Birthday Party Decorations

Decorations, p. 2

Pennant Garland

Set the theme with a flourish of felt pennants.

What you need:

  • Card stock
  • Several colors of felt
  • Several colors of felt
  • Pinking shears
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric scissors
  • Animal templates (click below)
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch

To make:

Draw triangle with sides measuring 12-inches x 9-inches x 12inches onto card stock, and cut out to make template. Draw slightly smaller triangle with sides measuring 11-inch x 8-inch x 11-inch onto card stock, and cut out to make a second template. Trace outline of large triangle template to felt, and cut out using pinking shears. Trace smaller triangle template to a contrasting color of felt, and cut out using straight-edge scissors. Enlarge animal template, trace to felt, and cut out using straight-edge scissors. Punch holes in two corners (the ones bordering the shortest side) of each finished scallop-edged triangle. Thread yarn through holes. Layer triangles, placing the straight-edged triangle on top, and glue together. Glue felt animal to top of straight-edged triangle. Repeat until you have enough triangles to fill the length of your garland.

Craft supply sources:

Yarn from Coats and Clark; call 800-648-1479 for stores. Felt from Kunin; call 800-292-7900.

Seaside Table

Decorate a blue tablecloth with little plastic fish and construction paper fish. Each cup can have a straw that doubles as a fishing pole, with fishing wire and a lure on it.

Go-Fish Buckets

Every guest comes up a winner when they cast a line for our treat-filled party cups. Continue the underwater theme with chains of paper fish.

What you need:

  • Con-Tact paper in various colors
  • Colored paper cups
  • Stencils or templates
  • Scissors
  • Chenille stems
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Crinkle paper

To make:

Trace templates of fish and plants onto back of Con-Tact paper. Cut out shapes and adhere to paper cups as desired. To make handles, punch hole in each side of cup. Loop chenille stem through holes, securing ends by folding chenille stem up and twisting onto itself. Wrap ribbon around chenille stem to cover, leaving ends loose. Tie ends to handle with a small piece of ribbon. Trim as needed. Fill with crinkle paper.

Craft-supply sources:

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

Beach Bonanza

Cover the table with brown paper to look like sand and top with some seashells. You can even create a sand castle centerpiece out of cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls.

Ring of Friendship

Make a giant friendship bracelet out of paper rings. Let kids decorate the rings with beads, glitter, feathers etc. Let them hang their creations over and around the table and they've taken care of the decorations.

Fun with Fringe

Lay two or three layers of coordinating paper tablecloths on top of each other and "fringe" the edges all the way around by cutting from the bottom edges up to the tabletop. Kids will love kicking the fringe.

Footprint Parade

Whether your theme is detectives or dinosaurs, you can add a festive flavor by creating oversized footprints out of black construction paper. Place them around the perimeter of the room or even going up the walls.

Carnival Buckets

The perfect centerpieces, our decoupage buckets hold a ton of treats.

What you need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Quilling paper
  • Metal buckets
  • Patterned paper
  • Circle craft punch
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

To make carnival buckets:

Cut triangles from different colors of quilling paper to fit dimensions of bucket. Adhere to bucket using Mod Podge, alternating color and direction of triangles. When finished, seal with layer of Mod Podge.

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