When you have an extended family as large as I do, it’s pretty easy to find someone who knows how to do something that you need help with. For example – balloon animals!
Learning to make balloon animals is number 16 on my 25 things to do before I turn 25 challenge, and a couple of weekends ago I decided it was time to tackle it.
First up was the classic balloon dog, and just getting used to the man-handling of the balloons…and them frequently popping in your face. It took some time. A whole weekend in fact, and a whole packet of balloons. But I got there!
I then turned to YouTube and found some brilliant tutorials on various other animals and all of the different types of balloon twists you can do. Some of them are slightly mind-boggling to begin with, but as they say – practice, practice, practice.
The elements that took the most practice were the teddy bear ears (a pinch twist), which seems so unnatural when you’re doing it and pops a lot to begin with. The pig’s snout (a tulip twist) was confusing to follow at first and took several tries to get anything resembling what the tutorials showed. Once you’ve got these sussed then everything pretty much moves on from there – for example, knowing the tulip twist allows you to then do a marriage twist which joins two balloons together like on the teddy bear’s nose.
After putting in many hours to get these basics, this is not something I’ll be giving up on any time soon.