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Here's a balloon animal that will be quite popular with the kids. After all, who doesn't like a dinosaur? We're not going for any realism here but this balloon animal is something of a cross between a stegosaurus and a brontosaurus or apatosaurus (your pick).
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Depending on how you make it, you can use a single balloon. But use two balloons and you'll have more flexibility. To make a balloon dinosaur that more closely resembles a stegosaurus, you can shorten the head and add a second balloon to make a longer tail. And don't forget the "spike" at the end of the tail that you can make from a couple of pinch twists.
One 260 balloon in any color, but it looks great in green or blue.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Starting the Dinosaur Balloon
Inflate the balloon and leave at least a five-inch tip.
Starting at the nozzle end of the balloon, take about a foot of the balloon and bend it to form a “crook.” What you’re trying to do is make a suggestion of a head and neck for the dinosaur.
Once you have a bend in the neck, make a basic balloon twist.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Make the Front Legs
Twist two basic balloon twists, each about two inches. These will form the legs.
Bring the first, longer twist against the main body of the balloon in preparation for a lock twist.
The first balloon segment forms the neck and head of the dinosaur. The second and third twists form the dinosaur’s front legs. Twist the legs together while holding the neck and the main body of the balloon to create a lock twist.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Finish the Front Legs
Check out this image to see how the head, neck, and front legs should appear at this stage.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Make the Body
To make the body, make two basic balloon twists approximately three inches long (each of the two segments is three inches in length).
The next step is similar to making and finishing a three-balloon push through. You'll be making the same basic shape, but won't be pushing the third segment between the other two. Also, this is where you make the "spikes."
You can be creative with the "spikes." You can make them small and have more of them. Or make them large and have fewer of them on the dinosaur's back. Go with four or five "spikes" to start.
Simply make a series of small basic balloon twists to approximate "spikes."
Once you're done making spikes, take the remaining balloon and feed it between the other two segments to lock it in.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Finish the Dinosaur Balloon Animal
Make two basic balloon twists to match the length of the front legs. As you did with the dinosaur’s front legs, create a lock twist by twisting segments that form the legs and holding the rest of the balloon. The remaining balloon forms the tail.
If you like, you can use a marker to add a face to the dinosaur. This balloon doesn't necessarily need eyes. You can experiment and decide for yourself if you like the dinosaur better with eyes or without.
If you would like a long tail for your dinosaur, you can cut the remaining balloon (tail) away and tie it off. Get a second balloon, inflate it, and use this to form a tail. Again, if you are going for a Stegosaurus look, you'll want a tail with a "spike," which you can make from two small pinch twists and use a basic twist at the end. Cut away the remaining balloon.
If you like, you can use a tulip twist to make something of a mouth on the dinosaur’s head. If you like the look as is, the extra step is probably not worth the effort. However, a tulip twist makes for a distinct neck that lacks the look of a smooth transition from a head to a neck on the dinosaur.
Among the dinosaur balloon animals taught here, the brontosaurus or apatosaurus style dinosaur is the easiest and fastest version to make.
If you have lots of kids at a party and lots of balloons to make, you'll want to go with the brontosaurus balloon. Also, this balloon animal only requires a single balloon whereas most of the other dinosaur balloons require two balloons. It's the fastest to make and by saving the time of inflating a second balloon, you can construct more balloons for more kids.
If you're working balloons at an event, you always have to gauge the size of the crowd and how many balloon animals you will have to make, and balance your estimate with the complexity of the balloons that you can reasonably make in the set time. To be successful at an event, it's imperative that you try to make balloons for as many kids as you can while keeping up the quality. It's a balancing act that gets easier with experience.