Balloon twisting is a hit with children at parties, and you can use it at your child's next birthday party or on a rainy day for endless entertainment. Create a magic wand from a balloon in just a few minutes. Make one for your child and all his friends to play with. You can let your child pick the colours or stick with the traditional black and white. Ralph Dewey from Balloon HQ.com uses this method to create his balloon wands.
Choose the colours for your wand. You can use the child's two favourite colours and let him decide what colour wand he wants. You can also use brown and black or white for a magic wand, or use pink and purple to create a fairy or princess wand.
Inflate a pencil balloon, the long balloons used for creating balloon animals, to 12 inches for the main part of the wand, or a shorter length if you want a shorter wand. Leave at least 1 to 1 1/2 inches on each end of the balloon. Tie a knot on both ends. The 1 to 1 1/2 inches you left on each end should not be inflated.
Inflate two white balloons to 6 inches long each. Tie a knot on the end where you inflated it, but don't worry about tying the other end of the balloon.
Tie the knot on one end of the main balloon to the knot on the white balloon. Repeat this on the other end of the main balloon with the second white balloon.
Insert one finger into the knotted end of the white balloon and push the tied knot inside it. Take your other hand and squeeze the outside of the balloon together so you're holding the knot from the outside. Remove your finger and twist the balloon several times to create a firm hold. Repeat on the other end with the second white balloon.
Cut the excess white balloon off with a pair of scissors. This is the part above the twist you just created. If you twisted the balloon tight enough it will stay this way even after you cut the rest off. Repeat with the other white balloon, and you have a magic wand with white tips on either end.
Decorate the wand with coloured Sharpie markers.
Tips and warnings
- Decorate the wand with coloured Sharpie markers.