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Paper Mache Projects: How to Make a Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon

Unleash kids' creative sides with this clever paper mache project! Discover how to create a stunning paper mache hot air balloon with your kids here today.

Kids love getting messy with paper mache projects! It’s a great craft to do together with your little ones. We’ve shared a easy guide to making paper mache bangles, but if your kids are looking for another paper mache activity, then why not try making a paper mache hot air balloon?

Read on for a step-by-step guide for how to paper mache a balloon. Remember that paper mache projects can get messy, but that’s part of the fun! It’s easy for glue and paint stains to appear, but check out our stain removal advice beforehand to be prepared for any mess.  

To Make a Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon, You Will Need:

  • A balloon
  • A cereal bowl
  • Strips of newspaper
  • Strips of white paper
  • A paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • A small yoghurt pot, a paper cup, or a similar item
  • Wool
  • A wool needle
  • Adhesive tape
  • Scissors.

How to Make Your Paper Mache Balloon:

  • To start this paper mache project, first blow up your balloon and tie a knot in the balloon’s neck. Then, balance it on the cereal bowl.
  • Next, here’s how to paper mache a balloon. Using the paintbrush, cover a section of the balloon in glue and stick strips of newspaper from the top to the bottom.
  • Build up 3 overlapping layers of newspaper and a final fourth layer of white paper.
  • Leave to dry for 24 hours.
  • Now for the clever part: Pop the balloon, and cut a neat circle around the bottom of the paper balloon shape left behind.
  • Return the paper mache balloon shape to the bowl and help your kids decorate it however they like. Leave to dry.
  • Next, thread the needle with the wool and pierce a hole a centimeter above the bottom opening of the balloon shape. Pull the thread through and leave a loop dangling down. Repeat this three more times to form the 4 ‘ropes’ that will attach the basket to the balloon.
  • Take the object you’re going to use as the basket, and decorate it however you want. Then, attach the wool to its 4 corners with tape or glue.
  • Finally, use the needle and wool (or nylon thread) to pierce two holes at the very top of the balloon. Form a loop, and hang your paper mache hot air balloon from the ceiling. If you have any dolls or toys around, they might enjoy taking to the skies for a bit!

Did you enjoy making this paper mache hot air balloon? Do you have other ideas for paper mache projects to do with your little ones? Share your ideas with other parents below!