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Oz Inspired Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

This felt hot air balloon craft tutorial is a sponsored post written by me for Disney and The Blueprint Social.  All opinions are my own.  To read my full disclosure policy, click here.

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

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 this adorable felt hot air balloon craft.  Every time I look at them I want to take my own adventure to the land of Oz!

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

Oz the Great and Powerful is now available to purchase!  To find out more about where to get the Blu-ray Combo Pack click here.

I’ve seen several examples of hot air balloon crafts 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!

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

To make this felt hot air balloon craft, 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
  • scissors

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.

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

Stack your shapes and line them up to match.

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

Fold your template in half and use it to draw a line down the middle of the top and bottom pieces of the stack.

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

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.

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

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!

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

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.

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

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.

Felt Hot Air Balloon Craft

That’s it!  They are ready to hang!  Hope you enjoyed this felt hot air balloon craft. My favorite part is how they twirl around when the AC in on.  So fun!

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Thursday 12th of July 2018

hi how much felt of each color did you use and what was the thickness?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

It's been a while, so I don't remember how much felt I used. Probably best to print the template and measure how much you will need. I use a wool/rayon blend manufactured by National Nonwovens. I like their 80/20 and 65/35 blends. I'm not sure exactly how thick they are, but probably about as thick as your average craft store acrylic felt.

Helen Gullett

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

This is so gorgeous! I love working with felt. Have you ever cut stiffen felt with die cut machine or Silhouette Cameo? Thanks!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Thanks, Helen! I've used it with my manual die cutting machine (Evolution), and it worked great! It helped keep the felt from ripping when I cut using a really detailed die. I haven't tried it on my Silhouette yet, but I'm thinking I should probably experiment with it.

Courtney Atkinson

Friday 29th of November 2013

Hello! These are beautiful, just wondering if I could use the template? The link doesnt seem to work for me it says unavailable.

Jessica Anderson

Friday 29th of November 2013

Hi Courtney. Send me an email at cutesycrafts (at) hotmail (dot) com and I will email it to you.

Heather -

Sunday 11th of August 2013

So cute & fun! Love them!

Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade

Friday 9th of August 2013

How funny! I don't even remember seeing this post of yours before, but I was in this group too! Mine is the emerald glitter necklace :)

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