D.I.Y. Birthday Decorations

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It is a long held tradition in our family that we try to avoid using commercial decorations for birthday parties. Since joining Close To My Heart and purchasing a Cricut machine, this task has been made so much easier!

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We celebrated my Mum’s 85th birthday over the weekend and I thought I’d share some of the items created by my sister and I.

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Firstly, the cake!  This was a delicious Red Velvet cake baked by my sister, Rhonda.  The flowers and bling on the top were made of paper cut on her Cricut.  The pattern for the cat was cut on the Cricut too and the cute cupcake wrappers were, you guessed it, cut on the Cricut.

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Next was the table.  The place settings were inspired by a post on Pinterest by Doodlebug Designs.  The CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge  (Z1686) has a gorgeous cup cake pattern and a co-ordinating stamp which made it really easy.  I created a wrapper for a lollipop and added the cupcake paper piecing to it, using the lollipop stick as the candle.  The flame was created using Honey Triangles Washi Tape (Z1931).  The flower napkin fold instructions can be found by clicking here.

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I wanted a simple centre piece for the table.  5 strips of satin ribbon and some fun coloured glasses did the trick.  I held the ribbons in place using Close To My Heart Glue Dots (1772).  Glue dots are brilliant for holding fabric on your cards too.  We filled the glasses with nuts, cherries and grapes.

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Our outdoor area has a mirrored wall panel as a feature and I decorated this as a focal point.  I cut the coloured yo-yos  using my Cricut and added CTMH chunky bling for the centres.  I can see me recycling these at other events!

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These few simple touches plus co-ordinating balloons in the pot plants turned our back yard into the party place.  Mum felt very special and we were happy to have created original decorations using papers from our stash.

Do you have a party coming up at your place?  I’d love to show you how easy it is to D.I.Y. your decorations.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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