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DIY: Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloons

April 16, 2019

DIY: Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloons

Your party is coming, but you still feel like you’re missing that special touch that will bring your decorative style together. You want something creative and unique, something that isn’t common and will be sure to be the talk of your guests when they finally get a chance to see it. That said, you have no idea what you’re going to make. What decoration could you make that people haven’t seen too much of before?

How about your very own miniature hot air balloons?

Decorations as unique as this will be sure to grab the attention of your guests, and they're pretty simple to put together if you have some time and patience on your side. So why don’t you strap in while we get this project off the ground?

  1. For this project, you’re going to need to gather a couple of supplies. You’ll need a paper lantern, a paper Mache box, burlap, jute twine, scissors, and a hot glue gun. You’re also going to want to collect any additional decorative attachments that you might want for the finished project.
  1. Set the lantern to the side for a moment; you don't need it quite yet. The first thing you'll want to do is use the hot glue gun to attach the burlap to the outside of the box to give it that beautiful and even-textured appearance.
  1. Now, take your jute twine and cut two long pieces from the rest of the roll. Don't worry about making them too long; you can always trim them later. Once you've cut them, use the hot glue gun to attach the two sperate pieces into corners of the paper Mache box. This next part is essential, make sure that they are on the same side. Don’t attach them diagonally to each other or this next step won't work, and then you'll have to start all over.
  1. Grab your paper lantern, and then carefully cut four small slits into the second to last ring near the bottom of the lantern. These slits should be made at each quarter of the lantern. You'll then take one of the attached jute twine strings and thread it through one of the holes into the lantern's center. Then pull it through the hole opposite of the one you just threaded it through. You'll then take the jute and hot glue it to the corner diagonally opposite from where it was initially glued together. Repeat this step with the other jute twine.

You now have your very own paper hot air balloon you can hang up for your party. You can take this project even further and add a ton of decorative attachments to give it a style and flair unique to you and your celebration with everything from jute rope to cut out butterflies and anything in between. If you're interested in working on this project but don't have any paper lanterns yourself, take a look at Idea Ribbon's extensive collection of variously colored paper lanterns





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