Hot Air Balloon decoration Tutorial

By Karin Brosnan - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hot air balloon decoration tutorial! Made by my friend Valerie Pickard
Items needed - paper lanterns I think these were 12" lanterns (found online, craft stores or Asian markets)
12" square Scrapbook paper, black edging ink, Elmer's glue, hot glue gun, bakers string, chip wood boxes (Michaels .99 cents), hole punch, paint.
Step 1 cut out 4 pieces of scrapbook paper to fit the shape of lantern...smaller at top and bottom..as wide as you would like (she did not give the dimensions)
Step 2 -Really crinkle the paper to make it soft and pliable..get kids to help! Ink the edges if desired to make them stand out.
Step 3 use Elmer's glue to attach all 4 pieces to the lantern...evenly spaced.
Step 4- String- take two long pieces of bakers twine or other sturdy string place together and fold them in half. Hold in the middle (where it's folded) in one hand, take the end of the string and put under the metal bar on top of the balloon and loop it through the middle of the string and pull the ends so it is like a little slip knot. Then divide the string and put one string down each white panel of lantern. Hot glue each string to the metal circle edge covered in white paper around the top of lantern. Pull strings straight down and add another dab of glue about 3/4 the way down to hold each string in place.
Step 5 -After you tie these strings onto your "basket" (directions below) Add another small piece of string around all four to pull them in a bit so as to make it look more authentic.
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Step 6- Paint your chip wood baskets in your desired color let dry
Step 7- Punch 4 small holes into the basket using a small hole punch.
Step 8- Tie the ends of string to the basket and add the small circle of string around all four.
Step 9- Cut mini triangles out of scrapbook paper..approx 1" - 1 1/2" Make mini triangle banners by glueing the triangles to pieces of twine. Attach one to the basket and one long one around the the lantern.
Soooo adorable!! Valerie made 20 of these to hang above our cupcake dessert tables.
We hung them using multiple strand of fishing line...it really looked amazing!
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11 Comments

  1. how awesome are these! Wow! The whole conference looked amazing! What could be better than hot air balloons and cupcakes!
    Jenna

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  2. What a great idea! I love these. laurie

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  3. These are so dang cute! Awesome idea!

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  4. Look at them all in the air like that, I thought one looked awesome but all together they look fantastic! Great job :)

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  5. This is so adorable. love the colors.

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  6. the best way to cut the shape of scrapbook paper is to mesure the circle on top and the circle in the middle and divide them by 4. Use those measures to make a template with curved lines on the sides. nice project!

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    1. Can you explain a little bit more. I am a beginner but would love to make this.

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  7. Cool, love this art! I'd like to try this on my free time... :)

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