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.

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.


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.


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