Wednesday, June 29, 2011

{DIY PARTY DECOR} On a budget for the 4th of July

hello everyone 
Today I wanted to share with you a couple tips on HOW to make the super EASY & FUN grass table skirt & the grass skirt garland pictured here.

First up . . . the table grass skirt!
Supplies you will need & the "how-to":
1. measure your table to "guess" how many grass skirts to buy to go around the table you will be making this for
2. head on over to The Dollar Tree & pick up that many grass skirts
(for the one pictured here I used 3)
3. take them out of the packages & tie them all together so it looks like 
1 big continuous grass skirt
4. for the banner: I used the LUAU banner that comes in the
Americana Luau collection, printed it out, sliced small holes in it at the top left & right & then took a piece of the 'grass' from the grass skirt tableskirt 
& tied it together
5. that's IT! Simple . . . FESTIVE . . .and only $4 (including printing)

Next up . . . the grass skirt garland!
Now this was one of those ideas that just "hit you" when you're out purchasing supplies for a party & it just comes together  (kinda like 'magic' - lol) 
I don't know, I think it turned out pretty cool - what do you think?

Supplies you will need & the "how-to":
1. head on over to The Dollar Tree & pick up 1 pack of red 'goodie' bags
& 1 pack of blue 'goodie' bags 
(they came 10 in a pack so I figured that would be pleeeeeenty long enough)

2. while you are still at the Dollar Tree pick up an extra grass skirt to use specifically for this garland
3. the 1st thing I did was, using my paper hole punch, punched holes in both sides of the paper bags towards the top . . .say about an inch down
4.get out that glue gun & fire her up! 
5. I printed out the 4" circles from the Americana Luau collection,
cut them out & glued them to only about a third of the bags 
(you decide how many you would like & then print the appropriate amount)
6. I then took the 'extra' grass skirt & a pair of scissors & determined how 'long' I wanted the 'skirt' to be hanging off the bags . . .I believe I did about 12 in. & then just cut that length off the skirt to glue to the bags
7. open up one of the paper bags & turn it upside down, run the hot glue gun all around the edges (on the inside bottom) & adhere the grass skirt pieces until you achieve the 'look' you want
** a couple tips on this - you WILL get your fingers glued. I would advise doing 1 side at a time with the gluing as if you are like me, I had to be particular as to lining up the pieces of the 'skirt' just so! =)
8. continue gluing the 'skirt' to the bottom of all your paper bags until you have done them all
9. I used just a long piece of white curling ribbon to "thread" through all of the garland bags (where you put the hole punches) until they were all hanging on the ribbon
8. that's IT! Again . . .a FUN, festive-looking DIY decor that was $4

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