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!
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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.
Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.
- Hot Glue
- String, Wire, or Kabob Sticks
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
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.
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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