Have you ever watched someone do balloon art and wished that you could do the same?
Well, it isn’t as difficult as it might seem. One animal that is easy to create is an elephant.
Before you get started, you need to know how to inflate and tie a balloon. Of course the inflating part basically comes down to two choices: using a pump or using your lungs. Pumping is easier, but it may not be as convenient.
Make sure you use thin balloons. These are more difficult to blow up, but they are the only balloons that work well for balloon art. Because they are so narrow, their volume is much less than a round balloon, and thus, thin balloons are much stronger.
Color is also important for some animals. However, you don’t have to stick with gray for an elephant. Experiment! You might want to do a pink elephant for little girls or a blue elephant for little boys.
After you have mastered the inflation of the balloon, it is time to tie a knot. One of the first things you need to realize is if you are really having trouble tying a knot, then you may need to release some air from the balloon.
To tie the balloon, you will need to pinch the end of the balloon where the knot will be formed. Make sure you leave enough of the balloon at the end so you can make the knot.
You will then need to wrap the balloon around your first two fingers (pointer finger and middle finger). You will then thread the slack back behind the start of the balloon and through these two fingers. Make sure you go from the back of the fingers to the front. Now, all you have to do is pull these two fingers out of the loop. Make sure you keep a good grip on the end of the balloon, and there is your knot.
- (1) To start your elephant, inflate the balloon leaving a 5 or 6-inch tail. Tie a knot at the end.
- (2) Next, you will need to make a bubble for the trunk that is approximately 3 inches by twisting the balloon until the bubble locks in place.
- (3) You will now form two bubbles for the ears. Make a 6-inch bubble and fold it in half and carefully twist it around on its ends until it locks. Make another 6-inch bubble using the same procedure. Now you have two ears.
- (4) You will then need to do a 2-inch bubble for the neck.
- (5) Now twist a 3-inch bubble for one of the front legs.
- (6) Once you have done these first steps, it is time to take these last two bubbles and fold them down alongside the remaining length of the balloon and attach them with a locking twist to the balloon. This completes the front legs.
- (7) Now you will need to form a 2-inch bubble for the body of the elephant.
- (8) Next, make a 3-inch bubble for one of the back legs.
- (9) Now, you will again fold these last two bubbles down alongside the remaining length of the balloon and lock them together with a twist.
- (10) You should leave a small bubble that will be the tail.
- (11) Carefully bend the trunk of the elephant in half and very gently, but firmly squeeze it with one hand. As you are doing this, gently pull on the knot, and this should release a small balloon at the knot.
- (12) To form a cure in the elephant’s trunk, you will need to rub the bend in the trunk gently
- You should now have a finished balloon! Enjoy!