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Lantern Hot Air Balloon

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Let this gorgeous balloon take you on a magical adventure! Hang it from your ceiling and let the dreaming begin. Will you travel to another country? Another planet? Or maybe a magical world only you can create! 

  • Step 1To cover your balloon in coloured tissue paper you will need to cut out the template provided.
  • Step 2Using the template, trace and cut out the required amount of tissue paper strips. We have used two red, two orange, two yellow and left two sections white.
  • Use a paintbrush to flatten the tissue paper onto the balloon. This will save sticky fingers and gently push air bubbles outfrom the paper. You can glue over the edges so they stay stuck down.
  • Step 4Assemble one section at a time. Cover the sections with glue using a paintbrush and watered down PVA and gently spread the tissue paper piece on top.
  • Step 5Cover all sections with the tissue paper strips (except the ones you are leaving white) and set aside to dry.
  • Start by gluing squares around the bottom of the cup and work your way up, overlapping each layer for complete coverage.
  • Step 7To create a basket under your hot air balloon cut small squares of brown crepe paper and begin gluing them onto the paper cup. Aim to completely cover the cup.
  • Step 8Cut a length of brown yarn and wrap around the cup for added texture. Attach it with glue and set aside to dry
  • Step 9Cut eight strips of gold yarn 25cm long. Using glue, attach the strips of yarn along each edge of the balloon where the coloured sections of tissue paper join. Set aside to dry.
  • Step 10Attach the four wooden skewers to the inside of the balloon using tape.
  • The balloon can be decorated in so many different ways. You may like to add miniature bunting or give your balloon a coat of glitter paint to make it shine!
  • Step 12Attach the opposite end of the skewers to the inside of the cup with tape. Your balloon is now complete!

Materials used in this activity

Wooden Skewers
Optional
Product Code: 10014 Pack of 100
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Product Code: 10238 20g
EACH $8.79 (inc GST) $7.99 (ex GST)
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CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue
Optional
Product Code: 10364 250ml
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Product Code: 10448 500ml
EACH $15.39 (inc GST) $13.99 (ex GST)
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Micador 2B Pencils
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Product Code: 10583 Pack of 20
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Student Scissors
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Product Code: 10897 Pack of 20
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Tissue Paper - Assorted
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Product Code: 10933 Pack of 100
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Crepe Paper
Optional
Product Code: 10938 Brown
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Paper Cups
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Product Code: 11085 Pack of 20
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Masking Tape
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Product Code: 11774 18mm x 50m
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Plastic Ruler
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Product Code: 12295 30cm
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Paper Lantern
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Product Code: 12931  
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CleverPatch Cover Paper - White - A4
Optional
Product Code: 16142 Pack of 250
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8 or more $11.54 (inc GST) $10.49 (ex GST)          
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Product Code: 17137 100g
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