Giant pumpkin

Giant pumpkin

Happy halloween! This giant pumpkin balloon was made for a Fall Harvest Party. Afterwards, I fixed the popped balloons and it sat in my living room for a week and was used as a pumpkin playhouse! I removed one balloon in the back so our playhouse could have a window.

Big heart

Big heart

Happy Birthday to my friend, Carmen! Now you’ve got two big hearts!

Check out Sue Bowler’s instructions for how to make this. It took me about 2 hours. You’ll use 79 Quick Links/Link-O-Loons and 78 5″ balloons. I inflated the balloons to 7″ and 9″, and the resulting heart was humongous (though I was still able to squeeze the balloon into our SUV for transport.)

[Sue Bowler’s instructions | Sue’s YouTube video]

Icosahedron variant

This is the last balloon I made in 2018. Because we were going to watch the ball drop (during the New Year countdown), I thought I’d make something like a ball. Next time I might put a lit round balloon inside. My niece said it’s like a disco ball.

This balloon is a variant of the icosahedron balloon I often make. (I also used it to make the battle mace.) The only difference is that when you twist each unit, you include an extra 3-5″ bubble on each end. Each balloon will be fully used – inflate to almost one inch remaining, and when nearing the end, push the air so that the whole balloon is filled.

Icosahedron variant