We tend to think of balloons as a b-day prop, which is fun till you turn 13. With childhood behind, these are just inflated pieces of air that sit in the attic waiting for a hero to escort them to a recycled heaven.

But the Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto is proving us all wrong. This guy has been turning balloons into intricate sculptures for a decade now, proving such an unusual medium can create wonders. Every piece, which takes two to six hours to make, is made entirely from balloons with no markers, stickers or tapes allowed in the game.

Let’s take a look at some of the most mesmerizing inflated animals and insects below. After you’re done with this post, be sure to check out some more of Matsumoto’s creations in our part 1, part 2, and part 3. If you dream of picking up a needle and popping a balloon or two tonight, you’ll know why. And we can’t judge.

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Green Bottle Fly

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fro_st puppy
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4 months ago

wow that's amazing, must take a lot of work.

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#2

Sloth

Sloth

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Hannah M
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder how many tries that took.... It must be so infuriating working with balloons; you just get it almost done and then pop!

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#3

Quetzal

Quetzal

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Yoseph Workeneh
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4 months ago

The branch looks like a metal bar.

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Bored Panda contacted Masayoshi Matsumoto to find out more about his unique balloon artworks. The 31-year-old from Kanagawa, Japan graduated from engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he received a master’s degree in 2014.

The artist has been working on this project that he calls “realistic balloon art” for more than a decade. “I started making balloon art when I was in the juggling club 12 years ago,” he told us.

Masayoshi has been drawn to animals and insects since he was a kid. “I've liked animals since I was a child, so I mostly make art with animal themes,” he said. “As a child, I kept insects as pets, so I have an emotional attachment to my insect-themed artworks.”

#4

Beaver

Beaver

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Blair Kruse
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4 months ago

OH CANADUH

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#5

Ostrich

Ostrich

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Yoseph Workeneh
Community Member
4 months ago

it must be hard to make it stand up on its own

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#6

Redback Spider

Redback Spider

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Slune
Community Member
4 months ago

Super cool

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Every balloon creature takes from 3 to 6 hours to make. Masayoshi told us that he has always been inspired by wildlife pictures. “I wanted to see if I could possibly create realistic animals of my own using nothing but balloon material.”

#7

Chinchilla

Chinchilla

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ember avery
Community Member
4 months ago

its so cute :)

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#8

Bush Cricket

Bush Cricket

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Rj
Community Member
4 months ago

That must have taken forEVER! That is cool!

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#9

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Ring-Tailed Lemur

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Rj
Community Member
4 months ago

It's King Julien!

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#10

Seahorse

Seahorse

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

Is that egg sacks in its back?

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#11

Oarfish

Oarfish

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

That must have taken hours...

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#12

Pond Snail

Pond Snail

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Hannah M
Community Member
4 months ago

The contours... It's so perfect

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#13

Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig

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CR Harvey
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh this is so cute! Looks like one of mine.

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#14

Kiwi

Kiwi

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SweetCrescentMoon
Community Member
4 months ago

Can I has the baby

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#15

Stork

Stork

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Ellen M Akerlund-Gonella
Community Member
4 months ago

The comment below should be deleted!

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#16

Rose-Ringed Parakeet

Rose-Ringed Parakeet

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Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
4 months ago

It reminds me more of a Quaker or Conure.

#17

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

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comboplush
Community Member
4 months ago

Just how?

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#18

Scorpionfish

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Leucochloridium

Leucochloridium

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#20

Eagle

Eagle

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

America the freeeee

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#21

Humphead Wrasse

Humphead Wrasse

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Dennis Stanley
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4 months ago

A who in the what now?

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#22

Jerusalem Cricket

Jerusalem Cricket

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ArianaTheDragonLover_157
Community Member
4 months ago

that one looks hard!

#23

Japanese White-Eye

Japanese White-Eye

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

aw! bird! (to be honest, its name should be Kiwi)

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#24

Zebra Finch

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#25

Earthworm

Earthworm

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Yoseph Workeneh
Community Member
4 months ago

must have been the easyest

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#26

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

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Mohra Taylor
Community Member
4 months ago

Glad he left out the stinger!

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#27

Tick

Tick

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SweetCrescentMoon
Community Member
4 months ago

I like drowning ticks in the toilet. But I don't think that will work very well

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#28

Camel Cricket

Camel Cricket

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#29

Army Ant

Army Ant

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Jennifer Johnson
Community Member
4 months ago

this is actually really cute. I want 1

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#30

Mayfly Nymph

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togcrewsc
Community Member
4 months ago

this vaguely reminds me of a bodybuilder... Mr-Olympia...e5-png.jpg Mr-Olympia-Shawn-Rhoden-1024x536-5ec05fd2771e5-png.jpg

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