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Learn How to Make a Rabbit Balloon Animal, Version 2 - Intro
Now here’s a cute, balloon animal bunny. Quite frankly, in the past, I’ve been embarrassed to make and handout the conventional balloon animal bunny when a kid requested it. That bunny looks pretty much like a regular balloon dog with long ears, which is exactly what it is. And I always felt that the basic bunny never captured any of the cuteness and other appealing features of a real rabbit.
Enter balloon rabbit, version 2. I think that this is arguably the cutest balloon animal out there that is probably as endearing as the teddy bear balloon and the monkey balloon animal. (On the next level down may be the parrot balloon bird.) I think that this version of a rabbit captures the many qualities of a bunny: cuteness, cuddliness, big eyes, and more - that we all like about these creatures.
When I made it recently at a restaurant, the patrons began to ooh and aah. While this balloon animal is a lot harder to make than the basic version, and takes longer with its multiple balloons, it’s definitely a cute and cuddly crowd pleaser. It’s now my rabbit balloon of choice. I'll discuss later how to reduce the time it takes to make this balloon under event (production) conditions.
Here's what you'll need to make the bunny balloon animal.
Two 260 Balloons (A portion of a black balloon for the eyes and a second balloon for the overall color of the rabbit. I think that this bunny looks great in brown or grey, but feel free to experiment with pastels and other colors. Also, feel free to experiment with the color of eyes and try out blue or green. But I thought that black worked best.)
Note that I’m assuming that you already can execute the basic balloon fundamentals listed below. As a result, my instructions are rather streamlined. Again, you'll want experience working with balloons before tackling this one,Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Rabbit Balloon: Make the Eyes
Keep in mind that you if you’re careful, you can salvage the rest of the balloon and make more eyes from it later. Simply inflate it again and cut off and tie as before. You should be able to get at least three eyes per balloon.
If you’re going to make a lot of these balloon rabbits, it might make sense to... make a bunch of the “eyes” ahead of time to save time later when you’re in production mode.This way, you can skip this step and move directly to the rabbit's body in the next step, Simply make them ahead of time and store them in a zippered plastic bag for safekeeping.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Start the Body
Inflate the balloon for the body leaving about six inches of uninflated balloon at its end (click here to learn about balloon pumps). Note that the inflation level and making the balloon come out “right” or "even," when you’re done is rather tricky with this balloon animal.
You’ll have to experiment with the uninflated portion to discover what works best for you. And don’t worry if the balloon animal doesn’t come out perfectly with a single balloon. You can always cut off the original... balloon before you make the "ears" in step six, and add a second one of the same color. In fact, there’s an advantage to doing this, which I’ll explain later.
Make a small pinch twist followed by a basic twist about two and a half inches in length. Follow this with two small basic twists, about an inch in length and secure it with a lock twist.
When it comes to this balloon bunny, always think small.
At this point, the balloon doesn’t resemble much of anything. But you’ve made the tail, the back and the cheeks of the bunny .Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Make the Head
Place the “eye” balloon that you made earlier over the “cheeks” (lock twist) of the balloon. You’ll have to hold the “eyes” in place as you execute the next step.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Finish the Head
Make a basic twist that is just long enough to cover the “eyes” and wrap it over the "eyes" and then under the “cheeks.” You’ll be attaching the end of this basic twist to the beginning (base) of the “cheeks.” The picture should make this clear.
You’ve formed the basic “head” of the balloon animal rabbit.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Make the Legs and Ears
Make Front and Back Legs
Make two basic twists that match the last two to add a second back leg and front leg. (This is shown in the picture At this point, you should be able to see the basic bunny beginning to form. Note that if you want "feet" for your bunny, you can add a small pinch twist between the two basic twists that you made in this step,
Make the Second Set of Front and Back Legs
Make two basic twists that match the last two to add a second back leg and front leg. Attach the... end of the second basic twist to the base of the head. (If you added a pinch twist in the last step to make a “foot,” you’ll want to add a second one here between the two basic twists.)
You will have completed the “body” of the rabbit. Now for the “ears.”
If you have run out of balloon at this point to make “ears,” simply cut off and tie the balloon. Inflate a second balloon of the same color to make the “ears.”
If You Have Enough Remaining Balloon to Make the Ears
Let’s start with the situation that you have enough of the original balloon to make the ears. Make two basic twists of the same size for the “ears.” This will depend on the height of the ears that you wish, in combination with practicality, how much balloon you have left. Keep in mind that after making the “ears,” you’ll need a small basic twist to wrap around the base of the head to anchor them. You’ll have to estimate how much balloon you have to work with, and it takes real practice to be consistent and make this work out perfectly.
Position the small basic twist under the “ears” and on top of the rabbit’s “back” to push the ears slightly forward.
When You’re Adding a Second Balloon
If you’re adding a second balloon for the “ears,” inflate the second balloon and tie it off. Inflate the balloon to a point that you have enough to make two ears and a pinch twist at the end. Maybe a little over a foot?
Wrap the nozzle around the base of the head to attach it to the rest of the rabbit. Make two basic twists of the same size for the ears. Once you’re happy with the ears, make a small pinch twist. Wrap this pinch twist around the “neck” of the rabbit at the base of the head to attach it. Leave the pinch twist under the ears and on top of the body to push the ears into a somewhat forward position.
You now have a cute balloon bunny rabbit that will prove to be a heartbreaker and quite popular.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
How to Make a Rabbit Balloon Animal, Version 2 - Thoughts
This balloon animal is not only a rabbit, but if you make it with short ears, it becomes a cute guinea pig. And don’t forget that bunnies come in all shapes and sizes and different length ears. Feel free to experiment.
As mentioned earlier, this balloon animal will take some work to make. And once you make this one at an event, be prepared to make lots of more. Also, you can save significant time by making a bunch of “eyes” earlier and have these ready to go.
I haven't tried it out,... but this bunny balloon may be a natural to sit in a balloon basket (version 2).