Introduction: How to Make a 2 Balloon Rose

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This balloon design is simple and fairly easy to make. It should only take about 20 minutes to make the first time, and with further practice, this can be done in as little as 5 minutes. 
When getting to balloons for this project, you will find some letters and numbers on the package. The numbers indicate how big around the balloon will be when inflated, and how long it will be as well. It will also tell you the brand of the balloon; a 260q balloon, the one we will be using today, means that the diameter of the balloon will be 2 inches, and the length will be 60 inches. The q stand for Qualatex, one of the longest running, and most reliable balloon out there. So when searching for your balloons, keep in mind the letters and numbers.

This is a 6 step project, with a clarification piece at the end. Have fun with this, it's not meant to be super serious, and remember, practice makes perfect. 

Materials:
1 green 260q balloon
1 260q balloon the color of your choice

Let's get started!

Step 1: Tulip Twist

First, inflate the balloon that you designated as the 'flower' part of your rose to about 3/4 way and tie a knot.
Then, push the knot into the balloon about 3 inches into the balloon and grab the knot on the outside of the balloon.
Work your finger out while holding onto the knot, and then twist the balloon on the side of the knot that the finger-hole is pointed.
You should be able to see that the knot is on the side of the twist on the longest side of the balloon.
Push the twist and knot back into the little bubble, and it will stay.
See the video for a demonstration. 

Step 2: Extra Room

Now twist a very small bubble right below the tulip twist.
Then give the long part a good squeeze moving towards uninflated end, leaving only a nub at the other end. This makes the balloon nice and soft, and that will come in handy in a little bit. 

Step 3: Petals

Next, take the little nub at the end of the balloon, pinch it, and wrap it around the twist of the little bubble that's attached to the tulip knot, and then in between the two end of your now big flower petal.
Divide the large petal into thirds by creasing pieces and making little flower petals as shown in the video.
Make sure air is evenly distributed, then twist the one on top a few times to make it secure, and then do either side the same way. 

Step 4: Stem

Now, take the green balloon and inflate it almost all the way.
Take it, and fold about a third of it over and twist both tubes approximately halfway down the section you folded over. This will be your leaves on your stem.
Fold the bottom piece of the stem, starting at the leaf you just made.
Make another leaf like you did the last one, by twisting both tubes a few times.
Line the end pieces up to make a straight line and there is your stem!
Check out the video for a visual representation. 

Step 5: Rose to Stem

This part is a small step, but extremely crucial. If not done well enough, the rose part will not stay on the stem, so be careful.

Take the knot on the stem, grab the flower, and wrap the knot around where the petals all meet. 
Pull the knot out, and go up right in the middle of the petals, and then around one of the petal's base. 
The video attached is slowed down to help guide you through this step. 

Step 6: Rose Formation

Last step, and then we are done! 

Take one of the petals and move it in between the opening of one of the other petals. 
They will make a very bad X shape.
Take the other petal, the one that hasn't been touched yet, and move it into the petal that has been moved into the first petal. (Confusing I know.) 
Move the tulip twist into the center of the interconnected petals. 
Now, take that first petal and move it into the opening of the last petal, forming a ring of petals. 
Adjust the petals so they have a nice and flowing form. 
None of them will be completely in the other one, but the overlap is the key to the rose look. 

Step 7: Clarification

If you want to know what exactly goes where, attached is a video showing where things should go, and why. It is sort of a chain of "this goes to this and this goes to this", but it is very helpful for those who get confused with multiple interconnected parts. 

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Kiteman (author)2014-02-23

Any chance of some stills to illustrate the process as well? Video clips don't work in a PDF printout...

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