Tinsel Tuesdays: How to make Hot Air Balloon Ornaments

It feels like fall today, and I dug out my slippers from the back of the closet this morning. Summer is almost over, which means this is the last Tinsel Tuesday. I’ve saved an old, favorite Christmas craft for today – DIY, Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments. Aren’t they beautiful? You could go in so many different directions with these, and use the little bits of scraps and trims that you have on hand. If you’ve missed any of this summer’s Tinsel Tuesdays, I’ve shared a list of the Christmas crafts below.

Make these now for Christmas. Beautiful idea for your tree, or to give as gifts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Up, up & away . . .

To make a Hot Air Balloon Ornament, you’ll need:

DIY beautiful Hot Air Balloon Ornaments. A great stash buster, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

So pretty!

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3-1/2” ball (or other size of your choice)
  • Miniature basket, about 1-1/2” in diameter
  • Acrylic craft paint in silver
  • Fabrics, assorted colors and prints, about 8” square of each
  • Trims in assorted colors and styles: Satin cord, strings of pearls, rick rack, lace, etc.
  • Ribbon, 1/8” x 1 yd.
  • Embellishments: small mirrors, flat back gems, mini bows, beads, etc.
  • Foil, small piece
  • Mini packages
  • Ring bead, 3/4″
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; nail scissors; paintbrush; rubber bands; fine-line, permanent marker; sharp pencil; serrated knife; straight pins

To make a Hot Air Balloon Ornament:

  1. Paint the basket silver and let dry.

2. Stretch three rubber bands around the 3-1/2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, dividing it into six equal, vertical sections. Add another rubber band around the ball horizontally, dividing each section in half. You should now have 12 sections on the foam ball.

3. Draw lines next to the rubber bands using the marker. Remove the rubber bands and score the lines with a sharp pencil.

4. Cut out fabrics using the pattern, adding a ¼” seam allowance all around. Mix and match your fabrics for each balloon.

Details from gorgeous, Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mix and match fabrics and trims.

5. Center your first fabric piece over one of the scored sections and using the serrated knife, tuck the seams into the scored lines. Repeat, covering each section. Use nail scissors to carefully trim away extra fabric. If your “seam” lines aren’t perfect, that’s o.k. You’ll cover them with trims in the next step.

6. Cut your trims to size, and glue over the vertical seams. Don’t glue trim around the horizontal seam yet; you’ll do this in Step 8.

7. Attach the basket to the ball:

  • Cut four, 5″ lengths of 1/8″-wide ribbon.
  • Glue one end of each piece to the inside of the basket.
  • Pin the other end of the ribbon to the fabric-covered ball.
  • Adjust the ribbon length till the basket hangs evenly.
  • Once the basket is even, glue the ribbons to the ball.
  • Trim excess ribbon.
  1. Glue trim around middle of ball, covering the horizontal seam.
  2. Crumple a small piece of foil and glue to the bottom of the basket. Top off with mini packages.
  3. Optional: decorate the basket with ribbon.
  4. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the top of the ornament. Slide a ring bead through the hanger, and glue to the top of the ball.
Beautiful, handmade Christmas gift idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

What colors would you use for your Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments?

Here’s another version made with cotton fabrics in Christmas colors. See what I mean when I say you can take this in lots of different directions?

Sweet Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments. Great way to use up scraps from your stash. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You get a completely different look when you use plain, cotton fabrics. Check out the little figures in the baskets, too.

If you missed any of the Tinsel Tuesday Christmas crafts, here’s where you’ll find them.

Folded Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments

A Christmas favorite -- folded paper pinecone ornaments turned into mini Christmas trees! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Folded Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments by Kathleen George.

 Mixed Media Snowman Collage

Beautiful mixed media snowman collage. It's not hard -- tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media Snowman Collage by Rebekah Meier.

 Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones

Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones. So cute & whimsical for Christmas, and a really easy DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones by Rebekah Meier.

 Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament

This is an easy, DIY Christmas ornament. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s a favorite technique with a new twist.

 Gleeful, Gift Wrap Elf

Just adorable for Christmas! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gleeful Gift Wrap Elf by Debra Quartermain.

Snowman Candle Pedestal

A cute DIY Gift idea. Snowman Candle Pedestal tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Snowman Candle Pedestal by Koren Russell.

 No-Sew Glove Santa

This is a fun one -- make a Santa from a knit glove. CraftsnCoffee.com.

No-Sew Glove Santa by Kathleen George.

Faux, Pallet Wood Snowman

Cute! And it looks like wood but this Faux Pallet Wood Snowman is made with foam sheets. So much easier! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Pallet Wood Snowman by Debi Schmitz.

 Recycled Tie Wreath

Beautiful Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas or year-round. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Recycled Tie Wreath by Kathleen George.

Cozy Sweater Ornaments

Turn your old sweaters into pretty Christmas Ornaments. Get the DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater Ornament by Kathleen George.

School starts tomorrow, which means that yes, summer is officially over for us. It may be the last Tinsel Tuesday, but I have lots more holiday crafts planned, so keep the glue gun handy!

Which Tinsel Tuesday project was your favorite this summer?

Craft on!


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19 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: How to make Hot Air Balloon Ornaments

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  2. Sara Tann says:

    Fabulous ornaments! Just wow!!!

  3. Erica says:

    The link for the pattern isn’t working. Would you mind sending it?

  4. Katiria says:

    I liked the Gleeful Gift Wrap Elf because he looks so cute in his oversized hat

  5. LisaM6 says:

    Hot air balloon ornaments are too cute. Great idea for baby’s 1st ornament. That elf just cracks me up. Love all the ornaments. ..now to start crafting and less housework. 🙂 lol

    • Sharon says:

      You are so right — change out the fabrics and this could be a first Christmas ornament. How cute! You get my vote, Lisa — less housework & more crafting! Craft on! Sharon

  6. This is awesome!! I love Hot Air balloons and these are so amazing!!! I am going to have to hit my neighbor’s fabric scrap pile and make a ton of these! I can see these on a mobile too!
    I am also going to head to the basement and dig through my boxes of old clothes that I have saved “just in case” I lose a bunch of weight!! The odds of that are slim to none so I might as well make beautiful things with them!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  7. Kay Wilson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this post, i can hardly wait to make it. I work from home and this will be my new project when i take a break! . My daughter treated her hubby to a balloon ride for his birthday and they loved it so I’ll be making this soon!!

    • Sharon says:

      Lucky you, Kay — you get to sneak in a little lunchtime crafting! This would make a beautiful remembrance for your daughter and her hubby, what a great idea. I hope you’ll share a photo when you’re done. Happy crafting! Sharon

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