How to Make a Basic Balloon Twist

How to Make a Basic Twist for a Balloon Animal

Green balloon
Wayne Kawamoto

Here's the basic balloon twist that is the foundation for everything that you make through the art of balloon twisting. This skill allows you twist a balloon into segments that form your creations. The basic twist is used with a lock twist to create all types of balloon shapes.

Grasp the balloon in one hand near the end. You'll probably want to do this with your non-dominant hand.

How to Make a Basic Twist for a Balloon Animal

Basic twist
Wayne Kawamoto

Using your free hand, grasp the balloon with your other hand and twist the balloon until you're left with a segment in your left hand.

The arrow in the picture demonstrates the twisting action – think of turning a lid on a peanut butter jar. The dotted line represents the part of the balloon that will twist and form a segment in your left hand.

How to Make a Basic Twist for a Balloon Animal

Finished product
Wayne Kawamoto

This picture shows the final balloon segment, the basic building block of balloon sculpting, which you have just created.

An important point, notice how I'm holding both newly-formed sections of the balloon in my hand. At this point, if I let go of the second segment, the balloon will untwist. To keep the balloon twisted, you'll need to learn the lock twist.