Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Party Blower Birthday Wreath

I know two piggies who will be turning FOUR in a few weeks! I thought I’d make a wreath to welcome all the visitors who will be coming by to see them.

Party Blower Birthday Wreath by The Silly Pearl

I made the wreath with party blowers and two piggy birthday hats (edited: here’s how I made the piggy graphic).

I made the party blowers myself. No, I did not originally set out to make them! I searched high and low for the kind I remember from my childhood…made of paper, lots of fun colors, maybe some stripes or polka dots on them. But the only ones I found were made of this plasticy material in ugly colors and were themed after a cartoon. So I did a search and of course Martha had a tutorial. I skipped some steps and it actually didn’t take too long to make them.

Materials for the Party Blowers:

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  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Plastic straws
  • Pencil
  • Rubber bands (or in my case, hair elastics I bought that my girls rejected)
  • Ribbon
  • Xyron machine (optional)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Materials for the Wreath:

  • Party blowers (made or purchased)
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Something to cover the cardboard, such as ribbon (not shown)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Whatever other embellishments you want to add, such as the party hats and printed out stuff

Directions to make the Party Blowers:

For this wreath, the party blowers don’t actually have to work! So we don’t have to worry about making them perfect, or having to seal up any seams for air to escape.

Cut the scrapbook paper into 2x12 inch strips. I chose different patterns from the same pack.

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Fold each strip twice so that the two long sides meet in the middle. If you were making a working party blower, you would put a piece of tape all along the seam to seal it up, plus fold down one end about 1/4 inch to seal the end before going on to the next step.

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Then starting at one end, roll the strip onto a pencil.

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Take a rubber band or elastic and wrap it around the roll. Leave it for at least 24 hours.

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It surprisingly didn’t take too long to make all of these!

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Now we’ll attach the straw and finishing ribbon. If you like, you can prepare the ribbon first by running some through a Xyron machine, then cutting it into about 1.5 inch strips. Or just cut ribbon into 1.5 inch strips and you can just use glue to adhere it later.

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Put some glue along the end of the scrapbook paper roll. I found it easier to pour out some glue onto a plate and use a toothpick to apply the glue. Then cut a straw in half, resulting in two 4-inch pieces. Take one piece and insert it into the paper roll, about 1 inch or so. Fold in the corners of the paper roll end and dab on some more glue to close it up.

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Then take your ribbon piece and wrap it around (try to actually stick the ribbon on both the straw and the scrapbook paper, unlike the picture below). All done with the party blower.

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Directions to make the wreath:

I used cardboard to make a wreath form, with embroidery hoops as my template…one 12 inch and one 9 inch as the inside and outside of the wreath form. Trace and then cut out with scissors or craft knife.

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I then dug up some wide ribbon and wrapped that around the wreath form to cover it up. This ribbon was from my wedding…only 6.5 years ago!

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I wanted to add two party hats to the wreath. I found a great template from Creation Corner’s party hat headband tutorial, but I made them slightly bigger. I traced the template onto some cardstock, one color for each of my piggies.

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I just stapled the ends together once the hats were shaped.

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I also made some piggy printable rounds and stuck one to each hat. I’ll have directions on how to make these soon! Edited: Here’s how I made them!

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Glue the hats at one “corner” of the wreath, and start gluing on the party blowers. And don’t forget to tie a ribbon up top for hanging before you cover that area with party blowers.

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I’m not really sure if I left some gaps on purpose for the 4’s and the happy birthday sign, but it worked out!

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This wreath was a lot of fun to make and I pretty much used what I had at home. Hope you enjoyed it and please let me know if you make one yourself.

Party Blower Birthday Wreath by The Silly Pearl

More birthday crafts to come!

Linking:

Lamb Around :: Petite Hermine :: Tip Junkie :: Sugar Bee-Crafts :: Rook No. 17 :: Tea Rose Home :: Somewhat Simple :: Momnivoire's Dilemma :: The Frugal Girls :: Tidy Mom :: Crystal's Craft Spot :: Creation Corner :: WhipperBerry :: Craft Envy :: Along for the Ride :: Tatertots and Jello :: Lolly Jane Boutique :: Be Different...Act Normal :: Saturday Mornings

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65 comments:

  1. THis is so creative and amazing! Great job!!

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  2. That is SOOO Cute! I'm here by way of Momnivores Dilema :)

    Moore Babies

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  3. You are a great mummy! You even made party blowers! Wow, I didn't know you can make your own. The birthday wreath is very creative, great tutorial!

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  4. Steph, WOW! Super, extra, shout-out-loud WOW! There are a lot of wreaths online, but yours is really, truly something special and unique!

    I'm "Pinning", "Stumbling" and sharing on Facebook.

    Jenn

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  5. This is amazing, love it! I might have to make one just cause it looks so good!

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  6. What a GREAT idea! Very creative - I've bookmarked it for future birthday parties!

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  7. Love it! You're going to have two very happy piggies on their birthday!! xx

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  8. This is so creative and amazing!! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Momnivore's Dilemma

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  9. Btw, we're your newest followers!

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  10. Super Cute!! Love it!
    I'm your new follower from alliebdallie.com!! I'm crafty, you're crafty...let's hang out!! :) LOL

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  11. WHAAAAAT I can't believe you MADE the party blowers, that is seriously neat. I love the wreath idea too! I'm trying to be all cool and not use a ton of exclamation points, but you totally deserve them.

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  12. Wow. Just.... wow. You MADE that?? INCLUDING THE BLOWERS?? I am floored! I would have soooo given up or used the ugly ones! This is so cute!

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  13. So very adorable! Well done- love it! Found you via Tidy Mom x

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  14. Stopping by from Crystal's craft spot! This is amazing! I am totally "blown" away by your handmade scrapbook blowers and your wreath! Love it!

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  15. This is such a cute idea! You have tons of patience to make that many party blowers!!! i love that these are parent friendly party blowers, they don't make noise!!! Thanks for sharing your cool project!

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  16. You should sell custom wreaths on Etsy. I would pay $50! Adorable idea! I love it!!

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  17. WOW! Now that is come crafty goodness! Beyond just being a fab idea, I'm impressed that you MADE all the blowers!? Really good job!
    craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  18. OMG I cannot believe you MADE all those party blowers! Amazing!!!! LOVE the wreath!

    Found you through Fingerprints on the Fridge!

    Kelly

    PS- I am hosting a giveaway on my blog right now for free hair accessories and would love for you to come enter!

    http://livingcraftilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2011/04/200-followers-and-giveaway.html

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  19. This is such a fun birthday wreath. Very creative!

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  20. Hey Steph-

    I am "pinning" this and featuring you next week at Creative Juice as well. I hope to make this for Monkey's 2nd birthday this summer!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday...hope to see more of your work this upcoming week!

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  21. I am sooo in love with this, thanks for partying with WB!

    kisses
    heather

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  22. You are seriously so clever and cute! I just love this wreath :)

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  23. I thought I was impressed with this wreath, until I read that you made the party blowers, and then I was INCREDIBLY impressed. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

    http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-favorite-things.html

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  24. Seriously cute!! Found you via Tip Junkie and simply must share with my facebook fans this morning. I'll tag you!

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  25. I am IN LOVE with this. By that I mean I worship you!! You are truely creative and amazing. Thank you Thank you for sharing!!

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  26. Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing! Can you in fact blow party blowers made this way? I would love to make some for a 4-year old birthday boy next week.

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  27. I love this idea! This is the first new birthday wreath I've seen in awhile!!

    Stopping by from Creation Corner.

    -Jennifer
    allthingsbelle.blogspot.com

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  28. @itilien You would have to completely seal any openings and seams in the paper in order for the blowers to actually work. See the Martha Stewart tutorial to which I linked in the 3rd paragraph. So you'd have to add a long piece of tape to cover the inside seam of the party blower, and make sure it's completely closed when you attach it to the straw.

    Thanks so much for your comment! 4 year olds rule! Hope you check back as I couldn't find your email.

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  29. Great job!

    I came over from Tip Junkie.

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  30. very cute! may have to try this! happy day to you :)

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  31. Love the wreath and thank you for sharing the tutorial as well. I'm so going to make one of these!

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  32. I have a little guy turning four in a few weeks as well and he would LOVE this! Your blowers are smashing! :)

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  33. what a great idea. I love it. I'm your newest follower!

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  34. This is so awesome! I'm so envious of your talent!! I can not wait until I try this for my daughter's birthday. Thanks for posting this. I'm here via The Frugal Girls blog.

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  35. this is so cute and so original! I love it. cute blog

    new follower,
    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  36. oh wow wow wow~!!! I've never seen anything like this! What a fantastic idea! I'm bookmarking this. My kids will go nuts over this. Thanks for the great tut!!!

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  37. I saw this at Tatertots & Jello! It looks superb. I've been gathering ideas for a birthday wreath, and this is great. I can't believe you made each of those party blowers yourself. You rock!

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  38. love this, so stinkin cute!!! lots of work but worth it! thanks for linking up! xo

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  39. Visiting from Along for the Ride. What a cute wreath! Adorable! I bet you have two happy little piggies!

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  40. Your wreath turned out amazing. I am so impressed!!

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  41. Fantastic idea! I will add that to my "make" list.

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  42. so adorable!! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)

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  43. Adorable ... what a fun decoration for the party!

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  44. This is so cute and original! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  45. I absolutely ADORE this idea!! I've had the party blowers on my to do list forever, but it never occurred to me how cute they'd look on a wreath! Amazing!

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  46. Quite possibly my favorite whimsical wreath of ALL TIME. It was well worth the effort - - so fun!

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  47. This is wonderful!
    I have a first and fourth birthday coming up this summer and I will definately be doing this for one!

    http://hotmessmoma.blogspot.com/

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  48. So CUTE! I love the idea of making your own crafty noisemakers - heaven knows the store bought ones aren't nearly as cute as yours!

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  49. hey girl! featured this awesome project! xoxo

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  50. I love this project...thanks for sharing....I´ll feature on my blog...hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

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  51. You were featured at Today's Top 20! Hooray!!

    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  52. You've been featured! Check out the post and grab a button if you'd like. I love your stuff! http://500dollarwedding.blogspot.com/2011/05/dashboard-crawl-2.html

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  53. So clever and original. We'll be featuring your DIY projects on my Tutorial Tuesday series. BTW, I'm your newest blog follower and FB fan!

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  54. Hi! I followed your tutorial over at Addicted to Whimsy. You create great tutorials!

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  55. Great project! I just wanted to let you know that we featured this project on our Facebook page with over 17,000 fans. We’d love it if you’d use our Featured Blogger button, available at: http://www.dailycraft.com/thank-you-for-crafting/. Our audience loved the project and we look forward to sharing more from you. Please let us know if you have any questions or projects you’d love us to feature! Thanks!

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  56. Love this idea, thanks for sharing. Very, very cute!

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  57. Lo acabo de hacer!!!!, es una idea excelente, aunque me demoré un par de días en terminarlo, pero me quedó bastante bien, muchas gracias por haber publicado este tutorial y además muy ilustrativo, me ayudó mucho. Muchas gracias =)

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  58. I love this wreath! Can't wait to try it myself. I've been looking for a fresh birthday decoration idea. Thanks!

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  59. This is the cutest idea EVER! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing. Pinnig :)

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