A swan is a well-known and beloved bird. They are long-necked, with a long, graceful stroke of the wings that allow them to glide.
Like all birds, swans mate for life and produce offspring! That is why there are so many of these beautiful birds – they breed once year round, taking place in April and May to August.
They build a large square or dome shaped nest, with material from their own clothes or materials that they have put on themselves. It is often constructed in a tree stand or somewhere high where the wind will go away.
The swan mates for life and produces offspring! That is why there are so many – they breed once year round, taking place in April and May to August. During mating season males show more brightly coloured feathers to attract females.
They travel together by laying their eggs in a community nesting site and then sharing parenting responsibilities.
Make a balloon triangle
Make a small, thin triangle of fabric approximately 6 inches long by 2 inches wide. This will be your body.
Make the balloon triangle by taking two short lengths of fabric, joining them together, and then doubling the length of the joined fabric.
Then, cut a long piece of double thickness fabric about 4 feet long by 1 foot wide for the neck. Now you have your body, neck, and head!
Now is a good time to add some detail to your head and body. Add some tulle or chiffon to the bottom of your head, add glass or plasticine panels over those cheeks, and add some feathers ornaments on your arms. Make sure to use lightweight materials for these pieces so they do not look heavy.
Twist two opposing triangles together
When we look at swans, we notice that they have two long, feathery tails that stick out behind them. This is because they need to use these long legs to float on water!
Just like us humans, a swan has two tail bones connected by the tail. When the Swan needs to swim, it twists its tails together in a circle and propes itself on its leg bones. This helps it move its body around in the water!
How to Make a Balloon Swan: Using white paper or craft foam, create two circles about one inch apart. One circle should be large enough for the back of the Swan’s head and one for its tail. Make sure these circles are large enough to hold their bodies comfortably!
Then, fold one of the small circles in half so it is now a thick sausage shape.
Twist another triangle together with the first two
Now, create a new ring of hair around the back of the swan. Twist two smaller hairs together and create a tighter circle of hair around the swan.
Now, repeat this process with three more hairs to make a wider circle of hair around the swan.
Now, finally, twist one last hair together to make a head.
Keep twisting triangles together until the tail is long enough
After you create the body, you can start adding on the tail. Like a balloon swan, you start with a short, thick tail and add more pieces down the line.
To make the tail, you must create four legs and two feet to wrap it around. Then, connect them with a round neck and wing setup. That is how your swan will look!
To make it longer, keep twisting it together and adding more pieces.
Make a balloon knot for the head
Before making the neck loop, make a tight balloon knot in the head of the swan. This prevents it from sliding off the neck loop when you untie it.
Make a loop about a half inch wide and five inches long, then wrap and tighten a few more times to create the neck loop.
Now make a second tight Balloon Knot at the top of the head, around where it joins with the back. Take your hands and gently pull together to create one large knot on top of the head.
Fold back both ends of your balloon knot slightly, then untie and float away! You made your swan, right?
Now that you have made a Balloon Swan, let them play in water! They will enjoy having fun in water so you can make some fun games with them.
Blow up the balloon completely
When the balloon is completely blown up, you can now control how long it takes to catch a breath. You can make it easier or more difficult!
You can change the difficulty level at which you need to take a breath by changing how long you hold your breath. The longer you hold your breath, the more difficult the challenge!
To make this challenge easier, change how fast you need to breathe. The faster you need to breathe, the less time there will be to make your balloon swan. To make this challenge more challenging, decrease how long you hold your breath or increase how short the breaths must be!
The main difference is that in more difficult challenges, the time required to get a breathing pattern is quicker. In less challenging challenges, it may take more time to get a pattern because you have to work harder to match timing and breathing.
Make sure the air is evenly distributed in the balloon
When making a balloon swan, you need to make sure the air is distributed correctly. Too much air will result in a flat, lifeless swan.
If you have a lot of material that needs to be used for the neck, legs, and wings, then add more air to ensure adequate coverage. Use some kind of glue or sewing thread to join the pieces together, and let it dry before continuing.
You can also sew some holes in the bottom of the balloon to allow for ventilation. Make sure they are big enough to allow air into the balloon easily, and sew them closed if needed.
The color of your swan should be chosen based on what color your feathers are. If your swan is white, try using some pale colored yarn for the feathers. If it is gray or slate colored, use black ones.
Hold the bottom of the swan by the tail and let go of the head gently
Now hold the top of the swan by the head and gently pull him or her up from the bottom
This is where your skills as a artist come in! You can make the muscles on your body look larger or more exaggerated to execute this technique.
It takes a few tries, but you will get it! Once you do, you can make beautiful swan-like creatures.
See how easy this makes thing to do? Just one finger can hold the shape of a swan!
You can paint them white or dark blue, as long as they are not very watery looking. The key is keeping their skin smooth and painting it over dry skin.