paper balloons burlap 7gypsies paper mixed media

Up, up & away! – make paper balloons with 7gypsies

paper balloons burlap 7gypsies paper mixed media

Hey everyone!!! I’m Cathy Frailey and I’d like to share my paper balloons project with you today.

I love steampunk and all that it invokes: a little grunge, some romance, Victorian meets industrial.
And the most recognizable steampunk icon you usually see is the hot air balloon!
Another great thing about steampunk is that you can upcycle some great stuff and use whatever’s in your stash.
All you need is an empty bottle and some CCB products to create your own version of this steampunk icon!

paper balloons burlap 7gypsies paper mixed media

Products used:
7gypsies Gypsy Seamstress – Patterns 12×12 paper

Canvas Corp Canvas Fringe – natural
Canvas Corp Burlap Sheet – natural
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Bottle caps, Chain necklace
Flowers, Sari silk ribbon
Metal wire,Bottle
Scissors, Hot glue gun

paper balloons burlap 7gypsies paper mixed media

My bottle was approx. 7″ tall; I turned it over and used a tape measure to measure from the bottom down the side, leaving some slack so that the sides would puff out when I glued it down. I started by cutting/distressing my strips of paper and burlap to make the balloon part. I ended up with oblong-shaped strips that were approx. 6″ x 2″. This is something you’ll have to play around with depending on the size of your bottle and how far down you want to the strips to go.

Turn your bottle over, bottom side up, and start hot-gluing your strips just on the tips.
I did the 4 paper strips first, then the burlap.
It kind of looks like a helicopter!

paper balloons burlap 7gypsies paper mixed media

Then you’ll hot glue the other ends down the side of your bottle, just on the tips.
Remember to glue them so that they puff out creating the balloon shape, not straight down.

paper balloons burlap 7gypsies paper mixed media

And now you’re ready to embellish!
I used bottle caps with flowers inside around the balloon and on top.

paper balloons burlap 7gypsies paper mixed media

I went around the bottom of the paper with the canvas fringe and Sari ribbon, then added the chain and another flower.
I also wrapped some wire around the bottom.
Gluing the bottle neck into another bottle cap makes it more sturdy for standing.

Wire between the flowers on the balloon adds a little rustic quality.

paper balloons burlap 7gypsies paper mixed media

These make great decorative pieces & can be tailored to any style with CCB’s vast array of products!

Happy crafting!!!

Cathy Frailey
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Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

'Up, up & away! – make paper balloons with 7gypsies' have 3 comments

  1. March 28, 2018 @ 1:13 pm kimberly

    oh my gosh Cathy this is AMAZING!!!!!! thank you for the inspiration….and tutorial ….. I cant wait to make some…. love it!!!!!!!


    • March 29, 2018 @ 7:58 pm Cathy

      Thank you, Kimberly – I’m so glad it’s an inspiration to you!


  2. April 2, 2018 @ 5:50 pm Julia Cotrim

    OMG Cathy! What a lovely creation! So original and so beautiful! TFS!


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