Here is one version of the ladybug model that is both very simple... and very popular!
The main difficulty will probably be in creating the antennae. How do you inflate just the middle part of a modeling balloon? Or, which may at first seem equally confusing, how do you form a bubble that's just at the tip of that modeling balloon?
While the technique used to project the air right where you want it may seem a bit complex for a beginner, an alternate solution is to inflate the balloon normally, then to push the air forward, manually and gradually (tediously, even), until it reaches the part of the balloon you want it to be at (this is explained a bit more in details in the pdf guide below the video). Doing so will enable you to successfully create this model.
This article is divided into two complementary sections: a detailled video tutorial followed by a step by step photo guide. Last but not least, a comment section has recently been added for feedback and questions.
- 1 black marker
- 1 black modeling balloon
- 1 red round small balloon
Balloon twisting techniques used in this tutorial:
Video in French, with English subtitles (if captions do not automatically display in your favorite language, you simply need to modify YouTube parameters at the bottom right of the video screen).
Hi! Today, Mossieur Ballon will teach you how to make a ladybird! For the body of the ladybird, we'll need a small, red, round balloon, which we will then inflate... but not too much!
The knot should be tied right at the valve and we will push most of the air towards the neck of the balloon which will then take the shape of a pear, that we'll divide into two parts to form a small bubble and a large one.
Then, keep the red balloon under one of your arms, to avoid the bubbles getting undone.
Next, for the antennae, you will need a black modeling balloon with only the middle of it inflated, over a length of about 5 to 6 fingers maximum. So if you can't do that in one go, like I did here, you can just inflate a balloon normally, a bit more than halfway, then let some of the air out, until both sides are about the same length. Make sure the black bubble is evenly centered, and divide it into two smaller bubbles which will be wedged between the large and small bubbles of the red balloon.
Next, divide each black bubble into two parts again, and by pressing the second bubble, you're pushing all the air from it and guiding it towards the tip of the balloon segment. To finish, secure the bubble at the tip of the antenna with a knot.
Do the same thing for the second antenna, but this time, let's try not tying a knot here, just to see! Well, if ever a child were to press a bubble that's been secured with a knot, there would be no problem. However, if that same child were to press a bubble that hasn't been secured with a knot, well this is what would happen, wouldn't that be a shame! So, to be safe, we'd better tie a knot here!
To finish... draw a cute little face on the small red bubble, two little eyes, and a big smile. The knot, in fact, will be its nose. Then, on the large bubble, draw wings with black spots!
So, doesn't this little ladybird look nice? See you soon, for another lesson... with Môssieur Ballon!
Step-By-Step Photo Guide
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