I have always loved hot air balloons. They are so colorful and fun! I’m definitely more of a spectator than a rider (heights!), but it’s fun to think about what the world might look like from a high-flying balloon.
We designed our own hot air balloons with watercolors, coffee filters, and markers. Coffee filters are such fun to paint, and this is a simple project that preschoolers and up can enjoy. Perfect for summer crafting!
Supplies for Coffee Filter Hot Air Balloons:
- coffee filters (we used jumbo ones like these, but regular-sized ones work, too)
- watercolors & brush
- colored construction paper for background
- black marker or crayon
- glue stick
Paint the coffee filters with watercolors, in any design you like. You could do stripes, dots, or random patches of color. The watercolors will spread a lot through the absorbent coffee filters – so fun to paint and watch! In fact, even if your kiddos don’t want to make hot air balloons, I highly recommend setting out a big stack of coffee filters and some watercolors for a fun summer activity!
Set the coffee filters aside to dry completely.
Fold the coffee filter in half, and lightly draw a half-balloon shape with a pencil. Cut out the hot air balloon and glue to the background paper.
Using a black marker or crayon (we used Sharpies), add details to your balloon, such as stripes, zigzags, flowers, or dots. Anything goes! Don’t forget to add a basket, too.
If you want to add more details, use markers or crayons to draw clouds, trees, birds, or anything else you might see on your hot air balloon ride. I love how colorful and whimsical our hot air balloons turned out! You could even draw a picture of yourself riding in the basket.
Where would you like to go in a hot air balloon?