Here’s the thing. You don’t need to be especially crafty to create party craft. With so many ‘picture perfect’ Pinterest boards it can be easy to feel intimidated. But, party craft does not need to be perfect to make an impact. And it doesn’t need to cost the earth or be a chore. It all begins with Washi tape – my secret weapon when it comes to craft. If you haven’t yet discovered Washi tape, now is the time. Washi tape is pretty, patterned masking tape and comes in various designs, colours and widths. It can make simple things look funky and fun! There are endless patterns, colours and sizes available so you can use it in as many ways as your imagination can come up with. It is easy to be creative with washi and for the “craft-challenged” mums like myself, it makes me feel I am oh-so-clever! It peels off easily from walls, without leaving a mark. However, most washi tapes are strong, and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for practical as well as decorative use. The only downside is that it’s slightly addictive. You’ve been warned.
There are so many ways you can personalise your next party. Sure, you can buy all the decorations, but it’s nice to add your own touch to a party. Involve your kids and enjoy the process without worrying about the result. The following ideas are so simple that anyone can do them at home. Here are five fun and inspiring party craft ideas to help you get started:
1. Gift wrap and gift tags
I love using washi tape for gift-wrapping. Half the fun of buying a birthday gift for someone is wrapping the gift. I get so much pleasure out of carefully wrapping presents. There’s really nothing nicer than receiving a gift that’s almost too lovely to unwrap. You can cut washi tape to various shapes and sizes and it looks great on plain brown or white packaging. My five year-old loves using washi tape for gift-wrapping and she’s far more elaborate with her designs than me. Gift tags are also easy to create using washi, and make a statement when tied to a gift with twine. This also shows the recipient that you’ve taken care to wrap and personalise the gift.
2. Party invitations and nametags
It’s fun to make your own party invitations (provided your guest list isn’t too big!) Recently for my daughter’s rainbow party I used a bunting theme on the invitations, thank you cards and nametags. For party invitations, mark out a line or two using a fine pen, and cut washi tape to size to create a bunting. You can use washi tape for any number of designs and patterns but what’s a party without bunting? Nametags are easy to make if you are sitting the children down to eat. You can use them as place settings, tied to a napkin with a peg, or as nametags tied around the children’s drink bottles. I tied nametags around the kids’ drink bottles and it couldn’t have been easier. A few triangles of washi tape gave the nametags a burst of colour and complemented the theme.
3. Flags and buntings
Party flags are a great way to add personality to a party. Cup cake flags are easy to make using washi tape. Simply cut to shape and stick on toothpick holders. These look gorgeous all in a row. But you don’t have to use washi tape. It also looks effective using ribbon. I used ribbon for my daughter’s castle cake and it looked beautiful. A bunting topper for your birthday cake is also easy to make. Simply thread twine around bamboo skewers and attach washi tape, cutting to form a triangle shape. Another fun and stylish party craft idea is to create straw flags for drink bottles. These are so easy using washi tape and can make a party table sparkle.
4. Home-made party garlands
I’ve already confessed that I am not naturally crafty. I am more at home with beaters than with scissors but I’ve discovered that some of these skills are transferrable. If you want to create your own party garland but you don’t want to do the entire thing from scratch, start with buying a make-your-own garland kit. There are plenty of kits sold at art and stationary supply shops. I made this icy-pole garland from a kit and had such a lovely time creating it with my daughter. The result was fabulous and I felt so satisfied that we had done it together; a mother-daughter project. This gave me the confidence to try and design my own garland. I made this confetti garland simply using twine, mini pegs, sticky tape and polka dots. Simple and effective.
5. Party Bags
Party bags don’t have to be store bought. Why not make your own? A simple cut and paste exercise with the kids and you can create your own colourful party bags. Again, your kids will love getting involved with this.
There’s really nothing nicer than involving the whole family in party preparations. So, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make your own party craft. If I can do it, anyone can. Just give it a go and, most importantly, have fun! If you like this post, head on over to my Facebook page. I’ll be running a washi tape competition over there soon! *First published on Kidspot.