Dog Giraffe Poodle Sword Hummingbird Road Runner

Animal 1: Dog

Dog from Ashira Morris on Vimeo.

The dog is one of the most basic balloons animals you can make.


  1. Inflate the balloon fully, except for 4 or 5 inches. Tie a knot in the nozzle end.
  2. Twist off three equal bubbles and twist those together. These are the face and the ears.
  3. Twist off three more bubbles and twist-connect to form the front legs and neck.
  4. Twist off a long bubble and two regular bubbles, then twist-connect them to form the rear legs. The remaining balloon is the tail.
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Animal 2: Giraffe

Giraffe from Ashira Morris on Vimeo.

By modifying the same steps as the dog, make a giraffe.


  1. Inflate the balloon fully, except for 4 or 5 inches. Tie a knot in the nozzle end.
  2. Twist off three equal bubbles and twist those together. These are the face and the ears.
  3. Twist off three more bubbles and twist-connect to form the front legs and neck. Make this section longer than you did for the dog.
  4. Twist off a long bubble and two regular bubbles, then twist-connect them to form the rear legs. The remaining balloon is the tail.
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Animal 3: Poodle

Poodle from Ashira Morris on Vimeo.

Ready for a more complex dog? Try your hand at the poodle.


  1. Inflate the balloon about two thirds of the way. Tie a knot in the nozzle end.
  2. Twist off three equal bubbles. Instead of twisting them together, leave each section individually defined. You should have a triangle of bubbles.
  3. Push the remaining end bubble through the center of the triangle.
  4. Make four more bubbles, two larger and two smaller Repeat to make the back legs.
  5. Squeeze the remaining tail section of the balloon. Let out a small amount of air to create the tail puff
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Animal 4: Sword

Sword from Ashira Morris on Vimeo.

Be an instant pirate with this simple sword.


  1. Inflate the balloon nearly fully. Tie a knot in the nozzle end.
  2. Fold the bottom couple of inches up and twist off. This is the handle.
  3. Push the rest of the balloon through the loop.
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Animal 5: Hummingbird

Hummingbird from Ashira Morris on Vimeo.

This hummingbird is just a few simple twists.


  1. Inflate the balloon almost fully. Tie a knot in the nozzle end.
  2. Make a large loop with the whole balloon. Twist to lock it in place.
  3. Bend the middle of the loop down to meet the knot. You now have two circles.
  4. Twist a few times to secure. The circles are your wings.
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Animal 6: Road Runner

Road Runner from Ashira Morris on Vimeo.

Up for a real challenge? The Road Runner requires many balloons and a lot of focus.


  1. Inflate your blue balloon fully, except for 4 or 5 inches. Tie a knot in the nozzle end.
  2. Fold the balloon in half and twist, as you did to make the hummingbird wings.
  3. Stack the two halves on top of each other. Push through to create a four-piece football shape.
  4. Inflate the purple balloon. Fold and twist into three equal parts.
  5. Push them through to create a second, larger football shape.
  6. Twist to connect the blue and purple balloons.
  7. Inflate the orange balloon. Make two loops on each end.
  8. Inflate a second orange balloon.
  9. Create one small loop, one large loop, one small loop.
  10. Secure the balloon close to the end of the last loop. Cut the balloon to deflate the remaining section.
  11. Inflate the gray balloon, leaving about 6 inches at the end. Make a medium-size twist.
  12. Tie off the end and cut the remaining segment.
  13. Inflate the green balloon fully. Create a pair of small twists.
  14. A few inches down, create a pair of medium-sized twists.
  15. Assemble!
  16. If you want you can draw eyes with a Sharpie.
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