Step 1: You will need
- 2 260Q balloons
- 2 160Q balloons
- a professional pump
- permanent marker pens
Step 2: Blow up
Place the lip of a 160Q balloon over the nib of your pump. Inflate the balloon almost fully.
Step 3: Tie off
Loop the lip around your fingers, then tuck it through the loop. Gently pull and release to form the knot.
Step 4: Make the straps
For the arm holes, loop the tail end of the balloon around to the centre and twist these points together to lock off. Bring the knot end around to the middle and twist it into the join, leaving a smaller bubble at the end. This will look like a caterpillar's head and body.
Step 5: Large wings
Inflate a 260Q almost all the way, leaving a 1 inch tail. Bring the tail around to the other end and tie them together with a double knot. Do the same with another 260Q balloon in a matching colour. These will be the wings.
Step 6: Attach the wings
Place one wing over the caterpillar part of the straps. Lift up the caterpillar and place the knot of the wing underneath it. Twist the wing three times to secure it in place. Repeat this with the other wing, placing it under the caterpillar and twisting three times.
Step 7: Smaller wings
Fully inflate a 160Q. Let a bit of air out to soften it and tie it off. Bring the two ends together. Make a bubble in either end and lock them off to form a loop. Find the centre of the loop and push it into the point where the bubbles join. Twist one side of loop to lock into place and create two more smaller wing shapes.
Step 8: Secure in place
Place the second set of wings under the caterpillar's body. Position the bubbles on either side of the caterpillar's head to hold the wings in place.
Move the wings around until they sit in the right position.
Step 9: Shape the wings
Fold the bottom of your wings slightly and give them a gentle squeeze to shape them. Now they're ready to wear.
Step 10: Butterfly wings
If you like, you can draw a face onto the caterpillar's head and add detail to the body with a marker pen to turn your wings into a butterfly.