In this instructable, I will be showing you how to make your own mini hot air balloon from just a few, cheap household items.
As you view this instructable, you will not only learn how to build the hot air balloon, but also learn the technology behind hot air balloons. This is a great hands-on learning experience that I use to teach my science class.
Step 1: Materials
1- Large Plastic Bag(I used a bag from the dry cleaners)
3-4 Birthday candles
1-Thick and sturdy wire
And of course some patience:)
Step 2: Tie the Bag
Then knot the top of the bag where the hole for the hangers is(only if you have a dry cleaners bag)
Step 3: Cut and Bend Wire
Then, twist them together, forming an X shaped structure.
Step 4: Make the Candle Holder
Step 5: Glue the Cup and Add Candles
Then glue 3-4 candles to the inside of the cup.
Step 6: Attach to Bag
Step 7: Ready to Fly!
Bring your hot air balloon to a calm, non windy area outside.
Then, make sure all areas of the bag arent touching or near the bag.
After that, light the candles on fire with the lighter and wait a while until the bag fills with hot air.
Finally when your bag is filled, let go of the bag and watch it rise in the air and get higher and higher.
These balloons have gotten so high, that I have even lost sight of them.
Try doing this at night for cool effects.
Be safe when doing this project, but most of all.... Have Fun!