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How to Make Hot Air Balloon Models

Hot air balloon models can be a spectacular "wrapping" for a balloon ride gift voucher, but they also make an impressive gift on their own, especially if they are self made. 

We show you how to build your own. It's really quite simple and you'll be surprised by its effect. It certainly whets the appetite for hopping into the basket and taking off...

Hot Air Balloon Models - What You Need: 

  • a 40" high quality latex balloon,
  • a large balloon net,
  • some 5" latex balloons,
  • basket (best with two handles, as shown in our example),
  • cuddly toy,
  • tulle and
  • helium.
Material for your hot air balloon model

Start by inflating the large balloon with helium. Keep a firm grip round the neck while you are inflating it (fig. 1). Once the balloon is fully blown up, tie a knot (fig. 2).

Special Tip:
Tying a balloon knot can be tricky. For a easy and quick way to do it, check out our 'Tips & Tricks' page.

Hot air balloon model, step 1
Hot air balloon model, step 2

It may be easier if you have an assistant help you with the following steps. With the neck of the balloon uppermost, drape the balloon net over it (fig. 3). Then divide the strings of the net into two halfs (fig. 4). 

Hot air balloon model, step 3
Hot air balloon model, step 4

Now tie the first bunch of strings to the basket handle (fig. 5). The length from the bottom of the balloon to the handle should be roughly 55cm (22"). Then tie off the second bunch of strings to the other side and check that the basket is sitting level (fig. 6). Finally tie a second securing knot to both sides. 

Hot air balloon model, step 5
Hot air balloon model, step 6

Click here for the final steps. 

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