I’ve got an embarrasingly simple DIY to share with you guys today. Why? Because it’s easy and cute.
On Sunday, we threw a going away party for my dear friend Shap who is moving back to L.A.:
Given that Shappy is starting an important new chapter in her life, hot air balloons seemed the perfect send-off to all the possibility that lies before her. I threw the party together on extremely short notice, and I wasn’t sure if I would have time to pull any decor together. Luckily I saved a bit of time on Saturday night to break out my colored paper and pencil and get to work.
Here are the supplies you need to put this simple paper decor together:
* colored paper of your choosing (I used Paper Source’s Multi-color 8.5 x 11 text weight)
* green baker’s twine
Optional: chipboard to use as tracing templates
That’s it. 🙂 my favorite kind of project.
Oh, and you can use these templates! >>
I drew these hot air balloon templates free hand (which explains their perfect inperfections #DIY). The best thing about this project is that there are are so many ways you could jazz these guys up and take this project to the next level:
>painted patterns on each of the balloons
>letting each guest write a cute note on each balloon for the person of honor to take home
>making the balloons out of white and turning this into “decorate your own hot air balloon” for kids (or adults)
Here’s my embarrassingly simple process:
Step 1: I traced the pattern onto chipboard and cut the shapes out of the chipboard. You don’t have to use the chipboard, but I like to have a sturdy template to use to trace the shapes on to the colored paper so they’re all the same shape/size.
Step 2: Use your templates to trace the desired number of balloons and baskets on the colored paper. Cut the out the shapes.
Step 3: Cut evenly sized strips of bakers twine (2 per balloon). I made mine about 3″ long.
Step 4: Tape two strips of twine parallel to one another on the back of each balloon and each basket.
Step 5: hang and enjoy!
Have you ever decorated with Hot Air Balloons?
Hope you enjoy the templates!