Hot air balloon posters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the cutouts to the ones that look like painting stills. All of these posters capture the fun of a balloon as it floats through the clouds. Creating these posters is an enjoyable hobby for children and fans of hot air ballooning. Making your own poster is simple and only requires a few tools and materials to get started:
- Colourful plastic bags
- Magazine pages
- Poster board
- Round plate
- Crayons, markers, paint
How to make a hot air balloon poster
On the poster board, make a circle by drawing an outline of the plate. Use a larger or smaller plate (or other round object to make the circle as large or as small as needed. This will be the balloon in the poster. For more options when decorating this balloon later on, the larger the circle is the better as, there can be more creative decorating added to a bigger circle than a smaller one.
Using the ruler, draw two lines on either side of the circle
Next, draw a square attached to both the lines to represent the basket hanging from the lines holding it to the balloon. Erase the lower part of the circle that is directly about the basket and draw a straight line across joining the two lines on either side of the circle. The balloon should now look like a large light bulb.
Decorating the Balloon
If you look at pictures of hot air balloons online, you will see that they are always multicolored with shapes and patterns that are meant to draw attention to them while they are in the sky. The same should be dont with hot air balloon posters. The more colourful the better. There is also the option to add different materials to the balloon so that it will have different textures and be fun to touch as well as beautiful to look at.
For a simple design, draw random shapes or lines, or stripes in the circle and colour them in with paints, marker or crayons. To start decorating the balloon with texture, cut out strips of magazine paper, coloured paper and plastic bags and attach them to the poster board with glue. Cut the shapes so that they fit the outline of the balloon perfectly and to make sure that it keeps its shape. For a realistic looking balloon, use strips cut from colorful plastic bags.
Finally, draw in the scenery for the balloon. Hot air balloons are usually flown at sunrise or sunset in good weather with very little wind. Try including a sunrise on the horizon, mountains, birds, or an ocean in the background to give the impression that the balloon is floating in the sky.
Hot air Balloon Poster Competitions
Many hot air balloon festivals have competitions for hot air balloon posters. Balloon pilots act as judges in various categories for the posters and prizes range from trophies and ribbons to hot air balloon rides. Practice makes perfect, so try creating posters with different materials and different sizes as art projects.