DIY Hot Air Balloon Necklace {Tutorial}


Today’s DIY hot air balloon necklace tutorial is shared by Haley, from Welcome to the Mouse House.

Haley Welcome to the Mouse HouseThis is Haley’s second win this season. Following her week one win, she shared a tutorial for removable fabric wallpaper – definitely one to pin!

Removable Fabric Wallpaper

Haley our around the world challenge with her Around the World in 80 Days ensemble.

Around the World

Learn more about the sweet little necklace today and hop over to her site to learn more about the other pieces in the project.

DIY Hot Air Balloon Necklace

Hey folks!  Thanks so much for all of the votes last week… Everyone did such a great job, so it was an honor to win this week.

I am here to share a tutorial for the hot air balloon necklace from the outfit!



Roll a nickel sized amount of white into a ball and then shape it into a hot air balloon.

Snake roll (is that a term?) several colors of clay.

Break each roll in half.

Start laying them on top, opposite from each other (it looks like a weird little lady, right?).

Continue with all colors.

Continue on until the entire balloon is covered.

Now, smush each color down and start forming into the shape of the air balloon.

Now is the time to create the hole that will be used for the necklace. Take your thick sewing needle and poke it through the entire balloon, making sure to go straight through.

Now, create a little white “basket.” Roll up some white (or another color) until it resembles a marshmallow…hehehe.

Place both pieces on aluminum foil and bake at 275 degrees for approximately 7-8 minutes. Turn the pieces and bake for another 7-8 minutes.

Take some regular polyester thread and cut for equal strands.

Using your glue gun (or quick set glue) attach the four strands of thread to the balloon and the basket.

This step is optional, but gives it a nice sheen…

Cover the hot air balloon and basket with a few coats of Mod Podge, letting it dry between coats.

Grab your elastic thread, sewing needle, fun beads and your new hot air balloon.

Measure the child’s neck and allow for stretch…

Start threading the beads…

Add your hot air balloon and keep threading…

Knot the ends…


Try on the child’s head before trimming the ends of elastic to make sure it fits.  You can always adjust, if needed.

Thanks for sharing your winning tutorial Haley! 

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    • Tauni says

      I thought that this was an adorable project! Now I just need to round up a few girls…I don’t think my boys would be as interested :) Tauni

    • Tauni says

      Sheena, I can’t tell you how much I love all of your supportive comments. You’re the best! xoxo Tauni

    • Tauni says

      Janiene, I have really enjoyed all of Haley’s projects too. Hope you’re doing well. xoxo. Tauni