Things have been a little hectic in our house the past couple of weeks. We are juggling so many different things that I’m waiting to see which ball crashes first, Jacob’s graduation/celebration, Lily’s birthday party, our expanding roof leak (our bedroom leak has moved to the master closet to baby #3’s room – we have a temporary patch but the rain hasn’t allowed us to have it permanently fixed), the baby’s nursery, my out of control nesting/organization efforts or my transition plan at work.
My husband has been so wonderful and is pitching in to help. Instead of discouraging me from taking on the things he knows I’m determined to accomplish he is asking how he can help. I’m overjoyed with his voluntary involvement! The only problem is it encouraging me capitalize on his goodwill and do more.
Anyway, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve made several crafts for Lily’s birthday party. Every time I think I’m done I find something else I want to try. Aside from baking goodies and possibly diying a cupcake stand (which remains questionable), this tissue flower sign should be the last item to complete!
I thought I’d share a couple of the tutorials starting with the easiest and least expensive one first.
You can use an assortment of materials. My tissue number sign inspiration from Prudent Baby used fabric and an artist canvas. I plan to make another one for Lily’s room using those materials but for her party I went the cheap route because it doesn’t fit our décor so it will most likely get tossed after the party is over.
What I used:
- A piece of scrap cardboard cut from a delivery box
- Scrapbook paper
- A couple of paper napkins (tissue paper is a suitable alternative)
- A glue stick
- Scissors or an exacto knife
- Scrap ribbon – optional
- The scrapbook paper I used was a 8 ½ x 11. I started but tracing it on a cardboard box. Using an exacto knife, I cut the cardboard to size.
- I glued the scrapbook paper onto the piece of cardboard using a glue stick (any adhesive would work).
- Draw or trace the number you want to create onto your scrapbook paper.
- I stacked a couple of napkins and drew a flower image on the napkins. I provided a template below in case you need one.
- Once you cut out the napkin flowers, separate them. I estimate I used between 30-40 flowers.
- Twist the center of the flower to form a bit of a tip and create the appearance of petals.
- Glue the flower to the number you outlined on the scrapbook paper. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have completely covered your number.
- Optional: I framed the paper with ribbon for an additional embellishment.
This was so quick and easy and affordable – I hope you like it! The only thing I had to buy was the $0.59 sheet of scrapbook paper. The rest I had on hand. Not to shabby for a practically free party decoration!