Paper lantern globes can be found just about anywhere these days: supercenter, craft store, party store, etc. You may even have some left over from a birthday party or shower. Grab a paper lantern (I'm using red), some string or curling ribbon (I'm using white curling ribbon), a 16 oz. plastic cup, and print out this cute wrap for the elf's hot air balloon "basket" (a.k.a. red solo cup.)
Punch 3 (or 4) holes equidistant around the top of the cup and at the bottom of the lantern. Tie 3 (or 4) of the same lengths of ribbon to attach the top of the cup to the lantern. Wrap the cup with the free printable paper wrap and tape or glue, and hang the lantern with your elf in the "basket."
You can dress it up with ornaments hanging from below the basket or Christmas lights (either the light up necklaces or the ones intended for the mini-trees.)
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