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Growing up I was a huge fan of all things Oz. Naturally I was very excited to see that the Oz the Great and Powerful was coming out. When you have young children, you don’t get many chances to go out to the movies, so I have been waiting and waiting for it to be released on Blu-ray/DVD. My wait is finally over! I was sent the Blu-ray Combo Pack to preview and watched it right away. I really enjoyed it! The costumes and scenery were amazing. Definitely a must see for any Oz fan! The movie tells the story of how the wizard came to Oz in a hot air balloon, so I was inspired to create these adorable felt hot air balloons. Every time I look at them I want to take my own adventure to the land of Oz!
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I’ve seen several examples of hot air balloons made like this using paper, but I’m not much of a paper crafter. I’m a thrower awayer, so when I see something made of paper laying around, my first instinct is to toss it. I know… it’s a problem. Anyway, you can use these for your Oz the Great and Powerful party and then hang them up in the kid’s room for a decoration after!
To make these hanging hot air balloons, you will need the following supplies:
- free hot air balloon template that I created just for you! (personal use only)
- stiffened felt – you can buy sheets of it already stiffened at the craft store or follow my tutorial for stiffening your own here.
- embroidery floss and embroidery needle
- hot glue gun
Cut out your felt using the hot air balloon template. You will need to cut out five for each balloon you want to make. I recommend using tape to hold down your template. Pins will create holes that will not go away.
Stack your shapes and line them up to match.
Fold your template in half and use it to draw a line down the middle of the top and bottom pieces of the stack.
Thread an embroidery needle with all 6 strands of embroidery floss (don’t separate the floss, just use the whole strand). I used 45 inches for each balloon. You can change the length when you go to hang them up. Tie a knot at the end and push your needle through the top of the stack. Make sure you start at the bottom of the balloon.
Following your lines, do a running stitch through the middle of the entire stack of felt. Don’t worry that there is “sewing” involved. If you can do a lacing card, you can do this. It doesn’t even matter how nice your stitches look because they won’t show!
Once you get to the top, push the needle through to the middle of your stack and pull it though. We only have five pieces of felt, so just go though two or three of them. Take your needle off, and just let that string hang out for a while.
Fold the top and bottom pieces of your stack in half. This should hide the stitches that you just did.
Trim any parts off that are not matching up, and hot glue the edges to close them.
Fold the next two pieces in half to get them going in the right direction. Do NOT fold the center piece. Yours should look something like this now.
The felt will not want to stay folded, so you need to tack it down with some more stitches. Thread your needle with the embroidery floss that’s hanging out the top of your balloon. Stitch through the top of the pieces that you just folded and the part that you glued. Kind of hard to explain. Hopefully the photo helps.
It will just make a little stitch like this.
Repeat on the other folded end and on the other side of the balloon to get all of those folds to stay down.
Take your string back to the middle of the balloon to hang. Now you can trim the embroidery floss to the length that you want and tie a knot in the end to keep it from unraveling.
That’s it! They are ready to hang! My favorite part is how they twirl around when the AC in on. So fun!
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