It can be surprisingly difficult to tie a balloon. Still, once you get the hang of it, you'll forget how hard you struggled. Your fingers are smarter than you might think, they just need a little practice to get started!
Method 1 of 2: Tie a balloon filled with air
Step 1. Understand the structure of a balloon
To be able to understand the instructions in this tutorial, you need the parts that make up a ball. Learn these terms or just check out this list if you get lost to make the job in a big way.
- The body of the balloon is the main part, the round or oval part that fills with air.
- The rim is the slightly thicker circle of rubber that wraps around the opening of the balloon through which air enters and exits.
- The neck is the narrow, slightly elongated part between the body and the opening.
Step 2. Blow up a balloon
Whether you're using a pump, an air compressor, or your lungs, start pushing air into the balloon through the opening. If you have trouble keeping it in place while inflating it, gently hold it by the neck.
- You should feel that the ball is inflated well, but not that it is fully inflated. Stop inflating it once it holds its shape well, but is still slightly flexible. If it's too inflated, it will burst easily and you will have a hard time knotting it.
- Make sure you can still see the neck. If you can't see where the neck ends and the body begins, the balloon is probably over-inflated.
Step 3. Hold the neck of the ball
To keep the body swollen, you should always keep the neck closed with one hand. Once the balloon is inflated enough, squeeze the neck between your fingers.
Step 4. Stretch the neck
He must be very flexible for the next step. Pull on it gently and quickly a few times with the hand that is not holding it. Three or four hits should be enough.
When you stretch your neck, try to stretch it a few inches. You should be able to wrap it around two of your fingers. If you stretch it less, it will be very difficult to tie it. If you stretch it more, the balloon may start to deflate
Step 5. Tighten the neck of the balloon
Take it between the index and middle fingers of one hand. Hold your neck as close to your body as possible with the opening facing you.
Step 6. Pull the edge towards you
Use your free hand to pull the edge of the opening towards you and place the thumb of the hand holding the neck against the index finger.
Step 7. Make a loop
Pass the stretched neck over the thumb and forefinger of the hand that holds it. Go all the way around your index finger and your thumb so that you come out from below without going over your middle finger.
If you can't go all the way around, it probably means the ball is too inflated or you haven't stretched your neck enough. Release your fingers to slowly and lightly deflate it
Step 8. Pinch the edge of the opening
After circling your thumb and forefinger with the neck of the ball, hold the edge between those same fingers. The rubber should be stretched over your thumb and forefinger without going over your middle finger.
Step 9. Thread the edge through the loop
Pull your thumb and forefinger back without letting go of the edge of the opening and out of the loop formed by the neck.
Pull your thumb and forefinger inward, toward the corresponding hand
Step 10. Release the buckle
Slide the loop forward to release it from your fingers. If you haven't let go of the edge, there should be a knot. The balloon is closed and ready for the party!
Method 2 of 2: Tie a balloon filled with water
Step 1. Place the faucet in the opening
Stretch the edge of the balloon opening to wrap it around the end of the faucet. Hold it in place to prevent the ball from falling when the water begins to weigh it down. If the balloon slips, support it from below with your other hand as it inflates with water.
- The edge of the balloon is the thicker rubber circle that wraps around the opening through which air and water enter and exit.
- Make sure the area around the sink is safe if the balloon bursts and gets water all over the place, as this accident can happen even to regulars. Make sure there are no electrical devices or non-waterproof valuables nearby.
Step 2. Fill the balloon
Make sure it is securely in place before you turn on the faucet or garden hose. It is only with experience that you will learn how to determine the correct pace to fill the water balloon. At first, fill it slowly and increase the speed only after you have practiced.
- In general, water bombs are smaller than balloons made to be inflated with air or gas. Keep this in mind if you are used to using classic air-filled balloons.
- If you overfill the balloon, it will let you know very nicely by popping it. In this case, remember the point where it happened to avoid overfilling the next balloon.
Step 3. Remove the balloon from the faucet
Hold his neck firmly between the index and middle fingers of one hand. The edge of the opening should face upwards and the neck should be stretched by the weight of the ball. If you feel like the neck is not long enough (it will probably take ten centimeters), the balloon is probably too full.
The neck is the narrow, slightly elongated part between the opening and the spherical body of the ball
Step 4. Make a loop
Take the edge with your free hand and wrap the thumb and forefinger of the other hand around the neck of the ball. The edge should go all the way around these two fingers and come out from below. It should not go over your middle finger.
Step 5. Hold the edge of the opening
Take it between your thumb and forefinger around the neck of the balloon and squeeze it.
Step 6. Thread the edge through the loop
Remove your thumb and forefinger from the loop formed by the neck without letting go of the edge of the balloon.
Tuck your thumb and forefinger towards the hand that corresponds to them
Step 7. Completely release the loop
Slide it forward so it disengages from your fingers and forms a knot. The weight of the water bomb should tighten the knot naturally.
- Originally, we did not use helium, but hydrogen to make inflatable balloons fly through the air. This practice was abandoned when it was discovered that it was not a good idea to fill balloons with extremely combustible gas!
- Once you know how to tie a simple balloon easily, why not move on to the next step: making balloon animals!
- Pieces of burst balloons can be dangerous for pets and young children. If a balloon bursts, throw it away immediately. If you leave pieces of water bomb in the garden, they can be dangerous for nearby animals who might try to eat them.
- Be careful when tying a balloon. The friction of the rubber may burn your fingers.
- Use balloons that are appropriate for the purpose you want to put them to. Water bombs are small and are made to explode easily. The long, thin balloons are specially made to be twisted into animal shapes. Latex ones are made to be filled with helium. Do not use the wrong type for a certain purpose. For example, if you fill a latex balloon with water, it might bounce back without bursting and hurt someone or cause some people to have an allergic reaction.