Make a Hot Air Balloon

To celebrate the new book Helping Hedgehog Home, we have a new activity for you.

In the back of the book, Hedgehog shows you how to make a big hot air balloon like hers out of papier mache round a balloon. Small and Baby Weasus aren’t big enough to reach round a balloon, so she said she would them us how to do a smaller quicker one that they could manage with just paper and glue. They wanted to show you how to do it too.

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Hi! Baby Weasus here… we are going to show you how to make a paper hot air balloon you can hang up in your bedroom or classroom. You could make lots and lots and even make big ones you can put your teddies in, or really tiny ones.

You will need:

  • some coloured paper,
  • a glue stick,
  • scissors,
  • string or thread
  • something for the basket. You can use a bit of a toilet roll tube, a yoghurt pot or bottle top or maybe something you have at home like a little cup or bucket or something.

You also need to copy the shape for the balloon as a template.

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Draw a template of the balloon whatever size you want. We did ours about 1/4 of a sheet of A4 but you can do any size you want.

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Using the template, cut out balloon shapes from coloured paper. You need at least 4 shapes but you can do more if you want. We did a fancy one with 10 shapes but you can do more or less depending on your paper. If very thin, you can do more. Different colours look nice. You can colour in paper, or use coloured paper you have. You could even cut up old magazines and use those.

If you have nice old wrapping paper, you can glue it together first, so it looks nice on the front and back.

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Don’t they look amazing already!

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Now you need to fold them all in half.

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This is the clever part. Use your glue stick to put glue on to one half of one of your shapes.

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Now stick one of the other halves on top of it and press down hard so they stick together.

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Can you see that they are now joined together and you can open up the other halves?

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Now you are going to keep putting glue on one half of the next shape and sticking it to the end half of the shape you are making. Make sure you press down hard so they stick together. You can open it out like a book if you’ve done it properly.

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Wow, look Baby Weasus! It is starting to look like a balloon!!

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Keep gluing new halves on to the last piece till you have as many as you want. We used 10 pieces but you can do it with just 4 if you want.

When you have done as many as you want, open it up and fold round into a ball shape so the last two ends are near each other and then glue those two together to make your round balloon shape.

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Wow look! Open up the folds so they look even and nice.

Now you need to add some string so you can hang it up and add a basket.

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Bertram lent us one of his sewing needles and some embroidery thread to use. We used the needle to poke it through the top of the balloon to hang it up. You could glue it in along with the last piece or use sticky tape if you don’t have a sewing needle.

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We painted spots on a toilet roll tube and put some of the left over paper on the bottom to use as a basket, but then Small had an idea…

Small said If we use our seaside bucket, we could both fit in it and have a ride!! So, of course we did!

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We tied the thread to the bucket and threaded it through the bottom of the balloon.

Hurrah! Look Hedgehog! Look how cool our hot air balloon is!

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