Portions of this post were originally published in Sacramento Parent Magazine, March 2012.

hanging hot air balloon mobile
Okay, I know I promised that I was going to make you wait until March for this project reveal, but hey, it’s close enough, right? I {LOVE} this colorful mobile SO much that I just couldn’t wait to show it off!
neat hot air balloon paper mobile for kids room


  • 10″ Embroidery Hoop (inner ring only)
  • String/Fishing Line
  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue*
  • Balloon and Cloud Templates

If you wish to use a different theme, choose shapes that are symmetrical in order to create a three dimensional effect. Mix it up!


  • Paint your embroidery hoop and allow to dry.
  • Cut six lengths of string approximately 20″ long each.
  • Cut your shapes out of paper: For each two dimensional object (clouds and raindrops) that will hang on your mobile, cut two identical shapes to serve as the front and back sides. For each three dimensional object (hot air balloons), cut 6 shapes and fold each one in half.
  • To assemble two dimensional objects: sandwich a section of string between two matching shapes and glue them together.
  • To form three dimensional objects:  Join two shapes together by gluing the right half of one to the left half of another. Make sure that the edges are lined up. Continue gluing the remaining shapes together, and insert a length of string for hanging before gluing your final pair of shapes.
  • When all your items have been adhered to your lengths of string, tie the ends around your embroidery hoop and secure with a double knot. Make sure that the items are evenly spaced and balanced around the hoop to ensure that it will hang correctly.
  • Use string or ribbon to hang your mobile from the ceiling.

* Note: Rubber cement works well for this project because it does not wrinkle paper, and it allows time to line up the edges of your shapes perfectly. Always use rubber cement in a well-ventilated area.

diy mobile for kids room
…and just in case my written directions are clear as mud, here’s a quick visual on how to assemble your balloons into 3-dimensional shapes!


colorful paper hot air balloon
easy to make hot air balloon
Thanks again to Sacramento Parent Magazine for allowing me the opportunity to show off some of my creative fun! It’s always such a pleasure working with them! If you have some time, take a few minutes to browse the other articles on their site as well; there’s some really great stuff there! ♥

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  1. Hello! Just thought I would let you know that there is an etsy shop selling your files and using your photo of this project! He sold some design files of my husbands so now I’m on a mission to let other creatives that he has ripped off know. We reported him to Etsy as well as asked him in a very strongly written message to take down the items. Here is the link to your infringed files:
    Just trying to help by letting you know. People can be scumbags sometimes.

    1. Thank you SO much for the heads up, Ashley! I really appreciate it. I reported him to Etsy as well and also sent a strongly worded message. Fingers crossed!

  2. This is beautiful! I love the vibrant colors and I LOVE that it is hot air balloons. Thanks for entering Blog Wars, and Good Luck!

  3. This is so lovely. I have a hot air balloon and cloud dies that I could use for this and my 5 year old and her friends would love it.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. These are really really too stinking adorable Heidi! Love the bright colors and every little detail about this craft! Thanks for sharing- love it!