Balloon Santa Claus

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I haven’t put up a balloon modelling post for a very long time, mainly because I haven’t done any balloon modelling. But it is Christmas and I had to try to make myself a Santa. It’s actually not too difficult; it just requires a lot of time and a bit of effort.

You will need six balloons: two red, two white, one pink and one black. You will also probably need scissors, and a marker pen.

The video I used was in three parts (around 25 minutes in total) so I’ve added links to them below. As you can see, my finished Santa is slightly different to that in the video. For a start, he is wearing blue boots, as it turns out I can’t tell the difference between blue and black. I have given him a smooth beard, instead of a bubbly one, as I prefer the look of it this way. Finally, he doesn’t have a sack because I don’t have any round balloons.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus Balloon Twisting Tutorial Part 1

Santa Claus Balloon Twisting Tutorial Part 2

Santa Clause Balloon Twisting Tutorial Part 3

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Balloon Duck

This four balloon design shown in the video below is one of my favourites, and although it’s not too complicated I wouldn’t recommend it being the first model you ever make. My initial try shown above is a little out of proportion (look at the size of that beak!). Also, my constant penguin-making means I never have any black balloons for anything else, so my ducks always tend to have blue or green eyes.

You will need white, yellow, orange and black balloons, and scissors if you also can’t pull balloons apart with your bare hands.

 

 

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Balloon Pig

I find this pig really cute, and although it requires quite a lot of twisting it’s simple once you get the hang of it.

I have a confession to make, though: I have yet to master the ear twist. I find it really difficult to get them to stay put; I know it will get easier with practise, but until then you’re going to see a load of freaky-looking ears on this blog.

The pig also uses a tulip twist for the snout; this is when you push the knot inside the balloon and twist to lock it in place. A little tip here for anyone with long fingernails like me (I know, I know, balloon modelling with long nails is just an accident waiting to happen): you won’t be able to use your finger for this like they do in the videos, as the balloon is likely to burst. I use a pen instead, normally the Sharpie permanent marker I use for eyes and stuff, as it’s quite thick and rounded at the bottom, but anything else of a similar shape will do.

All you need is a pink balloon and a permanent marker if you want to give him eyes. Feel free to look at the other videos this guy mentions, but I actually managed to make the pig without seeing them first.

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Balloon Parrot

A pretty simple balloon parrot, using a bird body, otherwise known as a roll-through. All you need is a balloon of any colour you fancy and a permanent marker.

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Balloon Frog

This is quite a simple one but I find it really cute (its head wobbles!). The eyes and mouth I’ve drawn on the one above are a bit rubbish, which I am ENTIRELY blaming on the CD/DVD marker I used instead of my usual Sharpie. Just needs one green balloon and a permanent marker.

 

 

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Balloon Penguin

For my first balloon modelling blog post I don’t really think I can feature anything else but a penguin. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love penguins? And who wouldn’t want a balloon penguin? This is the easiest design I’ve found, and my favourite thing about it is that it looks more difficult than it actually is. You need one black, one white and one orange balloon (I use Qualatex), and a permanent marker (I like Sharpies). Below is the video I used, but there are plenty of others around.

 

I can NEVER pull the orange balloon apart like that; I have to use scissors. And as you can see I tend not to add the bow tie at the end, but then I’m just a great big spoilsport.

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