How to Make a Dog Balloon Animal

Yellow balloon dog

The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

Overview
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner

The dog balloon is a fundamental sculpture in the art of balloon animals. In fact, many balloon animals, including deer and giraffes, are variations of the dog balloon. Plus, dog balloon animals are huge crowd-pleasers. Both kids and adults alike enjoy them at birthday parties and other events. And they're fairly quick and easy to make once you learn the basic steps, meaning they're efficient to pass out to guests at large gatherings. To create a dog balloon animal, you'll need to know how to make basic balloon twists and lock twists.

What You'll Need

Materials

  • 1 260Q-size balloon

Instructions

  1. Inflate the Balloon

    First, inflate the balloon, leaving about 2 inches not inflated at the end. Tie off the open end.

    Person holding green balloon
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  2. Make 3 Starting Twists

    Twist three basic balloon twists at the end you tied off. The first should be about 2 inches long. And the second and third twists should be slightly smaller at about 1 inch apiece.

    Person demonstrating how to twist a balloon.
    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto
  3. Form the Dog Snout and Ears

    The first balloon twist (marked A in the photo below) will form the snout of the dog. The second and third twists (marked B and C) will form the dog's ears.

    Bring twist A against the main body of the balloon in preparation for a lock twist. Then, twist B and C together while holding A and the main body of the balloon to create a lock twist.

    Diagram of twists
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  4. Note the Dog's Head

    Your balloon sculpture should now resemble the head of a dog.

    Person holding green balloon with dog head.
    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto
  5. Form the Neck and Front Legs

    Twist three basic balloon twists below the head, each about 3 inches long. The first segment (marked A in the photo below) will form the dog's neck. The second and third segments (marked B and C) will form the dog's front legs.

    Next, as you did with the dog's head, create a lock twist by twisting B and C together while holding A against the body of the balloon.

    Twisted green balloon diagram.
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  6. Note the Front of the Dog

    Your twisted balloon sculpture should now resemble the front of a dog with its head and front legs.

    Person holding twisted green balloon
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  7. Form the Body and Back Legs

    Twist three basic balloon twists below the front legs, each about 3 inches long. The first segment (marked A in the photo below) will form the dog's body. The second and third twists (marked B and C) will form the dog's back legs. The final balloon segment (D) will form the dog's tail.

    As you did with the dog's front legs, create a lock twist by twisting segments B and C together while holding segment A against segment D. Now, your dog should have back legs and a tail, completing your dog balloon animal.

    Green balloon twisting diagram
    The Spruce / Wayne Kawamoto

Tips for Making Dog Balloon Animals

Once you have the basic dog balloon animal down, you can try out some simple variations on the shape.

  • Make the body segment extra long and the leg segments short to create a dachshund.
  • Use a yellow balloon and create an extra-long neck segment to form a giraffe.
  • Twist a relatively short neck and long legs, and you can call the balloon animal a horse.
hand holding balloon dog against the sky with sun shining
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