Making a Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon

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December 2, 2015

The completed hot air balloon.Here is how you can make a cute paper mache hot air balloon that costs pennies to make.


Total Time: 1 day for drying


  • balloon
  • newspaper
  • flour
  • water
  • bowl (preferably metal)
  • paint
  • paper cup or mini cardboard box
  • thread
  • button
  • something to poke a hole
  • paper clip
  • cooking pot to hold balloon


  1. Gather supplies. Find a place you can work. Inflate balloon. Tear newspaper into strips of small square/circle like pieces. Don't go too big or too small.
  2. Materials for making paper_maché.
    A blown up balloon.
    Making a balloon covered in paper-maché.
  3. Get a cup of flour and a mix with a cup of very warm water. Mix and stir until it is a paste. It should be the consistency of pancake batter.
  4. Making the paper-maché.
  5. Place balloon on pot. Apply paste over balloon. Paste newspaper all the way around.
    Leave the space bare where the knot is. Don't leave to dry in pot or it will stick.
  6. Making a balloon covered in paper-maché.
    Making a balloon covered in paper-maché.
    Making a balloon covered in paper-maché.

  7. Once finished, place balloon to dry completely in a warm place preferably in the sun. If it is not dried completely with heat and painted, it will rot. Depending on the temperature it will take a while to dry. Once dried completely go ahead and pop the balloon and unstick slowly.
  8. Making a balloon covered in paper-maché.
    Making a balloon covered in paper-maché.
  9. Gather your paints and paint as you wish. Paint you paper cup like a basket or use any other thing that you have that is light.
  10. A paper-maché covered balloon next to paints.
    A balloon covered with painted paper-maché.
    A paper-maché covered balloon painted to resemble a hot air balloon.
    Parts to make the hanging basket o
  11. Poke a hole on top. Thread a button and run it through hole. Tie a knot to paper clip to hang on hook.
  12. Poking a hole in the top of the balloon.
    A ball of string to hang the basket on the balloon.
    A paper clip tied to a string.
    Attaching the ropes to the bottom of a hot air balloon craft.

  13. Poke four holes at base of balloon. Do the same for top of basket. Cut threads, tie knots, and attach.
  14. The basket for a hot air balloon craft.
  15. Lastly you can add some paper people or cut one out from a magazine. I put Woody from Toy Story in there. ;)
  16. The completed hot air balloon.
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