make a doll hot air balloon

This week I wanted to share with you an easy way to bring the adventure of Dolly Hot Air Balloon rides to your doll play collections inspired by Saige. The best part – you probably already have these items on hand.

To create your doll’s  hot air balloon you will need:

  • A left over party balloon, or you can pick one up at your local party store, they even blew it up with regular air for me, not helium, at no extra charge.
  • A box large enough to come up to your dolls waist, mine fit two dolls easily
  • Tape, I recommend packing tape as it is stronger than scotch tape
  • 12 bamboo kitchen skewers or 6 sets of chopsticks
  • A rubber band
  • Paper to cover your box
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • Scissors

Step 1– If you have not already done so, blow up your balloon as large as you can without having it pop. Tie a knot in it and set it aside.

Step 2– Tape the edges of your box together, my box came up to my doll’s waist when I lifted the flaps and taped them into place.

Step 3 –  Cover your box with paper, tape into place and make your basket pattern. I made mine by using my pencil and ruler to create parallel and diagonal lines on the box, repeat on all four sides.

Step 4-Each balloon pole will need three skewers.  Join two skewers together as shown, with non-pointed edges together I allow 2 inches at the joins for stability . The more tape the more secure your skewers will be. Then add your third skewer and tape it into place, with the pointed tip away from the tape join. Repeat until you have four balloon poles.

Step 5– In each of the 4 corners of your box “basket” push the pointed edge into your box corner at an angle. Tape the pole into place as best you can, you are going to create a Point Effect with the four poles, making them like a tent when you move to step 6.

Step 6– Use your elastic to secure your skewers at the point where the balloon will be taped. Then use your tape (here is where I realized you need a stronger tape) to reinforce your balloon poles on the inside of the box.

Step 7– Use lots of tape to get your balloon to stay upright and in place at the top of your balloon poles. As Shown in the top right photo above.

Step 8– Place your dolls in the Hot Air Balloon Basket and start your adventure!

This week in my post I used my Chrissa American Girl Doll & my newest Harmony Club Doll Cadence.

I hope you enjoyed today’s craft. I look forward to sharing more doll play ideas with you next week!