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.
To make a Hot Air Balloon Ornament, you’ll need:
- 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:
- 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.
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.
- Glue trim around middle of ball, covering the horizontal seam.
- Crumple a small piece of foil and glue to the bottom of the basket. Top off with mini packages.
- Optional: decorate the basket with ribbon.
- 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.
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?
If you missed any of the Tinsel Tuesday Christmas crafts, here’s where you’ll find them.
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?