Have you run out of activity ideas for the kids on weekends or school holidays‭? ‬Would you rather your kids‭ ‬spend less time watching Frozen and more time learning a new skill‭? ‬Well I have a great low cost idea that the family can do together.‭ ‬Balloon animals or balloon twisting,‭ ‬whatever you call it,‭ ‬is‭ ‬a great way for the family to spend time together.


I’ve been making‭ ‬balloon animals for friends and family for years now.‭ ‬It started one afternoon when I was on uni break because,‭ ‬simply,‭ ‬I was bored.‭ ‬I went down to the party supply store and bought a pack.‭ ‬When I got home I got on YouTube and typed in how to make‭ ‬balloon animals.‭ ‬As a kid I always found balloon twisting fascinating‭ ‬and now,‭ ‬as an‭ “‬adult‭”‬,‭ ‬I was all too keen to learn a new skill.‭

A bag of balloons will range from‭ ‬$20‭ ‬-‭ ‬$25‭ ‬and come in packs of‭ ‬100.‭ ‬You will want to look out for the balloon size‭ ‬260‭ ‬and Qualatex‭ ‬will probably be the most common brand that you come across.‭


Forget learning from a book,‭ ‬it can be hard to follow and you will probably spend more time second guessing what you are supposed to be doing.‭ ‬I recommend going on YouTube,‭ ‬there are plenty of video tutorials that are easy to follow.‭

One of these YouTube channels is‭ “‬Balloon‭ ‬-‭ ‬Animals‭” ‬run by Michael Floyd.‭ ‬He is fast approaching‭ ‬100‭ ‬balloon animal lessons ranging from simple,‭ ‬one balloon designs,‭ ‬to some really intricate designs that look hard but‭ ‬after a bit of practice become much easier.‭ click here.

With the help of my adorable cousin,‭ ‬I have selected‭ ‬six‭ ‬balloon animal designs that are fairly simple‭ (‬three using‭ ‬one balloon each and three using‭ ‬two balloons each‭)


Balloon Animal How To

One balloon‭;

Dog‭; ‬Probably the most simple design out there but it is the best place to start.‭ ‬The dog is one of those basic designs that everyone starts with but as you further your search you will find more complex designs.

Monkey‭; ‬In my opinion,‭ ‬this is the best one balloon design going around.‭ ‬It is fairly simple but it does have some complex moves called‭ “‬a pinch twist‭” ‬that‭ ‬is a slightly more advanced move.‭

Pirate sword‭; ‬A sword is always a crowd pleaser.‭ ‬I was once making balloons for kids and the Pirate sword was by far the most popular.‭ ‬The generic sword can be pretty simple and quick to make,‭ ‬but I choose the pirate sword because it has more detail and it is a bit more fun to make.‭

Two balloons‭;

Flower‭; ‬Probably the second most popular design I have made.‭ ‬This design can be made as a tulip or a rose but the flower I think is the best.

Flower bracelet‭; ‬Not quite my favourite two balloon design,‭ ‬but it is fun to make.‭ ‬The great thing about this design is that it can be tied to the wrist,‭ ‬particularly good for kids that want a‭ ‬balloon animal but have a hard time holding on to them.

Butterfly‭; ‬The butterfly is a fun design that can also be a bit challenging.‭ ‬By using two different colours you can make it a really colourful design.‭

Like riding a bike you won’t forget how to make a‭ ‬balloon animal.‭ ‬They can be challenging but that is where the fun begins.‭ ‬Making balloon animals is a fun way to spend the day with your kids and who knows you might even like doing it yourself.

What is you favourite Balloon animal design you’ve seen‭? What would you like to make yourself‭? Have you ever wanted to learn how to make balloons?