What's a cool DIY project you would recommend for party decorations?

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My Famous one of a kind Pinata's!

1Up Mushroom (Super Mario) - http://momssavingmoney.com/how-to-make-a-super-mario-1-up-pinata/

Pirate Treasure Chest - http://momssavingmoney.com/how-to-make-a-treasure-chest-pinata-out-of-a-box/

Frog - http://momssavingmoney.com/how-to-make-a-frog-pinata/

Dora's Backpack - http://momssavingmoney.com/how-to-make-a-dora-backpack-pinata/

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A can of spray paint. we're obsessed. we'll spray anything. I'm spraying pots and pans gold for a graduation party we're doing this weekend…you can spray plain white frames to dress them up, bottles or Ball jars to use as vases…
http://littlemisspartyplanner.com/blog/little-miss-party/a-preppy-lil-first/

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There are so many, but, a large cake is a great idea. Usually there are so many sweets at a party already so I like to use a pretend cake as a centerpiece which serves as a great decoration as well. For example, in my SWEET ON YOU valentine party I covered 2 styrafoam circles with craft paper and stacked them. Then decorated it with rock candy and meringue cookies for the frosting. I also pushed in my chocolate lip suckers which was a perfect way to display them. There you have a showstopping decoration and table centerpiece in one.
http://partypatisserie.com/2012/02/parties-sweet-on-you-valentines-day-party/#comments

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A FABULOUS garland. There are sooooo many different things that are being used for garland & you can make multiples for your next party. Just about anything goes these days . . . from tissue garland, to pompoms, to torn fabric and stringing buttons - anything you can string or tie to some ribbon, can be made into garland.

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Dessert tables are a huge trend for parties and the perfect backdrop is what can make or break your beautiful display. You can make a DIY frame for the perfect party backdrop. Just change out the fabric or paper in the frame to create a stunning backdrop to match your party theme. You can learn how to make your own here, http://gigglesgalore.net/party-backdrop-diy-frame/.

I also like to think outside the box and get creative with my backdrops and have used everything from pallets, dry wall from the home improvement store and fabric curtains to make an eye catching DIY party backdrop.

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Another idea from my daughter's rainbow party is the balloon arch that we made to go over the pool. You can create the balloon arch as a backdrop, an entrance or as added decor. Use the colors to fit your theme to bring another great accent to your celebration.
http://divinepartyconcepts.com/2012/10/09/how-to-make-a-balloon-arch/

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One of our most pinned DIY projects is our tissue paper wreath. It is simple and easy to make. I love that this wreath can be made for a party and then used for decoration in the child's room later!
Please visit our post with the step by step instructions here:
http://www.ablissfulnest.com/2010/03/tissue-paper-wreath-how-to.html

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A really cool DIY for party decorations is a 'photo booth'! It combines decoration with an activity which is a winner & you ALWAYs end up with amazing photos!
It can be really simple eg stock some dotty stickers all over a back drop ( paper or fabric) & stick it to the wall at the appropriate height for your guests to have their photos taken...or sometimes I make a picture frame out of paper ( draw it with marker pen & colour it in!). Make sure you have dressing up bits & bobs!

http://daisyspartyideas.tumblr.com/search/photo+booth

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I have found that color is a great way to decorate on a shoestring. Choose just two or three colors and gather items of those colors together. Or, use the whole rainbow like we did at my son's second birthday. It was so colorful and bright it was as pleasing to the eye as to the taste buds!

http://bakersdozenandapolloxiv.com/2012/06/29/celebrate/

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I get really excited about DIY projects, especially when it fits in perfectly with a party theme! I recently planned an Instagram Themed Party and looked all over for "hashtags" to be used for the decor. Then it dawned on my how easily they could be made and they would be exactly how I wanted them. Glittered paper, double sided tape, glue gun and fishing line was all it took. http://www.jacolynmurphy.com/2013/05/the-instagram-bar-mitzvah.html

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I loved making my own tassel banner using plastic tablecloths and ribbon. It was the perfect backdrop for the Rainbow Party I styled, but could be customized to suit any color palette and used for SO MANY different party themes! Tutorial HERE: http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2013/05/rainbow-themed-birthday-party-karas-party-ideas-shop.html

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Home made party decorations are not only budget friendly, but can be tailored exactly to your party theme, which is why I personally love them!!

I love making tissue paper pom poms and rosettes because they add instant colour and can also be made quite large to cover a lot of decorating space!! They are a win win!

My motto is simple is best, so I would definitely recommend tissue paper pom poms for easy styling with flare. An example of how great they can look in party decoration can be seen at this bee themed baby shower I recently held for a friend: http://smartpartyplanning.com/yellow-baby-shower/

I also absolutely LOVE printables. Printables can be used for naming food items, having banners and welcome signs, cupcake toppers, and favour tags to name a few. Using printables running with the theme of your party can bring all the styling together, creating a wow factor with little effort and very little expense! I personally feel that printables finish off the decorations and add a professional look to the styling.

Another example of tissue paper pom poms and printables used together in a party can be seen at this Australia Day party I styled earlier in the year.
http://smartpartyplanning.com/australia-day-celebrations/

Party printables can also be used for the actual party theme itself. For instance this wine tasting party has printables for both the wine bottles and guessing sheets. A simple idea yet so incredibly effective.
http://smartpartyplanning.com/wine-tasting-party-2/

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I'm really into custom centerpieces right now. I have a rustic wooden box (you can use a small crate or anything similar), and I fill it with goodies to match the party theme, and use it as a centerpiece for the party table. For instance, for our Alice in Wonderland party, I lined the box with foam and covered it with moss. Then I inserted little cupcake pedestals into the foam. I made brightly colored flower cupcakes and displayed them on the pedestals, then made paper butterflies to dance around the cupcakes. For Halloween, I used the same box, but changed the cupcakes to orange pumpkins, and swapped the butterflies for paper bats. I also added spiders to the outside of the box. Super fun! I have a neat idea up my sleeve for the upcoming 4th of July party, so you'll have to stay tuned to the website for that one! :)

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I think one of the most impactful ways to make a party table stand out, whether it be food or deserts, is to creatively display the buffet/label cards relating back to the party's theme! Here are some examples:

*Gnomeo & Juliet party: Signs were displayed on metal plant markers inside wooden pots for this garden party (http://www.lynleespetitecakes.com/2011/07/whats-in-gnome.html)

*Come Fly Away party: Signs were made to look like miniature boarding passes (http://www.lynleespetitecakes.com/2011/09/come-fly-away.html)

*Miss Piggy in Paris: Labels showed off the "Editor's Picks" in this fashion-themed party (http://www.lynleespetitecakes.com/2011/11/miss-piggy-in-paris.html)

*Growing up 80's: Dessert signs were made to look like pockets of 80's acid wash denim (http://www.lynleespetitecakes.com/2012/06/growing-up-80s.html)

*Vintage Hawaiian Luau: Food and dessert signs were glued to bamboo sticks and displayed in miniature metal buckets filled with sand (graham crackers) (http://www.lynleespetitecakes.com/2013/04/aloha-vintage-luau.html)

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I always recommend the same thing when friends ask what I consider an important element. The best DIY project for a party is a backdrop for a food or dessert table. I have featured many options for dessert table backdrops under $15 or even under $5 in some cases, on my blog, so I really believe that anyone can make it happen for any party.

A backdrop makes everything come together, takes the food table to an entirely new level and adds the wow factor. My favorite backdrop that I’ve done is a ribbon backdrop-you simply create stripes with thick ribbon from a craft store in as many colors and styles as you want for a big bold statement piece on a budget.

http://livethefancylife.com/diy-dessert-table-backdrop-using-ribbon/

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I love paper rosettes! They are super easy to make and very popular for parties right now. They especially look great on a dessert table backdrop!

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I can't think of one particular DIY project, but a little glitter and paint can go a long way if you can't find what you want. You can easily make the most mundane object and make it fabulous with a sprinkle of glitter or the right paint color. You can glitter or paint a frame, wooden utensils, plastic animals, gift boxes.....just be creative and imaginative. There are so many good ideas and resources available that the possibilities are practically limitless.

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There are so many things that you can DIY for parties. My signature party decor for the parties for my own little boys is a large hanging in my foyer. I usually make these out of large pieces of cardboard or science fair backdrops. I love having a big impact piece right when guests walk in the door.
Anyone can cut a big number out of cardboard using an Xacto knife!

Garlands can also be made of anything! I even made a garland out of taco shells for a fiesta party! It cost $5 at the most! Try to push yourself out of the box and look at normal, everyday things to make into party decor!

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I love wreaths at the entrance to every party. I make them for my clients all the time but you could easily assemble a wreath with just a few supplies. Try to involve the theme whenever possible. For instance when I styled a garbage party for a client, I used newspapers, trash bags and jute to achieve a cute by trashy design.

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Make your own party favor labels using your printer and a graphic to match your theme. It takes very little time once you have your printer aligned for the labels and makes you favors feel extra special. Use the party favors as decorations too by placing them on a simple tray or cake stand by the door.

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Back to school and end of the school year parties are so much for to host! I created a Junie B. Jones-inspired party that would be a blast for either celebrations. The decor was very much school-themed: a library card catalog, giant pencil, lunch box, Junie B books, easel, paper clips, a doll's school desk -- and more! One of my favorites was hanging Junie B books from the chandelier over our dining room table -- easy, DIY and no crafting involved!
See the party here:
https://doublefunparties.com/2012/09/05/our-parties-junie-b-jones/

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