Simple DIY Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon: 3 Tips To Crafting

paper lantern hot air balloon basket filled with bunnies
paper lantern hot air balloon basket filled with bunnies

This DIY Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon is the perfect craft for Spring!

But, if you have an upcoming baby shower or bridal shower, my Paper Lanter Hot Air Balloon is perfect for those occasions too!

paper lantern hot air balloon bunnies in basket
Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon with bunnies

Match the colors of your wedding, to the hot air balloon and fill them with fresh floral arrangements and it’s eye-popping gorgeous!

Is it hard to make a DIY Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon? NO!

Paper Lanter Hot Air Balloon

Hot air balloons are beautiful to look at in the sky and ride in (yes we know, as a travel writer, we’ve experienced this).

Transitioning a paper lantern into a hot air balloon is easy, and allows you so many optional customizations.

Generally speaking, these are great for bridal or baby showers, birthday party centerpieces, parties, etc.

Simple DIY Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon: 3 Tips To Crafting
paper lantern easter basket filled with bunnies

3 Tips To Consider before tackling the project.

  1. What color do you need?
  2. How Will you stabilize the paper lantern to the basket?
  3. What kind of basket will you use?

The beauty of this DIY is that you can substitute materials used and anything else in the project.

Use my DIY Paper lantern hot air balloon as a springboard to create your very own.

Searching for a Great Craft?

For those of you looking for a great family craft, or one to share with your bridal party, try this!

hot air balloon from paper lanterns
Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon with Bunnies in basket

In brief, this DIY paper lantern hot air balloon will take you a few hours to complete!

Subsequently, it is a great way to pass some time during the day!

Purchase your paper lanterns anywhere you like.

paper lantern jewel garlandPersonally, I suggest a larger paper lantern such as an 18″ one.

Consider how you will support the balloon from the basket.

Earlier, before starting this DIY, I considered so many options.

Especially for parties. I can’t wait to share my project.

What I thought might work, did, but needed tweaked, so be flexible in your ideas!

Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon: Tip No. 1 Flight Basket

As I considered how big or small I wanted my basket, the answer became clear, there is no right or wrong.

To begin with, a small basket against this wide diameter surely would have looked misplaced.

Besides, I wanted this to be a basket for gifting, so bigger was necessary.

materials for paper lantern
Paper Lantern Hot AIr Balloon Materials

Therefore, I changed it up and made certain the basket I created was 1/2 the diameter of the paper lantern.

By the same token, I could have used a round basket or other sizes, this is what I chose.

paper lantern hot air balloon
silver-coated basket with trim

No. 2 Flight Basket For Your Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon

Instead of ordering a basket, I upcycled a box we received in the mail.

Cutting the box to size was easy and I covered it up with hologram-like paper.

Once cut, I made sure to cover the corners with some of that pretty ribbon.

You don’t have to, but I love my projects to have a finished and polished look.

Of course, I followed that with a mid-line of measured satin ribbon again, since I need to hang sandbags on there later!

No. 3 Fuel Source: Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon.

I changed on over to black and white below so you can see it better!

hot air paper balloons and furnace
coiling paper for fuel source

My personal travel writing played a lot into my balloon, after hot air balloons in New Mexico.

Recognizing that the Flame that kept that balloon in flight needed to be addressed in order to keep it realistic, I fashioned such.

Simply using the iridescent paper again, I rolled it and attached it to the undercarriage of the balloon.

hot air balloon out of paper lantern
paper lantern hot air balloon from above

Truly the piece that sets this life-like version of a hot air balloon apart from others!

Hot Air Balloon Optional Add-On’s

ribbon seams and paper lantern
lollipops to hold the balloon

Please note again, if you differentiate in color, I worked on this a few days, with different lighting conditions.

It is the SAME Project.

up close paper lantern top
colorful beads for decor on paper lantern hot air balloon

So the plain purple might be fine for some, again, I am a detail person, so it was not fine for me.

In order to create more of a work of art, I fashioned some jewels across it.

paper lantern hot air balloon with curly ribbon
Ribbon on top of paper lantern

However, you do need to know they are very lightweight and that matters with the pixie stick situation, which I will address shortly.

How To Craft The Paper Lanter Hot Air Balloon

Working from the top of the balloon, I added a satin ribbon with a glue gun.

paper lantern ribbon on seams
Ribbon + Gluing

Additionally, I placed some curly ribbon at the top in matching colors to hide the hanger pieces and accentuate the festive color.

Hold The Paper Lantern Steady

Pixie Sticks, Lollipops & The Do-Over

Do you see the pretty lollipops?

To begin with, I fell in love with the color of these lollipops and felt they had to be in my project.

paper lantern balloon
Lollipops to Hold The basket???

With this in mind, I looked for a purple paper lantern.

Which then spurred on the decision to make this paper lantern hot air balloon.

Initially, I connected the Pixie Stiks to the lollipops.

Things Are About To change

Take note of the bows.

In short, I knotted them around the neck of the lollipops and a drop of glue to keep the bows.

lollipops for paper lantern hot air balloon
lollipops with Bows

Since I tend to do a few tasks at one time, not every hour was dedicated to this project.

Once I glued the support pixie sticks, I then placed the paper lantern inside.

In conclusion, the stix flexed way too much and I had to come up with plan B.

Plan B & The Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon

pixie sticks for paper lantern
Reconfiguring the Hot Air Balloon Round 2

At first, I was just going to walk away, from the entire project as I was upset that I failed in the design

Then, I grabbed paper pink straws and began to support the pixie sticks.

In reality, it was the weight of the lollipop on the pixie stick that created issues.

But, since I really wanted the candy aspect tied into the design, I needed to fix the problem

My Words on Washi Tape – TIP

Washi Tape does not hold, I don’t care what ANYONE tells you, it peels right off.

Instead, glue and straws built strength, not overwhelming strength, but enough.

To move the eye away from the issue, I tied on the tulle ribbon with sequin edges.

At the top of the lollipop, I reworked the tied purple bow to make it look better.

What Occasions Can You Use this Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon For?

paper lantern out of a hot air balloon
Easter? Bridal Showers? Baby Showers?

At first, my thoughts were to use this for gifting upcoming graduation gifts.

To sum this up, I realized these can be used for Easter Baskets and gifting as well.

In short, why stop there?

hot air balloon from paper lanterns
Great for many occasions and simple to construct paper lantern hot air balloons

Use the Basket of the Hot Air Balloon

Inside of the flight basket put small plants for the table favor takeaways.

By the same token of thought, you could use these for baby showers, bridal showers, outdoor weddings, birthday parties, gatherings, etc.

So then, you can change the colors, the sizes, the themes, the sky is the limit.

Add in prepackaged candies, or cookies for favors, using color for the occasion you are celebrating!

Mine was for Easter as you can see.

With unending options, I crafted more, and have since given them away!

What will you use your DIY paper lantern hot air balloon for? ~ Dana XO

⇓ HOW To make this DIY Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon ⇓

DIY Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon

There's nothing more gratifying than a DIY Craft. 
Something that I construct from start to finish with everyday items is fun and distracts me from everything else. 
Taking my mind off of everyday life and focusing on something that allows my creativity the blossom is a great way to pass time. 
Paper lanterns are more common than I ever realized. 
Hot air balloons are beautiful to look at in the sky and ride in (yes we know, as a travel writer, we've experienced this). 
Transitioning a paper lantern into a hot air balloon is easy, and allows you so many optional customizations. 
Shortly I will share my DIY Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon project with you. 
Parties, Showers, Gift baskets, are just a few ways to use these DIY paper lantern hot air balloons you will make.
Do remember as you see mine, you can change colors, and substitute materials used and anything else in the project. 
Use my DIY Paper lantern hot air balloon as a springboard to create your very own. 

Searching for a Great Family Craft? 

My products were all provided by Oriental Trading Company. Images and project are my own based on my DIY spirit~ 
For those of you looking for a great family craft, this is it! 
It will take you a few hours to complete so it is a great way to pass some time during the day! 
Purchase your paper lanterns anywhere you like. 
Personally, I suggest a larger paper lantern such as an 18" one. 
Consider how you will support the balloon from the basket. 
I really thought a lot about this and can't wait to share my project. 
What I thought might work, did, but needed tweaked, so be flexible in your ideas! 
Use the paper lantern hot air balloons for parties, showers, gatherings, centerpieces.
Allow them to hold flowers, candies, pens, paper, crayons, or make them into Easter Baskets.
These are very versatile balloons and anyone you give one to is sure to love it!
Prep Time15mins
Active Time2mins
Additional Time30mins
Total Time47mins
Yield: 1Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon
Author: dana vento
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors

Materials

  • 1- 18 " Paper Lantern
  • Cardboard Box Base at least 9"x9" based on Paper lantern diameter
  • Irridescent construction paper
  • Glue Sticks
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Satin Ribbon
  • 4 Large Floral Lollipops
  • Large Pixie Sticks 4
  • Paper Straws 4
  • Tulle with Glitter
  • Sparkle Ribbon optional
  • Press on Gems optional
  • Purple Crystal Garland Gem optional
  • Drawstring Treat Bags
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Curling Ribbon
  • Iridescent Ribbon optional

Instructions

  • gather everything you will need.
  • heat your glue gun.
  • assemble paper lantern.
  • Cut a ribbon of choice (iridescent green on mine) to the length of top to bottom of paper lantern.
  • Follow seaming and repeat around the entire paper lantern.
  • Make a cluster of curly ribbon. Place at top of the paper lantern.
  • Do this for each side x 2 total.
  • Add your purple jewel garland, making sure to mark an even line AROUND entire paper lantern to ensure it is all evenly spaced.
  • Affix garland with the glue gun, being certain to allow for fall.
  • Next, cut the box to size.
  • Glue iridescent paper onto exposed box sides.
  • Next, measure level space around middle of box and mark with Sharpie to place middle ribbon (used for hanging sandbags later)
  • Use Glue gun to affix purple sparkle ribbon around the entire mid-section of the box.
  • With Glue gun, attach a pixie stick to the lollipop.
  • The lollipop should align with the top of the pixie stick at the head of the lollipop surface (see video)
  • Attach the straw to each with the glue gun and the bow.
  • Allow them to dry.
  • Now affix the pixie stick trio to a corner.
  • Go heavy on the glue.
  • Repeat this 3 more times for each corner.
  • Attach the paper lantern to the pixie stick trio.
  • Do a trial run before gluing.
  • If you can have someone help you this is the time to ASK.
  • Have them hold the paper lantern evenly (eyeball it) while you apply glue to the top of the lollipop & pixie stick.
  • Hold in place while hot glue dries to alleviate fall of any sort or ripping (yeah we experienced that!)
  • Attach sandbags, one per side on the hot air balloon basket.
  • Add a gem to each bag (optional) for a bit of color pop.
  • Construct the burner by rolling and gluing 2 small iridescent pieces of paper together.
  • Attach them to the bottom loop of the paper lantern.
  • To show flames, add some curly ribbon and glue it to the interior of the burner.
  • To cover the TRIO of Pixie Stick, Straw and lollipop, wrap and intermittently glue with tulle and sequin ribbon.
  • Load and enjoy it!

Video

Notes

Oriental Trading Items if you want to order online
I used 18" Italian Plum Hanging Paper Lanterns #13654761 from Oriental Trading
Large Flower-Shaped Swirl Lollipops #13683237 from Oriental Trading
Pixy Stix® Giant Candy #/K2134 from Oriental Trading
Super Sensational Ribbons #57/9084
Purple Crystal Garland #13773163
Iridescent Paper Pack #13828914
Vintage Easter Drawstring Treat Bags #13788157