I know you are all patiently waiting for me to blog about the big birthday party I gave the kids. We had an amazing day! First I wanted to share some of the eye candy I put together for the party. These DIY party decorations can be used as general decoration, photo props or filled piñatas.
First you will need to gather the things you’ll need for the project:
- large ruler
- glue sticks
- rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- hot glue gun
- box cutter
- scrap cardboard
- white spray paint or acrylic paint and brush
- tissue paper or any other decorative paper
- *You will need 24 hours for this project for the paint to dry.
Once you have all of your supplies gathered, get to work. If this is your first time making this you will need a little time to get into a comfortable space. It took me about an hour the first time, but I am crafty so I caught on quick and cranked out two more that took 30 minutes each.
Lay down your scrap cardboard and sketch out a number. It is important to try to find scrap pieces that have little or no text or print. You’ll spray paint over it, but there is no guarantee that your paint and paper will cover whatever was there before so it’s best to keep it clear of design or text.
This was the most difficult part for me. Use your ruler for straight edges and something like a plate or bowl to make those large curves come together. Be sure to sketch the bottom of all your numbers with a straight bottom if you want them to stand up. Thank goodness I realized this right away.
Once your sketch your number out, time to cut. Use your box cutter and scissors to get in there and get your number out without damaging your outline. The neater and more precise your cutting, the less pain later when you have to glue the sides together. Cut out 2 numbers. You will need a front and a back.
The numbers I made came out to about 39.5cm by 27.5cm. I decided to cut out the pieces that made the sides into 7cm wide strips. I have no idea how much you will need to go all around the sides, but be generous and cut about 1.5 meters. It is always better to have more than you need so you won’t have to stop and go back a step. You can make the width whatever you like, but I feel these dimensions turned out an attractive piece.
They are large enough to be used as photo props or centerpieces. You could also use them as piñatas that the children break apart, just be sure to tape together the back side instead of hot gluing. They won’t be able to break open the hot glued cardboard. Trust me on this one.
Once you have your front and back number pieces and the sides cut, time to glue. Lay down your back piece on the correct side. You want the number to face you as it is pictured, not reversed. It does not matter, except that it will result in the piece you lay down first becoming the back instead of the front. That was confusing, you will be fine. Let’s move on…
Carefully glue your sides on with the hot glue gun. Glue as close to the edge as possible. I found that pre curling the sides by rolling them a bit made gluing the curves easier. I then found that getting those sharp angles right was easier by just gluing on small cut pieces of the sides rather than trying to bend the cardboard into an angle.
Once you have your number assembled, spray paint or bush paint. It’s best to let it dry overnight. The next day, cut your paper into strips, then into fringe, leaving at least 1.5cm at the top of the fringe so you have something to glue. Be sure to glue using a glue stick. Layer neatly and straight. Please take your time! You want to cover the number completely so that it looks neat and some what professional. Mine came out great, the first picture I actually took after the party when the kids had beat them up. If mine lasted, yours surely will!
This project worked up fairly quickly and saved over ¥19000. Wishing you luck!