September 20, 2011
This past weekend we had Audrey’s first birthday party at our house. I set out to keep it very low-key, nothing fancy, no big deal.
Then suddenly, Thursday night before the party, Maggie and I were busy at work on homemade polka dot garland. Then I threaded eleventy billion balloons onto string. I blame (thank!) Pinterest for giving me all these crazy ideas.
It was fun though. Maggie loves loves loves making crafts. Anything with scissors and glue is right up her alley. And really, once we got going, it wasn’t difficult or all that time consuming. Maybe an hour and a half total for the garland? And that includes the 2,718 interruptions from Maggie dancing and singing and getting distracted from her Helping Duties.
First- a quick peek at the balloons on a string deal. Not really a step-by-step tutorial needed for this one. Blow up balloons, thread on a string with a needle through the little tabby part after you tie the balloon shut. BOOM.
(Also: the party was 4 days ago and the balloons are still up. I love balloons.)
Now, for the polka dot garland!
What you need:
colored scrapbook paper
a large circle punch
a glue stick
Start by cutting out the circles from your scrapbook paper. I used a 2-inch sized circle punch I found at the craft store, but really any size you want will work. And any shape! As I was working, I realized there was a lot of room for creativity with the shapes and patterned paper for future parties… I fear I may end up with a polka-dot garland problem down the road. heh
I punched out a LOT of circles. I think I used 10 or so sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper, minimizing the waste as much as I could. HANDCRAMP.
Next it’s time for Maggie’s favorite part: THE GLUE STICK!
Slather one side of one circle with the glue.
Then place your string over the middle of the circle (I used old cross-stitch floss that I had upstairs, lots of fun colors- but any string will work, really)
Then take a second circle and place it over top of the glue/string side of the first circle- like a polka dot sandwich!
Do this a bazillion times until you have whatever length you need/want. Instead of hanging ours long and swag-style, we did shorter strips (2-3 feet or so, varying the lengths) and hung them from the doorways like a curtain, a few inches apart. But of course I forgot to take pictures of THAT final product in all the chaos of the party day. So you’ll have to use your imagination and be satisfied with this picture of Maggie proudly displaying our first completed strand.
And that’s basically it. As you can see, the possibilities are a little mind-boggling with color combos, patterns, shapes… so fun and way better than crepe paper, I think! Happy garland-making!свети георги