Thursday, February 28, 2013

Balloon Elmo

Materials: two balloons, an air pump, scissors and a permanent marker.

Inflate a red balloon leaving a two inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist the first three inch bubble (Pic 2).

The next three bubbles you twist in the bird body twist/ fold. Twist the second six inch bubble (Pic 3).

Twist the third six inch bubble (Pic 4).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the second and the third) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 5). This step is marked with arrows between points B and D on the scheme.

Twist the fourth six inch bubble (Pic 6).

Lock the free end of the fourth bubble between the second and third bubbles (Pic 7). This step is marked with the arrows between point C and D on the scheme.

Twist the fifth three inch bubble (Pic 8).

Twist the sixth soft three inch bubble (Pic 9).

Lock both ends of the sixth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 10). This step is marked with arrows between points F and G on the scheme. This is the nose.

Lock the nozzle of the balloon around the sixth bubble (Pic 11 and 12). This step is marked with arrows between point A and F on the scheme. The rest of the balloon is the seventh bubble. It’s the neck.

Force the seventh bubble between bubbles of the head (Pic 13 through 16).

Use the second balloon to make the eyes. Inflate and tie off one soft three inch bubble (Pic 17).

Cut off the rest of the balloon. Split this bubble on two bubbles of the same size (Pic 18).

Lock the eye bubbles at the base of the nose (Pic 19 through 20).

Use the permanent marker to draw the eyes (Pic 21).

You may attach the head to any hat or a bodyIn this example I used body 4 (Pic 22). 

Twist the eighth bubble at the end of the neck bubble (Pic 23).

Lock the eighth bubble between the arms of the body (Pic 24). Congratulations, you have made Elmo.

Use blue balloons to make the Cookie monster (Pic 25 and 26). Have fun and happy twisting :)

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