Remember when I shared a photo of these DIY Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloons that I created with you? I originally created this tutorial for Darice’s blog as a member of their design team, but today I’m sharing the tutorial here on my blog too!
These pretty hot air balloons are so easy and fun to make. They make gorgeous decorations for a nursery or a child’s room, and would look great for a birthday party! I’m thinking this might possibly be the theme for my daughter’s birthday party in August because there’s so much you can do with it and so many ways to customize it!
Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloons:
- Paper lanterns (any size and colors will work)
- Craft paint
- Small baskets (I used Darice’s 2″ mini baskets)
- String (I used kite string)
- Glue gun
- Toothpick or wood skewer
Choose which paint colors you would like to go with each paper lantern. I used multiple paint colors with mulitiple lantern colors so that I had a variety. You can choose to use all softer colors, bolder colors, metallics, or a blend of these. Be creative!
Open up the lantern that you would like to paint, and follow the paper lines to paint each section of the lantern. Each lantern is put together using thin pieces of paper, and where the paper overlaps there is a nice straight even line that is easy to use as the edge of where you want to paint. I used one paint color per lantern, but feel free to mix it up a bit more and use more colors. Let the paint dry.
If your small basket has a handle (like mine did), use scissors to cut it off. Cut four pieces of string for each lantern. My lantern was 8″, and I cut each piece of string to be 6″ long. Depending on the size of your paper lantern your string might need to be cut shorter or longer.
Glue a thin line of hot glue inside the paper lantern along the paint line. Carefully place the string on top of the line of glue, and press down using a skewer stick or something else- just don’t use your fingers! That glue is hot! Repeat for each string.
Next, place a thin line of hot glue on the inside of the basket, and press the string down into the glue with a toothpick or skewer, not your fingers! Repeat with all four pieces of string.
Now you have a gorgeous hand-painted paper lantern hot air balloon, ready for its’ first flight! Make multiple hot air balloons in lots of colors for a nice effect. I have some blue sky with clouds paper that looks great with the balloons floating in front of it.
One of my favorite things about these hot air balloons is that they don’t take up much room to store. Just pull out the metal inside part, and close back up the lanterns just like how they came. They hardly take up any space at all, which is a plus for people like me who already have boxes and boxes of craft supplies and party decorations taking over their storage space. I hope you love these paper lantern hot air balloons as much as I do!
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