#STAEDTLERSAT – Create your own Hot Air Balloon

In celebration of Hot Air Balloon Day we have made a step by step guide to create your very own hangable hot air balloon!

This simple idea for making a 3D hot air balloon uses the new Noris colour pencils from STAEDTLER for creating bright patterns and designs with intense colour.

Four pieces of A5 (or two pieces of A4 cut in half) paper will make one balloon. Try making bigger or smaller versions by re-scaling the outline.

Up, up and away!


You need:


  • Noris colour pencils from STAEDTLER
  • Card to make template
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Thin thread 50cm
  • Glue stick


Step 1

Draw half a balloon shape on to a piece of 16cm x 5cm card. Cut it out to make a template. Here is a template.

Step 1

Use the card template and draw the shape on to four pieces of A5 paper folded in half. Cut around the outlines then open out the balloons.

Step 2

Use a pencil to outline the balloon segments and along the top of the basket. Colour bold patterns on to the four balloons; these could include stripes, spots, zigzags, flowers, swirls and funny faces.

Step 2

Step 3

Glue the four balloon sections together one at a time so they are back to back. Glue a piece of thread down the middle before sticking the last balloon in place

Step 3

Step 4

Cut a small triangle from the edge of each section to make the basket shape then draw the balloon ropes.

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