Aug 15

DIY Geometric Lanterns

by Jenny Batt

Geometrics aren’t going anywhere soon, why not include them in your party decor?  I saw a tissue paper lantern in a vintage party book and it looks so current in monochromatic hues. Change it into any shade you want by choosing from the array of tissue papers available.

Materials Needed: tissue paper (a variety of shades can be found here), double stick tape, scissors, needle, fishing line

Unfold your tissue paper and take two sheets. Fold in half length-wise. Accordion fold the tissue paper in three quarter of an inch increments. Note: to make shorter lanterns and vary the sizes, trim the open edges shorter. The center fold line should face down, as shown. Unfold and open while keeping the two sheets layered on each other. Pinch one end back together accordion style.

Cut a strip of fishing line about 12 inches long and use it to thread a medium sized needle. Push the needle through the entire accordion gather and tie both ends together to make a circle. Play with the folds to make them evenly dispersed before knotting permanently. Repeat on the other end.  Use a piece of double stick tape to layer the two edges together in the center. Press gently with your fingers to crisp up any deflated crease lines.

Repeat and make many, many more; these look great en masse. Hang and enjoy. Oh, and those cute little streamers? Just the scraps left over from making the shorter lanterns. How do you make party decorations stand out from the usual stand-by?

 

Jul 19

DIY Drink Umbrellas

by Jenny Batt

Another adventure in sprucing up a few party supplies you probably already have, or do you? When I was grabbing some paper lanterns the other day I found these gigantic paper drink umbrellas. I’ve never been a fan of the patterned papers on the umbrellas, am I the only one who ever wonders why can’t they just make something plain for once, so I figured fringe would cover them up nicely. You see fringe has been on my mind a lot lately and I just can’t quit. I made some tiny bits of fringe to fix up these boring umbrellas and make them spunky again. Who wouldn’t smile when you hand them a drink with one of these in it?

You will need:

large drink umbrellas
scissors
tissue paper
double stick tape

Keep your tissue paper folded and cut 1/2 to 3/4 inch strips off the end. Cut tiny fringe off one side of the strips. Open your umbrella and cover each rib with double stick tape that covers the length. At each edge, add extra strips of tape as needed. Starting at the bottom, wrap fringe around edge spiraling towards the center of the umbrella. Add new strips of fringe as needed. Once you have covered the entire top of the umbrella, fluff the fringe with your finger.

Pop this in a iced beverage and enjoy.  These are huge and that is a big part of what makes them so fun.  You can always make mini versions of these for traditional sized umbrellas, too.  Now think hard, when was the last time you had a drink that had an umbrella in it? Isn’t it about time you did again?

 

Jun 19

DIY Giant Fringe Garland

by Jenny Batt

Usually we see miniature versions of all of our favorite things, used on cakes or as toppers. Cute and adorable and tiny. Let’s rebel a little. Heard the phrase, “Go big or go home?” That’s exactly what I wanted to do for my brother’s birthday. He always lives life with gusto and adventure. His favorite color is blue but traditional festooning seemed so tiny. So I took few folds of crepe paper and we had a big and bold party decoration that is as awesome as he is.

You will need (for one 7.5 foot garland): 4 folds of crepe paper, stapler, scissors

Take your crepe paper out of the packages and cut in half. You will now have 8 pieces.

Unroll each layer and center it on top of each other on a large flat surface. Straighten and line up edges. Don’t worry about the ends you will trim them later. Fold all the layers in half lengthwise. Crease firmly with your finger.

Staple along the entire folded edge. Trim ends even. Cut fringe, about 1 inch in width, down the length of the garland on the bottom edge. Use your thumbs to stretch each section of fringe with your hands. Separate and fluff.

Stand up and twist the garland in one direction. This is a lot of twisting. Use your fingers to twist along the folded edge in between the fringe layers. There is a lot of twisting, fluffing, and pulling apart of the fringe. You can crinkle it lightly too. The toughest part of this DIY is the fluffing of the fringe. It is super simple, but it takes a while if you want it extra fluffy, not a long while, but about 20-30 minutes for the garland. Luckily, once you fluff it, it is ready to go for any more parties in the future.

Hang or drape as desired. You can add twine or string to the ends and staple on. This garland is roughly 10 inches wide, that’s incredibly bigger than your usual tissue fringe. These would be equally great as a backdrop for a photobooth or dessert table. I’ll be pairing mine with giant balloons for the “go BIG” theme of my bro’s birthday. This garland makes me smile also because he is my little brother, but at 6 foot 2, I always laugh when I introduce him when he is standing next to me and my not so tall 5 foot 5.

May 17

DIY Geometric String Art Escort Cards

by Jenny Batt

I’ve been dying to try string art. I just think it is so simple but so beautiful in it’s gorgeous symmetry. I found little black mini canvases the other day and this little idea popped in my head. I wish I knew someone getting married. Personally these little lovelies will be backed with magnets and used on the fridge.

Continue reading for more pictures and complete instructions.

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Apr 19

Geometric Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Garland DIY

by Jenny Batt

Maybe it is because sunshine makes me think of tacos, but I have fiestas on the brain.  I really think it is just the pretty summer sets coming out everywhere that are making me think of bright pops of color hanging from string. Fun patterns of easy to cut shapes gives a update to the traditional fiesta bunting. What fun!

All the instructions and more photos after the jump.

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