The 365 Day Challenge

My goal is to create something every day using something from my craft cupboard. I am a self-confessed fabric addict and just love to fossick through thrift shops and find treasures.

So here goes. Live, love, recycle and get crafting.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Day 361 - Hot air balloons with messages inside

This is another anniversary present for my hubby for our 10th wedding anniversary. I had the idea of making some hot air balloons with messages in them a while ago, but wasn't sure how I would do it. Then a couple of weeks ago these string lanterns stopped working, and it occurred to me today that they would be perfect for making mini hot air balloons. There are even ten of them, for the 10 notes I had planned.


I got the lanterns, some cardboard icecream cups, and some string I recycled from packaging.

I tied strings to the bottom of the lanterns.

Then I punched a hole in each side of the icecream cups, threaded the string through and secured the string with a bead on the inside of the cups.

Then I wrote some notes.

Rolled them up and tied them with string.

And buried the notes in shredded paper, recycled, from a birthday gift.

Here are my balloons swaying in the breeze outside.


  1. I LOVE those!!! I would love to be a copycat, but don't have any kind of lanterns, sigh.


  2. Hi I'm just going through the village voices 2013 list and thought I'd drop by and say hello. This is such a cute idea and good luck.

  3. Thankyou everyone. I think the hubby will like them :-)