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Hi, my name’s Trav. I’m a balloon twister (technically a balloonologist) at Downtown Disney in California. I also do many other events and parties. I was trained for about 4 months to make balloons and have spent the past 4 years refining and improving my skills learning over 350 different balloon creations. So enough about me, let’s get to you…

You too can learn to balloon twist, a handy skill to impress children and adults alike! You can bring joy to the children around you and watch adults transform back into 6 year olds. Balloon twisting is a very rewarding and fun skill to possess and is, at the very least, a great party trick. You may even be able to start a new business for yourself as a balloon twister, not a bad job in my opinion.

A word of caution: Balloon twisting is not a skill most can learn over night. It takes time and practice and can be frustrating at times. However, there are creations that are fairly simple and will impress others and yourself nonetheless. These are the creations we will start with first. I’d also like to note that it seems most people make it over a hump where after they learn a good foundation of the basics they are able to make pretty much anything imaginable.

So the way I plan to teach balloon twisting to you is to start with what supplies you need, followed by some terminology and twist techniques, and then I will go on to explain how to make a number of specific balloon creations. So let’s get to it…

Step 1: Supplies You'll Need

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All you need to start balloon twisting is balloons and a pump.

Balloons: I recommend using Qualatex 260Q balloons. Qualatex is a quality brand and 260Q is the standard size balloon twisters use (60” long and 2” in girth). You might be able to get away with the balloons available at your local party store but these are often cheaply made and pop very easily.

Pump: Any hand pump from your local party store will work well. However if you are seriously looking to get into balloon twisting, I would recommend getting this dual action pump. A dual action pump propels air when you push it in as well as when you pull it out allowing you to fill up the balloon faster.

brentbyoung5 years ago
I want to thank you for your videos. Today is my sons 4th birthday and thanks to you I made him all kinds of balloon objects. He told me this is the best birthday ever. Thanks!
travderose (author)  brentbyoung5 years ago

That is Awesome!!! So glad I could help

MrFrancis5 years ago
Excellent! Voted for you. Good luck sir.
travderose (author)  MrFrancis5 years ago

Appreciate that! Thanks

This is so cool! And so much information! Thanks for sharing!

travderose (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction5 years ago

glad you enjoy it!

JM19995 years ago

And if you want to make something you can't, for example: Life size car, make a dog and say that it is a life size car in disguise as a dog!

Isn't it amazing what you can do with a thin tube of plastic!?!

travderose (author)  JM19995 years ago

brilliant!