Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Birthday Decorations!

For my son's first birthday party we did a Rookie Year theme. We used all different sports. We had t-shirts made with our "team" name on the front and the backs said "Rookie", "Manager" and "Coach". We had a ticket style invitations and a concession stand. I ordered the invitations from Etsy and made the rest of the decorations myself. Here's a quick look at how to make the decorations, which you can personalize for your own theme:

First, the banner. Everyone needs a 10ft long birthday banner! I also made a smaller version of this for our concession stand sign.

This was a fairly simple project.
You will need:
8 1/2 x 11 cardstock (enough for each letter of whatever you want to spell)
Scrapbook paper for the circles
Contrasting cardstock for letters
Glue stick

What you do:

1. Using the 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, cut out triangles (each piece is one triangle)
2. Cut as many circles as you need for your words out of scrapbook paper
3. Cut out letters from contrasting cardstock
4. Glue letters onto circles and circles on triangles.
5. Cut 2 slits on top of triangles. The slits should be just slightly larger than your ribbon
6. String ribbon through slits.

Next, I know you want to know how I made the cute little ball next to the banner. These were hung all over the house for the party.

These are little more involved.

What you need:
Cardstock (20 circles are need for EACH ball)
Double sided tape

What to do:

1. Cut out 20 of the same size circles. You can do all of them the same color/pattern or mix it up.
2. Using you scissors, score a triangle in each circle and bend the edges.

3. Take 5 circles and tape the inside of the edges together to make a dome. Make 2 domes.

4. Line up the remaining 10 circles and tape the edges together to make a straight line of them.
*Notice the pattern in the picture, 
pointy end up, pointy end down*
5. Pick up your line and tape the two ends together.

6. Tape one dome on top of your band and one on the bottom.

Finished product! Sorry the silver one looks a little shabby. I had to take it apart and put it back together to make this tutorial.

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