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The Monkey Balloon Animal
Here’s a cute monkey balloon animal. Aside from the head, the design is similar to that of a dog balloon animal. Trust me, this balloon is a crowd pleaser and looks best when mounted to another balloon, as shown in the picture.
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Compared to a dog, this balloon is particularly well suited for... making at events. The addition of the second balloon creates a vertical balloon sculpture that is easy to hold and carry. I also appreciate the visibility of this balloon at events as people and kids carry it around.
This balloon animal is not difficult to make. In fact, it’s fairly straight forward. But note that I’m assuming that you already can execute the basic balloon fundamentals listed below. As a result, my instructions are rather streamlined.
Two 260 balloons. Yellow, red, brown or gray works great for the monkey but you can use any color of your choosing. You can use any color for the second balloon to create the “pole.”Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Starting the Monkey Balloon Animal
Inflate the Balloon:
Inflate the balloon leaving about six inches of uninflated balloon at its end.
Starting at the knotted end of the balloon, make a basic twist about an inch to an inch and a half in length. This forms the “nose” of the monkey.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Forming the Head
Immediately following the basic twist that you formed in the prior step, make a small pinch twist about an inch in length. You’re making the first “ear” of the monkey.
Make a basic twist next about an inch and a half in length. You’re making the monkey’s “forehead.” Make a small pinch twist to match the first one. This forms the second “ear.”Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Finish the Head
Align the first basic balloon twist (marked “A” in the picture) against the rest of the remaining balloon (marked “B” in the picture), and then twirl (twist) the two pinch twists together. You’ll be holding and twisting the two pinch twists and the basic twist between them as a single unit.
You’ll form the monkey’s “head.”Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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The Monkey’s Head
This is what the monkey’s “head” should look like.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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The Monkey’s Body
From here, you’re basically making the body of a dog balloon animal. Twist two basic balloon twists, each about two inches to form the monkey’s “arms.” Create a lock twist to hold the front legs together.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Finish the Monkey’s Body
Twist three more basic balloon twists, each about two inches. The first twist will form the monkey’s body. The second and third twists will form the monkey’s back legs. The remaining balloon segment will form the tail.
Create a lock twist to hold the body and back legs together. You’re done with the twisting.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Finish the Monkey Balloon Animal
Inflate a second balloon to use as a pole. Slide the monkey onto the pole through its legs and arms.
You’ve created a monkey balloon animal.
If you like, you can take a green balloon and twist it and add “leaves” to the pole to turn it into a “tree.” Another detail, you can use two small twists of another balloon, or employ round balloons only partially inflated to create “cocoanuts” that are attached to the tree and left dangling. I’ve even seen balloon artists partially inflate yellow balloons... and hang them from the branches to create “bananas.” There are so many possibilities with this monkey.
If you like, you can use a marker to add eyes to complete the monkey. This balloon doesn't necessarily need eyes. You can experiment and decide for yourself if you like the bear better with eyes or without. As you can see from the image, I typically leave the bear with no eyes.
One thought on markers. I prefer to use erasable markers as opposed to Sharpie and other markers. Early on, I was told by an experienced balloon twister that there's less balloon popping when one uses an erasable (whiteboard) marker. Since then, I have used Sharpies to draw on a balloon and haven't experienced any significant popping. But I still mostly use erasable (whiteboard) markers when drawing on balloons.
Who doesn't love a monkey on a tree? You'll find this balloon animal to be a hit at any party. Another plus, because it's a tall sculpture, it offers lots of visibility at a party and can be seen. As a balloon artist who is hired to perform at an event, you'll be able to see lots of trees all over the party that add color to the event. And the host who hired you will know that you have done your job and were a hit. Something to consider.
In my experience, this is one of the most popular balloons that I'm asked to make at parties. Learn to make the Monkey on a Tree and you'll have a proven winner - provided you have the time to make them. Create one and you'll have people clamoring for them.