There’s always an inordinate amount of pressure to have fun on Halloween. Questions like, “What am I going to be? Which party will I go to? Will I have plans?” become commonplace mantras.
Luckily, one question you don’t have to ask is, “How will I decorate?” Balloons can make any activity 87 per cent more fun. This week, I teach you how to create three easy Halloween-inspired balloon animals to decorate your place and add life to any space.
These inflatable friends can make a night of sitting on the couch watching ParaNorman the envy of the people that didn’t invite you to their party.
1) Blow your balloon up so that a hand’s length is not inflated. This will give the air somewhere to go while you’re twisting, and prevent the balloon from popping.
2) Tie the nozzle about one inch from the top of the balloon.
3) Create five one-inch bubbles in a row. They should look like a string of pearls. From there, twist the beginning and the end of the string together, forming a ring of one-inch beads.
4) This is where it gets tricky. You need to perform a move called “the pinch twist” on the second and fourth bubble in the ring. To perform a pinch twist, slightly pull the bubble up away from the rest of the balloon. While pinching up, twist the bubble. It should look like kidney beans, or cat ears, if you did it correctly.
5) Twist another one-inch bubble directly below the head for the neck. For the legs, twist a hand-sized loop that ties into the bottom of the neck and repeat a hand’s width away from the first loop.
6) Draw some eyes, a mouth, whiskers, and a nose. Now you have your own shed-less cat!
1) Fill your balloon up almost all the way, leaving a two-inch uninflated tail.
2) Tie the nozzle into the balloon body about one finger-length away from the top.
3) Make another finger-length loop that twists into the base of the first loop. This is your snake’s mouth.
4) Blow up a small, white, round balloon to the size of your palm. Proceed to twist this round in half to get two kidney shaped balls. These will be your eyes.
5) Shove the middle of the eyes into the twist at the base of the mouth. Secure them on the snake by twisting them around.
6) Wrap the end of an uninflated balloon at the base of the mouth and around the eyes. Position it coming out of its mouth for the tongue.
7) To get the curvy body, fold the long body part into a zig zag. Lightly press for 10 seconds and release.
8) Draw spiral pupils and nostrils on the face and you have a snake that won’t eat you while you sleep!
1) Blow up a white balloon, leaving two finger-widths at the end uninflated.
2) On both sides, tie the nozzle/uninflated nub about one inch from the top of the balloon.
3) Find the middle of the balloon and twist to form two large balloon segments.
4) Swirl the two sections together. When both sides have at least five inches free from the swirl, twist them together to secure.
5) Blow up a small white round balloon and secure it between the arms by twisting the nozzle around the top of the swirl.
6) Draw a surprised face and you have yourself a cute ghost that won’t haunt your nightmares.
Photo by Ariana Longley