My son is six years old and he always comes up with unique ideas for his costume each year. This year, he decided on a Hot Air Balloon. My mother and I make his costumes each year.
First, I purchased a wicker hamper we cut the bottom out and used black duct tape around the jagged edges so they wouldn't catch on his clothes. Then I purchased a 65 CM Exercise Ball, and some satin fabric (red, orange, blue, green, & yellow). My mother had no pattern, but was able to sew the fabric together & place elastic at the bottom for the air vent and we were able to take the ball in & out of the satin covering.
I went to Home Depot and bought 4 metal sticks and wrapped them in brown duct tape, also bought a piece of round PVC pipe and covered it with gold fringe. The sticks were attached to the basket with tie wraps and so was the pipe. My mom sewed the suspenders onto the basket. The ball came on & off easy for transporting. The Hot Air Balloon Costume was a big hit, he was so proud to wear it.
My two year old loves hot air balloons. We live in an area where there are a lot of farms and there are many hot air balloon trips to see the beautiful farmlands. She calls them “up up and away", this is the reason for the shirt. My husband who teaches special needs children to embroider made the shirt with his students.
The basket I found at our house and cut out the bottom for her to put her legs through. The straps are a vinyl ribbon that looped through the basket. The poles for the balloon are made from PVC pipe. To make the balloon part I used two wire wreath frames and attached them to the PVC pipe. I wrapped different color material around the frames to create the look of the balloon.
For the fire I used a curly ribbon bow from the dollar store. The sandbags on the basket are made with old socks. This hot air balloon costume was fun to make and my daughter wants to wear it all the time.
This is a Hot Air Balloon costume using my daughter's left over medical supply boxes etc. It is made with a small cardboard box that we threaded wool through to look like a basket, we added filled socks for the sandbags, we used old catheter tubes too create the poles of the basket and attached orange/red material too give the illusion of a flame.
Finally it was a case of blowing up large sausage shaped balloons and tying them altogether to look like the balloon part of the hotair balloon. We also lined the inside of the box to make it more basket looking and put a couple of shoulder ties on so my daughter could carry it.
It took a couple of days to make and paint etc but well worth.