How to Make a Balloon Pumpkin
Creating decorations for a parties out of balloons is a fun activity. Pumpkins, bats, and brooms are all iconic Halloween items you can use to decorate your home for Halloween, or you can use the pumpkins for a fall gathering or Thanksgiving fun. The following will provide you with directions on how to create a pumpkin. You can use a black permanent marker to draw a face to create a Jack-O-Lantern.
What You Need for a Balloon Pumpkin
- 4 Balloon Animal Balloons (3 Orange, 1 Green or Brown)
- One Balloon Pumper
Making a Balloon Pumpkin
Step 1: Blow up the three orange balloons nearly all the way leaving about 3 inches from the end not blown up.
NOTE: Leaving space in the end of the balloon will allow the creator to safely twist and bend the balloon reducing the chance the balloon will pop. There is always the possibility the balloon will pop, so use caution to avoid injury.
Step 2: Tie a knot in the end of each orange balloon after blowing them up.
NOTE: After you blow up the balloon allow a small amount of air to escape to make tying easier.
Step 3: Blow the green balloon up 1/3 of the way and tie. This balloon will act as a pumpkin leaf and vine.
NOTE: If you only have a brown balloon you can blow up about 2 inches of the balloon and tie off both ends. It can be used as the stem of a Jack-O-Lantern.
Step 4: Take the first orange balloon and twist it about one third of the length from the balloon at the end with the knot.
Step 5: Fold at the twist and make a second twist.
Step 6: Twist the sections together at the twist and then tie of the third section to form the basis of the pumpkin.
Step 7: Repeat steps 4 though 6 with the second and third balloons, but incorporate them in the first balloon twisting together at the twist points for each balloon.
Step 8: Gently shape the balloons to form a pumpkin by “smashing” them down towards the ground to round out the shape.
NOTE: You can also gently pinch the balloons to help them keep the pumpkin shape.
Step 9: Take the green balloon and fold it in half and tie the ends together.
Step 10: Tie the green leaf to the top of the pumpkin.
Making balloon creations is a great deal of fun and encourages creativity. You can create glowing pumpkins using glow in the dark balloons, add faces using markers, or keep them simple as shown here. Have fun with your project.
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