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3-D Hot Air Balloon Invitations

Open the envelope, and these rainbow-colored balloons look ready for lift off! We used one template to cut, fold, and craft a batch of these easy-to-make invitations.

Up Up and Away Party Invite

Photography: Shanna Sullivan

Source: Martha Stewart


This idea comes from Digital Editor Alexandra Churchill. They were mailed to each guest as part of an "Up, Up, and Away" themed baby shower.


These instructions give you the steps to make a single card, but if you're making them in bulk as you would for a party, place the template on a sheet of cardstock, and trace as many as will fit onto the sheet — this will save time and paper. If planning to mail the invitation, measure the envelope first and size the card accordingly (usually about 1/4 inch smaller all around).


  • Cardstock in multiple colors
  • Hot air balloon template
  • Gold glitter bakers twine
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


  1. Print out your own template, and cut out the balloon shape.
  2. Stack five sheets of colorful cardstock and cut out the template using scissors. (Tip: Stack different colors or subtly different shades of a single color to add dimensionality to each balloon.)
  3. Using a bone folder and ruler, score a straight line down the center of each balloon cut-out. Remove the ruler and reinforce the scored line, smoothing it down with the bone folder.
  4. Glue each folded balloon cut-out back to back, so each half connects to another half of a differently colored cut-out, along the fold line.
    Up Up and Away DIY hot air balloon
  5. Cut a small square of paper (this will be the hot air balloon basket). Cut a short length of twine, tie into a knot, and loop behind the basket cut-out (this will be the line that connects the hot air balloon to the basket). Glue both parts to the paper.
    Up Up and Away Party Invitation tutorial
  6. Glue balloon cut-outs onto paper backing of invitation and unfurl. Tie card invitation with matching satin ribbon if desired.
    Up Up and Away Party Invitation tutorial

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