Mendi’s Celebrate & Decorate
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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.

4 Responses to Mendi’s Celebrate & Decorate

  1. So super cool and just so awesome!! Love how special and individual this idea is!!!

  2. Jo says:

    Wow this is fantastic!!! Absolutely wonderful, she will love this!

  3. barb macaskill says:

    LOVELOVELOVE this!! Fantastic theme! TFS!

  4. A says:

    Wow! Your banner is amazing! Thank you for sharing. I will use it as inspiration for a Hunger Games theme.

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