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How to Make a DIY Glowing Hot Air Balloon

This beautiful craft for kids doubles as a night light!

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Twinkling fairy lights give this balloon its magical glow! It's a fun craft to do with kids that does triple duty: DIY project, cool light-up toy, and nifty nightlight!

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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