How to Make Balloon Alligators

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    A Great Way to Start

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator
    Wayne Kawamoto

    As you may suspect, the balloon animal alligator is yet another variation on the balloon animal dog. So, we recommend that you first learn how to make the balloon animal dog before tackling the alligator. This relatively simple balloon animal is great for beginners and novices and kids. You'll find that this animal balloon even can have "teeth." To make it, you'll need a 260 balloon. Have extras on hand in case your first attempts pop!

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    Inflating the Balloon

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Inflating the Balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Inflate the balloon to about two inches from the end.

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    Getting a Head

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Begin the Head
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make one basic balloon twist about four inches long. This will form the nose of the balloon animal alligator.

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    The Eyes Have It

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Make Eyes
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make a one-inch basic balloon twist. This forms the first eye of the balloon animal alligator.

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    Two Eyes Are Better Than One

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Continue With Eyes
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make another one-inch basic balloon twist. This forms the second eye of the balloon animal alligator. Try to make sure that the second basic twist is approximately the same size as the first.

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    Finishing the Head

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Finish the Head
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make a lock twist to form the nose and eyes of the balloon animal alligator.

    Your balloon animal should now resemble the head of an alligator.

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    Adding the Neck

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - the Neck
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make one basic balloon twist about two inches long. This will form the neck of the balloon animal alligator.

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    A Leg to Stand on

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Leg One
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make one fold twist about three inches long. This will form the first front leg of the balloon animal alligator.

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    Adding That Second Leg

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Leg Two
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make a second fold twist about three inches long. This will form the second front leg of the balloon animal alligator.

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    Working on the Body

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - the Body
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make one basic balloon twist about three inches long. This will form the body of the balloon animal alligator.

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    Don't Forget the Back!

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Leg Three
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make one fold twist about three inches long. This will form the first back leg of the balloon animal alligator.

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    Final Touches

    Instructions for an Animal Balloon Alligator - Finish the Alligator Balloon Animal
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make a second fold twist about three inches long. This will form the second back leg of the balloon animal alligator.

    The remaining balloon becomes the tail for the balloon animal alligator.

    You have successfully created a balloon animal alligator. If you like, you can draw in eyes and teeth with a marker to add a few visual details to your balloon animal alligator.

    One thought on markers. We prefer to use erasable markers as opposed to Sharpie and other markers. Early on, we were told by an...MORE experienced balloon twister that there's less balloon popping when one uses an erasable (whiteboard) marker. Since then, we have used Sharpies to draw on a balloon and haven't experienced any significant popping. But we still mostly use erasable (whiteboard) markers when drawing on balloons.

    Because of the detail involved with the mouth, this one probably should have "eyes" and "teeth" drawn in. Keep in mind that when working for an event or party, the time it takes to draw the details will take time. If you have lots of people waiting and little time, you may want to make faster balloon animals that don't require the extra step of drawing eyes and teeth.