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DIY Halloween Costume: Hot Air Balloon

Abby Larson, entertaining guru and founder of Style Me Pretty, has the perfect DIY costume to make Halloween a real treat. From kid friendly crafts and recipes to costumes, she makes getting creative on October 31st easy! Abby’s ideas offer a spooktacular time, and we love how easy and adorable this costume is.

DIY Halloween Costume: Hot Air Balloon

A huge, 3 foot latex balloon filled with helium frames this adorable hot air balloon costume. Add a basket with the base cut out, a floral hoop, some netting and a few other goodies and onlookers will hardly believe just how awesome you are. This is Halloween gold.


  • 30” red latex balloon
  • Helium tank
  • 36” Balloon netting
  • Gold spray paint
  • 10” Foam floral hoop
  • Red parachute cord
  • Red woven cotton straps
  • Red duct tape
  • Brown lunch bags
  • Rubber bands
  • (1/2 yard) 1/2” foam sheet
  • Basket large enough to fit around your child
  • Red felt
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Pilot cap
  • Pilot’s jacket


Step 1: Use a utility knife to cut out the bottom of the basket. Line the inside edge with duct tape so there are no sharp edges.

Step 2: Crumple a lunch bag into a ball and stuff it inside another lunch bag; tie with rubber band. Repeat to make 3 more “sandbags.”

Step 3: Spray paint the sandbags, floral hoop, and balloon netting gold. Let dry 30 mins.

Step 4: Cut the red felt into small triangles. Thread the red parachute cord through the spokes of the basket, leaving an arc on each side, and knot at the ends on the inside of the basket. Glue the triangles to the cord to make pennant flags.

Step 5: Thread the red straps through both sides of the basket, as far apart as your child’s shoulders. Glue the ends to the strap on one side, then place the basket on your child to measure where to cut the ends on the other side. Glue those ends in place.

Step 6: Tie red parachute cord from the basket corners to the floral hoop. Hold the hoop level and at a height tall enough to leave room for your child. Tie the sandbags onto each corner of the basket with red parachute cord.

Step 7: Cut the foam into 2” strips as long as the sides of the basket. Hot glue on the top of each basket side. Cover each piece of foam completely in red duct tape to form a cushioned rim to the basket.

Step 8: Cut 4” strips of red felt and glue end-to-end to form a scarf. Cut the ends into strips with scissors to make fringe.

Step 9: Inflate the red balloon and place in the gold netting. Have another person hold the balloon while you tie the netting to the floral hoop, keeping the length even on all sides.

Step 10: Dress your little one in the hat, jacket and scarf. Place the basket over his head and help him pull his arms through the straps. Ready to fly!

Photography Credit: Ruth Eileen Photography

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