Hello friends! I'm back with another project that I recently completed for our nursery-in-progress. This mobile was super simple, super quick, and super cheap! I was inspired by the beautiful flensted hot air balloon mobile, but wanted to customize the colors (and be a bit more economical). Follow along if you wish!
Unfold the skinnier sides.
You should now be able to fold the two wider sides together to make this box shape.
And there you have it! Cute, right?
Now, for the balloons. Cut out a template for your balloons depending on the shape and size you desire. The balloons I made are about 5 1/2 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches wide at the widest point. The "stem" of the balloon measures 1/2 inch across (so it fits in the basket). Be sure to fold your balloon in half length-wise so it is symmetric--it'll need to be folded anyway!
Once you have your balloon pieces cut out, glue each folded half of the balloon to another folded half. Use four pieces of paper (glued together) for each balloon.
Allow the glue to dry. If you have excess paper hanging over on any of the sides, go ahead and give it a nice trim.
Then squirt some glue into one of the baskets and insert your balloon. Allow the glue to dry.
To create the mobile, I simply made five of these balloons with different colors of craft paper. I then tied fishing line to each one at the very top (after poking a tiny hole using a sewing needle) and tied each balloon to a piece of 16-gauge craft wire that I had already looped at the ends. It did require a few minutes of rearranging the lengths of string and the placement of the string on the wires to balance everything, but that was it!