8.28.2012

Birthday Streamers!


For years, a birthday fairy has come to our home during the night before a birthday.  The birthday person wakes up to a streamer bedecked doorway!  When the kids were shorter, they loved running through the streamers for a days after their birthdays.

Maize and blue for the Michigan fan.

This year, the fairy decided to treat my daughter to a star-spangled doorway.  
A twelve year old daughter needs pizzaz and sparkle!


First, the fairy crafter used an electronic cutter to cut out 4 inch stars out of sparkly papers from The Robin's Nest. The Leopard Print GlitterTeal Watercolor, and Orange Crackle papers are a perfect match for her teal and white room with orange accents.


I (or the fairy) lined up the stars in a color pattern on the floor so I could see how it would look together.  I used a random pattern, but you may want to choose a repeating pattern. 



Using a small handsaw, I cut down a yard stick to fit over the door way.  


After measuring out the spacing for the holes and drilling, I sanded the yard stick.





Basic black acrylic craft paint was used to cover over the dashes and numbers on the ruler.

As the first coat dried, I started sewing the stars together. I chose to double up the stars for sturdiness.  I used clear acrylic thread so that the stars can "float" in her door way.




Sewn together.


Waiting for that yard stick to dry!


Super awesome close up of the glitter papers!

 After a 2nd coat of paint, I tied the stars into the holes.  
The yard stick rests gently on the lintel of the door frame.


It's a hit!


She LOVES them!! 
Happy Birthday to my favorite daughter!!




Much more personalized that crepe paper streamers!
I painted my yardstick black b/c I wanted it to pick up the black and sparkles
on the stars. DD's choice was white...which is understandable too!


Some tips:
1. Practice first on your machine with some scraps of paper.
2. Be free flowing on the spacing.  No fuss, no worries. It's all for fun!
3.  I found that it was best to start and end about a half inch from the edge of the shape.
4.  Leave plenty of thread at the start so you can tie it into the yard stick.


Enjoy!!

7 comments:

Julie Short said...

What alovely thing to do for your daughter Dawn. I am sure that not only will she love them she will get the beautiful message that you strive to make things special for her!

Nancy said...

How fun! Can I live at your house? My birthday is coming soon too, LOL!

Love the stars streamers. I hope she has a terrific birthday!!

MiamiKel said...

Fabulous idea and tutorial!! HB to your daughter!

Michelle VP said...

Wowzers! That's such a fun idea - love your creativity! I'll have to forward this one to my sister. :)

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

really great idea and it doesn't have to come down after her birthday. nice service rendered.

Lynn McAuley said...

What an awesome birthday surprise, Dawn!! I know your daughter was delighted!!

Regina Easter said...

omg i love this projects...sniff sniff sniff i am going to miss you not being on the cafe team.hugs