3D Hot Air Balloon – Intricate Cut File

It’s time to fly away on a new and exciting adventure! I am thrilled to be sharing a very special 3D design with all of you that is sure to inspire your creative heart. Make this 3D hot air balloon as a decorative piece for yourself, or as an extra special gift to “lift the spirts” of someone you care about!

3D Hot Air Balloon

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When I was editing the photos for this project, my son saw it and said, “Wow! I love that creation!” So, I can be confident in the knowledge that I have at least one fan of this new design.

3D Hot Air Balloon

Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D hot air balloon pieces.

Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

 

Assembling the Ballon

2. Start by curling your balloon pieces and folding the tabs inward.

Then, use hot glue to attach each balloon strip together, one at a time. I recommend starting at the top, and gluing each tab 1-3 at a time.

Once all of the balloon pieces are attached, glue to octagon piece to the top.

 

3. Now it’s time to work on the embellishment pieces.

Curl each of your top layer pieces slightly, before gluing them together. Then, layer them like so.

Attach each one to the top of your balloon.

Attach the bottom decorative pieces next.

Lastly, add the swooping banner pieces around the balloon, one at a time, overlapping the round ends. Then attach the tassel pieces after that.

 

Assembling the Basket

4. Since the basket doesn’t involve any curved folds, I recommend attaching all the decorative elements before putting in the creases. Layer each of the sections as shown.

Once those are in place, fold in your tabs, and glue them to the inside of the box/basket. Use the rectangle pieces to line the inside wall and cover up the tabs.

Optional: Add some beads/gemstones to make your balloon even more special!

Attach the balloon to the basket using string, wire, or kabob sticks. Initially, I was going to hang this piece, and so I intended to use floral wire, but decided at the last minute that I wanted it to be able to stand freely, so I cut/painted some kabob sticks instead—attaching them with a generous amount off hot glue.

As you can tell, I used a frosted and metallic cardstock on this project. I think it gives it a really pristine overall look. But, if you went with some fun, patterned papers, I think it could really give the whole thing a very whimsical feel.

3D Hot Air Balloon

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other 3D freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy making your very own, 3D hot air balloon! I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I did. Be sure to share your results with me on Instagram!

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39 Comments

39 Comments on 3D Hot Air Balloon – Intricate Cut File

  1. Nancy Robinson
    January 13, 2021 at 6:39 am (7 months ago)

    Your hot air balloon is absolutely gorgeous!

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    • Mandee
      January 13, 2021 at 11:02 am (7 months ago)

      Thanks so much Nancy!

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    • Mélina
      April 15, 2021 at 11:43 pm (3 months ago)

      Sublime réalisation, je vais essayer de la faire pour l’anniversaire de ma fille.

      Reply
  2. Karen
    January 13, 2021 at 7:18 am (7 months ago)

    This is a great free file. I can’t wait to get started.

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    • Mandee
      January 13, 2021 at 11:03 am (7 months ago)

      You’re going to love making it!!

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  3. Michael Rose
    January 13, 2021 at 8:47 am (7 months ago)

    Thank you for all your hard work and passion in making these projects for us. God Bless you and your family. Yate UK BS37 5DS

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    • Mandee
      January 13, 2021 at 11:03 am (7 months ago)

      You’re most welcome! ❤️

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  4. tanya
    January 13, 2021 at 9:02 am (7 months ago)

    you will have more than one fan of this svg its stunning i love it well done you

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    • Mandee
      January 13, 2021 at 11:04 am (7 months ago)

      I’m glad to hear it! And thank you very much Tanya!!

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  5. Jan
    January 13, 2021 at 9:47 am (7 months ago)

    This again is gorgeous! Thank you so much for your generosity 🙂 x

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    • Mandee
      January 13, 2021 at 11:04 am (7 months ago)

      Aww, thanks for your kind words Jan!

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  6. LILIAN PASSOS
    January 13, 2021 at 12:29 pm (7 months ago)

    Maravilhoso seu trabalho. Parabéns!! E, gratidão por compartilhar

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    • Mandee
      January 15, 2021 at 11:49 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Lilian! I’m so glad you like it. 😊

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  7. Eshitha
    January 13, 2021 at 12:54 pm (7 months ago)

    This is sooo beautiful! I love it!

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    • Mandee
      January 15, 2021 at 11:49 am (6 months ago)

      Aww, thanks Eshitha!!

      Reply
  8. Pam Garrett
    January 13, 2021 at 8:41 pm (6 months ago)

    For decades, Albuquerque NM has been the site of a large hot air balloon Fiesta with hundreds of traditional and special shape balloons. It is held the first week of October and is breathtaking. There are mass ascensions on the weekends, and night glows during the week. Go early in the week (better weather) and bring the kids. Due to Covid, this year we celebrated a hot air balloon Siesta. With your cute pattern everyone can celebrate at home. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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    • Mandee
      January 15, 2021 at 11:51 am (6 months ago)

      That sounds beautiful!! And I actually just had someone send me a message about that very event. I will definitely have to put it on my bucket list. 😀

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  9. Nancy Altemus
    January 13, 2021 at 11:35 pm (6 months ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful project!

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    • Mandee
      January 15, 2021 at 11:51 am (6 months ago)

      You are very welcome Nancy! ❤️

      Reply
  10. Saskia
    January 14, 2021 at 1:48 am (6 months ago)

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Mandee
      January 15, 2021 at 11:51 am (6 months ago)

      You’re welcome! So glad you like it. 😄

      Reply
  11. Muriel P
    January 14, 2021 at 3:14 am (6 months ago)

    Merci, création magnifique.

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    • Mandee
      January 15, 2021 at 11:51 am (6 months ago)

      Aww, thanks so much!!

      Reply
  12. auntie em
    January 14, 2021 at 5:44 am (6 months ago)

    This is so pretty! I love the details you added to make it a little more whimsical. The community near us has a hot air balloon festival every fall (well before covid hit) so this will be fun to make for decorations.
    Thank you so much! 🙂

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    • Mandee
      January 15, 2021 at 11:52 am (6 months ago)

      I’m grateful that with all this craziness, crafting has never gone away!!

      Reply
  13. maman-cocci
    January 16, 2021 at 9:31 am (6 months ago)

    magnifique .
    Merci

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    • Mandee
      January 20, 2021 at 9:49 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you!!

      Reply
  14. Kathy
    January 20, 2021 at 11:22 am (6 months ago)

    Once again you hit the mark of one of my favorites! I too love and admire hot air balloons, although none I have seen in real life are as beautiful as yours. The vintage style of your design is reminiscent of the first hot air balloons. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful design

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    • Mandee
      January 20, 2021 at 9:05 pm (6 months ago)

      As always, you are too kind Kathy! Have fun putting this project together!! ❤️

      Reply
  15. beverly a schwartz
    January 20, 2021 at 6:56 pm (6 months ago)

    can not download it it comes up error 84

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    • Mandee
      January 20, 2021 at 9:07 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Beverly! Sorry you’re having trouble. Sounds like this could be a connectivity or browser issue. I’d suggest trying the download in a different browser or on a different device if you can.

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  16. Astrid
    January 25, 2021 at 8:17 am (6 months ago)

    Dank für die wundervollen SVG Motive und 3 D Dateien.
    Ich bin total begeister von so einer Kunst diese zu erstellen.

    Wenn du auch Guinea pigs kannst,ich wäre der erste Abnehmer.
    Herzliche Güße aus Hamburg in Germany

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    • Mandee
      January 25, 2021 at 10:56 am (6 months ago)

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy my projects!! I will have to add guinea pigs to my list of design ideas. 😊

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  17. Lori
    January 29, 2021 at 10:43 am (6 months ago)

    Love all your designs. Thank you for your generosity. Question: Can you direct us to a link for the gold mirrored paper you’re using?

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    • Mandee
      February 1, 2021 at 10:15 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Lori! I usually stock up on that gold paper whenever it’s on sale at Michaels. Here is a the link. 🙂

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  18. Marta
    February 14, 2021 at 7:11 pm (5 months ago)

    Todo es muy bello, que Dios multiplique todo lo que nos compartes, muchas gracias.

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    • Mandee
      February 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm (5 months ago)

      Aww, thank you so much Marta!! ❤️

      Reply
  19. Myrna
    February 21, 2021 at 2:20 pm (5 months ago)

    New subbie here. Love your designs and for sharing them!

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  20. Nma
    June 2, 2021 at 11:25 pm (2 months ago)

    Hello! Love your designs and Etsy shop, have bought several for my cricut and they are perfect each time.

    One request: with tutorials where you list materials, please include quantity for things like paper etc. when I go to the craft store and look up your items for a quick reference it’s usually on my phone, and the templates don’t open up on iPhones easily.

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