Anthropologie Inspired Highland Hot Air Ornament by Beverly at Flamingo Toes {Ornament No. 18}

Anthropologie Inspired Highland Hot Air Ornament by Beverly at Flamingo Toes {Ornament No. 18}

I’m delighted to introduce
Beverly from Flamingo Toes

Anthropologie Inspired Highland Hot Air Balloon{Handmade Ornament No. 18} 

Hello! I’m so excited to be here at Under the Table and Dreaming for this week of Handmade Ornaments!!

My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.
I have fun doing sewing and crafting tutorials – and lots of knockoffs! If fact, that’s what we’re doing today!
I’m sharing my tutorial for this darling Highland Hot Air Ornament!
I just love it!!

It’s got some fun detail in a tiny package -it’s about 5″ from top to bottom not including the hanging cord.

Here’s my inspiration – it’s an Anthropologie Ornament.

{Photo Credit: Anthropologie}
Here’s what you’ll need to make one too!
• Small Scraps of Wool or other fabric – two different prints for the balloon

• Small Scraps of Fabric for the basket

• Buttons and beads for decorations

• Stuffing

• Pompom

• Jingle Bells

• Bendable Wire (about 12″ total)

• Cording or Yarn for Balloon Strings and hanger

• 1 Bead for Hanger

• Glue

• Thread

Begin by making a pattern for your balloon shape. The pattern will be similar to an oval, but the top and bottom will come to a point, instead of rounded. Mine is only 4″ from point to point, which made for a ball that is 2 1/4″ tall.

The wider the middle, the wider your ball will be.

Cut out three of this shape from each fabric.

Alternating the prints, sew three of the panels – right sides together, along the curved sides. So you should have one set of three that alternates red, gray, red; and one set that alternates gray, red, gray.
Open up the panels and place them right sides together. Sew around the circle, leaving an opening in the center of one side for turning.
Turn your ball right side out and stuff. Sew the opening closed.
For the basket, cute 4 pieces 2″ x 1 1/2″.
Sew these for pieces together, along the long edges, to make a square.
Cut a 1 1/2″ square of the same fabric. Sew it to the bottom of the fabric square, to make a box. Turn the top edge of the basket in.
Form your wire basket holder pieces. Cut your wire into 3″ pieces and curl one end in with small pliers.
Cut a little off of the top of a pom pom, so it has a flat side. Glue that to the bottom of the ball.
Cut a slit in the other side of the pom pom. Add glue into the slit and place the uncurled ends of the wire into the glue. Angle them so that they point out in a square shape.
Sew decorative beads and buttons down the seams of the ball. I alternated light colored beads with two buttons on each seam. I made sure to have a button on the lower third of the ball, so that later I could attach the cording from the button to the basket.
Sew beads to the top of your basket. I used a “V” pattern at the top, and a row of black beads below that. Any pattern would look great though. You just want a little bling on there.
Add a little stuffing in the bottom of your basket and add some jingle bells on top of that. Glue them in so you don’t end up hunting for them next Christmas.
Sew the four wire basket holders to each corner of the basket.
Tie thin cording from the four of the buttons to the basket holders. There will be one button on either side of the balloon that isn’t used.
Add a drop of super glue to the cording where it’s tied to hold it in place.
Add a cording tie to the top, with a bead if you want some sparkle up there too.
Hang up your ornament and admire your knockoff!!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I’d love for you to stop by Flamingo Toes sometime!
Thanks so much Stephanie Lynn for including me in the fun!!

Thank you Beverly! This hot air balloon is the cutest ever and the details are amazing! The beading is beautiful!

The next guest blogger will be posted shortly ~ in the meantime hop on over to Flamingo Toes and say ‘hi’ to Beverly!

Beverly is the Anthropologie Knock Off queen ~ I seriously want every single piece of jewelry she creates. A few of my favorites are the Anthropologie “Into the Woods” Necklace, Anthropologie Paisley Rebirth Necklace, Anthropologie Willy Nilly Bracelet Tutorial, and the Anthropologie Limitless Strands Necklace.

Her crafting is stellar too! {yes, I want all these as well} Taste-Test Recipe Binder, Chalkboard Placemats, Retro Ric Rac Apron, Ballard Knockoff Spool Side Table

If you missed any ornaments in this series you can view them all by clicking the button above. There is much more to share ~ Enjoy!


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hot air balloons!

  2. I cannot believe how this turned out, Beverly! So awesome and even better than the original! 🙂

  3. Hey Stephanie,
    I sent my html on Wednesday but haven’t gotten anything back from you saying you received it. I know you have had issues getting emails so please let me know if you ever got it!


  4. Oh my gosh! That is so amazing. I love yours so much better…I always like your anthro knock offs better!

  5. This is truly unique! I absolutely love it and would like to link back to it on my blog, Beverly! Just adorable!!!

  6. I love this!!

  7. I love Beverly’s anthropologie knock-offs!

  8. This is just adorable! I love the whimsy of this ornament. 🙂

  9. Oh my goodness! This is SO sweet! What an amazing ornament! 🙂


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