How To Make A Unicorn Balloon Animal

How To Make A Unicorn Balloon Animal: Beginner’s Guide

Last Updated on April 23, 2024 by Kimberlee Johnson

Are you looking to enhance your skill in making balloon animals? Unlock your inner magic and learn how to create the most captivating balloon creatures.

Whether hosting a party for the kids or looking for a new craft, making a unicorn balloon animal is creative, colorful, and fun. 

So, how to make a unicorn balloon animal? Well, get your balloons ready, and let’s get started. 

Step By Step Instructions For Making A Unicorn Balloon Animal

Hand Holding Unicorn Balloon


  • One long, slender balloon (260 sizes) for the body and head (choose a color you like)
  • One long, slender balloon of a contrasting color for the mane and tail
  • One white or silver long, slender balloon for the horn
  • Balloon pump (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Permanent markers (for drawing eyes and other details)

1: Making The Unicorn’s Head

  • Use a balloon pump to inflate the first long, slender balloon, then leave about a four-inch uninflated tail. It will be the body and head of your unicorn. Tie a knot to secure the air inside.
  • Pinch and bend the balloon’s opening about 5 centimeters from the lip. After that, you should twist the balloon to form an off-center bubble.
  • Make an ear of the unicorn by twisting it into an oval, then repeat it for the second ear and lock it. 
  • Next, twist a small spherical bubble into a pinch twist and slide it between the unicorn’s forehead and ears.
  • Make a 7/8 centimeter bubble by twisting the balloon about three inches from the head. This will be the unicorn’s neck.

2: Proceed To Form The Unicorn’s Body & Tail

  • Make two 4-inch bubbles by twisting the balloon twice, 4 inches from the neck. Fold the two bubbles together and twist them to lock the legs.
  • For the unicorn’s body, around four inches in front of the unicorn’s legs, create a third bubble for the unicorn’s tummy smaller than the legs.
  • Next, make two more 4-inch bubbles by twisting the balloon twice, 4 inches from the body. 
  • Then, insert the second balloon. Create a slight loop twist, around one inch in diameter, at the end of the remaining balloon, and connect it to the base of the back legs. It will create the tail.

3: Form The Unicorn’s Horn & Draw Its Face

  • Use the balloon pump again and inflate the white or silver long, slender balloon, leaving a 2-inch uninflated tail. Tie a knot to secure the air inside. 
  • Twist the balloon into small pinch twists, creating a spiral effect to form the unicorn’s horn. 
  • Attach the horn to the head by tucking the end of the spiral between the head pinch twists. Lastly, use permanent markers to draw eyes [1], nostrils, and other details on the unicorn’s face.

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What Balloon Animal Is The Hardest to Make?

The pangolin balloon animal is widely considered the most difficult to make. 

It takes a lot of skill, patience, and precision to create a smooth and realistic body shape – and the curved spikes along the back are particularly challenging. 

“The unicorn is not known for its horn, beauty, or purity; but for its strength and courage as one.”

Nikole Beckwith, American Director

Not only does the balloon need to be carefully manipulated to craft the intricate twists and turns, but the small size of the pangolin means that the spikes must remain securely in place when twisted.

What Are The Best Balloons To Use To Make Animals?

Qualatex 260 balloons are the perfect choice for crafting balloon animals. 

Their natural rubber material is strong, lightweight, and flexible, which makes it easy to twist and turn them into the desired shapes. 

They come in various colors and sizes, letting your imagination run wild when creating balloon animals. But how do you make a balloon heart?

Which Balloon Animal Is The Most Popular?

Pink Unicorn Balloon

Balloon animals are a classic, and the balloon dog is the most popular. With just a few twists and turns, you can create an adorable balloon pet that appeals to people of all ages. 

Making and customizing with different colors, shapes, and sizes is also straightforward. 

Besides, you can even turn your pup into various animals, from cats and dogs [2] to tigers and elephants.

How Long Do Balloon Animals Remain Inflated?

Generally, a professionally-made balloon animal can remain inflated for about 10-12 hours or until a few days, provided it is kept at a temperature not too hot or cold. 

Regarding the type of balloon used, latex balloons are usually the most popular choice for making balloon animals, and they can stay inflated for several days. 

On the other hand, foil balloons may not last as long as latex balloons, but they are more durable and can last for several days or weeks.


What was the first animal made with balloons?

The first balloon animal is believed to be cat bowels created by Aztects. 

What kind of balloon doesn’t pop?

Bubble balloons are the kind of balloon that doesn’t pop. It is made of thick, stretchy plastic that can withstand more pressure and stretching, making it less susceptible to bursting.

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What can you fill balloons with for fun?

Fill balloons with confetti, glitter, or small toys for a colorful surprise. For a unique touch, you can even add candy, cuddly toys, or flowers for a festive look. 

In A Nutshell

Making a unicorn balloon animal is a great way to bring a unique and magical touch to any party or event. 

You can make something that will grin on everyone’s face in a few easy steps.

So get your supplies ready, take a deep breath, and let your imagination run wild – it’s time to make a majestic unicorn balloon animal. 


Kimberlee Johnson
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