Hot Air Balloon
Inflate a balloon and balance it inside a small plastic cup on a table top.
Cut 1”- 2” strips of the Rigid Wrap. Dip each strip into warm water and layer each one on top of the balloon. Gently smooth the plaster on the strips with finger tips. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying additional coats. Apply several coats as needed.
Attach the cup onto the bottom of the Rigid Wrapped balloon using a hot glue gun. Cover the cup with Rigid Wrap. Add additional plaster where needed to achieve a smooth surface.
Measure out the dimensions desired for a small cube to be used as the balloon’s basket. Cut out the shape using a utility knife. Score the sides of the bottom square and fold the cardboard into the cube form. Secure the sides by gluing them in place.
Attach four strings to each corner of the cube. Then attach each string to the bottom of the balloon form using masking tape.
Insert a C-Hook into the top of the balloon and secure in place with hot glue.
Choose a design for the balloon. Designs may be drawn, painted or decoupaged onto the Riged Wrapped surface. Apply a gloss sealant like Mod Podge over the design when finished to give the ballon a shiny surface.
Apply burlap to the cardboard cube using liquid glue. Paint the burlap a natural fiber color to resemble a wicker basket.
Hang up the balloon and allow the sculpture to completely dry. Once dry it is ready to be displayed.