Hi guys! I am so excited to be sharing this DIY paper hot air balloons project with you all. I’m Stephanie from Abbotts At Home. I share tutorials for my home remodeling projects, DIY Furniture, and fun crafts. After flipping a few homes in my 20’s, it’s nice to finally get to decorate and DIY for my own home.
Right now, I’m halfway through a big makeover on my boys’ bedroom. The fun craft I have for you today is part of some wall art for their room. I love how these balloons seem to ‘float’ off the wall. 😉 Let’s get started.
Materials needed for these DIY Paper Hot Air Balloons
- Any color or pattern Double-Sided Scrapbook Paper (affiliate link)
- Scrap Paper for Templates
- Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
- Velcro Command Strips
- Optional: Large Vinyl Cloud Wall Decals (affiliate link)
Make Templates for your DIY Paper Hot Air Balloons
Freehand or print off 2 or 3 templates with your scrap paper. If you can’t draw, you can find kids coloring sheets online to use as a template. But, don’t worry, these are easy enough to draw. Using more than 1 size gives the whole wall more interest and the illusion of depth. I think it’s easier to make templates by folding the paper in half, then just drawing and cutting half the pattern.
Cut the Scrapbook Paper for your DIY Paper Hot Air Balloons
Use your template to cut your pieces. You’ll need a full balloon piece for each balloon back. The rest of the pieces work best as balloon halves.
Glue your DIY Paper Hot Air Balloons Together
I use a thin bead of hot glue along the edge of the paper. You have to work fast with hot glue, because it hardens fast! After playing around with my technique, I found attaching 3 or 4 pieces together works best. So, I glue 3 or 4 together, then attach it to the base of the balloon as a group.
When gluing each piece on, let them set with about a finger-width separation on the outside. I have to say, I wasted a handful of papers trying to get this down. Be prepared to lose a few pieces while you’re learning the best approach for you. I ended up going with the groups of 3 or 4 approach when I realized attaching 1 sheet at a time could end up with me losing a whole balloon on those last couple of sheets that are such a tight fit.
Hang your DIY Paper Hot Air Balloons and Enjoy!
Now you’re ready to hang those hot air balloons on the wall. I cut a Velcro Command Strip in half and attach one half to each side of the balloons before attaching them to the wall. The command strips work great for lightweight projects. I use them all over my house. Arrange your balloons in a random pattern to make it look more realistic. Using more than 1 size gives the wall a little bit
I hope you like these balloons as much as we do! You can see the full bedroom makeover plans and project tutorials on my site. Thanks for letting me share this fun craft with you all today. 🙂