Closing out 2016 with this balloon…
I’ve been wanting to make another Star Wars balloon of some sort, having recently watched “Rouge One” and “A New Hope” again. Thank you, Princess Leia!
To make this balloon, you’ll need:
- two brown 160s for the hair
- one 6″ blush Quick Link for the head
- one white 160 for the arms
- one blush 160 scrap for the hands
- one gray 160 for the belt
- one white 350 and one white 260 for the body
This balloon design is similar to many of the other princesses I have done, but I took some time figuring out how I wanted to do the hair and head. I used a Quick Link for the head. (Quick Link balloons have tying places at two ends of the balloons, both of which can be used to attach the balloon.) I used the two ends of the Quick Link to attach the hair. If I had remembered, I would also have inserted a raisin into the balloon to attach the head to the body. To create the hair buns, I used the same technique used to create the cupcake frosting.
Happy Birthday to K, celebrating the big 5! She quickly recognized this balloon as “Pinkie Pie” from My Little Pony (one of my childhood toys!)
To make this balloon, you’ll need two pink 260s (one for the head, one for the body), a white 350 scrap, a light blue 160 scrap (for the eyes), and three dark pink 160s (for the hair.) For the head, I used Michael Floyd’s design. I like how he adds the blue balloon for the eyes. The head design is similar to what you might use to make the head of a seahorse. For the body, I used the basic body you’d use to make a four-legged creature (the basic dog), but with a three-bubble roll-through (aka bird body.) Connect the head to the body, and then add the hair. (Making the curls for the hair is also fun. I needed to ask my brother to help me hold the balloon for that, as I use a pump to inflate and have no free hands.) If I had the right markers, I would have added the cutie mark.
Happy Birthday K!
Merry Christmas everyone!
I made these two wearable reindeer balloons for the kids next door. It was so much fun watching them run around the house with these balloons, singing “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.” Boundless energy!
To make this balloon, you’ll need two brown 260s for the head and body, one dark brown 160 for the antlers, and several 260 scraps: white for the eyes, black for the eyeballs, and red for the nose. I made this based on Twister Sister’s tutorial, with a few changes: I used 260 balloons instead of 350 balloons and I also added some ears. You could easily turn this into a hat.
This balloon was made for a co-worker who is retiring. He was my first mentor at my first job out of college, and I have learned so much from him! Congrats Dave!
Happy Birthday to my super energetic and fun nephew! His favorite Ninja Turtle is Leonardo, the leader of the team!
To make this balloon, I used a green 350 for the head (with the same design as before), a brown and a goldenrod 260s for the shell, green 160s for the arms, a green 350 for the legs, two gray 160s for the swords, and brown 160s for the arm bands and leg bands. I had meant to take a picture of the new design of the shell, but forgot! I finished the balloon by using a a white paint marker and black marker for the face.
This birthday cake was made for a fun, energetic little girl who LOVES Minnie Mouse! Happy Birthday Kylen! 🙂 It was so great to celebrate with you! Can’t believe you’re growing up so quickly!
This balloon is a birthday cake balloon with a Minnie Mouse balloon on top (the feet are squeezed in.) I had thought about twisting Minnie Mouse permanently in on top of the cake, but this way, you can easily take Minnie off and just hold the Minnie Mouse balloon if you want.
The balloon cake uses the same pentagonal base design you see in most of my balloon cakes. Minnie Mouse is made based on this design by Syan. I need to work on the cheeks a bit so Minnie is less like a chipmunk. Not pictured here is a heart balloon that I attached to Minnie’s hand with “Happy Birthday!” written on it.
No white Christmas here this year, unlike the Christmas four years ago. But I made a snowman anyway. 🙂
Here’s a snowman designed to look like Olaf, the snowman from the popular movie “Frozen.” I followed the video by Changsunny (with a couple small modifications.) I liked this one the best out of all of the other many balloon Olafs I’ve seen. It’s a simple design, but requires a few more advanced twists.
To make this balloon, you’ll use a 6″ white heart balloon for the head, a [small part of a] white 260 for the middle part of the body, and a round 5″ balloon for the bottom. Also, you’ll need the ends of two brown 160s for the stick arms, a small scrap orange 160 for the nose, and an uninflated scrap black balloon for the “hair.”
The one thing I did differently was the nose. I made it longer and used a different technique to attach the nose. In the video Changsunny uses tape, but with this technique you only use balloons. It’s a little more difficult, but if you have the time, then I think it’s worth it.
To attach the nose, turn the heart balloon inside out; then inflate the orange balloon while it’s inside the heart balloon and tie. Afterwards, inflate the heart balloon, but don’t pull the knot all the way through (you’ll be deflating it later on.) Figure out where you want to attach the nose to the heart, grab the knot from the nose, twist, and tie the nose to the heart with an uninflated balloon. Lastly, deflate the heart balloon, and turn it inside out again while pushing out the nose. This might be a little hard to understand – check out Patricia Bunnell’s dog design to see the photos for how she attaches the nose of the dog.
The one other thing I might do differently next time is use a larger round balloon for the bottom of the snowman to give it a slightly larger base. While trying to attach the bottom balloon, I actually popped the round balloon twice and had to put in less air when I tried again. A larger round balloon would be less likely to pop.
Do you want to build a snowman?
This balloon is for a super cool person, who also happens to be a football-playing princess. We will all miss you very much Mel! (At least you’re moving to a place not too far, and we’ll see you again soon!)
I’ve made a Princess Belle and Snow White before. The Princess Mel balloon is similar to Princess Belle, except for the head and hair. (You may want to view Unicaw89’s princess video.) For that I used two-three black 160s and a 5″ round (I bought a bag of blush 5″ round balloons for this very reason!) A raisin twist is used to help attach the hair. I watched JocelynBalloon’s excellent video to make the hair – it’s pretty cool how the hair is done.
To make this balloon, I used a large round balloon for the head, some brown 160s for the hair, an orange 350 and 260 for the body, an orange 350 for the legs, a blue 260 for the arms, and yellow 160 scraps for the hands.
I spent the most time trying to figure out the head/hair. I ended up using 4 raisins to help hold the hair. To try to make the round balloon less round and more flat at the top and bottom, there is an uninflated bottom pulling the top and the bottom of the balloon together. I used a raisin to attach the uninflated balloon to the top inside of the balloon.
A raisin twist is a method to attach a balloon to another balloon where there normally would be no place to attach a balloon. You do this by putting a raisin (a balloon knot) into the balloon, then grabbing the knot from the outside and twisting/tying a balloon around it. See this balloon forum for some pics.
To make this balloon, you’ll need some white balloons – part of a 160 (for the flower), part of a 350 (for the face), and two 260s (for the body), and either red of pink balloons depending on what color you want her to wear – part of a 160 (for the lower part of her hood), part of a 260 (for the part of the hood that goes around her head), and a 350 (for part of the the hood covering the ears and the back of the head). I also used a yellow scrap for the flower.
The video is in Spanish, but it is very easy to follow!
There are a number of birthdays coming up, so stay tuned for more balloons! (Happy Spring Birthdays!)