How to Make a Teddy Bear Balloon Animal

  • 01 of 07

    How to Make a Teddy Bear Balloon Animal - Intro

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    Teddy Bear Balloon Animal.

    Here’s one of the cutest balloon animals out there. It’s a teddy bear that is sure to be a hit at any party or event.

    The version that I teach here is the basic one that creates a stand-alone teddy bear, but there are several variations. For one, you can place a tulip style balloon in the hand of the bear to hold, which adds lots of charm. You can also make the body in the style of a basic dog balloon animal, and when you do this, you can attach the teddy bear to another balloon to make it look...MORE as if he’s holding on.

    To make this balloon animal, you will need to already know how to make a dog balloon animal and have mastered the basic, pinch, fold, and lock twists.

    Watch the Video

    You’ll find step-by-step instructions with pictures here, but if you would like to watch a video where I show you how to make the Teddy Bear, you can watch it here. Those of you who are advanced may prefer to learn how to make the balloon animal from my video.

    Materials

    One 260 Balloon. You can make this balloon animal out of any color. (In the pictures, I used the orange from the Qualatex “Carnival” color assortment.)

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  • 02 of 07

    Start the Head

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    Inflate the first balloon and leave at least a five-inch tip.

    Make a basic balloon twist about an inch-and-a-half in length. Make a second basic balloon twist about an inch in length. followed by a small basic twist, another basic twist about an inch in length, followed by a small basic twist, and then one more basic twist about an inch in length.

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  • 03 of 07

    Continue the Head

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    Twist second and last basic twists together to form something of a head for the teddy bear.

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  • 04 of 07

    Create the Nose

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    Make small basic twist in the very first basic twist – effectively splitting it in half. And then push this segment (which will form the bear’s nose) through the center of the head.

    (Note that in the picture I have reversed my hand position for illustration purposes. The arrow shows where to push the “nose” through the center of the bear’s head. This may be more apparent and better explained in the video.

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  • 05 of 07

    The Finished Head

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    Here’s the finished head of the teddy bear.

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  • 06 of 07

    Make the Upper Body

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    Make a small balloon twist to form the neck and then make two fold twists for the arms. The fold twists should be about an inch-and-a-half in length each.

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  • 07 of 07

    Finish the Teddy Bear Balloon Animal

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    Teddy Bear Balloon Animal.

    Make a balloon twist about an inch-and-a-half long to form the bear’s body and then make two fold twists for the arms. The fold twists should be about an inch-and-a-half in length each.

    Leave the remaining balloon as the “tail.”

    You’ve made a cute teddy bear balloon animal.

    Thoughts

    If you like, you can use a marker to add eyes to complete the bear. This balloon doesn't necessarily need eyes. You can experiment and decide for yourself if you like the bear better with eyes or without. I typically...MORE 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.

    Again, you can dress the teddy bear with an accessory to hold in his hand. One balloon that works well for this is a tulip balloon.

    If you make the teddy bear with legs as you would in a basic balloon animal dog, you can make him “hold” a balloon in the same manner that the monkey balloon animal does (click here to see the monkey). By making “dog” style legs, you can also attach the teddy bear to a heart balloon (click here to see the heart balloon).

    The teddy bear balloon animal is a rather complex balloon to make at a party if you have lots of kids. It just takes too long when you’ve got a line of anxious and impatient people. It’s best for situations where you can take your time with each person.

    If you’re pressed for time at a party- too many kids and too little time to make them balloons - simply make dogs and simple swords (click here to see a collection of swords that you can make). I know that if you’re like me you may consider this a cop out, but the worse cop out is if you run out of time and have to leave the party and there are kids who are still waiting for a balloon.

    In general, every experienced balloon artist gauges at the beginning of the event the number of kids at the party and the allotted time to make balloons. If you have lots of kids – a long line - and only a little time, it’s going to be dogs and swords. If you have more time, you can make elaborate balloon sculptures for each kid. And for this situation, the teddy bear balloon animal will be a hit.

    Just remember the cardinal rule, once you make a balloon for a kid (unless he or she is the birthday kid), you have to make balloons for all of the kids.