Monday, March 11, 2013

Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon

We've been trying to do regular art projects with the kids.
They love getting to pick through fabrics, match colors, glue things, and make a mess.
I love seeing their creativity and personalities shine through their art.
Last night we made some cute little hot air balloons that will eventually hang among clouds and lights in the playroom.

Here is the how to:
    For each balloon you will need:
1 paper lantern 10, 14, or 16 inch
2 long pieces of yarn ~30"
cardboard square 3-5 inches
burlap square cut 4 inches wider than cardboard
hot glue and craft glue

 We used craft glue to attach our decorations.
Didn't want to burn little fingers!

To make the basket:
 Start by gluing your card board (hot glue) to the center of your burlap square.
Next, you will fold in each corner, tuck and glue.
After it is glue is cooled, snip off the corners inside.
It will look like this:
To attach the basket:
Find the center of each piece of yarn. 
Glue to center of the bottom of the basket.
Then glue at a diagonal from corner to corner.
    Repeat with second piece of yarn going from the other corners, forming an "X" on the bottom.
Now you will glue your yarn up the sides of each corner.
 This is what you should have:

Now you just need to glue it to your lantern!
I did this 5 different ways....this is one way.
You want to make sure you are keeping your yarn even.
Measure and mark each string or just eyeball it, like I did.
 Be sure you are attaching it to the BOTTOM of your lantern:

Glue strings in a + pattern around center hole.
Giving 5-6 inches between basket and lantern.
 (Pretend the gluing looks perfect. Photographing and gluing at the same time is tricky.)

Now just run your strings up the side of the lantern and glue at the top!
We hung ours up to "finish drying" along the living room.
Which really means until the light fixtures arrive and I actually hang them in the proper place in the playroom.

I order my penants and lanterns from the Knot.
Very worth it for the colors and buying a lot at once!
Otherwise, I'd go to the local craft store.

I am in no way associated with the Knot company, my opinions are purely my own and not compensated.



  1. Wow - very cool!! I love hot air balloones ~ Clever indeed!

  2. such a great idea! I bet those would look awesome hung up in the playroom or your kiddo's bedrooms.

  3. Those are so super adorable! And look like a fun project to make- especially with older kids. THanks for sharing on the photo friday blog hop- have a great weekend and we hope you join us again!

  4. What a fab idea! You are so creative.....!

    hugs x

  5. This is sooooo cute! What a great idea!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  6. What a fun project - I bet the kids really enjoyed it. Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  7. Really pretty...reminds me of wonderful summer days to come!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  8. How fun! This would be a great way to do centerpieces for a party!