I turned this gourd all around looking for inspiration and, when I turned it stem side down, it reminded me of a Hot Air Balloon. I decided a hand- drawn, paisley-inspired design for the balloon portion would provide the right mood. I used one of my favorite media - pine cone petals - for the basket! The strings attaching the chimes are hidden by the balloon basket. This whimsical floating musical creation is gracing the front porch, now, and let's me know when a breeze is coming up to carry it away on a fantastic adventure.
How I made the Hot Air Balloon Wind Chime
STEP 1 - Wash and Dry the gourd thoroughly. Next I painted the balloon portion white so the design colors would be brighter. I drew the paisley design on using some cut outs as shape references and then free handed the rest. After that it was just a matter of coloring in the designs. I used Elmer's Painters pens and Sharpie Fine Point permanent markers for the bright colors.
STEP 2 - To shape the basket I used cardboard tubes - I cut to the height I wanted and then slit the side of the tube and formed a cone shape to create the basket. It took two of these cardboard cone shapes taped together to fit the girth of the gourd at the point of the basket. I also cut a styrofoam circle to make a bottom for the basket.
|assembling the basket portion of the hot air balloon|
STEP 4 - To finish the project, I attached a hook to the top of the balloon. I used a little piece of egg carton between the hook and the gourd to make it look more polished.
STEP 5 -The final step was to spray the balloon, ropes, and basket with a coat of polyurethane to weather-proof the project.
|"We'll chase your dream across the sky|
For we can fly, For we can fly
Up and away - In my beautiful, My beautiful balloon"
-Up, Up And Away Lyrics - The Supremes
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