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Crafty! How To Make Pretty Paper Hot Air Balloons

Looking for some creative projects to share with your kids? The wonderful Sadhbh Devlin shares her crafty tips on how to make pretty paper hot air balloons, which could look great hung as a unique mobile for your child’s bedroom.

Or hang them individually by an open window and watch them turn gently in the breeze. Warning: They will have you dreaming of floating off into blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds!

You will need:

  • Coloured/Patterned Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread

1. Fold over a sheet of paper and draw the shape of half a hot-air balloon on.

2. Cut out the shape and use it as a template to make three more ‘balloons’. You can use all the same or choose a different colour/pattern for each one.

3. Glue the balloons together one by one, making sure they are properly aligned.

4. Next, cut out a strip of paper about 1.5 inches wide, bend into a loop and glue in position - this will be the basket.

5. Use the needle and thread to attach the basket to the balloon and to create a length by which to hang your balloon.

Top Tip: Why not hang a few balloons from a length of driftwood, to create a gorgeous and unique mobile?

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About the Author

Sadhbh Devlin has always been told she has a head for hats. In truth, she only owns two hats, both woollen and shapeless. She does, however, wear many metaphorical hats. She is mother to five-year-old twin girls, wife to a very tall husband, a crafter, a party-lover, an avid photo snapper, a sometime production designer and soon-to-be TV presenter. She writes about all of these hats and more at her award-winning blog www.wherewishescomefrom.com. Find her on Twitter @wherewishes.

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