I love all things steampunk, so when I came along the Lace Up Hot Air Balloon I knew I wanted to create a great flying contraption of my own…even if it was made of paper!
Using a handful of supplies, many I’m sure most of you crafty folk already have, I made this shining balloon to use in scrapbooking and card-making projects, or you can attach it to a magnet and hang it on the fridge!
Steam Punk Hot Air Balloon
The first step of this project was covering the bracing and basket pieces with the gold label paper.
I realize that everyone might not have gold label paper, any metal colored paper will do. In fact, this might be an excellent opportunity to try out your paint or stamping techniques to create a faux sheet of metal.
Secondly, I used a bit of glue to cover the balloon chipboard piece with a cool checkered paper from an old Flow book. Have you checked these books out? They are a paper lover’s dream!
With all the pieces I just used scissors to trim away excess paper, but if you have a craft knife, it’d be even easier.
The ropes were not nearly as complicated as I thought they’d be!
First, I looped six pieces of the elastic thread through the bracing piece and then the top of the balloon. I used hot glue to secure the ends to the back of the balloon.
Second, I repeated the process with a thick quilting thread, but from the bracing to the basket. *You don’t want to glue these strings down just yet, so make sure they are plenty long enough.
Third, I stretched the bracing down to where I wanted it and hot glued it into place.
Finally, I flipped over the entire project, pulled down the basket so that all the strings were even, and hot glued everything into place.
This project was so much easier than I thought I was going to be! I’m sorry I didn’t get more complicated and create a clever steam-punk inspired pattern with the “ropes!”
- Lace-Up Hot Air Balloon
- Gold Label Paper (or any metallic paper)
- Checkered or Striped Cardstock
- Elastic Thread
- Hot Glue Gun