Creating animal balloons is a fun way to entertain children and adults at parties. Make a balloon dragon using several balloon twisting or modeling techniques and two long balloons. Learning how to make balloon animals takes time and practice, so don't be discouraged if you don't get it right the first time you try it. It may take you a while to learn the techniques, but once you do, you will be creating balloon dragons in no time to hand out at birthday parties and festivals.
Items you will need
- 2 green, long balloons
Inflate the two balloons and tie them off at the nozzle ends of the balloons.
Hold onto the nozzle end of the first balloon. Push the knotted nozzle end into the balloon with your index finger, as far as it can go, and hold it there. Pinch the balloon down at this point on the outside of the balloon with your left thumb and index finger and grab onto the knotted nozzle end. Bend your right index finger into the balloon. Peel or push the balloon off the top of your right index finger from the outside of the curve or the top of your bent index finger to create a hook shape with the balloon. Remove your right index finger. Twist the balloon at the point where your left thumb and index finger are grasping the balloon.
Hold onto the top of the twisted, hook-shaped end and twist it in a clockwise direction to make a little section, called a bubble, in the balloon. Hold onto the two sides of the bubble and twist it into two tiny bubbles that are a 1/2 inch or smaller in size to make the nostrils of the dragon.
Hold onto the other end of the hook shape, 1 inch down from the nostrils of the dragon twist point, and twist the balloon in a clockwise direction to make a pinch twist. Hold onto both sides of the bubble and twist it in a clockwise direction to make two bubbles that are 1/2 inch in diameter to make the eyes of the dragon.
Hold onto the balloon 1 inch down from the eyes (on the main part of the balloon, not the hooked-shape head) and twist the balloon into a 1-inch bubble.
Hold onto the balloon 6 inches down from the last twist. Twist the balloon in a clockwise direction to make a bubble. Twist a bubble 4 inches down from the 6-inch bubble. Twist a bubble 1 1/2 inches down from the 4-inch bubble and pinch twist it by twisting its two ends together to make a mounded bubble shape. Twist a bubble 4 inches down from the pinch twist point. Twist a 1 1/2-inch bubble and then pinch twist its ends together. Twist a 7-inch bubble. Twist the bottom twisted end of the 7-inch bubble onto the twist at the base of the neck or the bottom twist of the 6-inch bubble to make the first wing. The remaining 4-inch length is the front leg of the dragon
Pick up the second inflated balloon. Twist a bubble 4 inches down from the nozzle end of the balloon. Twist a 1 1/2-inch bubble and pinch twist its ends together. Twist a bubble 4 inches down from the last twist point. Twist a 1 1/2-inch bubble and pinch twist its ends together. Twist a 7-inch bubble. Twist the bottom twist point of the 7-inch bubble and the first twist point onto the base of the neck of the dragon to make another wing and leg.
Twist a 4-inch bubble with the second balloon to make the body of the dragon. Twist two 4-inch bubbles, fold them together and twist their ends together in a clockwise direction to make the back legs of the dragon and the tail of the dragon.