Sunday, March 3, 2013

Woven balloon flower

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Materials: three balloons; an air pump and scissors.


We are going to make a six petals flower using two three petals flowers. First we have to make 
two three petals flowers of the same size. Inflate a balloon leaving one—inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist the first twelve—inch bubble (Pic 2).

Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock twist (Pic 3). This step is marked with arrows between points A and B on the scheme.

Twist the second twelve—inch bubble (Pic 4).

Lock both ends of the second bubble in one lock twist (Pic 5). This step is marked with arrows between points B and C on the scheme. The rest of the balloon is the third bubble. Make sure it is a twelve—inch bubble. If it is bigger then twist the third twelve—inch bubble. Cut off the rest of the balloon (marked as a 4 bubble on the scheme) and tie off the end.

Lock both ends of the third bubble in one lock twist (Pic 6). This step is marked with arrows between points C and D on the scheme. You have made one three petals flower.

Make the second three petals flower. You can do it in a different way. Make a three fold hat as described in instructions “Hat 1” and etc. (Pic 7 and 8).


Lock both ends of any bubble of the hat in one lock twist. At the same time you lock ends of all bubbles in one lock twist. You have made the 2nd three petals flower (Pic 9).

Lock ends of bubbles of both balloons in one lock twist. Arrange bubbles of the blue balloon between bubbles of the yellow balloon (Pic 10 through 12). You have made the six petals flower.



Let’s make a stemInflate a green balloon leaving one—inch flat tail (Pic 13).

Twist the first soft one—inch bubble (Pic 14).

Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock twist (Pic 15).

Attach the stem to the flower. Lock the first green bubble between bubbles of the flower (Pic 16 and 17).


Force one end of the first yellow bubble in the loop of the first blue bubble. The yellow bubble goes from the top inside of the loop of the blue bubble. At the same time force the end of the blue bubble from the bottom inside of the loop of the yellow bubble (Pic 18). Wave next bubbles following counterclockwise direction.

Force the left end of the first bubble of the blue balloon in the loop of the second yellow bubble. The first blue bubble goes from the top inside of the loop of the second yellow bubble. At the same time force the end of the second yellow bubble from the bottom inside of the loop of the first blue bubble (Pic 19). The right end of the second yellow bubble appears on the top of the left end of the first yellow bubble.

Force the left end of the second yellow bubble in the loop of the second blue bubble. The second yellow bubble goes from the top inside of the loop of the second blue bubble. At the same time force the end of the second blue bubble from the bottom inside of the loop of the second yellow bubble (Pic 20). The right end of the second blue bubble appears on the top of the left end of the first blue bubble.

Force the left end of the second blue bubble inside of the loop of the third yellow bubble. The blue bubble goes from the top inside of the loop of the third yellow bubble (Pic 21).

At the same time force the right end of the third yellow bubble from the bottom inside of the loop of the second blue bubble (Pic 22). The right end of the third yellow bubble appears on the top of the left end of the second yellow bubble.

Force the left end of the third yellow bubble from the top inside of the loop of the third blue bubble (Pic 23). At the same time force the right end of the third blue bubble from the bottom inside of the loop of the third yellow bubble. The right end of the third blue bubble appears on the top of the left end of the second blue bubble.

Force the left end of the third blue bubble from the top inside of the first yellow bubble. At the same time force the left end of the first yellow bubble from the bottom inside of the loop of the third blue bubble (Pic 24). The right end of the first yellow bubble appears on the top of the left end of the third yellow bubble.

Fix all bubbles in proper positions (Pic 25 and 26).


Twist the second green six—inch bubble (Pic 27).

The next two bubbles you twist to make leaves. Twist the third green seven—inch bubble (Pic 28).

Lock both ends of the third green bubble in one lock twist (Pic 29).

Twist the fourth green seven—inch bubble (Pic 30).

Lock both ends of the fourth green bubble in one lock twist (Pic 31).

You have made the stem (Pic 32).

You can shape the blossom flat or as a cup. Simply adjust the depth by pushing the bubbles deeper inside of the loops (Pic 33 and 34). Congratulations, you have made the flower.


There is an example of the flower made of one color balloons (Pic 35 through 38). Have fun and happy twisting :)



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