Do-It-Yourself Birthday Decorations

Overview
Birthday party decorations are simple and fun to make. Traditional balloons and streamers are great, but personalizing the party makes it much more memorable. Making your own birthday decoration will jazz up the party but is still easy to do.
Happy-Birthday Banners

Step 1
Get scrapbooking paper in the theme you want to use--something the birthday recipient would really like.
Step 2
Print out large alphabet letters onto the scrapbook paper to spell out your message. Print one large letter per sheet of paper. A good site for letters is http://printerprojects.com/alphabet/letters.html, or you can find other sites with different fonts.
Step 3
If you don't find the scrapbook paper you want, use the banner found at http://familyfun.go.com/printables/craft-templates/printable/happy-birthday-banner/ It has a generic party background for each letter.
Step 4
Attach banner letters to ribbon using tape. Leave at least one inch between each letter, depending on how long you want the banner to be. Be sure to leave at least 10 inches of ribbon on each end of the banner so you'll have room to hang it.
Balloons
Step 1
Make balloons serve a dual purpose: Write messages on them with markers once they are inflated.
Step 2
If it's a surprise party, have each guest autograph a balloon before the birthday person arrives.
Step 3
Make the balloons even more festive by drawing on stars, hearts or other items appropriate to the party with colored markers. Use your imagination.
Theme
Step 1
A theme for a birthday party can be as simple as the repetition of two to three colors to a favorite character, place or time.
Step 2
If you choose to do a themed party, such as a "city girl" or "beach" theme, sprinkle themed items throughout the room.
Step 3
Cut pictures out of magazines and "frame" them with colored paper.
Step 4
Get free travel posters from travel agencies to hang around the room.
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Color printer

Scrapbook paper

Ribbon

Tape

Balloons

Markers

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Color printer
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Scrapbook paper
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Ribbon
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Tape
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Balloons
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Markers
tip
There are endless ideas for themed party decorations. Check out a party store and see what you can replicate at home for little or nothing.
tips
There are endless ideas for themed party decorations. Check out a party store and see what you can replicate at home for little or nothing.
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birthday, party, decorations
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birthday
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party
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decorations

Resources
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Banner letters
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Colored banner