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Rainbow Crafts for Kids: Create your own hot air balloon!

Rainbow Crafts for Kids: Create your own hot air balloon!

With the window rainbow trend taking social media by storm, and all of us having more time to get creative with the kids, we’ve been looking for different ways to help you bring your rainbow displays to the next level. Looking for some rainbow crafts for kids with a difference? We’ve got you covered!

In case you’re not already familiar with the concept; people all across the world are crafting their very own rainbow themed displays, and affixing them in their windows for passersby (particularly children) to spot.

This project, from the incredible Carla Bagshaw, shows you how to create a simple yet stunning rainbow hot air balloon decoration together as a family, which you can then display in your window for all the world to see!

Step-by-Step Rainbow Crafts for Kids Papercraft Project Tutorial

Time this project takes to make: 1 hour

Skill level: Children 7+ (with supervision)

You Will Need:

Step 1:

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Take a piece of white paper and fold it in half vertically. Use your compass and put the point 9cm down the page; place the pencil as close to the opposite edge of the paper as you can get, and draw a semi-circle. At the bottom of the semi-circle, draw a box approximately 3cm x 3cm, then cut out the shape. Fold ten of the coloured sheets vertically and trace your template onto each of them, then cut them out.      

Rainbow crafts for kids papercraft tutorial step Step 2:

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Use a glue stick to cover one side of a coloured shape. Then stack another directly on top to glue them together.

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Step 3:

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Cut a small piece of string and get an adult to put some hot glue along the top part of the ‘spine’ of your shapes. Fold your string and put it along the hot glue line, leaving the loop at the top showing (this will be used to hang the hot air balloon). Now, place glue on the top sheet and open up the papers so you can glue the last sheet to the first sheet (forming the round balloon shape).

Step 4:

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Cut your remaining coloured sheet and your white sheet into 1cm strips. You will need 7 strips of each.

Place four of your coloured strips next to each other with no gap between. Then take a white strip and weave it between the coloured strips (this should be done in the middle of the strips, as shown in the photo).

TOP TIP: Place a dab of glue where needed, to keep the strips secure.

Step 5:

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Fold up the edges of the strip where the weaving ends (you can cut these strips down to about 5cm long if it is easier to work with). Then take a new coloured strip and glue it to the inside edge of one of the folded strips to secure it.

Step 6:

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Begin to weave this around all four edges, gluing where needed to keep it in shape (you will need to bend the paper strip to go around the corners). When you have woven around all edges, glue the last section and cut off any excess paper. Repeat with a white strip, and then with another coloured strip. This should form your basket. Either fold over the top remaining strips, or glue them all down and cut off any excess.

Step 7:

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Punch four holes evenly around the bottom of the balloon and four holes in the centre of each edge of the basket. Use four even lengths of string and tie one end to the basket and one end to the balloon, until all four pieces are attached.

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Then finally, all you need to do is hang your balloon in a window for passers by to spot!

Love our rainbow crafts for kids, and looking for more creative ways to craft with your children at home? Discover all our children’s craft projects and tutorials right here on the blog – we’re constantly adding new ideas!

Sam at Create & Craft