Making a 3D Hot Air Balloon Card

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The person receiving this cute handmade card will definitely appreciate your efforts. The 3D paper balloon soars in a blue sky with puffy white clouds. Instructions follow.


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This 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!

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • coloured craft paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • twine
  • pen


  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.
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  3. Cut out the shape and fold it in half.
  4. While in half, trim around the edges so both halves are identical.
  5. Now trace this half balloon onto the other 3 colours of paper while they are folded in half.
  6. Cut them out and unfold them.
  7. Cut out a small square to act as the basket to your hot air balloon.
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  9. Now cut out a piece of blue paper to act as the base of the card.
  10. Cut out some clouds.
  11. Make sure they fit nicely on the card. I went with one small, one big.
  12. Now take the balloon segment and glue them to each other, side by side, with the folded spines facing inwards.
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  14. 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.
  15. Glue the balloon onto the card, then add the clouds.
  16. Cut some short pieces of twine and glue them to hang off the balloon.
  17. Glue the basket onto the twine. This will add to the lovely 3D effect.
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  19. Use your pen to write the message on the larger cloud. You can write your recipient's name up above on the smaller cloud.
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