We just celebrated my nephew's 1st birthday last weekend, and my sister did a FABULOUS job on her little guy's party. It was an Under the Sea theme and there were just so many adorable details you you need to head over to her photography site to check some of them out. Of course, the birthday boy was the cutest thing about the party by a long shot, but I tried to help my sister out where I could. She asked me to whip up a few garlands for the party, so I thought I'd share a little how-to. These look like bubbles because of the colors we used, but they would work for any party if you changed the colors.
1. Use different sized circle punches, your Cricut, Silhouette, or just trace different sized circle objects and cut them out. Use as many colors as you like, and as many sizes. I think the variety really makes it.
2. Once you have a stack of circles, lay them out to the desired length on the floor. I just order them randomly--but of course adjust if I don't like what I'm seeing. Once I get them all laid out, I stack them up in order and take them to my sewing machine.
3. This is not a very good picture, but you are smart people and can figure this out. You just feed the circles one by one as you sew a straight line down the middle. I leave a little thread at each end so you can hang them easily. You can use clear thread, but sometimes I find that a little hard to work with, so I've just been using regular white.
I used the same garland in different colors for my baby's first birthday, but draped them horizontally. They can be hung horizontal or vertical, you can make them any length, and make as many as you want. So versatile and easy. Gotta love that.