How to Make a Heart Balloon With Swans

  • 01 of 09

    How to Make a Heart Balloon With Swans

    Balloon Animal Heart with Swans.

    Here’s a fun, even romantic, balloon sculpture. It’s a variation on the heart balloon but it features a pair of swans and it all goes on a balloon stick that makes it easy to carry around. You can hand this one out with the balloon stick or just create the heart with swans to use as a decoration.

    Requirements:
    To make this balloon you’ll need to know how to make a basic balloon twist and a pinch twist. In addition, this balloon animal sculpture combines separate balloons that include the heart and...MORE balloon stick and a swan (version 2). This balloon requires the swan balloon version 2 and not the version one, as taught here.

    Materials:
    Four 260 Balloons. You’ll be using one balloon to make the heart, one for the stick and two for the swans. Red or pastel colors are generally best for the heart and you can use any complimentary colors for the stick. The swans are probably best in white or light gray.

    Note that if you would like to make romantic balloon animals, you'll find a collection here.

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  • 02 of 09

    Making the Heart Balloon

    Making the Heart Balloon

    Note that because of the complexity of this balloon sculpture, the instructions for each balloon have been condensed somewhat. If you need more details on making the heart balloon, you’ll find them here. If you already know how to make the heart balloon, you can skip these instructions and go straight to the instructions on how to make the swan here.

    Inflate the balloon to the end.

    Take the ends of the balloon and twist (join) them together, which forms a circle out of the balloon. Keep in mind...MORE that after you make the heart balloon, you will be de-attaching the ends so you can later attach the swan balloons. Later, you'll attach the heart to the balloon “swirl” stick. As a result, only attach the ends together with a minimal number of twists that can later be easily undone. You’ll need to leave about an inch of balloon extending beyond the join of the two ends so it will be easy to later attach to the balloon stick.

    Reach to the opposite end of the circle - the point furthest from the two ends of the balloon - and force the middle of the balloon into your closed hand, as shown in the picture. By momentarily holding the balloon in this position, you’ll create a permanent bend that forms the heart. You will probably have to experiment a bit with this process to obtain a strong bend. Generally, the longer that you hold and and stronger the pull (without breaking the balloon), the greater the bend.

    You now have a balloon animal heart.
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  • 03 of 09

    Starting the Swan Balloon Animal

    Starting the Swan Balloon Animal

    Note that because of the complexity of this balloon sculpture, the instructions have been condensed somewhat. If you need more details on making the swan balloon (version 2), you’ll find them here. If you already know how to make the swan balloon, you can skip these instructions and go straight to the instructions on how to make the balloon stick here.

    Inflate the balloon and leave about four inches uninflated at its end.    

    Roughly divide the balloon roughly into thirds. Take the beginning of...MORE the balloon (the nozzle end) and create a twist at the two-thirds mark and then connect the nozzle to the twist at this point. Attach the nozzle end of the balloon by wrapping it around the basic balloon twist. You’re forming a loop out of the balloon, as shown in the picture.

    Take the loop and roughly divide it in half and mark the half-way point with your finger. Shift your fingers a bit to the left about an inch. You’re dividing the loop into uneven sections.

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  • 04 of 09

    Continue the Swan Balloon Animal

    Continue the Swan Balloon Animal

    Create a basic balloon twist at the off-center point and connect it to the two-thirds mark at the base of the loop. You’ll be creating a pair of unequal loops or “wings” that look something like a dragonfly.

    At the end of each loop or “wing,” make a balloon twist.

    The arrow in the picture offers guidance on the next step where you’ll be inserting the longer “wing” loop into the small loop.

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  • 05 of 09

    Finish the Swan's Body

    Finish the Swan's Body

    Partially insert the longer loop through the smaller loop to make the swan’s body. As you can see in the picture, the longer loop simply peeks out from the smaller loop to create something that looks like tail feathers for the swan.

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  • 06 of 09

    Finish the Swan Balloon Animal

    Finish the Swan Balloon Animal

    Take the remaining balloon and curl it up and hold it. You’ll have to experiment with how long to hold the balloon in place but you’ll find that the neck will eventually hold a curved shape.

    Once you’re satisfied with the neck, allow the remaining balloon - about one inch - to form the swan balloon’s “beak.”

    Make a pinch twist at the base of the neck to help keep the curved neck in place.

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  • 07 of 09

    The Completed Swan

    The Completed Swan

    This picture shows the completed swan balloon animal. If you like, you can add eyes to the swans with a marker.

    Make an additional swan with the second balloon.

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  • 08 of 09

    Making the Balloon Stick

    Make the Balloon Stick

    Inflate the final balloon for the stick.

    Make a basic balloon twist at the center of the balloon.

    Twist the balloon segments together through their lengths to create a spiral design.

    Twist the ends of the balloons with a basic twist to lock the full-length spiral/twist. The remaining ends should be about an inch to easily join to the heart balloon.

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  • 09 of 09

    Finish the Heart and Swan Balloon Animal

    The Heart and Swan Balloon Animal

    Untwist the ends of the heart balloon to open it up. Attach each swan balloon to the heart by inserting an end of the heart through the opening of the swan just behind the neck and through the body. Slide each swan on each side of the heart balloon and adjust the positioning of each to your liking.

    Twist the ends of the heart balloon together to close the heart.

    It’s now an easy matter to attach the heart to the stick. You should have two ends extending from the stick and two at the bottom of the...MORE heart. Simply twist these together to join the heart to the stick.

    You now have a heart balloon with swans on a stick.