The Klutz Book of Balloon Twisting by Karen Phillips
Ages 8 and up


I went through a serious balloon twisting phase as a kid, somewhere between my obsession with the steel drum and sewing purses. My parents got me a book and kit for making all sorts of things from these long, skinny balloons, but some of them were far too advanced for me. The Klutz Book of Balloon Twisting would have been perfect for me as a kid, since it has eleven kid-friendly projects that would be easy to make at a party or playdate. It comes with 40 balloons and a pump, which makes blowing up the balloons an absolute breeze. The book has hats, wands, swords, and fairy wings, which are perfect for girls and boys. If you’re interested in getting your kids started on this fun craft or want to whip up some party toys but have never even made a balloon dog, this book is a perfect place to begin. For some more ideas of models to make, try Balloon Molecules.

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Three lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of The Klutz Book of Balloon Twisting! Please make sure you include your email address in the comment form field (won’t be published). All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Friday, November 13th. The lucky winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!


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84 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway: Balloon Twisting

  1. My 9 yo daughter would burst to own this–she wants to make balloon animals and work at parties when she is older! Klutz books are faboo!

  2. The only kid I have is a year old…she’d more than likely just choke on the balloons.
    So, I propose that *I* get to use the book, and make some balloon animals and weapons with which to torment my cat.

  3. I must of had the same book as you growing up all I could successfully make was the dog. The funny thing about this is just yesterday my son was asking me how to do it.

  4. This book is so cool! Everyone want to learn how to do this! My whole family would really love to learn how to make these fantastic party shapes from balloons. Oh please pick me!

  5. My mom used to give the Klutz books to my cousins for their birthday or Christmas presents. I was always so jealous because the books always have the best craft ideas! This one looks fantastic – who doesn’t need to know how to make a balloon hat?

  6. I’ve never met a kid who didn’t like balloon animals, and I still love them at the ripe old age of 37! I’d love to be able to learn how to do this and see smiles light up on the kids!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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