Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Birthday DIYs

To cut costs and to get the look I wanted for Will's party, I made a couple of things myself. I am a paper hoarder. There, I've said it. Once in a while when I get the bug, I go to my favorite scrapbookin' store(s) and buy a bunch of paper that just strikes my fancy. Sometimes I have a project in mind, and other times, not so much. I'm a Disney girl, so anything Mickey that is graphic and modern is usually in my basket. I also pick up some other fun stuff maybe for documenting our travels, or baby stuff, or maybe a fun birthday card to send off to a friend. So thankfully, I remembered my good ol' stash after I finished the "Happy" of Will's banner. I found a few papers that were perfect to finish up the "Birthday William".
I busted out my Cricut and Gypsy. The Gypsy made sure that I used every last scrap possible for my sign. I think in total, I used one or one and a half 12"x12" sheets of scrapbook paper for the letters. I even used up some of the scraps from his invites for the one letter or little balloon I wanted to add to the sign that didn't quite fit on the big page. It really makes me happy to not waste a single inch of paper. This was a super inexpensive project since I pretty much had all of the materials. I spent an afternoon cutting out the letters and shapes for backing. I spent about an hour after Will went to bed gluing and assembling. The ribbon was the only part that I had to buy because I wanted Mickey ribbon. I bought 2 spools since each one only had 9' of ribbon on it. I wasn't quite sure how we were going to hang it at the party, so I strung each word on it's own piece and left a chunk at the end to either tie or cut. I was so thrilled with the end result. I think this might be the coolest thing I've ever made. I just looked on etsy and there are banners similar going for $30+! Holy Moly!

I also made a sign for the turn into the parking lot. It is a little hidden, so I figured a sign would help out. Also another very cute but inexpensive project. A large piece of foam core board, two wooden dowels that are $0.99 each at most, and I just cut out "Will's Party" for it. Less than $5 for a sign that makes everyone's lives a little easier. I also tied balloons to it to help grab some extra attention. I didn't get a picture of it, but it's similar in idea to the one I made for Lani's Sprinkle. I used a white background with red, yellow, and blue letters. Of course there was a Mickey head on it, too. I actually just used an extra one I had cut from doing his invites.


  1. The party was wonderful! The colors, details and general splendor of the event was amazing. Great job Mom. Way to use the cricut and gypsy! =)

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