Friday, March 14, 2014

Paper Plate Hot Air Balloons

Paper Plate Hot Air Balloons from Honey Bee Books

Our house is still buzzing about the wonderful Canberra Balloon Spectacular that we went to see last weekend. It is truly a fabulous event and it inspired us to create our own hot air balloons (crafty versions at least)

We made ours from the ever versatile, paper plate! 

What you will need:
  • Paper plate
  • Plastic cup
  • 2 lengths of string
  • sticky tape
  • decorations for the balloon - we used washi tape, stickers, foam shapes, scraps of fabric and feathers (whatever we could find really)
  • fishing line (optional, if you wish to hang your balloons up, like we did)

Paper Plate Hot Air Balloon

All you need to do is decorate your paper plate however you wish, using the decorations you have chosen. Then attach the string to opposite edges of the paper plate with sticky tape, then attach the other end of the string to your plastic cup to create the balloon's basket. Voila! You have yourself a super easy and utterly fabulous hot air balloon. We hung ours in my daughter's bedroom, using fishing line so it looks like they are floating.

A paper plate hot air balloon

Here is a closer look at the creative decorations for my daughter's hot air balloon. It's definitely a great use of texture. I simply adore her creativity. 

Paper Plate Hot Air Balloon decorated with Washi tape

I used Washi tape to decorate my balloon and used every colour and pattern I had! The brighter the better I say! 

Of course a hot air balloon needs passengers, so we found a few little friends to go for a ride.

Our hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling

I love how they turned out. So bright and colourful and they have made a wonderful addition to my daughter's room. She loved looking at them float in her room tonight as we read our stories before bed.

Have you ever had a ride in a hot air balloon? 


  1. disqus_wMmZ3ypQfdMarch 15, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    These are too cute!!!! - Danzel @ Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes

  2. Thanks Danzel :) We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful hot air balloon event here in Canberra.

  3. Itty Bitty Book VanMarch 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I love them!

  4. Thank you :) They are so easy to make and have made a wonderful addition to my daughter's bedroom.