Hot Air Balloon Window Display

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It’s time for a new window display! (If you’re new to our blog, you can see our previous window displays here, here, here, here, and here.) This time we painted up coffee filters with watercolor paint! I love how these painted coffee filters each have a unique look.

The filters hold up very well to lots of water — perfect for little ones who might be a teensy bit too enthusiastic with the water while painting…?? Not that I’m going to name any names… Claraaaaaa


Anyhooooo, my girls adore any type of painting project, so this was a big hit with them. We had lots of smiles and giggles!!

Next, we got to work cleaning our window while the coffee filters were drying. Do your kids like to help clean windows with spray bottles of water too??

Once the coffee filters were completely dry, they were ready to be attached to the window with washable gluestick!

The gluestick works really well for adhering tissue paper or coffee filters to glass. When we’re ready to change out this display, the filters will peel right off, and we can clean up the rest of the gluestick with a damp sponge! I painted the other details with acrylic paint mixed with dish soap — also temporary and will wash right off from glass (though it will stain fabric and/or walls, so take any necessary precautions).

I absolutely love how pretty these look whenever the light shines through the window, that the girls are so proud to have their artwork prominently displayed in our home, and that they add just a touch of whimsy!

They make me smile every time I open the door!

Have fun!!

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  1. Dear Valerie,

    All of those balloons escaped! There’s nobody in them!

    What a tragic loss. 😉


  2. Ha! We were just painting some filters before dinner tonight, too! We weren’t sure what to do with them, now we do 🙂

  3. I love this idea ! It looks so great! I will try it for sure!

  4. So very pretty! I loved that you drew the baskets with window markers!

  5. Now I am in the mood to read “Around the World in 80 Days”…well, maybe not READ it, rather watch the movie… ;0)

  6. They’re flying off! 🙂

  7. We will save this for october (balloon fiesta time here in albuquerque!) Thanks for the great idea!

  8. This looks like so much fun! My daughter has been interested in hot-air balloons lately and she loves doing crafts so we are doing this project right now. I’m going to use a black dry-erase pen to draw the strings and basket. It comes off windows very easily with a damp paper towel.

  9. Jennifer says

    We are in the process of making these right now (drying phase). We got up real early yesterday to see the hot air balloons take off from our county fair. So peaceful and calm to view in the early morning. Now we can view balloons in our window, too!


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