Cricut Pop-Up Card Template: Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card Tutorial

This Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is absolutely adorable and makes for a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and so many more special events! This Cricut pop-up card tutorial is SO easy that even a beginner crafter can try it out!

This Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is absolutely adorable and makes for a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and so many more special events! This Cricut pop-up card tutorial is SO easy that even a beginner crafter can try it out!

Welcome back, crafty friends! I’m thrilled to share with you this Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card Tutorial. I really enjoy making greeting cards with my Cricut, and this Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is customizable – so you can personalize it to whoever you’re giving it to! For instance, you can have fun with the color combinations and the cardstock types that you use. Keep on reading below to learn how!

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Where Do I Get the SVG Cut Files for this Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card?

Members of my VIP Crafters Club received this cut file in their April 2022 cut file package. If you’re not yet a member, feel free to join! All of the info that you need is on our VIP Crafters Club page. Once you subscribe, you unlock access to hundreds of cut files available to members only.

You can also click here to download the individual SVG cut file.

This Greeting Card Is Amazing! Got Any More?

Absolutely! As I mentioned before, Cricut greeting cards are one of my favorite projects to put together! I think you’ll love these cards, too:

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This Pop Up Father’s Day BBQ Card will be a huge hit with dad – and guess what? It’s made using a Cricut machine! Take a look at my step-by-step tutorial so that you can surprise dad with this homemade craft!

What Supplies Do I Need to Complete This Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card Tutorial?

Cricut or other cutting machine

Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card SVG file

Cardstock (colors of your choice)

Crafter’s tape

How Do You Make a Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card

Okay, crafting friends… enough chit-chat from me! Here is my full Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card Tutorial! Just below, I’ve also included a video that will help you visual my step-by-step instructions. If you keep on scrolling, you’ll also find my crafting card so that you can save and print out the instructions for later use.

Upload your cut file on your cutting program of choice. Cut accordingly.

Once you have cut out all your pieces, lay them on your working table. I sorted mine by color.

Pieces cut out of cardstock to make a Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card

Begin by focusing on the two rectangular pieces with the slits on them.

Place the rectangular pieces on your working table with the slits facing toward each other (as if they are mirrored to each other).

Rectangular pieces of cardstock with three slits on the side of each one
Rectangular pieces of cardstock with three slits on the side of each one

Take the base piece (in our case, our yellow piece) and fold along where all the crease lines are. Be sure that the tabs at the bottom of the piece are folded outwards.

Yellow piece of cardstock used as a base to make a Cricut Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card
Folding yellow piece of cardstock used as a base to make a Cricut Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card

Close the piece into a hoop by adding crafter’s tape/glue to the ends of the piece.

Folding yellow piece of cardstock used as a base to make a Cricut Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card

Place crafter’s tape on the tabs and insert into the center slits of your two rectangular pieces.

Adding crafter’s tape onto the tabs of a yellow piece of cardstock
Inserting Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card base into the center of the card

Flip over the rectangular piece to push down the tabs to ensure that they are secure.

Pushing down tabs on yellow cardstock piece

Now, take your cloud pieces and fold each one in half. Fold the tabs outwards on each cloud.

Folding a piece of white cardstock that’s in the shape of a cloud

When inserting your clouds into the top and bottom slits of your rectangular pieces, make sure they are inserted in opposite directions.

Placing the cloud pieces on the rectangular pieces to complete a Cricut Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card

Add crafter’s tape to the back of the tabs and insert into the slits. Secure by pressing down by flipping the rectangular pieces over.

Add crafter’s tape to the back of each rectangular piece and secure onto the outer card.

Adding tape to the back of cardstock

Put aside the card and glue the pieces to your hot air balloon together. You’ll notice that there are two pieces with the base – those two pieces are going to criss-cross from one other. The rest of the pieces go along the outside.

Cardstock pieces to make a 3D hot air balloon

To figure out which pieces go with which, you will want to match them by the slits that are on each piece. For example, the ones with three open slits on the bottom all go together.

Cardstock pieces to make a 3D hot air balloon

Once you match all the pieces, glue them together. Set aside.

Gluing together pieces of cardstocks to make a 3D hot air balloon for a Cricut Pop-Up Card

Take your two pieces with the base. The one with the large slit in the bottom center will be inserted on the top of the other one. Push it all the way down.

Inserting a 3D hot air balloon made of cardstock in the center of a Cricut pop-up card
Inserting a 3D hot air balloon made of cardstock in the center of a Cricut pop-up card

Take that piece and into the center piece that we added to the card earlier. The slits should match up.

The start of a 3D hot air balloon made of cardstock in the center of a Cricut pop-up card

Take the remaining pieces that you set aside and attach to the “skeleton” of the hot air balloon. Be sure to keep the matching pairs opposite of each other. To do this, find the matching slits at the bottom and insert accordingly. You will want to start with the ones with only one slit on the bottom, followed by the ones with three slits on the bottom. They should all fit perfectly!

The start of a 3D hot air balloon made of cardstock in the center of a Cricut pop-up card

Your Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is now complete.

Video Tutorial to Make an Adorable Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card

Thanks for following along! Don’t forget that you can follow the full instructions via my YouTube video here (and psst: be sure to subscribe to my channel for more Cricut-inspired projects!):

This Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is absolutely adorable and makes for a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and so many more special events! This Cricut pop-up card tutorial is SO easy that even a beginner crafter can try it out!
Learn how to make this Cricut Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card that is absolutely adorable and the perfect card to give for any occasion.
Want to learn how to make a pop-up card with your cutting machine? This Cricut Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is an easy one to whip-up! Check out my full tutorial so you can make and customize one of your very own!
This Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is absolutely adorable and makes for a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and so many more special events! This Cricut pop-up card tutorial is SO easy that even a beginner crafter can try it out!
Cricut Pop-Up Card Template: Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card Tutorial

Cricut Pop-Up Card Template: Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card Tutorial

Yield: 1 card
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is absolutely adorable and makes for a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and so many more special events! This Cricut pop-up card tutorial is SO easy that even a beginner crafter can try it out!

Instructions

  1. Upload your cut file on your cutting program of choice. Cut accordingly.
  2. Once you have cut out all your pieces, lay them on your working table. I sorted mine by color.
  3. Begin by focusing on the two rectangular pieces with the slits on them.
  4. Place the rectangular pieces on your working table with the slits facing toward each other (as if they are mirrored to each other).
  5. Take the base piece (in our case, our yellow piece) and fold along where all the crease lines are. Be sure that the tabs at the bottom of the piece are folded outwards.
  6. Close the piece into a hoop by adding crafter’s tape/glue to the ends of the piece.
  7. Place crafter’s tape on the tabs and insert into the center slits of your two rectangular pieces.
  8. Flip over the rectangular piece to push down the tabs to ensure that they are secure.
  9. Now, take your cloud pieces and fold each one in half. Fold the tabs outwards on each cloud.
  10. When inserting your clouds into the top and bottom slits of your rectangular pieces, make sure they are inserted in opposite directions.
  11. Add crafter’s tape to the back of the tabs and insert into the slits. Secure by pressing down by flipping the rectangular pieces over.
  12. Add crafter’s tape to the back of each rectangular piece and secure onto the outer card.
  13. Put aside the card and glue the pieces to your hot air balloon together. You’ll notice that there are two pieces with the base – those two pieces are going to criss-cross from one other. The rest of the pieces go along the outside.
  14. To figure out which pieces go with which, you will want to match them by the slits that are on each piece. For example, the ones with three open slits on the bottom all go together.
  15. Once you match all the pieces, glue them together. Set aside.
  16. Take your two pieces with the base. The one with the large slit in the bottom center will be inserted on the top of the other one. Push it all the way down.
  17. Take that piece and into the center piece that we added to the card earlier. The slits should match up.
  18. Take the remaining pieces that you set aside and attach to the “skeleton” of the hot air balloon. Be sure to keep the matching pairs opposite of each other. To do this, find the matching slits at the bottom and insert accordingly. You will want to start with the ones with only one slit on the bottom, followed by the ones with three slits on the bottom. They should all fit perfectly!
  19. Your Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is now complete.
This Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is absolutely adorable and makes for a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and so many more special events! This Cricut pop-up card tutorial is SO easy that even a beginner crafter can try it out!
Learn how to make this Cricut Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card that is absolutely adorable and the perfect card to give for any occasion.
Want to learn how to make a pop-up card with your cutting machine? This Cricut Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up Card is an easy one to whip-up! Check out my full tutorial so you can make and customize one of your very own!
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