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Making a 3D Hot Air Balloon Card


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September 13, 2019

3D Hot Air Balloon Card - finished cardThis is an adorable handmade card featuring a 3D hot air balloon in a cloudy blue sky. Let your recipient know that the sky's the limit!

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Total Time: 40 minutes

Supplies:

  • coloured craft paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • twine
  • pen
3D Hot Air Balloon Card - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Choose 4 colours of paper for your balloon. Draw a hot air balloon shape on one sheet with your pencil. It should look a bit like a lightbulb.
  2. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - sketch a hot air balloon shape on a piece of colored paper
     
  3. Cut out the shape and fold it in half.
  4. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - cut out the shape and fold in half
     
  5. While in half, trim around the edges so both halves are identical.
  6. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - while folded clean up the edges to make it symmetrical
     
  7. Now trace this half balloon onto the other 3 colours of paper while they are folded in half.
  8. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - use the folded shape to trace the balloon onto three other pieces of colored paper along a fold
     
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  9. Cut them out and unfold them.
  10. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - cut them all out and unfold
     
  11. Cut out a small square to act as the basket to your hot air balloon.
  12. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - cut out a small square for the basket
     
  13. Now cut out a piece of blue paper to act as the base of the card.
  14. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - cut out a piece of blue paper for the card base/background
     
  15. Cut out some clouds.
  16. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - cut out some clouds from white paper
     
  17. Make sure they fit nicely on the card. I went with one small, one big.
  18. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - lay them out on your card to check fit
     
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  19. Now take the balloon segment and glue them to each other, side by side, with the folded spines facing inwards.
  20. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - glue the four balloon pieces together with the folds inward
     
  21. Here is an aerial view. Only the first segment and the last segment don't get glued to each other as they will be glued down onto the card.
  22. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - do not glue the first and last segment together, they will be glued to the card face
     
  23. Glue the balloon onto the card, then add the clouds.
  24. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - glue the balloon in place and then add the clouds
     
  25. Cut some short pieces of twine and glue them to hang off the balloon.
  26. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - glue short pieces of twine to the balloon and leave them to hang loose
     
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  27. Glue the basket onto the twine. This will add to the lovely 3D effect.
  28. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - glue the basket to the twine
     
  29. Use your pen to write the message on the larger cloud. You can write your recipient's name up above on the smaller cloud.
  30. 3D Hot Air Balloon Card - add message to the larger cloud, you can put recipient's name on the small one if you like
     
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