Monday, November 11, 2013

Oscar the Grouch is a Dalek

Where Sesame Street and Doctor Who meet.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Just realized that Figment is in the wrong spot. He's not a Muppet! I'll move it later.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Honker (Sesame Street)

Having ourselves a Honker Duckie Dinger Jamboree up in here.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Yip Yip Martians

First things first: go look up the classic Martian videos. Telephone; Radio; Book. They might be the only things from childhood that are every bit as funny/awesome/full of pure joy as you remember.

Second: It was late when I got the idea for this (like, watching 30 Rock late, so at least 11pm.) Google showed me an orange Martian, so I made an orange Martian. In the light of day, after some coffee, it's clear he/she should be blue. A regrettable error but this is so cute and I am so lazy, I can't bear to remake it.

Here's a close up of the phone. I kinda love this.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Two-Headed Monster

This is my new favorite Muppet balloon, specifically the dude on the left. I want to hang out with him and his unibrow.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Grover and Fat Blue

Grover the waiter: proud, noble, terrible at his job. He looks so cute in this little formal collar and bow tie, too.

As for Fat Blue, I feel for the guy. He's just trying to get some lunch. This balloon could also pass for Dr. Phil in a pinch.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dr. Teeth

Back to basics: a classic Muppet bringing the Electric Mayhem.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Slimey the Worm

Oscar's buddy Slimey. Why is the cantaloupe in the picture? I have no answer for that. But! The photo shoot smelled much better than one with a garbage-dwelling worm should, so that's nice.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ernie Mask (aka Giant Muppet Head)

My first giant balloon creature head; definitely not my last. These are going to be a lot of fun.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Kermit (Yes, Again.)

I've tried Kermit a few times and never quite got it right but this one...this is my favorite so far.

This calls for a Kermit flail! Yaaaaaaay!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Muppet Hats

I wanted to make some Muppet balloons that are simple, fun, and perfect for parties and restaurants. I'm pretty pleased with these and they look super-cute on. I think I might be in love with the Fozzie one.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Marvin E. Quasniki (Another Not-Technically-A-Muppet Entry)

Here's Marvin E. Quasniki: a fictional 2012 presidential candidate created by Henson Alternative (a Jim Henson Company brand aimed at a more mature audience) and produced for Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist YouTube channel.

Henson puppet + Chris Hardwick= very happy me.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dinosaur Train

I know this isn't technically a Muppet but Dinosaur Train is a Jim Henson Company production, so I'm going with it.

I made this mask of Buddy the T-Rex because we're going to Paleopalooza this weekend at Philly's Academy of Natural Science. Buddy and Dr. Scott Sampson will be there and we are super excited.

I know it's been a while since I posted here and if you're still reading along, thank you! I'm still putting tons of balloons on my Facebook page ( and sometimes out on Twitter (@blackcatballoon). Muppets and non-Muppets will still be posted here occasionally (more often now, I hope, since I got an app for Blogger.) My computer is slow and I don't fire it up all that often, hence the silence here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I never go to movies on opening weekend, mostly because I'm curmudgeonly and entirely unwilling to wait in line for anything that I can just waltz into a week later.

Except for this. I swear to all that is green and felt-y, I will make it to The Muppets before this weekend is over. I will also get a baby sitter because I'd really like to see it without having to make four potty trips before the opening credits end.

Until then, here's Sweetums. He's not full-length (I'd planned on it but ran out of brown balloons.) I'll do him again later when I get some more supplies. I also think the head would make a fantastic balloon mask.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Scooter/ Muppets on SNL

As a kid, I liked Scooter a lot. A LOT. I remember really wanting a shiny green jacket like his and the fact that we both wore glasses? A sign that the unassuming show gopher and my kindergarten self were soulmates.

So now you know what kind of nerdy kid I was.
This week's SNL was excellent. I'm not one to go running for every Muppets talk show appearance and tv cameo but I would've watched for Jason Segel alone and the Muppet stuff turned out to be really great. I loved the opening song, Kermit's "REALLY?!?" with Seth Meyers and especially the closing where the Muppeteers appeared onstage with their characters. I saw some complaints about it but personally, I loved seeing the performers who usually fade into the background.

If you haven't watched it, at least go look up Jason Segel's adorable and highly amusing Andre the Giant impression.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Costume Cookie Monster

Another Halloween on Sesame Street balloon. These have been really fun to do.

Trick or cookie!

Vampire Elmo

I've missed the Muppet Project! My fall schedule's left me too busy to twist for fun lately but I really wanted to do some new Halloween stuff.

Here's the thing, though: while I love costumes and candy, I don't like scary things. I sometimes get spooked by my neighbors' seasonal blow-up lawn decorations. The only way to get me on a haunted hayride is to tranquilize me like a wild animal. Name a horror movie and I can guarantee that I've never seen (nor will I ever) see it. Simply put, I'm a Halloween wimp.

To that end, I set out to make the cutest, un-spookiest Halloween Muppet possible.

Elmo vants to suck your juice box.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cookie Monster

It's been a busy summer & I haven't made a new Muppet balloon in a little while but I had to share this:

A while back I referenced Tom Waits/Rowlf mashup videos on YouTube. They're pretty good but someone has really nailed it with a less-expected combo: Cookie Monster/Tom Waits. LOVE.

One small problem: I'm likely to find myself muttering this song under my breath when I make Cookie Monster balloons. And I make a LOT of Cookie Monster balloons.

More Muppets coming soon!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Count

One Count, one monocle, one bat and one candelabra. Ah ah ah!

A little bit of detail on The Count's accessories:

I love balloon candelabras beyond all reason.

Making this balloon has forced me to go watch The Count's "unnecessary censorship" YouTube video again. This being a family-friendly blog, I won't link to it here (though, as the name implies, there's technically nothing explicit in it.) If you haven't seen it, go look it up.* It's delightful.

*Unless you're a kid. Then don't.