How to Twist a Giraffe Balloon Animal

  • 01 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - Introduction

    Giraffe balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Here's an adorable giraffe balloon animal that is sure to be a hit with the kids.

    Video Instructions
    If you would like to watch a video of the tiger being made, just follow the link. Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more balloon animals. 

    Twisting a giraffe balloon animal is very similar to making the basic dog balloon. In fact, a giraffe, in the balloon world, is pretty much just a dog balloon with a long neck. If you can already twist a basic dog balloon, you can twist a...MORE giraffe.

    I strongly suggest that you first learn to twist a basic dog balloon before you try to make the giraffe.

    Materials:
    One 260 Balloon (yellow is probably best but you're free to use your imagination)
    Marker (optional)

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  • 02 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - Inflation

    Yellow balloon
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    Inflate the balloon to about two inches from the end.
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  • 03 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - The Head

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - The Head
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    Twist three basic balloon twists. The first will be about three inches long, which will form the nose of the giraffe. The second and third twists will be smaller, about an inch each, to form "ears."

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  • 04 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - Finish the Head

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - Finish the Head.

    Bring the first, longer twist against the main body of the balloon in preparation for a lock twist.

    Twist the two smaller "ears" to create a lock twist.

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  • 05 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - The Head

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - The Head
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    Your balloon sculpture should now resemble the head of a giraffe.
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  • 06 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - The Front Legs

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - The Front Legs
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    Twist three basic balloon twists, the first about five-inches, and the second and third about three-inches each. The first segment will form the giraffe's long neck. The second and third twists will form the giraffe's front legs.

    As you did with the giraffe's head, create a lock twist by twisting the legs and holding the rest.

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  • 07 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - The Front of the Giraffe

    Balloon animal
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    Your twisted balloon sculpture should now resemble the front of a giraffe with its head and front legs.
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  • 08 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - The Back Legs

    Yellow animal
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Twist three basic balloon twists, the first about three inches and the second and third about three-inches. The first will form the giraffe's body. The second and third twists will form the giraffe's back legs. The final balloon segment will form the giraffe's tail.

    As you did with the giraffe’s front legs create a lock twist by twisting the legs and holding the rest.

    I think that the giraffe looks better if the hind legs are slightly shorter than the front legs, but this is a personal...MORE preference.

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  • 09 of 09

    Giraffe Balloon Animal - Completed

    Giraffe balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    You have now twisted a basic giraffe balloon animal. If you want to embellish your giraffe, you can add spots with a marker. The spots are definitely optional as the giraffe is identifiable and doesn't just appear to be a dog with a long neck (which is what it is).

    Video Instructions
    If you would like to watch a video of the tiger being made, just follow the link. Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more balloon animals. 

    Thoughts:
    A giraffe balloon animal will be very popular at an...MORE event but be careful about making it early with the detailed spots. The application of spots is a rather time-consuming process that will slow you down significantly if you have lots of people waiting for balloons.

    Another tip if you decide to apply spots. I've discovered that you don't actually have to fill the spots in. If you simply outline them, spectators will get the idea of the spots.

    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.