Today I thought we would make a fun little decoration. I love hot air balloons and I thought a bunch of them would look really cute hanging from the ceiling ^_^

This is my end result!

For today’s tutorial you will need:

  • Origami paper in various colours
  • Thumbtacks (These were a gift from Pure Girl Blue!)
  • Wire
  • An acorn cap or something similarly whimsical for the basket
  • An eraser


Take a square of paper.
Fold it in half into a triangle.
And fold it again to form a smaller lopsided triangle like this:
Repeat with at least 7 more pieces of paper. This looks best with a rainbow of colours!
Now let’s construct the balloon part.
Use a thumbtack to poke holes in each end of each triangle.
Stack the triangles with the thicker side up onto a thumbtack.
Bend them into a curve so it’s easier to make a ball later.
Now fan them out.
Cut a small piece of eraser and put it on the end of the tack so it holds everything in place, be careful not to prick yourself!
Now stack the other ends onto another thumbtack at the bottom.
It should look something like this, now stack another piece of eraser on too.
Fan them out to close the gap you’ve been working in so it becomes a full ball.
Easy! Now let’s just make the basket.
So we have some way to hang it, take a piece of wire and wrap it around the top thumbtack. Twist it into a loop at the top.
I made the basket out of an acorn cap. To hold it on I used two more pieces of wire wrapped around the bottom of the balloon and then around the cap. You could easily just glue them in place too.
Cute and ready for take off!

Hope you guys enjoyed the tutorials and let me know if you give it a try!