Baby Shower Hot Air Balloon Craft Inspiration

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Baby Shower Hot Air Balloon Craft Inspiration

Our baby shower hot air balloon table or hanging decoration idea is a wonderful addition to your celebration. For an experienced crafter thinking of trying something new this is a great way to be creative. It would also be a unique gift for the mum-to-be and look at home in baby's nursery.

We made two hot air balloons, one for standing and the other as a hanging decoration, both a fabulous addition to any baby shower party.

Our hot air balloon craft used 120mm polystyrene eggs but other size eggs are available here, the overall height of the two balloons, when complete, is approximately 22cm each. You may find that this craft is a great way to use up some of your scraps of ribbon, felt and coloured paper hanging around in your craft box.

To make the standing hot air balloon with a 120mm polystyrene egg:

  1. Paint the polystyrene egg using acrylic paint, we used the colour Buttermilk. You may want to check out our guide to using and decorating styrofoam and polystyrene.
  2. Cover the paper mache round box with felt.
  3. Make 4 evenly spaced holes in the lid of the box.
  4. Cut 2 pieces of paper covered floristry in half, we wrapped the wire in ribbon, then inserted them into the 4 holes in the lid.
  5. Insert the poystyrene egg, small end facing downwards, inbetween the floristry wire, using glue to attach where they meet. Try to do this at the same height around the egg so it stands upright.
  6. The string over the top of the balloon was made using 4 x 50cm lengths knotted together at the middle and glued to the centre top of the balloon, to create a cross shape. Each arm of the cross should have two strands, these strands are then seperated and knotted to the adjacent strings either side creating a net effect. The knotting was repeated 3 times.
  7. The string was then glued to the floristry wire and embellished with a small wooden bead.
  8. Paper bows and mini paper bunting were added as finishing touches.

Hanging hot air balloon:

  1. As above but we used the colour Lagoon.
  2. When dry insert the metal hook into the wide, or bottom, of the egg. It will hang smallest end down.
  3. Paint the paper mache hexangonal box with white acrylic paint, you do not require the lid.
  4. When dry, line with felt and add ribbons horizontally around the outside.
  5. Cut 6 x 20cm lengths of 3mm ribbon. Glue them evenly around the metal hook in the egg.
  6. Glue the other ends of the ribbon to the corners of the hexagonal box. We glued two opposite ribbons first so we could hang the hot air ballon up and then attach the other ribbons at approximately an even length, so it is evenly balanced.
  7. Finally add ribbon embellishments and a paper bow on top.