Introduction: How to Make an Inflatable Heart
Hearts are meant to be broken. This device is daring but delicate - capable of making a bold statement but only when risking explosion. It is versatile in use, exposing the flighty triumphs and frustrations of contact with a prospective other or expressing anxiety, admiration, or pride.
Step 1: Start
Start by gathering all the parts you need.
(1) smallish red balloon
(1) blood pressure bulb
(1) small piece of white or sheer fabric
(1) piece of 3/16" plastic tubing
(2) small rubber bands
You can probably find most of these materials at home or at your local store.
Step 2: Trace
Trace a heart pattern twice onto your piece of fabric. Your heart should be around 4" tall and 3" wide, with an tail at the bottom that is at least 1" wide. Cut out your heart shapes, leaving a half inch margin around the edge of your lines.
Step 3: Sew
Lay the two hearts on top of each other. Using a sewing machine, sew along the line, leaving the bottom tail of the heart open.
Step 4: Attach
Attach a safety pin to the back layer of your heart.
Step 5: Tubing
Cut the flexible plastic tubing to your desired length.
Step 6: Pump
Insert the nozzle of the pump into one end of the plastic tubing.
Step 7: Balloon
Attach the balloon to the other end of the tubing with one of the small rubber bands.
Step 8: Heart
Use the heart to encase the balloon. Attach to the tubing with the second rubber band.
Step 9: Pin
Your Inflatable Heart is now complete! Attach heart with the pin.
Step 10: Pump
Grasp bulb in hand.
Step 11: Inflate
Squeeze to inflate.
Step 12: Deflate
Press button to deflate.
Step 13: Use
Step 14: Give
Give to a friend.