Twist a Balloon Sword With Ease

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    Balloon Animal Sword

    Red balloon sword
    Wayne Kawamoto

    A balloon sword is a fun addition to balloon animals repertoire. It allows kids to do mock battle without harming any each other or the rest of the balloon animal menagerie. It's the perfect addition to playacting as a pirate or knight and it takes only a relabeling to become a balloon lightsaber for budding Jedi padawan.

    This is the basic sword balloon with a hilt and straight shaft. It is easy to learn and twist. The main skill is the ability to create a fold twist. Once you master it, you may want to go on to make an ultimate sword balloon with a twisted shaft. Plus, you can learn to make a balloon scabbard that will hold the sword at your waist when you are just wearing it for ceremony or you're not yet in a duel.

    Materials

    • One 260 Balloon: This is the most popular balloon for balloon animals. Be sure to get a high-quality balloon for the best results and endurance. If you have smaller hands or are making a sword for a smaller child, you might use the thinner 160 balloon. Likewise, you could choose the thicker 360 balloon for a beefier sword.
    • Optional: Balloon pumper

     

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    Inflate the Balloon

    Green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Inflate the balloon and tie it ​off, leaving a 1-inch uninflated tip at the end. You can use a balloon pumper or simply blow it up using your breath. It is important to leave the tip because you are going to be twisting the balloon. If you inflate it fully, it will be overinflated when twisted and may burst.

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    Begin the Handle With a Basic Twist

    Green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Make a basic twist about five-inches from the beginning of the balloon. After twisting it, you will need to keep hold of it so it doesn't untwist. You will be bending the second segment of the balloon at about the 3-inch mark to make a ​fold twist.

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    Continue the Handle With a Fold Twist

    Twisted green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Create a fold twist. After folding the ballon 3 inches from the first twist, twist the folded segment with the first twist.

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    Hand Guard

    Green balloon twisted
    Wayne Kawamoto

    You have just twisted one of the two hand guards for the sword. Now you have a short section of handle, one hand guard, and the long shaft.

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    Fold the Second Hand Guard

    Twisted green balloon
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Fold the balloon again 3 inches from the first fold. Twist a second fold twist the same size as the first one to create the second hand guard.

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    Finish the Sword Animal Balloon

    Kids playing with balloon swords
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    Straighten out the hand guards so they are at right angles to the shaft of the balloon sword.

    You've twisted a balloon sword. Now you will need to make more if you have more pirates, knights, Musketeers, or Jedis to supply. You'll find that kids love these balloon animal swords. Your young guests will be able to burn off some energy in faux duels.

    If you would like to view and learn an advanced technique for making this balloon sword, you can watch the instructional video.