Plaid Apple Barrel Mod Podge Hot Air Balloon

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by Kristen Jones, Plaid

Plaid Apple Barrel Mod Podge Hot Air Balloon

This whimsical hot air balloon is the perfect centerpiece for your next birthday party!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time for neither the paint nor the Stiffy.
  • 2
    Blow up balloon and hang up side down.
  • 3
    Cut fabric pieces into small squares. Cut curves into the ends of your top color pieces to create scallop edge as shown.
  • 4
    Apply pieces to balloon using Stiffy. Work your way to small end of balloon and leave an opening. Let dry referring to bottle instructions.
  • 5
    Paint clay pot, dowel rod and toothpick Brown Oxide. Paint candle cup Bright Magenta.
  • 6
    Cut a circle from cardstock large enough to insert inside pot as shown. Poke a hole in center to accommodate dowel rod.
  • 7
    Cut a small flag from cardstock as shown. Fold around toothpick and secure with glue.
  • 8
    Pop the balloon when fabric is thoroughly stiffened and remove. (Option: use Sharpie to personalize balloon with name for a specific occasion.)
  • 9
    Glue one of the Styrofoam balls in bottom of pot (Tip: if needed, use craft knife to trim). Insert dowel rod and then place round cardstock circle over rod into pot.
  • 10
    Place a glob of glue at the top of dowel rod and place stiffened fabric balloon over rod. Let dry thoroughly.
  • 11
    Cut lengths of jute and tie two lengths through smaller buttons that are then glued around rim of pot.
  • 12
    Pull jute pieces up around balloon as shown and secure with glue.
  • 13
    Glue buttons over jute ends.
  • 14
    Insert toothpick into candle cup and glue to top of balloon.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Brown Oxide 104107355 (2)
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Bright Magenta 104107398
  • Plaid Stiffy 8 oz. Fabric Stiffener 104263141 (2)
  • Balloon
  • Fabric Pieces (such as Fabric Editions 2 Yard Fabric 100 Percent Cotton Bright Pink 104549173 and/or Fabric Editions 2 Yard Fabric 65/35 Cotton/Poly Copen Blue 104542552 and/or Fabric Pallette Fat Quarters Solids 104763130)
  • Main Line Pottery Standard Clay Pot 4 inch 104186523
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 2 pc. 4 inch 104183639
  • Lara's Crafts New Image Company 5/8 inch Wood Candle Cup Hole 2 pc. 104139636
  • Nicole™ Crafts Wood Dowel 1/4 inch x 36 inch 104146700
  • Coordinating Piece of 12 inch x 12 inch Cardstock
  • Darice 3 ply 28-1/2 lb Natural Jute
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Synthetic Acrylic and Multi Media Brush Flat Wash Size 1/2 104118912
  • Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings Big Bag of Buttons Rainbow 104544168
  • Sharpie Permanent Paint Marker Fine Point Black 104128524 (optional - see step 8)
  • X-ACTO Precision Instruments No. 1 Knife 104135101 (optional - see step 9)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Paper Plates
  • Palette or Foam Plate
  • Water Basin