The basket of this Hot Air Balloon costume is a cardboard box covered in burlap material that was attached with an adhesive spray. Inside the basket is a cut-down broom handle that was screwed into the front and back for easy carrying.
The balloon frame is made of bendable plastic molding that was screwed together. The molding goes vertical with two horizontal rings in the middle and at the bottom. We attached the basket and balloon together with PVC pipe that was heated with a small bottle torch so it could bend to the right fit. It is screwed together and we also used hose clamps for added support.
To cover the balloon, we got satin material and sewed it together. That was a bit tricky, a pattern had to be made. Matching material was also sewn to make sashes for the basket. The sandbags were just made from some extra white material and stuffed with batting, attached with ropes which were tied to the poles and taped on the inside.
For the finishing touch we printed a sign and put it in a plastic sleeve that was pinned to the basket. From top to bottom it measures 10 feet. It was a big hit at the school Halloween parade, my son had a great time.
My children came home from school and announced they wanted to enter the fancy dress competition at the summer fare the next morning! I was at a complete loss! Until I found this site! I quickly came up with three ideas stolen, as you will see directly from other people!
As we had no time to go shopping we created these without spending a penny from things in the house! An old beach ball became a hot air balloon! Cotton wool and some cardboard became Marge Simpson's hair. And an old box helped turn my son into a Doctor Who action figure!
The whole lot only took a couple of hours, the children were so pleased with their costumes and we won first, second and third prizes!
Thanks ever so much to those whose ideas we borrowed and those who run this site! I'm sure we'll be back again and again!
I love making costumes and this Hot Air Balloon costume was perfect for my son! I found a basket at a second-hand store and had my dad cut out a circle out of wood the same size as the basket and attached PVC pipe for the polls and another circle for the top, then I got balloons and attached them to the ring and tied them together, added helium balloons to the center of the other balloons to make it look bigger.
I used a pair of suspenders to attach it to him it would have been perfect but the wind was too much for him! We still won first place though and made the paper!