→ribbon or string
→little people/figurines to go in the hot air balloon basket!
1. Blow up your balloon to a size you like. Diddie or huge.
2. Mix glue and water. I think I did about 1:2 ratio. To be honest I don’t think it matters too much.
3. Tear up smallish pieces of paper. It will depend on the size of your balloon. For a regular sized balloon I used paper about the size of milk carton lid. We used our old IKEA catalogue.
4. Dip each piece in the glue mixture and start covering your balloon. Cover around the knot. We did about 3 layers but it could have done with a couple more as the IKEA catalogue is fine paper. It can help to use different colours for each layer so you can tell where you have covered.
5. Place your balloon in an airing cupboard or somewhere toasty warm overnight or until dry.
6. Burst the balloon (snip the knot and keep hold of it) and gently pull it out of the botton where the knot originally stuck out. I then quiclky covered the hole with a couple more layers and left to dry again.
7. Have fun painting it lovely colour and leave to dry.
8. Cut the two ends off your egg carton lid and stick together. I found blue and pink egg boxes in ASDA and Sainsbury.
9.String your ribbon through the egg cartons and tie a match stick to the end This is so that you only have to make a small hole in your papiermache balloon and the match will settle horizonatally and will be secure.
I dabbed a little superglue so that I knew the ribbon wouldn’t budge when I pushed it through the hole.
10. Make two holes in bottom of balloon and thread the match sticks through.
11. I used fishing wire/thread to then use another matchstick and hole in top to ham from the ceiling.
12. Place your little person inside, hang and enjoy. We spent a while blowing it and watching Kitty and Mimi in their balloon. She’s already looking forward to bedtime!