This hot-air balloon started with an old tennis ball from the garage.
And this bottle cap.
I wrapped the tennis ball in some white cotton cloth and tied it with a rubber band.
Then I painted it all over with silver glitter paint.
Next, I covered it with some blue netting, procured from a bag of onions.
A small eye hook screws easily through the fabric and into the tennis ball giving it a firm hanger.
Inspiration for this ornament came from my sketch book.
I sketched lots of designs for balloon ornaments, but this was one of my favorites.
Having put the unfortunate incidents with the Toad and the Mole behind her, she devotes herself to giving joy and happiness to the small creatures who helped secure her freedom.
Or something like that. 🙂
I sculpted Thumbelina (she’s very tiny, only an inch tall!) out of Paper Clay since it dries very light-weight.
I hot-glued her into the bottle-cap,which I painted with the silver glitter paint. I also punched 4 holes in the cap with a paper piercer to thread the twine through and attach it to the netting of the balloon, just like the first balloon I made.
I hot-glued the tiny candy canes from the last post into the bottle cap.
I painted Thumbelina with some blue pearl acrylic paint, and painted her hair with gold and silver glitter paint.
Some red-berries were glued onto the front of the balloon for more color, and a red bow was glued in her hair.
I also glued one tiny candy cane into her outstretched hand.
Finally, I glued on the word ‘give’ to the front of the ‘basket’. It’s a little reminder that even the smallest gifts, when given in love, bring happiness to those around us.
Have a blessed week, friends, and thank you so much for stopping by.
It’s only 12 more days until Christmas!