How to Make a Car Balloon - Version 2

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    How to Make a Car Balloon - Introduction

    Here’s a car balloon, one of several sculptures featured in our collection of transportation-themed balloons.

    Video Instructions
    If it helps, you can watch the process of making the car and then follow the instructions here. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more balloon animals.

    This is a mostly two-dimensional car which is faster to make. In other lessons, I teach you how to make three-dimensional cars: a simple car and a race car. With these step-by-step instructions, you’ll not only learn how to make the car, but how to add “eyes” to lend some character.

    I have to admit that this balloon looks as much like a roller skate as it does a car. But it suggests an automobile. There are worse balloon sculptures that are clever, but barely resemble the objects that they are supposed to look like.

    Overall, balloon cars are a bit of a pain to make at parties because they are rather labor intensive. It’s the tire assemblies. This one, however, is the fastest and easiest to make among the balloon cars that we teach how to make on this site.

    Skills Needed:
    To make this car balloon, you’ll need the following balloon skills:
    basic twist
    pinch twist
    fold twist
    know how to make a dog balloon animal

    Materials:
    Three 260 balloons (one for the car’s “body” and two for the “tires.” For demonstration purposes in the video and instructions, we’ve chosen to use blue because it photographs better.)

    One white 260 balloon (optional) for “eyes”

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    Start the Tires

    We’ll start with the tires. Inflate the two balloons for the tires and leave at least four-inches of uninflated tips on each.

    Make a pinch twist followed by a fold twist that is about two-inches in height.

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    Finish a Wheel

    Insert the pinch twist into the center of the fold twist to form a “wheel.” If this instruction is not clear, you can watch the process in the video.

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    Create a Wheel Assembly

    Make a pinch twist to stabilize the “wheel” and keep in a 90-degree orientation to the axle.

    You’ve made the first wheel of the car balloon.

    Make a small basic twist. If you can, try to minimize the air in this segment by squeezing the basic twist as you finish it. This way, it will be easier to manipulate later when you attach this to the balloon car “body.” You’re constructing a “soft” balloon segment.

    Repeat the process of the pinch twist and the fold twist and making the second wheel.

    Make one more pinch twist to stabilize the wheel.

    Cut off the remaining portion of this balloon and tie it off.

    Repeat the entire process with the second balloon to make an additional wheel assembly, which equates to two more tires.

    You’ll have two “tire” assemblies with wheels and an axle that look like the one in the picture. One will form the front tires of the car and the other the back tires.  

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    Continue the Axle

    Make a small basic twist. If you can, try to minimize the air in this segment by squeezing the basic twist as you finish it. This way, it will be easier to manipulate later when you attach this to the balloon car “body.” You’re constructing a “soft” balloon segment.

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    Finish a Wheel Assembly

    Repeat the process of the pinch twist and the fold twist and making the second wheel.

    Make one more pinch twist to stabilize the wheel.

    Cut off the remaining portion of this balloon and tie it off.

    Repeat the entire process with the second balloon to make an additional wheel assembly, which equates to two more tires.

    You’ll have two “tire” assemblies with wheels and an axle that look like the one in the picture. One will form the front tires of the car and the other the back tires.  

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    Make the Car Body

    Take your second balloon and make a pinch twist, followed by a basic twist about six-inches in length.

    Make a pinch twist.

    Arch the remaining balloon back up and over to the first pinch twist. Make this segment as long as you wish to create the proportions of the car. Twist the end of this basic twist into the first pinch twist.

    Cut off the remaining portion of this balloon and tie it off.

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    Prepare the Wheels

    Take your first tire assembly and make a twist in the middle of the basic twist between the tires. Insert this twist into one of the pinch twists at either end of the “car.”

    Take your second tire assembly and do the same thing, attaching it to the other end of the car.

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    Finish the Car

    With tires on your car, you’ve made a balloon car. You’re almost done.

    Bend the top arch to your liking so it resembles a two-dimensional car with hood and passenger space.

    Video Instructions

    If it helps, you can watch the process of making the car and then follow the instructions here. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more balloon animals.

    For more balloons that resemble cars, planes and other forms of transportation, check out our collection of transportation-themed balloons.

    Go to the next page to learn to make and add eyes.

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    Add Eyes (Optional)

    Here’s how you make the “eyes.”

    Inflate a white 260 balloon. Instead of leaving an uninflated tip, you’re only partially inflating the balloon, probably between two and three-inches.

    Make two small pinch twists. Cut off the remaining balloon.

    Twist the “eyes” at a point in the body where the windshield would reside.

    Using a marker, you can add “pupils” to the eyes.