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How to Make a Teddy Bear Balloon Animal - Intro
Here’s one of the cutest balloon animals out there. It’s a teddy bear that is sure to be a hit at any party or event.
The version that we teach here is the basic one that creates a stand-alone teddy bear, but there are several variations. For one, you can place a tulip style balloon in the hand of the bear to hold, which adds lots of charm. You can also make the body in the style of a basic dog balloon animal, and when you do this, you can attach the teddy bear to another balloon to make it look as if he’s holding on.
Watch the Video
You’ll find step-by-step instructions with pictures here, but if you would like to watch a video where we show you how to make the Teddy Bear, you can watch it here. Those of you who are advanced may prefer to learn how to make the balloon animal from my video.
One 260 Balloon. You can make this balloon animal out of any color. (In the pictures, we used the orange from the Qualatex “Carnival” color assortment.)Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Start the Head
Inflate the first balloon and leave at least a five-inch tip.
Make a basic balloon twist about an inch-and-a-half in length. Make a second basic balloon twist about an inch in length. followed by a small basic twist, another basic twist about an inch in length, followed by a small basic twist, and then one more basic twist about an inch in length.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Continue the Head
Twist second and last basic twists together to form something of a head for the teddy bear.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Create the Nose
Make small basic twist in the very first basic twist – effectively splitting it in half. And then push this segment (which will form the bear’s nose) through the center of the head.
(Note that in the picture we have reversed my hand position for illustration purposes. The arrow shows where to push the “nose” through the center of the bear’s head. This may be more apparent and better explained in the video.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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The Finished Head
Here’s the finished head of the teddy bear.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Make the Upper Body
Make a small balloon twist to form the neck and then make two-fold twists for the arms. The fold twists should be about an inch-and-a-half in length each.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Finish the Teddy Bear Balloon Animal
Make a balloon twist about an inch-and-a-half long to form the bear’s body and then make two-fold twists for the arms. The fold twists should be about an inch-and-a-half in length each.
Leave the remaining balloon as the “tail.”
You’ve made a cute teddy bear balloon animal.
If you like, you can use a marker to add eyes to complete the bear. This balloon doesn't necessarily need eyes. You can experiment and decide for yourself if you like the bear better with eyes or without. We typically leave the bear with no eyes.
One thought on markers. We prefer to use erasable markers as opposed to Sharpie and other markers. Early on, we were told by an experienced balloon twister that there's less balloon popping when one uses an erasable (whiteboard) marker. Since then, we have used Sharpies to draw on a balloon and haven't experienced any significant popping. But we still mostly use erasable (whiteboard) markers when drawing on balloons.
Again, you can dress the teddy bear with an accessory to hold in his hand. One balloon that works well for this is a tulip balloon.
If you make the teddy bear with legs as you would in a basic balloon animal dog, you can make him “hold” a balloon in the same manner that the monkey balloon animal does (click here to see the monkey). By making “dog” style legs, you can also attach the teddy bear to a heart balloon (click here to see the heart balloon).
The teddy bear balloon animal is a rather complex balloon to make at a party if you have lots of kids. It just takes too long when you’ve got a line of anxious and impatient people. It’s best for situations where you can take your time with each person.
If you’re pressed for time at a party- too many kids and too little time to make them balloons - simply make dogs and simple swords (click here to see a collection of swords that you can make). We know that if you’re like me you may consider this a cop out, but the worse cop-out is if you run out of time and have to leave the party and there are kids who are still waiting for a balloon.
In general, every experienced balloon artist gauges at the beginning of the event the number of kids at the party and the allotted time to make balloons. If you have lots of kids – a long line - and only a little time, it’s going to be dogs and swords. If you have more time, you can make elaborate balloon sculptures for each kid. And for this situation, the teddy bear balloon animal will be a hit.
Just remember the cardinal rule, once you make a balloon for a kid (unless he or she is the birthday kid), you have to make balloons for all of the kids.