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How to Make a Balloon Crown - Version 2, Intro
Here's a wonderful crown that's made from balloons that will make just about anyone, particularly a boy or girl, to feel like a king or queen. You can make these for kids as well as adults and it's fun way to honor someone special, for example, on a birthday or anniversary.
Helpful Instructional Video
To assist you with this balloon sculpture, you can watch a video that first shows you the entire process. You can watch the video here. To learn more balloons, please subscribe to my... YouTube channel.
This balloon sculpture, actually it's a hat, is not difficult to make. In fact, it’s fairly straight forward. The difficulty, and this goes for all balloon hats, is making sure that it adequately fits on the recipient's head. I'll explain how to do this in the latter steps. You'll undoubtedly learn your own tricks for successfully fitting the hat to a recipient and this will be the result of trial and error. With experience, one can become quite good at this.
Note that I’m assuming that you already can execute the basic balloon fundamentals listed below. As a result, my instructions are rather streamlined.
Three 260 balloons (learn about the best balloons to use). Pinks and purples look great for the young ladies who are into princesses but you can use any color of your choosing. One balloon is used to create the basic “hat” that fits on the head and the second makes up the points of the “crown.” The third balloon makes up the "pearls" that offer a crowning achievement. I like to make the "pearls" in either grey, white or clear, but you may use any colors that you wish.
If you've got your balloons, you can start making your crown by going to the next step.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Starting the Crown with the Base
Inflate the balloon leaving about six inches of uninflated balloon at its end (learn about balloon pumps).
Make the First Segment
Starting at the knotted end of the balloon, make a small pinch twist followed by a basic twist about two inches long.
Make the Second and Third Segments
In a sense, you’re repeating the process twice. For the second segment, make another small pinch twist followed by a basic twist. For emphasis, and this is a personal preference, you can make the second segment slightly... longer than the first if you wish. I think that it looks better.
Yet again, for the third segment, make another small pinch twist followed by a basic twist. For symmetry, try to make this segment match the first one.
In the image, I made the lengths of the three segments identical.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Making the Points
Inflate the second balloon leaving about six inches of uninflated balloon at its end.
Make the First Point
Make a basic balloon twist about three inches in length, followed by a pinch twist and then a basic balloon twist that matches the first.
Make the Second Point
Make a basic balloon twist about five inches in length, followed by a pinch twist and then a basic balloon twist that matches the first. You can make this segment the same as the first and the third, but I think it looks best a bit... larger, as you can see in the picture. By making the second point larger, it gives the balloon sculpture/hat more of a "crown" look and feel.
Make the Third Point
Make a basic balloon twist about three inches in length, followed by a pinch twist and then a basic balloon twist that matches the first. Make sure that this “point” matches the first one to create symmetry. Cut off and discard the remaining balloon.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Finish the Basic Crown
Wrap the “hat” portion of the crown around the head of the recipient until it fits. Maintain that point of the with your finger and remove the “hat” from the recipients head. Make a basic balloon twist at that point.
The crown should fit adequately on the head of the recipient but it’s a good idea at this point to place the crown on the head to double-check that you measured correctly and that the balloon fits. If the balloon crown doesn’t fit, simply untwist the last segment, measure again and... then retwist the segment and check again.
When you’re confident that the balloon crown fits, cut off and discard the remaining balloon.
You've created a basic balloon crown. But we're not done yet. Proceed to the next step to add some enhancement or "bling" to your crown.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Add Bling to the Crown
Take the third balloon, inflate it leaving about six inches at the end and attach the nozzle to the "tip" of the first point. Make four or five small basic twists and in the final balloon twist, attach it to the "tip" of the second point. Make four or five small basic twists (whatever number you made in the first segment) and then attach the final balloon twist to the "tip" of the third point. Cut off and discard the remaining balloon.
You’ve created a crown out of... balloons.
Be warned, once you make one of these at a party, be prepared to be inundated by excited kids. The time to make this one is at least three times that of making a dog or sword balloon (not to mention you're inflating and working with three balloons and not just one). If there are lots of kids at your event, be careful about starting to make this one.
If you're just learning balloons to make them for a party, be sure to check out our step-by-step instructions on Five Balloon Animals You Need to Know for Parties.