Hot Air Balloon

Create this amazing mini hot air balloon out of papier mache.
Hot Air Balloon craft


  • Balloon
  • Paper (newspapers or paper for recycling)
  • White glue or papier mache paste
  • Hole punch
  • Paper cup
  • Strings
  • Poster paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Palette
  • Scissors

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Hot Air Balloon 1. Make a papier mache using a balloon as the mold. The steps are outlined here.

The papier mache will dry in 2 to 3 days.
Step 2 Hot Air Balloon 2. Once the papier mache is completely dry, pop the balloon inside the papier mache. Remove the bits of balloon latex.
Step 3 Hot Air Balloon Ask for an adult's help.3. Cut a 2 to 3-inch diameter opening around the air hole end of your papier mache.
Step 4 Hot Air Balloon Ask for an adult's help.4. Punch 4 evenly-spaced holes around the opening.
Step 5 Hot Air Balloon Ask for an adult's help.5. Use a pencil or a sharp object to make a small hole at the top of your papier mache balloon.
Step 6 Hot Air Balloon 6. Loop one end of a pipe cleaner.
Step 7 Hot Air Balloon Ask for an adult's help.7. Insert the free end of the pipe cleaner through the bottom opening of the papier mache. Pull it all the way through the small hole. The loop on the pipe cleaner serves as a stopper.
Step 8 Hot Air Balloon 8. Loop the protruding part of the pipe cleaner to create a handle for your hot air balloon.
Step 9 Hot Air Balloon 9. Prime your papier mache with white acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely.
Step 10 Hot Air Balloon 10. Think of a nice design for your hot air balloon. Paint the balloon using poster paint.
Step 11 Hot Air Balloon 11. Trim a paper cup to the desired height for your hot air balloon's basket.
Step 12 Hot Air Balloon Ask for an adult's help.12. Punch 4 evenly-spaced holes around the rim of the paper cup. The placement of these holes should match those on the papier mache balloon.
Step 13 Hot Air Balloon 13. Paint the paper cup if you like.
Step 14 Hot Air Balloon Ask for an adult's help.14. Attach the papier mache balloon to the basket by tying strings to connect the holes on the balloon to those of the basket.
Hot Air Balloon 15. You may decorate the hot air balloon further with stickers, craft foam shapes or glitter glue. You can even make paper dolls to ride in your hot air balloon.