How To Make Hot-Air Balloon Mobile

Soar to great heights. Get your crafty aspirations off the ground with
this hot-air balloon mobile.

You will need:
🌥️ 25cm-diameter wooden embroidery hoop (inner ring)
🌥️ Six 50cm lengths of invisible thread or fishing line
🌥️ A4 sheets of heavyweight (240gsm) coloured paper in a selection of colours
🌥️ Scissors or craft knife
🌥️ Glue stick or double-sided tape
🌥️ Templates:  
Download Hot-air balloon template,
Download cloud and birds template  

How to make:
Using the downloadable templates, trace and cut out the balloon shapes from your coloured paper. You will need to cut 10 to 12 identical shapes for each balloon. Fold each shape in half lengthways.

Using the templates, trace and cut out the clouds from white paper and the birds from blue. For these flat objects, cut two identical shapes for the front and back. To assemble, place some thread between two matching shapes and glue together. 

To assemble the three-dimensional hot-air balloons: join two matching shapes together by sticking the right half of one to the left half of another.

Make sure the edges are lined up. Continue to join the shapes then, before fixing the final pair of shapes, insert a length of thread for hanging and stick to hold in place.

Cut a thin strip of coloured paper. Wrap and fix around the base of the completed balloon to help it keep its shape.

Glue the two and three-dimensional objects to the lengths of thread, leaving 25cm of the thread clear at the end.

When all your objects have been stuck to your lengths of thread, tie the top ends around your embroidery hoop and secure with a double knot.

Make sure that the items are evenly spaced and balanced around the hoop to ensure that it will hang correctly.

Use thread or ribbon to hang your mobile from the ceiling. 

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Extract from The Belle & Boo Book of Craft: 25 Enchanting Projects to Make for Children. Illustrations by Mandy Sutcliffe. Quadrille Publishing. RRP$34.99. Distributed by



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