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Light Up the Night With This DIY Glowing Hot Air Balloon

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Camp Crafts · 3 months ago

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June 5th is Hot Air Balloon Day, but you don’t need to get blown away to appreciate this novel way to travel. This is one balloon that’s not full of hot air because it’s actually twinkling fairy lights that give this orb its glow!

Hot Air Balloon Supplies

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Supplies You'll Need:

  • A paper lantern

  • Assorted markers

  • A set of battery-operated fairy lights

  • Washi tape or any patterned tape

  • 4 paper straws

  • Scissors

  • A take-out container

  • Glue dots


1. Lay the lantern flat and use markers to decorate both sides.

Hot Air Balloon Step 1

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2. Wrap fairy lights around the metal frame that goes inside the paper lantern.


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3. Gently expand the paper lantern and insert the wire with the battery pack on top.

Hot Air Balloon Step 3


4. Secure the wire by locking it in on both sides at the top of the lantern.

Hot Air Balloon Step 4


5. Cut the flaps off a take-out container to create a basket.

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6. Decorate the take-out container with markers and patterned tape.


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7. Use glue dots to secure a straw on each corner of your basket.


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8. Cut each straw at an angle on top to create a nest for the paper lantern.


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9. Add a glue dot to the top of each straw and attach the paper lantern.


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10. Turn on the fairy lights and get ready to soar!


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