Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

This year I’m helping out with the school book fair decorations again. The theme for our fair was air travel. We made cute hot air balloons, clothespin airplanes, a giant “Welcome” word cloud, and cut out book clouds (tutorial to come soon.) We had the most fun making these adorable hot air balloon decorations using Chinese lanterns and Dixie cups.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

They cost next to nothing to make, but were a big hit with the kids. Ready to make your own hot air balloon decorations?

Materials:

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Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Instructions:

Assemble the Chinese lanterns.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl
Pre-heat your hot glue gun. If you’ve never used a hot glue gun before or always get burned, read this article first!

Place one Dixie cup upside down on your working surface. Squeeze a dollop of glue into the center of the bottom of the cup. Place the end of your rope into the glue and wait a minute for the glue to harden.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Add a little glue around the end of the rope. Fold the rope back and start to shape it around the center point. (Use a popsicle stick or tweezers to hold the rope as the glue cools. Do I as I say, not as I do.)

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Keep adding glue and wrap the rope around the center until you have covered the bottom of the Dixie cup.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Add glue around the sides and wrap the rope around the sides of the Dixie cup. Be sure to firmly press the rope toward the bottom of the cup to avoid gaps.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl
When the entire cup is covered, cut the rope and secure the end with more hot glue.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Tie one end of sisal twine to the bottom of the Chinese lantern.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl
Measure the length you want for the twine and cup to hang from the lantern and cut the twine. Tie the other end to the lantern. Fold the twine in half to find the center.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Put a dollop of glue inside the bottom of the Dixie cup. Press the center of the twine into the glue. Let harden for a minute. Run glue up both sides of the inside of the cup and press the twine into the hot glue. Make sure to adjust the twine until the cup hangs level under the lantern.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Once the hot glue hardens, you can hang your hot air balloon!

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

It could be fun to prop little lego people into the baskets. Or add a tea light into the baskets and light them at night.

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Making Hot Air Balloon decorations is an easy craft project with big cuteness factor!

Easy to Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations | Pretty Handy Girl

Hope you find somewhere to hang these mini hot air balloons because they will bring a smile to your face.

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Rock n' Roll Birthday Party | Pretty Handy Girl

My goodness, I have an eight year old! Time has flown by and my little baby is one handsome rocker wanna be. He loves anything rock n’ roll and can be found in his room with headphones on listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes and Weezer.

For his birthday, he wanted to have a Rock n’ Roll birthday party. This was a simple party to pull off and only required a few purchases upfront. I even took a short cut and ordered cupcakes from our local grocery store bakery.

Rock n' Roll Birthday Party | Pretty Handy Girl

Upon arrival, each child received a personalized backstage pass.

The passes were made using black vertical badge holder with lanyards and washi tape.

Rock n' Roll Birthday Party | Pretty Handy Girl

I printed the passes on neon card stock. Feel free to download my PDF to make Backstage Passes for your party.

Backstage passes for Rock n' Roll Birthday Party | Pretty Handy Girl

If you wanted to get extra glitzy with the lanyards, you could purchase these Rhinestone Bedazzled Lanyards: Read more

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Today we are going to talk about DIY Star Wars Birthday Party. But first, I have a special guest for you today. Jenelle is a woman who shares my passion for upcycling and creating treasures from trash. She creates at TrashN2Tees. When I say creates, I should say works amazing transformative magic on old shirts and clothing. She turns them into the most adorable shirts and accessories! Like this Fox Applique Geeky Kids shirt:

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And this too cute for words Hungry Bear Shirt:

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But, kids’ clothing is just the beginning. She also sells jewelry made from shirts! Like these funky chunky bracelets:

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You won’t believe all the cool things she has in her Trash N2 Tees Etsy Shop (First time buyers receive 10% off with coupon code FTB10Off):

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She also launched a clothing recycling program for used, stained or out of style clothing! She’s like the Upcycling Wonder Woman! And, she has a son who LOVES Star Wars. All you mamas of boys know how obsessive our little Jedis can be for Star Wars, right?!

Jenelle knew that her little guy deserved a fantastic Star Wars themed party that wouldn’t break the budget. She did a fabulous job creating a memorable Star Wars Party for very little money. I leave you in Jenelle’s capable hands: Read more