< This project earned me "Spotlight Artist" recognition on the City Crafter Challenge Blog - thank you! >
While chatting with a friend yesterday, she mentioned that for her mom's birthday they were giving her a hot air balloon ride. Somehow we got onto the subject of presentation and I said I'd make her a balloon to go with the gift certificate.
After some trial and error, here is how it turned out. My crafty friend had a paper lantern which I painted then hot glued narrow ribbon onto, cut a circle to cover the largest end of the lantern and punched small holes where I wanted my skewers to go. (There were other ideas tried but this turned out to be the most stable and successful method!) I trimmed the skewers to the length I needed and hot glued them into the basket (which I'd already decorated). Then, pointy end up, put them through the circle to the height I wanted and they stay! I think she'll be pleased.