Monday, August 19, 2013

DIY Monster Party: Monster-Themed Decorations

Whew, almost done with the DIY Monster Party series. The final touch to the party is... decorations! I spent the week before the event forcing K and my visiting parents to work in my personal little crafting sweat shop, but the results were gorgeous! Here's what we made (and how)...

Poster Board Monsters

Totally copied these monsters from Dexter's pajamas. ^_^;;

Poster board monster party decorations
  • Materials: colored poster board, pen, glue sticks, scissors
  • Instructions: I simply drew these freehand, cut them out, and glued the pieces together. They turned out really awesome! I think I'll reuse them in Dexter's nursery since, as of date, we still haven't decorated his room.

Monster Party Signs

This is such an easy way of "decorating" your house, while providing useful directions for guests. If I had more time, I would have printed out little placards for the snacks.

Monster party signs
  • Materials: computer, color printer, Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Instructions: As a free download, here are the PowerPoint and PDF versions of the signs I made. (Note: I do not own any of the images used so please don't sell them in any way.)

Googly-Eyed Monster Cups

Not really a decoration, but it fit the party theme. The eyes stayed on pretty well, but it's still probably not be the most baby-safe idea.

Monster party cups with googly eyes
  • Materials: disposable cups, googly eyes, Elmer's glue
  • Instructions: Glue eyes randomly to the cups and set aside to dry. May be a fun craft for older children to help out with.

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Got the idea from my baby-shower-in-a-box (or you can buy them from any party store).

Birthday party tissue paper pom-poms, balloons, and streamers
  • Materials: 3 packs of colored tissue paper, white thread
  • Instructions: Followed this Martha Stewart article, but used white thread to replace the floral wire (good enough).

For the non-DIY decorations, we also got a Happy Birthday banner, blue and white streamers, and a pack of balloons (which we didn't have time to decorate with monster faces). All in all, it was a lot of effort but I'm so proud of our hard work... in fact, I think we'll be keeping these decorations up at least for another month or so. ;)

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