Saturday, September 14, 2013

When Pumpkins Fly

Nothing beats the romance and adventure of soaring through the sky aloft in hot air balloon. Although such a flight is still on my "must do someday" list, for now I'm happy to settle for airborne delights on a much smaller scale.
Last winter I set mini polar bears in flight in tiny baskets suspended from Christmas ornament "balloons". Now with Halloween, one of my very favorite holidays, fast approaching I thought I'd give pumpkins their due.
Tending to embrace the more whimsical than ghoulish side of the holiday, I created this easy and not-at-all scary DIY using basic and inexpensive craft supplies and odds and ends.
The fun part is making each balloon a unique creation. I settled on a traditional mostly orange black and white color scheme but any style or palette can be fun. Simply pop in some quirky pilots and send them up, up, and away.
image from my Polar bear Club Post

Digging through my "treasures" I pulled from seasonal crafts, ribbon, and unused jewelry findings.
I Used:
Faux pumpkins
Small baskets
Fish net stockings
Accessories and accents

images (left to right) ebay,  vintage fan girl, the New Yorker
There are many fanciful balloon designs online and in books for inspiration, some historically accurate and some pure whimsy. Apparently, flying pumpkins have been around for some time.

A Royal Raven takes flight outdoors (actually he's hanging from a garden shepherd's hook) My balloons aren't designed for permanent outdoor display but are fun to set out temporarily for a party or event.
The balloon starts with a white painted foam pumpkin spruced up with quick and not too fussy painted patterns
The basket handles pop off easily.
You can leave them as is but I gave them a quick spritz of white and sage green topped with glow in the dark spray paint for night flights.
I used black craft wire to attach baskets as a sturdier and tangle-free alternative to string or fishing line and is easily thread through weave of basket.
A raven gets a quick paper crown
Scrap ribbon, faux jewels and a printable banner make fun adornments and are held in place with hot glue. 
A smaller pumpkin dons fishnet stockings in a quick makeover.
 Simply pull foot of stocking tightly over pumpkin, tie a knot, and snip. 
A cute craft store halloween cat serves as pilot.
An unused multistrand choker glued in place makes a sturdy hanger. 
I kept one pumpkin fairly simple just adding some ribbon and an owl passenger on a twig perch, fashioned from a toilet paper roll and faux wood contact paper. 

The oh so simple supplies

Wired ribbon and a vintage printables from images from the Graphics Fairy make fun topper flags.

Though not traveling by balloon, I will be away from my blog for a short time. I love getting questions and comments about my projects so I will be sure to respond promptly when I return!
Happy Fall!


  1. oh my goodness are these adorable! thanks for the how-to as daughter would LOVE that owl one....VERY cute!

    1. Thanks so much! They were lots of fun to put together! I just love anything owl too!

  2. FANTASTIC!! This will definitely be a project my daughter will love this Halloween! So creative - best idea I've seen for Halloween this year! I'll send photos of our project! (It will probably involve glitter!)

    1. Oh I'd love to see photos- and by all means bring on the glitter!
      Happy Fall!

  3. Love this! Sharing this post on fb .

    1. Thanks - this was tons of fun! embracing my inner child I guess lol

  4. Oh my, these are super cute. Love, love the crow!

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    1. Thanks Gina, I wanted to try something different :) Now I'm not sure where to put them haha

  6. Oh this is fabulous! I am pinning this and going to try my hand at it once I get all the supplies. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Oh I'm so glad you liked them- please send a pic if give them a try! :)


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