Decorative Hot Air Balloon

HOT AIR BALLOON

Decorative Hot Air Balloon About a year ago I bought something to create a project with. It was a white circular glass lampshade. It had a pretty gold pattern on it and I immediately knew what I was going to do with it. I bought it at a thrift store. The lampshade actually sat there for 2 weeks in the thrift store. I knew why it wouldn’t sell. For some strange reason it was covered with packing tape.  There were no cracks or anything else wrong with it. I was just scared that upon removing the tape it would pull off the gold design stenciled on it. I pondered about it for two weeks and when no one else bought it I decided to bring it home and give it some love.

Well my love must take awhile to grow as this thing sat in the front hallway for a year. I looked at it every day. It wasn’t that I did not want to work on it. It was because I just could not find something for a basket on the bottom.

Hot Air BalloonI bought several different things and nothing worked. Just when I was thinking about giving up on this idea I found the perfect little tin candy can.

Finally, I get to start this thing! First I needed some chain. I could have used some fancy trim or braided rope but I imagined it with the chain. I found the chain at the hardware store and ended up buying thirty feet of the stuff. I didn’t need that much for this project but I used some of it on another project. Remember my peace and love signs I made.

My son was shaking his head like I was nuts when I bought that amount, but I knew exactly what I was doing!

Heck even the old fella that helped me get the chain at the hardware store was giving me some queer looks when he thought I wasn’t looking.

Between the two projects I ended up using all of that chain.

Never doubt a crafter when she is in the hardware store and never give her a funny look as you never know what she has in her shopping cart to use as a weapon!

I added a small wire up to the top of the shade that I threaded the nine strands of chain to. I was unsure if I was going to hang the end project outside or in, so to tacked the chain in place with some marine silicone instead of hot glue. That way I have an option to hang it outside and not worry about the weather. Hot Glue is not a good glue for outdoor projects.

I drilled the appropriate amount of holes in the basket and finished it off with more decorative chain around the middle of the glass globe. Oh and about that packing tape. Some of the gold paint did come off when I removed the tape but not enough to bother me. Now here is where I am stuck. I want to find some gold metal bows to add to the globe where the chains meet going around the center of the globe. I was also thinking of glass crystals to hang off the bottom of the basket. But that will have to wait till I find them. I hope it doesn’t take another year!

 Hot Air Balloon

It was snowing out the day I took these photos so that is what you see at the top of the globe.

 Hot Air Balloon

This thing serves no purpose whatsoever other than a cute whimsical decoration. It would actually be so pretty in a babies nursery! I knew exactly what it was going to be from the moment I laid my eyes on it in that thrift store. Some things are just not ready for the dump. Some things take time to figure out how it will come together. But in the end it is one less thing going off to the landfill!

 

 

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Welcome to my world! My name is Kat. I live in Medicine Hat. Thus the name, Kat From The Hat.

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