Hot air balloon

What you will need

  • Two small (light) trash bags
  • Tin foil
  • Light wire
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Matches
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors

How to make it

First cut the top off of one of the trash bags (so you have a sleeve), then open the other bag and tape the two bags together, now you should have one big bag which be your balloon. Then cut a piece of wire 1 yard long, make a ring with it, and tape it on the bottom edge of the balloon. Next make the basket. (see next page for instuctions) Now cut three 5 inch pieces of wire, and wire them on to the rim of the basket then wire them onto the ring of the balloon. The whole thing should not weigh more than 1 a half oz. Now its ready to fly!

How to fly it

On a wind still night have someone hold the balloon. Put about 2 grams of alcohol in the basket and light it with a match. The balloon will inflate then rise into the sky! If you'd like, you could tie a spool of thread onto it so it does not fly away.

You can substitute

  • A dry cleaner's bag for trash bags
  • A cupcake tin for the homemade basket
  • Glue for tape


Use care when flying your balloon on dry summer days, it could start a fire.

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alex kropf said:
pretty neat
Gunnar Kerschner said:
Wesley said:
Looks neat
Charlie Brown said:
Um this is neat and stuff but it was hard to make
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