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How to Make a Hot Air Balloon Centerpiece

Finding creative ideas for party centerpieces doesn't have to mean hours of work for you when you create a cute hot air balloon to decorate your table.


  • Step 1: Cut ribbon Cut two 48-inch lengths of ribbon.
  • Step 2: Lay ribbon out and tape Lay the ribbon pieces across one another in an X shape and tape at the cross.
  • TIP: Use translucent plastic netting, found in craft stores, in place of the ribbon to give the balloon an interesting, life-like pattern.
  • Step 3: Fill the basket Fill the basket with flowers, candy, toys, or other goodies.
  • Step 4: Lay ribbon over balloon Lay the ribbon over the top of the balloon with the ends hanging over the sides. Tape the X of the ribbon onto the balloon.
  • Step 5: Tape ribbon to basket Tape the ends of the ribbon to the sides or corners of the basket. Place on your table and let the celebration commence.
  • FACT: The first untethered, manned hot air balloon trip was made by Pilatre De Rozier of France in 1783. He traveled 5 and 1/2 miles before landing safely 20 minutes later.

You Will Need

  • Ribbon
  • Clear tape
  • Basket
  • Flowers
  • candy
  • toys
  • or other goodies
  • Helium-filled latex balloon
  • Translucent plastic netting (optional)

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