Hello there! It’s Mendi here today with some fun ideas for creating custom party decorations using a few basic paper-craft supplies along with a digital die-cutting machine.
My 9-year old daughter is completely obsessed with the “Back To The Future” trilogy so for her birthday this year we just knew we had to throw a themed party. Unfortunately, store-bought decorations are impossible to find, but I love that with only a little effort I was able to create my own custom pieces that help tie our party together.
Banners are a great way to make a statement at a party and set the mood. To get my creative juices flowing and help give my project some direction I was inspired by this photo
I found online.
For my banner, I cut 8 1/2-inch-tall base pieces using a banner cutting file and then duplicated the shape to weld to a flame border. Initially I had considered inking up my pieces to give them the ombre look of the flames, but thankfully I remembered with the help of the Silhouette software I could use a gradient fill and use the “advanced options” to chose my colors and the look of my gradient. I then printed them out on my printer with registration marks before cutting them out. To avoid seeing any white borders, in case my cuts were slightly offset, I made sure to make my cut lines slightly smaller than my printed images.
To give the cardstock some stability I set large eyelets in the banner holes and then used basic 5/8-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon to tie my banner pieces together.
For my letters, I cut them out using the “Arial Black” font and used the “sheer” command to do a horizontal sheer 15 degrees to the right to mimic the look of the font in the movie title.
While I was at it, I decided to cut out some matching toppers for our cupcakes using a coordinating flame cutting file. I sized a basic circle to fit over the flame to house the number 10 in honor of my daughter’s 10th
birthday. At the very end I ran out of room to cut all the 10’s I wanted so rather than waste another sheet of paper, I chose to die-cut stars from some of the flames before layering them with the pale blue circle. I love the variations!
I hope I’ve inspired you to create some custom decorations of your own. Silhouette’s print and cut options are a great time saver for birthday parties and creating items that will be mass produced.
Supplies used: Recollections black, white and blue cardstock from Michaels Stores; grosgrain ribbon from Offray; black eyelets and Nesting Star Cookie Cutter dies from We R Memory Keepers; Flame Border (#2829), Flame (#2830) and Build A Banner Set (#25737) electronic cutting files and electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America Inc.