How to Make an Iris Balloon Animal

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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Intro

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    This is a flower balloon animal that resembles an Iris. It's not difficult to learn and make and is probably the easiest of the flower balloon animals.

    Materials:
    Two 260 Balloons. You can use any color balloon for the petals - but I think that pink or purple look the best - and will probably want to use a green balloon for the stem.

    To make the flower balloon animal, you will need to know how to make a fold twist.

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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Inflate the Balloon

    We'll begin with the iris flower itself.

    Inflate a balloon to about two inches from the end and tie it off.

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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Begin the Petals

    Tie the knot end of the balloon to the other end of the balloon to form a loop.
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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Petals (2)

    Twist the balloon loop in half to form the "bowtie" that you see in the image. Try to make the two loops as close in size as possible.
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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Petals (3)

    Fold the two loops of the "bowtie" together against each other.
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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Twist the Petals

    You're going to twist the loops to form the iris flower.

    First of all, in the picture, the "closed" end of the folded "bowtie" is towards the left and the "open" end of the "bowtie" is to the right. The dashed line represents the point where you twist the balloon.

    Twist the balloon.

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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Finish the Petals

    You now have the petals of an iris flower.
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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Begin the Stem

    Now you have to make the stem. Inflate the green balloon to about an inch from the end.

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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Make a Leaf

    Make a fold twist about four inches below the tip of the balloon. The fold twist creates the first of two "leaves." For the stem, you're essentially making a basic balloon sword.

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    Flower (Iris) Balloon Animal - Finish the Stem and Flower

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    Make a second fold twist at the same location as the first "leaf."

    While holding the knotted end of the green balloon, insert it into the bottom center axis of petals. You're attaching the stem to the flower. Straighten out the petals to finish your balloon flower.