an inch or two of the end sticking out.
Create a basic twist in the two segments of the first balloon so it holds and secures the spiral in place. Again, this may take a few tries and you’ll undoubtedly encounter times when the spiral comes undone. Just keep at it.
Now take the end of the second balloon... and create a basic twist with it at the point just after it crosses the handle, and then twist this into handle. Everything will be secured.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Finish the Lollipop Balloon
You can secure the handle at the bottom with a basic twist or twist the two ends of the second balloon for its entire length so they wrap around each other. At the end of the handle, create a basic balloon twist with both balloons to lock everything into place.
You’ve created a lollipop balloon.