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Making the Flower Balloon Hat
Here’s a winner that combines the classic balloon flower into a colorful flower balloon hat. You’ll find this one quite popular with just about everyone.
If you’re already an accomplished balloon animal twister, you’ll be able to make this one immediately but I do offer some insights into making the balloon sculpture within this lesson.
This lesson consists of two parts. First, we make the hat and then the flower petals, and then we put them together.
Two 260 Balloons. You can use any... color balloon for the petals and will probably want to use a green balloon for the hat, but feel free to use whatever colors that you wish.
To make the flower balloon hat, you’ll need to have mastered the basic twist (if you want a more stable hat, you may apply a pinch twist instead). (I’ll provide links to these twists later in the lesson if you need a refresher.)Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Start with the Balloon Hat
Inflate the green balloon to almost the end leaving a quarter-inch tip. (For the purpose of this lesson, I’ll assume that you’re using a green balloon for the hat, but you’re free to use any color that you wish.)
You’ll want this balloon to be almost fully inflated because you only really create two twists for this sculpture and if the balloon isn’t adequately inflated, it tends to be soft and floppy and won’t be able to hold up the flower that you’ll be making and attaching later.
Starting at the... knotted end of the balloon, make a small basic twist about an inch long. If you like, you may substitute pinch twist. In fact, I recommend that you use the pinch twist to make the hat more sturdy and less prone to flopping around.
Take the small basic twist that you just made and create a loop with the balloon. You’re aiming to create a loop that is approximately the size of the person’s head so it may be worn. Once you have the correct size, you twist the basic twist into rest of the balloon to form the loop.
Some balloon twisters physically wrap the balloon around the head of the person to measure its size and adjust the loop of the balloon. Others simply estimate by sight and make adjustments later. Keep in mind that this hat will easily fit on the head of a child, but if you have an adult with a larger circumference head, you’ll be using a considerable amount of the balloon for the hat portion which will reduce the height at which the flower will sit.
Since this is an easy balloon hat to make, it’s a simple matter to make adjustments by undoing the balloon and re-twisting.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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Make the Flower
In this step, you’ll make the flower petals and you can make them any way that you wish. For an overview of the many flowers that you may use on the top of this balloon hat, you can click here.
While I can go over the instructions here, I prefer to offer the thorough pictures and step-by-step instructions... found in the lessons for each. Please choose one of the flowers that you wish to make for your balloon hat and make it and then return to this lesson.
(In the picture, I made a six-petaled flower using the advanced method.)Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Finishing the Balloon Flower Hat
With balloon hat and balloon petals in hand, all you need to do is put them together. Make a one-inch basic twist at the end of the balloon hat, at the vertical tip of it. While holding the first segment, insert the twist of the green balloon into the center axis of the petals. You’ll be attaching the stem to the flower.
Straighten up the petals and adjust the balloon hat. You’ll have a colorful balloon flower hat that is sure to be a hit.