How to Make a Dog Balloon Animal

Creating a Dog Balloon

Yellow balloon dog
Wayne Kawamoto

The dog balloon is a fundamental sculpture in the art of balloon twisting and the making of balloon animals. Many animals balloons such as the deer and giraffe balloon animal are variations on the dog balloon. And you will find that the basics that you master when twisting a dog balloon, will apply to more difficult balloon sculptures.

To get started, you will need 260q-sized balloons. These balloons are 2 inches in diameter and about 60 inches long when fully inflated. These are the most popular size for making balloon characters, decorations, and hats.

Inflate

Person holding green balloon
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Inflate the balloon to about two inches from the end.

Make Three Starting Twists

Person demonstrating how to twist a balloon.
Wayne Kawamoto

Twist three basic balloon twists. The first will be about two inches long. The second and third twists will be smaller, about 1 inch each.

Form the Dog Snout and Ears

Diagram of twists
Wayne Kawamoto

The first balloon (A), forms the snout of the dog. The second and third twists (B and C), will form the dog's ears.

Bring the first, longer twist against the main body of the balloon in preparation for a lock twist. You will be twisting B and C together while holding A and the main body of the balloon to create a lock twist.

Finish the Head

Person holding green balloon with dog head.
Wayne Kawamoto

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

Form the Neck and Front Legs

Twisted green balloon diagram.
Wayne Kawamoto

Twist three basic balloon twists, each about three-inches. The first segment (A) will form the dog's neck. The second and third twists (B and C) will form the dog's front legs. As you did with the dog's head, create a lock twist by twisting B and C and holding the rest.

Front of Dog Complete

Person holding twisted green balloon
Wayne Kawamoto

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

Form the Body and Back Legs

Green balloon twisting diagram.
Wayne Kawamoto

Twist three basic balloon twists, each about three-inches. The first (A) will form the dog's body. The second and third twists (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 and holding the rest.

Completed Dog Balloon and Variations

Cropped Hand Holding Dog Shaped Balloon Against Blue Sky
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Kids enjoy the dog animal balloon and if you are trying to keep things simple—like if you are at an event where you have to make lots of balloon animals for lots of kids you can simply make dogs for everyone there.

Keep in mind that there are simple variations on the dog that you can make:

  • Make the body extra-long and the legs short, and you'll create a Dachshund or wiener dog.
  • Make the sculpture out of a yellow balloon and create an extra-long neck, and you will have a giraffe.
  • Make the dog with a relatively short neck and long legs, and you can call it a horse.

There is no shame in just making dog balloons. There are lots of clowns and balloon artists who appear at kids' birthday parties and make nothing but swords and dogs. Kids will undoubtedly ask for more elaborate balloon animals that they have seen at other locales, but if time is of the essence just make dogs and swords.