February 28, 2013

Hot Air Balloon Mobile and a GIVEAWAY

If you're interested in purchasing a Silhouette, there's a promo and giveaway at the bottom of the post.  The giveaway is a simple one-entry one, which I know you love.  Me too.
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Okay, so today I'm giving you a sneak peak at the hot air balloons I'm making for the baby's room.  They aren't all done because I'm going to do a lot of them and they'll cascade across the big wall, but this will give you an idea.  Plus, I'll give you the how-to as well.


I loved the idea of hot air balloon's for the baby's room and I've seen some where they're paper mache and some where they actually use balls.  I wanted to keep the cost low, so I went with paper.  Plus, it allowed me to use my Silhouette, making it a pretty easy project.

I googled "hot air balloon silhouette" and browsed images until I found one I liked the shape of.  Then I did a screen shot of it and imported it into the Silhouette program.  I traced it.  Then I cut them out.

(If this is all new to you or you need help with your Silhouette, I did a whole series of videos on using the Silhouette machine that will help you.  Click HERE and it'll take you through past projects and eventually the "Silhouette Made Simple" series.)


I purchased card stock and even some vellum to use for the balloons.


I cut them all and used 7 sheets for each balloon.  I drew a line down the middle of the top one to guide me.....


...and then I sewed down that line, through all 7 papers.  I sewed from bottom to top so I could pull out some extra thread at the end to hang them by.


For the box below the air balloon I used a simple box pattern from the Silhouette store.  (It was one that came from the advent calendar boxes, but I'm sure there are a ton of box options in the store.)


I used a thin layer of hot glue to assemble them.  I didn't have gold cardstock at the moment, so I painted them gold. 


 I used embroidery floss to attach the box to the balloon.  There were four strands and each was lightly hot glued.  String would probably work even better, but I had the floss on hand.


Here's the one that's mostly vellum.


I will also have some 1/2 ones mounted to the wall like the one you can see on the far right side, so they kind of look like they come out of the wall.


The colors change as they spin, which looks kind of cool.


And they'll come out from the wall and get bigger as they cascade across the wall.



And now it's time for the giveaway and promo.  To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post.  That's it.  One comment per person and please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.

And if you're looking at purchasing one, here's the promo.  (Remember the Cameo is the bigger machine and the Portrait is the little sister.)


To get this deal just go HERE and use the code "ROAR."

Thanks for stopping by.

296 comments:

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Ashley said...

I've been wanting one of these for.ev.er!

Saunders Family said...

Super cute!!! I wish I was as creative as you.

Heidi said...

I LOVE hot air balloons!! What a great idea. I painted a hot air balloon mural in my sons room! Thanks for the great idea!

seven thirty three said...

Love the hot air balloons! What a big statement for a low cost! :)

Rebekah said...

These balloons are adorable!

rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

Katie said...

Such a cute idea! If I win I may duplicate it!

Unknown said...

Beautiful!

Unknown said...

Beautiful!

Parker Post said...

Such a cute idea for either gender. Thanks!
jessijoparker(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lindagirl said...

Those are going to look even more awesome with your new wall color & the fabric you've picked out! Very pretty!

Unknown said...

So so darling! Can't wait to see more of the nursery. Thanks for a great give away! ljwalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

ashley said...

So creative!

Sara Renick said...

Oh, please this time!!!!
sararenick@gmail.com

HeatherS said...

This is a fantastic idea! I can imagine a baby being fascinated by the gently spinning balloons. I wonder if this would work with fabric as well (stiffened with some iron-on stabilizer).

Lisa Eggs said...

How charming! That's a great nursery idea. My 4 month old baby loves to look at his mobile and kick his legs like crazy! Thanks for the chance in the giveaway!
Godislove_18@yahoo.com

Miss Maman said...

I was just thinking about hot air balloons for my girls' room, but made from fabric! I love the paper idea though. This would be cool to win! Good luck to me!

Laura said...

I'd love to win this! :)

kt said...

Really creative and unique!! And thanks for the opportunity to win. Fingers crossed!!

gina said...

LOVE them!!! They turned out great!!

Stefanie said...

Very cute idea! I've been wanting a Silhouette for a LONG time now.

stefb@comcast.net

Trish said...

I really like hot air balloons & your mobile turned out so good! A little off subject...my daughter was a hot air balloon for Halloween last year

Lexie & Jeff said...

Those are cute!

Lili said...

Oh, so cute! This is a really great idea. I don't know if you have seen the 3D ones shown on papermatrix (http://papermatrix.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/balloon-001-video-tutorial/)? It's on my to-do list since I've seen them :-). Thanks for the tutorial and the give away!

dawn - Mi rincón de mariposas said...

Wow, I really like them!!

Kristie said...
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Kari said...

Would LOVE to win. Awesome job with balloons- so fun!

Kristie said...

I love that such a simple project is so visually stunning. Your daughter will love her room.

Rachel said...

It would be so fun to win this. The hot air balloons are fun

Emily Gerow said...

that is a very cute idea! I've been a crafting slump lately, I think winning would help get the mojo flowing again :)

Terry Family said...

Ooo, I would LOVE one! Annie6blue@hotmail.com

Palak said...

The baloons look great against the brown paint. I'd love to win too :) palak(dot)makeithandmade(at)gmail(dot)com

Jessy said...

This is a great idea! And what a great giveaway.

Amanda said...

So pretty!!! Can't wait to see the whole nursery done!!

gina said...

I absolutely love this project, so simple yet beautiful. I would have never thought to use vellum, I really like that one. Gina5167@gmail.com

Megan said...

Those hot air balloons are just MAGICAL! I love them. Great idea for a "not-overly-girly" baby girl nursery!
(I sure would love to get my hands on that Silhouette!)

Ali said...

That looks awesome! I've been wanting one but have been "good"... Would love to win!
durhamtribe (at) gmail

chasing keegan said...

The hot air balloons are really a great idea. Plus you had mentioned painting the wall in Swiss Coffee? That will really make the balloons pop.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this! What a cute, creative idea!! Makes me want to get cutting. ;) I can't wait to see all the cute ideas you have for your nursery.

Michelle said...

The balloons are so cute!

Unknown said...

I love the hot air balloons. Can't wait to see this little girl's room all finished! Awesome giveaway too!
aldridge03@aol.com

controlling craziness said...

Such a cute mobile. I love how colorful they are and original. Great job! Thanks for hosting the give away too.

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Kristen said...

The balloons are adorable! We had a girl after having 3 boys and I must admit her room is more decorated than theirs have ever been. I wish I would have seen your super hero room tutorials in time!
Kuffens @ yahoo. Com

Julie Rosenhan said...

I love your hot air balloons! This is such a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing.

Anna said...

I would love one!!!

Ashley said...

Those balloons are adorable. I never would have thought to use them in a nursery. I can't wait to see the finished nursery.

christina said...

This would make my day to win one!!!!! The balloons are adorable!!!!

Bethany L. said...

The hot air balloons are adorable! Can't wait to see the finished nursery. Thanks for the giveaway!

W Hansen said...

Wow. I just saw someone use the sewing paper technique. You took it to an awesome level.

Nitwhit@gmail.com

Sarah said...

So cute! Can't wait to see it all come together! And thanks for the chance, I'd love to win! :)

sarah8914 at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

Those are so cute and fun! I'd love to win!

Unknown said...

The hot air balloons looking just beautiful! What a great thing for the baby to look at.

lisejackson000 at gmail dot com

Anne said...

Super cute! And your tutorials are awesome!
Anne.vanhoose@gmail.com

Erin said...

Your lucky little girl will love looking at all the colors on the balloons!

Heidi V said...

Those hot air balloons are fabulous! I'd love to win a Silhouette so I could try all these amazing projects I keep seeing!
hlvognetz at yahoo dot com

Ann Marie Queen said...

I have an empty mobile at my office that I've been waiting for something to strike me as the perfect thing. I think these balloons are it. I love hot air balloons!

Welcome to the Glorious Chaos! said...

Cute idea for a baby room :) Those silhouette's are a great machine, I've always wanted one!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful hot air ballons--love it!

bonflitton(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mari said...

I've been wanting one forever! I'm believing in God that he will bless me with one!!!

Carmen said...

I love the balloons! Can't wait to see the nursery when it's finished!!

carmen.clarke@hotmail.com

Build It,Sew It,Love It said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! Love it!!
builditsewitloveit@gmail.com

Jenn

Susan said...

Love the hot air balloons!! I would love to win! trailee@hotmail.com

Kelly said...

So cool...makes me want to go ballooning!
Kelly.Perrow@gmail.com

Brittney said...

Love the mobile, thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

Awesome giveaway. I would love to win one. craftybiggers@gmail.com

The balloons are a great idea.

Maureen said...

Cheri,

Are you going to repaint the walls in the nursery? If you are doing the nursery with a hot air balloon motif, what about painting the room like the sky with clouds and birds maybe some tree tops? I know, a lot more work and expense but you just may like that better than the brown. Love the idea though; never would have thought of using the balloon idea. I did my daughter's room in bunnies years ago.

Maureen

arodri9 said...

I would love to win one! Thanks for the giveaway!

The Wochnick Family said...

I love the hot air balloons. What a fun idea for a baby room.
jdwochnick@gmail.com

Unknown said...

So cute. I really love the mobile. I'd love to win too :)

angellsworth at gmail

jBrink said...

Oh my!! So adorable!! :)

Emily said...

What a great idea! My husband and I are expecting and I've been searching around for inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

emhammar@yahoo.com

Lykins Family said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Kelli @ WhimsiKel said...

Those hot air balloons are so cute! I can't wait to see how it looks when you get them all finished. Thanks so much for the chance to win a silhouette!!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

A Silhouette is still on my bucket list. Fingers crossed it will come off it one day. ;) The balloons are a wonderful idea!
xoxo,
Amy

The Muse said...

Wow, That's a fabulous idea. And I'm excited for a chance to win! vossmeghan@gmail.com

StrengthThruWeakness said...

Such a cute idea! Love the creativity!

StrengthThruWeakness said...

I'm also known as Alyssa H. (lyssadee at gmail dot com)

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this! Thanks for all of your inspiration and wonderful ideas Cheri! If I win, you could reach me at cmiller@fils.org.

Catherine said...

It's going to be such a cute room! Can't wait to watch it all come together.


Thanks for the chance to win too! cmentillo@hotmail.com

Leigh said...

I am expecting #3 about a month after you are and I still have no real plan, but 222 pins of what to do for nursery decor. Now 223.

Mrs. R said...

Cute idea! Thus would make diy soooo much easier!

Diana said...

I'd love a silhouette, and the balloons look so fun. I love the idea of using paper to add an inexpensive pop of color to a nursery.

Josh_n_Connie said...

Thanks for sharing! I made the same balloons for a friend's baby shower and they are adorable! Hope I win!
csande07@yahoo.com

Amber said...

I love the mobile! So cute. I want a silhouette in order to do all of these fun projects I see all of the time.
ambanta323@gmail.com

Rie Bonanno Photography said...

I have so many ways to put the Silhouette to good use! Crossing my fingers!
riebonanno@yahoo.com

groovyonetoo said...

These are so cute! I especially love the ones on the walls. I've loved your blog with your awesome boys. But as a Mom of 2 girls I can't WAIT to see what you do next in the nursery! And I've always wanted to play with a Silhouette. ;)

Unknown said...

How stinkin' adorable!! I can't wait to see how her room comes together! And thanks for a great giveaway!

ALC said...

That is such a cute idea! And a great giveaway. I really prefer the simple ones :-)

Rachel Hawks said...

I love it! Cute!

Megan said...

Love the hot air balloons. So cute!! :)

megangiraldo@aol.com

Jmom said...

I'd love to win a Silhouette, you can do such cute things with them.
reggity at sbcglobal dot net

Krista Hansen said...

Love the hot air balloons!

Danyelle said...

Your balloons are adorable! I have all sorts of ideas and projects I want to do with a silhouette.

Unknown said...

Super fun idea!

Amanda Powell said...

What a cute idea for a mobile! When I had my daughter I made a butterfly mobile using a hand held punch. Using a Silhouette would have been a lot faster!
-Amanda
japowell2005@gmail.com

The Zink's said...

what a cute idea!

Kim said...

I would love a Silhouette...but I love what you are doing with the nursery even more!!! I can't wait to see it all come together!

eirinnkelly said...

That's so cute! I can't wait to see the whole room. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jennifer said...

I bet she'll love looking at those once she gets here! Beautiful!

Abby Scorsonelli said...

What a creative idea for the nursery! Good use of the Silhouette too. I'd love to have one!

akhesa said...

Such a cute and inexpensive idea! One more reason for me to really want to win the silhouette...
alex.filipa @ gmail.com

Kerry said...

Oooh! I would like to win this! :) Congratulations on your pregnancy! Your video of breaking the news to your younger son was hilarious! Those expressions! :)

midwest momma said...

I can't wait to see the completed baby's room! I know it will be adorable!

katy said...

The hot air balloons look great! katyg0521 at gmail dot com

cinerdy said...

Cute! I like that hot air balloons are not something so traditionally 'girlie'. I am a children's librarian in a public library and keep wanting to have something like the silhouette to help me make items for storytime but currently the funding isn't available.

Megan said...

This is sooooo awesome! I love hot air balloons and love the idea of doing a 3D Mobile! :) Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kat said...

Love it!
LDSKat at hotmail dot com

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Ariel Davis said...

Cute balloons! I like the little baskets. ariel.davis722@gmail.com

Lindsy said...

I've wanted a Silhouette for so long! Love the hot air balloons!

Alissa said...

These are so cute! I was thinking of doing a hot air balloon room for out peanut due in May, but instead chose dandelions :)

Stephanie Dunlap said...

So adorable! Such a great idea!

Ruby Lynn said...

I would love one of these! My aunt got one for christmas and its awesome!
ruby lynns (at) gmail dot com

laura said...

I think I would totally use this! Melamom@juno.com

The Simmons Family said...

Cheri.. I wish I had just an ounce of the creativity you do!! Super cool idea.

andreanicolesimmons@Hotmail.com

Robin said...

I'd love one of these! :)
SO many projects calling my name! lol
rjbrown233 @ gmail.com

ceaster said...

I would love to do these for my preschool room! Cassie_easter@yahoo.com

Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade said...

Super cute! I made a similar one last year (http://www.momscraftyspace.com/2012/02/up-up-away.html), but now I'm wishing I had thought to add baskets to mine too! My son is now 2 1/2, and it's still his favorite thing in his bedroom :)

Unknown said...

That is such a creative idea...thank you for sharing it :)

Marcy said...

I'd love to win. I also love your decorating idea. Very fun and engaging for little ones.

Heather said...

Love the hot air balloons! Can't wait to see more of the nursery! Thanks for the chance to win a silhouette!

(dmcdavid at telus dot net)

Callie said...

I love this! What a cute idea for a nursery (or any kid room!) LOVE! (and congrats by the way) callie_c17(at)hotmail

Nancy said...

Nice hot air balloons. Love all the thought you put into it re sizes. And the colours are pretty without being overly girlish. nridder@hurontel.on.ca

Valinda said...

That is so pretty!! I wish my kids still let me decorate however I wanted.

Misty said...

Adorable idea! Can't wait to see the rest of the room! sonnenberg1(at)suddenlink(dot)net

Mariam said...

Cute idea for a little girls room. Sweet, but not too frilly. mariamblack (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jen said...

Adorable! I love the hot air balloon theme also! sewfabulous10 at yahoo dot com

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

adorable, and I can just baby girl looking up smiling at them!

Catherine Peart said...

These are just adorable. I love how their colours change as they spin. Would looove to win a Silhouette!

Maren T. said...

I love how you have a unique sense of style! Can't wait to see the finished product
maren.dearden@gmail.com

Melissa said...

I love hot air balloons for kids decor! Great idea and thank you for the awesome giveaway!
LtngrL9 at gmail dot com

Heidi said...

Love the mobile.

kilbreatha said...

I love Mobile's! These are super cute!

Amanda said...

Rooms are always needing a change. Can't wait to see the finished product. The balloons are so cute!

Krista said...

Wow that is beyond cool, you have such amazing ideas!

I'd love to win a silhouette too.

Sarah said...

So cute!!

Bri said...

I absolutely love the mobile. So adorable!

Amy said...

Cute theme for a nursery. The skies the limit!
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

ms_sunshyne said...

Love your mobile! Ms_sunshyne (at) yahoo (dot) com

Emily said...

YAY!

Mrs. Ohtobe said...

Love!

Lora said...

I love all your ideas!

Madonna said...

My aunt used to make hot air balloons with some little mesh plastic material. I love hot air balloons.

Athena said...

Ohh, I love it - wish I had a little girl! Sewing paper - genius!
The portrait would be an awesome gift for my mom. She's always coming over to use my cameo!

Reagan said...
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Reagan said...

Great idea!

Britni Wing said...

Such a cute idea! I just may steal it and add some floating clouds.

Kristen G said...

What a fun project!
kristen.geppert@gmail.com

Jen said...

I love these - what a great idea for a girl nursery!

Sarah said...

Love it! I wish my daughter didn't have to share a room with my sons. sarahruth7@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

The hot air ballons are enchanting! What a lucky baby! And thank you for the tutorial and for hosting the giveaway!
Gabrielle @ Oh Boy, Cato!
gabriellecato at gmail dot com
http://thenewcatos.blogspot.com/

Jessica said...
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Jessica said...

would love to win! and your balloon mobil is so cute... decor+entertainment for baby= win!!

Kristi said...

Those balloons are so cute!

HRoss said...

I love your blog! I have wanted one of these for so long! Hollyriddle (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tonya said...

I love those hot air balloons!! If they were only about 19 months earlier, I could have used them for my little boy's room. :)

rachkatt said...

Super cute! I like how they're coming out from the wall :) And I love hot air balloons.
rachkatt at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Aw, you always have the cutest ideas! your quite the inspiration....thank you!

Tara said...

Those balloons are the cutest thing ever! You are so incredibly talented!

HSockwell said...

Those hot air balloons are precious! Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win!
Hannah
hsockwell@gmail.com

Carolyn said...

Those balloons are so fun!

Tyree said...

How did you attach them to your ceiling??? I made a paper moble for my son and it kept falling down with three different methods. coupontyree@gmail.com

GinaBeana said...

So, so sweet! Can't to see how this, the fabric, and the glitter heart canvas all tie together to make a room for your little baby girl! What a lucky lady she will be!
gwill4 (at) gmail (dot) com

aggiemomof2 said...

I have loved hot air balloons since I read all the Oz books when I was young! So cute!

mali said...

Super cute! I LOVE IT! Can't wait to see the finished project.

Sarrilly said...

oh my gosh, i love these SO MUCH. :)

rachel said...

Yes please!

dushyle said...

The hot air balloons are so cute! Love it!

sb said...

What a cute mobile idea! And it'd be great to win a Silhouette!

Kristal said...

Adorable! And awesome giveaway:). I want one super bad but a grad student income for a family of 4 just isn't gonna happen:(. And I totally agree with the single entry! So much easier:)

tiffyhong said...

That is such a great idea! I would love to craft up something like this if i win it!
kipani89@gmail.com

MJStump said...

I can't wait to see it all put together and how beautiful the nursery will be when you are all done!

The giveaway is exciting too! I can just imagine all the possibilities if I had a Silhouette! jodystump(at)hotmail(dot)com

Alayna said...

I love the hot air balloons for a nursery! So cute and rather original. I have a cricut, but would love a silhouette as the cricut cartridges are just so dang expensive and hard to store in a small house.
alayna_adams5 (at) yahoo (dot) (com)

Rhonda said...

I would love a Silhouette!!!
bcrc (at)sasktel(dot)net

Melanie said...

I would love to win! This has been on my wish list forever...sometimes I think I am the only girl without one :)

Kellie said...

The balloons are gorgeous! I can hardly wait to see the finished nursery.
So...is the Silhouette the Cricut's cooler, bigger, crafty sister??!! ;)
kellieblossom(at)gmail(dot)com

Holli said...

What a cute and easy (with a silhouette!) Mobile! I sewed a bunch of fabric birds for my little girls mobile and it was rough! Maybe if I had a silhouette (please oh please!) I could do a much simpler one for baby #2 coming in May!

Stacey C. said...

So cute! I would LOVE to win this! tate_girl(at)hotmail(dot)com

We're So Rad said...

So adorable. You are so creative.

Sara said...

What a good idea! I can never seem to find mobiles that aren't super cute-sy...this one is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing! (And for hosting a this giveaway. I would love to get my hands on one of these babies!)

knitting mama said...

gorgeous! would love to win! achang137 at gmail dot com. thanks!!

DnD_Saga said...

Those hot air balloons are SO CUTE! What a great idea!

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Deviolinist@gmail.com

Mom of two said...

I love this project!!!! Thanks for the giveway!

ladyt9903@hotmail.com

Unknown said...

Yay silhouette giveaway!

Cam & Sarah said...

I've been wanting a Silhouette for ages now - having one would make my photo shadowboxes look so much more polished. Cutting with scissors or an exacto knife leaves something to be desired. And I have a whole wall to fill with these shadowboxes (yet to be made themselves).

salt_of_the_earth81 said...

Your daughters room is going to be super cute! I can't wait to see what the finished room looks like. I wonder if you have a local hot air balloon festival you guys could go to and get some good pictures and frame one too! Ours here in Albuquerque is awesome just from the pictures I've seen. Would love to get to actually be there when it happens. So beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway again! Fingers crossed! salt_of_the_earth81(at)yahoo(dot)com

Unknown said...

I have so many great ideas for this!!!

Tari said...

I am always amazed by your projects- so thanks for sharing them! And thanks for the giveaway!

Justin & Allison Harmon said...

Such a cute idea with the balloons! Thanks for the give away...it would be fun to have on of those :) alli.clark01@gmail.com

Stacey said...

I have girl #4 on the way. I would love to do some fun projects with the silhouette. Thanks for the giveaway and for all the inspiration!

Sarah said...

These are so fun! Thanks for the chance Cheri!

Kellers said...

I love those hot air balloons!!

Brooke said...

So fun! Love the balloons. brooke.hedin@gmail.com

tweetyscute said...

I have been drooling over these silhouette

Sushma said...

What a cute idea .

Maggie said...

What a cute idea! I would LOVE to win this!!

KyrieEleison said...

The hot air balloon idea is awesome - how bright and cheery for a baby's room! And a Silhouette - how cool would that be?

DandyWarhol said...

Very cute idea for your nursery! I'm sure baby will love it.

*Katie May* said...

Very cute idea, Hope I win! ktcluff@gmail.com

Kat said...

Awesome Idea! You are so very creative.

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