Freshly Found received a commision to create a fleet (?) of heart-shaped paper hot-air balloons for a jewellery store client.  Because Valentine’s day is imminent, we got to work tight away and completed the order in time for the build-up to the special day. 

I  wonder – what is the official collective term for many hot air balloons? A google search tells me it could be  a flock, a drift or even a sigh of hot-air balloons!  Rather lovely terminology!

Allsorts have a few other suggestions, some quite humourous! 

Paper Hot-air Balloons – Make them Yourself

These comprehensive photographs or ‘Pictorials’ give a good idea of how each balloon can be created.  (the matchsticks are purely as a size reference)

I used red paper and thin board to create the ensemble.  Firstly, I drew a heart shape on a folded piece of paper to create the pattern.  I used this to cut out 8 red paper heart shapes. I  folded them in half and glued the leaf sections to each other.  

Consequentially, as they fanned out they formed a balloon shape. I glued a cotton thread into the central core to use for hanging.  

I made the baskets for the Paper Hot-air Balloons from strips of thin board. – My pasta machine is a trustworthy strip-maker!  The pictorial gives you an idea of how I wove the paper baskets together. (I used masking tape to hold the strips in position.)  Below are some of the tools and materials I used. Finally, I suspended the baskets from the heart balloons with red cotton handles.

These comprehensive photographs or ‘Pictorials’ give a good idea of how each balloon can be created.  (the matchsticks are purely as a size reference)

I used red paper and thin board to create the ensemble.  Firstly, I drew a heart shape on a folded piece of paper to create the pattern.  I used this to cut out 8 red paper heart shapes. I  folded them in half and glued the leaf sections to each other.  

 

 

 

Because I find the design journey fascinating, I  documented some of the basket variations we made along the way. Great encouragement to keep trying til it works well!

 

 

13 + 3 =

  As always, we love to create speciality paper items for boutique stores.  Visit our Installations and Shop Windows Section to see other projects we have completed.