Model Hot Air Balloon




Introduction: Model Hot Air Balloon

Here's an instructable that shows you how to make a hot air balloon using tissue paper. 

- Tissue paper (at least 40 sheets, size 100 x 70 cm)
- glue
- scissors

Step 1: Step 1

Cut all the pieces in the right size but don't forget to make an adhesive edge.

(to download sketchup:

When you open our model in sketchup you can easily adjust the sizes of the hot air balloon.

Step 2: Step 2

Glue the parts together like we do in the video. 
First make eight seperate parts.

Step 3:

Use a hairdryer or a heat gun to heat the air inside the balloon.
You could also use a firelighter.

If you've got any questions please leave a comment.

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi instructables, I'd tried to make a hot air balloon but the problem which becomes an obstacle in making this balloon is that: which thing should I use to make fly this balloon, which is easier to buy and is required to take the shape of the hot air balloon?
    Kunal Sahni


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Good work!

    I can't see the video, as you see in the attached image. Then, I don't know how do you make the glueing. But I would bet that there is an easier way to do it because I devoted myself to these balloons many years ago. I could describe it, without photos, if you are insterested.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Rimar,

    I'm sorry you can't see the video. I think it has got to do with the music we've placed in the video. maybe this link (different music) will work;

    This hot air balloon is an assignment for school.
    We are definitely interested in an easier way to do it. (we've still got lots of tissue paper left)

    Thanks a lot!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I will try to explain with words, with my "yes, bwana" English, because now I can not get to do a instructable.

    Whatever the shape of the segments, provided that they are all equal and symmetrical (as in this case), you must bend longitudinally all them individually. Then stack them so perfectly match the folds on one side and the edges at the other. Then you take a bottle of white glue, the kind that leaves a thin thread of glue, and carefully lift the edges of the above segment and stick to the next segment (under it). Done this, follow down through the stack to adhere one by one (careful not to join both sides of the same segment each other) until the last. At that time, fold the upper half of the first segment 360 degrees, which was loose, and stick it to the bottom segment. Let it dry a few minutes and you'll see that when you open the balloon is fully assembled, with the added booster edge between segment and segment, which are perpendicular to the surface when inflated.

    All this chatter seems complicated, but it is very easy and fast to do.