I remember doing paper mâché as a child with newspaper and flour and water. This Paper Mâché Hot Air Balloon craft uses the same principles, but we used tissue paper and watered down glue instead. I prefer this method and it’s great fun for the children and adults alike!
Regular readers of this blog will know that we are lucky to be part of the Bostik Blogger team. Each month we are sent a box of themed craft goodies to inspire us for our next creation. This month’s theme was flying.
This is our second craft from this box. We made some beautiful Peg Butterflies, and now this fab Paper Mâché Hot Air Balloon, I’m not sure which one is my favourite!
Traditionally paper mâché is strips of newspaper soaked in a flour and water mix. We did it slightly differently using tissue paper strips rather than newspaper, and watered down glue. Using coloured tissue paper means you don’t need to paint it afterwards. The other thing with tissue paper is the colours tend to bleed into one another so you can create a marbled effect. Bostik White Glu is ideal for paper mâché. By adding a small amount of water means you can paint it on rather than soaking the strips so it makes the process less messy. It also results in a shiny finish to the project.
So if you’d like to give this craft a go yourself, read on or pin it for later!
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What You Will Need
- Bostik White Glu
- A balloon
- Tissue Paper
- Cardboard cup
- String or twine
- Plastic cord (you can use thick string if you haven’t got any)
- Brown poster piant
How to Make Your Paper Mâché Hot Air Balloon
- First blow up your balloon. I found it helped to rest the balloon on a mug to make it easier for the kids.
- Tear up strips of tissue paper. We choose to use yellow and blue tissue paper. You could also use normal paper or newspaper if you don’t have any.
- Add a small amount of water to some Bostik White Glu. You need to add 1 part water to 3 parts glue, and give it a good stir. Then paint it onto the balloon and start sticking strips of tissue paper onto it.
- Continue until all the balloon is covered, leaving the base clear. We did a couple of layers to make sure there weren’t any weak spots. Finish with a final coating of the watered down glue over the whole balloon and leave to dry overnight.
- Paint the cardboard cup brown with some poster paint. Leave to dry. If you don’t have a cardboard cup you can also use part of a egg box.
- When it is all dry, it’s time to pop the balloon. Pop the balloon at the base and carefully peel away from the paper mâché shell. I trimmed the edge of the opening to neaten it up and to allow me to put my hand into it.
- Use a screwdriver make a hole at the top of the balloon from the inside. Knot the piece of string at one end and pass it through the hole. This is to hang up your balloon.
- Use the screwdriver again to make 4 holes at the base of the paper mâché shell, and 4 holes in the cardboard cup. Connect the two together using equal lengths of plastic cord as seen in the photo.
- That’s it, your own Paper Mâché Hot Air Balloon!
Oliver wanted one of his little toys to be an adventurer, and we hung our hot air balloon from the ceiling in the playroom. I thought it looked quite cute with the map in the background.
What do you think of our Paper Mâché Hot Air Balloon? Have you tried doing paper mâché with glue before?
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Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies for the purpose of this post as part of our role as #BostikBloggers.