Supplies: balloons, an air pump, scissors and plastic drinking straw.
We can make a three petaled flower working in the same way as described in previously published instruction one balloon flower ring or bracelet. Below you will find a quick review (Pic 1 - 11) on this flower. As you may remember, we can work bubbles starting from the nozzle end of the balloon (Pic 1).
Or we can work bubbles starting from the opposite (round) end of the balloon (Pic 2).
The flat part of the balloon represents the stem. And the last bubble forced to the end of the balloon represents a vase or a pot (Pic 11).
The are two problems with this flower. First of all, the stem is not firm enough to hold the flower. Secondly, the pot or the vase does not hold the flower in the vertical position (Pic 12 - 13).
It poses quite a challenge!
Let's solve one problem at a time. We can make the stem firm enough to hold the flower with the help of a plastic drinking straw (Pic 15).
Pull the plastic drinking straw inside of a flat balloon all the way to the opposite end of the balloon (Pic 16 - 17).
Inflate the balloon as you normally do to make the flower (Pic 18). And look! The flat part of the balloon with the plastic drinking straw in it already holds the inflated part!
In the following example I work the bubbles starting from the nozzle end of the balloon. It is crucial for this sculpture to make all bubbles no more than about 3 cm size! Making larger size bubbles may cause an imbalance of the sculpture. Twist the first very soft up to 3 cm bubble (Pic 19 - 20).
Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock. We have made the center bubble of the flower (Pic 21).
Twist the next bubble (Pic 22).
Lock both ends of the last bubble in one lock twist (Pic 23). We have made one petal.
Twist the next bubble (Pic 24).
Lock both ends of the last bubble in one lock twist (Pic 25). We have made the second petal.
Twist the next bubble (Pic 26).
Lock both ends of the last bubble in one lock twist. We have made the third petal. Fix all bubbles in proper positions (Pic 27).
The rest of the balloon is the last bubble (Pic 28).
Pump the last bubble to the other (round) end of the balloon (Pic 29). The last bubble will represent the pot or the vase.
Force the plastic straw all the way to the round end of the balloon (Pic 30).
Congratulations! We have made one balloon flower in the vase / pot (Pic 31). The stem is holding the flower!
Now we have to solve the second problem: make the sculpture stand on its own. This can be done with the help of two coins. I use two twenty-five cents coins (Pic 32).
Stock the coins together - one on top of the other (Pic 33).
Force the coins inside of the last bubble pushing them in the round end of the balloon (Pic 34).
Fix the coins inside of the balloon (Pic 35 - 36). Congratulations again! If you put the sculpture on the flat surface it should stand on its own. We have made one balloon flower in the pot or vase! Note: I have tried to make heavier load (more than two coins) for sculptures with bigger blossoms - it does not work well. Apparently the physics behind is very simple - the stem works as long lever. The flower blossom with bubbles more than 3 cm size are too heavy for the...vase. Well, perhaps there are some solutions that may help to solve this problem. Please let me know if you come up with an idea.
We can make the better sculpture out of two different color balloons. In the following example I have made three blue petals (Pic 37).
Inflate yellow balloon making about 8 - 10 cm long bubble (Pic 38). This time I did not put the plastic straw inside of the flat balloon, not yet!
Make about 2 - 3 cm bubble at the round end of the yellow balloon (Pic 39 - 40). It is the center bubble of the flower.
Lock the small yellow center bubble between blue petals (Pic 41 - 42). We have made two colors flower.
Deflate the rest part of the yellow balloon by cutting of the nozzle end of the balloon (Pic 43).
Now, let's put the plastic straw inside of the yellow balloon (Pic 44 - 46). Note: it's easier to fit plastic straw in the deflated balloon than in the new flat balloon, and you can even use bigger diameter plastic straw.
Inflate about 8 cm yellow bubble (Pic 47 - 48).
Use scissors to trim off the knot (Pic 49).
Force the plastic straw inside of the yellow balloon away from the blossom down to the bottom of the vase (Pic 50 - 51). Now the stem is holding the flower.
Take two coins (Pic 52).
Force the coins in the bottom of the vase (Pic 53 - 55).
Congratulations again! We have made the two colors flower in the vase (Pic 56).
Flowers always looks great in bouquet (Pic 57 - 60). However, this balloon flower is unique as it can stand alone in a vase. It takes only one or two balloons and about a couple minutes of time to make it - the flower and the vase! Normally, it would take much more time and many balloons to make a flower in a vase. And if you have to decorate many tables with flowers in vases it would be very costly time consuming labor. However, this simple and beautiful balloon flower in a vase served one per a table in a banquette room can do the decoration trick! Have fun and happy twisting :)