Birthday Party Decorations

Unique ways to add birthday cheer.

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Don't limit yourself to just balloons. Here are unique ways to fill your home with birthday cheer.

Larger than Life

Glue color copies of your child's photo onto the tablecloth. Add colored paper triangles at the corners to look like photo corners.

Tent Time

Create a tent around a table or floor space by using an old sheet or two. The sheets can be suspended from the tops of the walls by nailing in two small nails and running fishing wire between them, then looping the fabric over it. Put a vinyl cloth or new shower curtain on the floor so kids can eat inside the tent.

Giant Grass

Give kids a bug's eye view of the world. Begin with a big roll of green paper and cut deep zigzags along one edge for grass. Tape it along one wall or all around the party area. (You can even have your kids color bugs on the grass before you tape it up).

Decorated Straws

Dress up drinking straws with our simple chenille bugs and flowers.

What you need:

  • Chenille stems (standard and thin)
  • Pencil
  • Colored drinking straws
  • Scissors

To make bumblebee:

Wind together one standard black and one standard yellow chenille stem to make one striped chenille stem. Wind striped chenille stem around the top of a pencil, overlapping layers to form a small bundle. Slide bundle off pencil, and place over straw. Bend a small piece of thin chenille stem in half, and insert through bee body to make antennae.

To make flower:

Shape one chenille stem into three petals, leaving a small section of stem free. Repeat. Twist the free end of each three-petal configuration around the center of the straw to form complete flower. To finish, cut chenille stem in half and coil it around pencil top; remove and slide over top of straw to make flower's center.

Decorated Cups

Paper party cups really pop when you decorate them with colorful Con-Tact-paper patterns.

What you need:

  • Colored paper cups
  • Green Con-Tact Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

To make:

Split seam of one cup to create template. Trace outline of cup onto back of Con-Tact Paper and cut out. Trim Con-Tact paper to resemble grass. Peel backing and place around an intact cup, smoothing out air bubbles.

Craft-supply sources:

Con-Tact paper from Decora; call 440-353-6410 for information.

Yarn Pots

Yarn and glue are all you need to make these stunning striped pots. Our yarn crafts were designed by Julia Bernstein, courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council of America.

What you need:

  • Small plastic flowerpots (available at garden-supply stores)
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Yarn in an assortment of colors
  • Scissors

To make:

Using a paintbrush, apply glue to small section of the pot. Cover glue with yarn. Repeat until pot is covered. Let dry overnight.

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