Hot Air Balloon Decoration Tutorial

I promised on my Tumbler site when I posted about Meriel’s baby shower that I would create a tutorial for the ‘hot air balloon decorations’ I created for the event.

It involves some IKEA hacking but is really quite simple! I hope you have as much fun as I did creating them.

If you’re interested in the miniature bunting, let me know in the comments and if there is sufficient interest I’ll upload a template for them too.


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Hot Air Balloon Decoration Tutorial by Next to Nicx by Nicola Pravato is licensed under a
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Awesome! I didn’t realize that the “balloons” are IKEA hacks! Thanks for this!

next to nicx

You’re welcome. I’m so glad you like them!

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This is beautiful! So creative!



I love this hack, and must ask whether you painted the lamps or if they’re available in IKEA in these colors?

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I bought these in the colours shown in the photos from my local Ikea store. But I’ve only seen them online in white.


This is awesome. I kinda want someone I know to have a baby now just so I can make these!


such a smart idea! i love them!!


Oh my! This is just too cool. I love your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome project. Just popped over from the link on Ikea hackers. I do believe I will be sticking around to see what other awesome tricks you have up your sleeve.


Such a great idea!! I actually need to create some hot air balloons for an “around the world” theme event I am hosting in November. I was checking out the IKEA website…is it called the VATE Table Lamp?! Also, do you think the material of the “lamp” is sturdy enough to be spray painted?!

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Hi Emily, I’m glad you like it! It’s this Ikea lamp ( The paper is quite thin, but I think if you did a couple of light coats of spray paint to ensure you don’t dampen the paper too much they would work well.
Send me some pictures of the when you’re finished? I’d love to see them! Nx

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This is gorgeous! Found you via Ikea Hackers, and definitely pinning this for down the road.


This is one of my favorite diy now. I loooove it! I will definately try to make this for my daughter. Hope i can make it gorgeous like you do :-)
I love garlands as well. Could you let me know what kind of papers and wires for garland? Thank you!

next to nicx

Hi Ashlee,
I’m so happy you like it :)
The garlands are made out of cardboard put through a printer and then glued onto bakers twine. I hope this helps!


This is such a cute idea! I’m going to try it with regular paper lanterns that I already have on hand. The teacup “basket” is just the cutest touch. Thank you for the idea!

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Lauren Johnson

Your idea is great. I like your hot air balloon and your work.
Thanks for sharing this great idea.


Hi, I love this idea! I wonder whether it’s possible to still use the ballon as a lamp? Thanks!! Paula

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