It probably won’t surprise any of you to hear that I think handmade decorations are SO much better than store-bought ones. To me, the enjoyment of creating a special decoration for my loved ones’ events is part of the fun of the party itself.
Now this banner definitely was not my original idea. I have seen some really cute banners on the blogs for awhile now, and knew I wanted to make one for our next special event. It all came together for me when I saw this post on French Garden House. I have loved these letters (from Jenny at Allsorts) for awhile also, and seeing how cute they looked on Lidy’s banner really got my creative juices going!
I sized these (from my printer preferences window) to fit on a 3 x 5 card, which resulted in a 2-1/4” circle. I actually printed them on regular copy paper, but resizing them gave me the chance to create the size of letter I desired.
Note: We have a special color printer quality over here at Opulent Cottage: it only prints in red. Or shades of red. Makes every color copy very, very………. Red. So instead of the gray scallop edging that Jenny created, mine is, well, you get it. But we like red, so we’re living with it for now. But please be aware that if you print these directly from Jenny’s site, your edging will be gray, unless you use Lidy’s directions for changing the color. Or unless you have the same printer as me.
The edges looked a little jagged after I cut out the circles, so I camouflaged it with some glitter. I HIGHLY recommend the glitter – it was what really took this banner from cute to super-special. It looked really shimmery at night, also.
I cut a triangle for each letter out of scrapbook paper. 18 total for my project. You could make these larger, or smaller. Mine are 7 inches wide at the top and 8 inches long. Next I made a hot glue circle on my triangle, and folded and pleated some regular party-store crepe paper over the glue circle. It really doesn’t have to be perfect – you’re going to cover it up anyway.
Glued the circle onto the crepe paper.
Next I added a little tassel from several strands of curling ribbon. Just hot-glued it right on. See how messy I am? Glue is EVERYWHERE by the time I’m done. And I burn myself every time, too – don’t do that!!
Now because I used scrapbook paper, and not cardstock, I reinforced mine on the back with a little posterboard. You could skip this step, but my banner was hanging outside, and I knew it would be windy out, so it needed to be a little more durable.
Punched some holes at the top corners, and strung the entire thing through several really long pieces of the curling ribbon – about 20 feet long.
Ta-da! These are the only photos I got of it, while rushing to put the whole thing together at the last minute. I couldn’t put everything up until right before the party because it was really, really windy. (And please just ignore our ugly breaker boxes, the ones I have been trying to camouflage with ivy for years now. Every time it’s almost covered over, someone has to actually open the box, or the power company wants to read the meter, how unreasonable of them, then we get to start over again. Ugh.)
And look at this cake! Several girls came over a little early to help decorate it, kind of a tradition at our house. I always make the cake and frost it, then let them go crazy with an assortment of colorful candies. (warning – bad photos ahead. Sorry.)
This is the cutest one we have ever had! Sadly, I got no pics of them while doing this, due to being outside trying to restrain balloons and crepe paper in 35 mph winds. It was a huge hit, though. And yummy – I also added crushed Oreos in the frosting between the 4 layers of cake. The Oreo part wasn’t too overwhelming and it gave the cake a little bit of crunch. Never thought I would say that I liked a crunchy cake, but with all the different candies, it was a flavor adventure in every bite. Crazy, fun, and tasty!
It’s back to work over here for me folks. Next up: a crazy Father’s Day art sale with some friends, entitled Doodads for Dad. I’ll share soon!!