We’re going up, up and away today with a hot air balloon theme. This door dec will help your community soar to new heights!
What you’ll need:
In addition to these supplies, you’ll want to have a pair of scissors, a fine point sharpie, and a glue gun. We’ve chosen to mix and match patterned paper with solid colored paper. You can use all solid colors or all patterned paper- the ultimate look of the final product is up to your personal taste or what supplies you have access to.
1. Using this template, cut out the various shapes using the scrapbook paper. Use the kraft or brown construction paper to make the basket of the hot air balloon.
2. Cut two pieces of baker’s twine or yarn to be approximately 2″ each.
3. Place both pieces of string onto the basket and secure them on with tape.
4. Tape the other end of the pieces of string onto one of the balloon shapes.
5. Fold the other balloon shape in half as shown above in the photo.
6. Place the folded shape onto the table so that it forms a tent. If you are using patterned paper, place the pattern side down. Using the hot glue gun, place a thin strand of glue on the back fold of the shape.
7. Take the shape with the glue and carefully place the glue onto the center of the hot air balloon with the basket.
8. We’re featuring two different ways of placing your residents’ names on the door dec. The first way is to simply cut out a strip of paper, cutting out a notch on one of the sides and writing the name on it. The second way is you create a small pennant using the string and extra scrapbook paper that is cut into triangles. Each letter of the name is placed on a triangle and taped onto the string. We punched a small hole on two sides of the upper folded balloon shape and tied the pennant onto the door dec. We then added two bows to each end of the pennant’s string. You can choose to do one or the other, or mix and match them throughout your hall!
- Create an interactive bulletin board. Cut out extra balloon shapes using the template from the tutorial. Place them in a pocket on your bulletin board, and secure a marker or a pen as well. Ask residents to write out their biggest dreams and aspirations in life and have them post them up.
- Find inspirational quotes and pictures and make a collage.
- Using white butcher paper, cut out big clouds and place them throughout the hall. You can add other things you’d see in the sky, such as airplanes, kites, or birds.
- Around the World: Contact your study abroad department and have them come in to do a presentation on what studying abroad is all about.
- Goal Setting: Facilitate a program on how to set SMART goals
- The Sky’s the Limit: Reach out to upperclassmen or graduate students, professional staff members, or professors and invite them to a meal at the dining hall with your residents. Have them all talk about their greatest achievement to date. This could be a one time event with all of your guests in attendance, or a series of events featuring one guest speaker each.