When I was about to turn four, my mom asked me what kind of birthday party I wanted, and I told her, “a rainbow birthday!” Dutifully and creatively, my mom crafted a painted rainbow made of cardboard, linen and flour glue.
To my four-year-old sensitivities, it was just glorious — the rainbow was a big smile straight from the sky, manifested there on our front walk. My sister and I and our friends crawled underneath it, back and forth, or built forts with the rainbow for a good phase of our childhoods. The rainbow still makes an appearance every now and then at family events for the little kids.
In preparation for my niece’s fourth birthday, I crafted a set of hanging garlands that instantly enamored me in much the same way as that amazing rainbow did. The garlands are made of personalized labels with the jubilant message: “Eleanor is turning FOUR today!” in four joyful colors. As they danced with the breeze, emanating their bright joy in the front doorway, I wished I were four again. How fun would it be to wake up on the morning of your birthday and get to walk through a shower of colorful celebration? Here’s how I made these special, little-kid-height birthday garlands:
- Size 12 personalized labels (2-3 sheets)
- About 12 yards of string
- Tacks or small nails
- Cut the string into ten lengths of about 70 inches (1⅙ yards).
- On each string, start out by placing a label sticky side up on your work surface, and place about one inch of the end of the string onto the top half of the label. On top of this, place another label so that the string is sandwiched between the two labels, and the string emerges from the top. Measure four fingerwidths up the length of the string and place the bottom edge of a different-colored label on the string, flip this over and place another label on top of this one—again, so that the string is sandwiched, but with the string emerging from both the top and the bottom. Repeat this last step 6-10 times (for a total of 8-12 double-sided circles per garland). I stuck with a color order so that I could shift all the colors up or down on subsequent garlands. Tie a loop into the top of the string.
- Repeat all of this until you have ten garlands. Pick out just the right doorway, keeping in mind that a slight breeze is really nice with these garlands, but a big breeze tangles them. Attach them to the top of the molding of the door frame, adjusting the loop if you need to, so that the garlands are at a fun height for your little one.
Used In This Project:
- Circle Labels • I chose the “Modern Museo” style in orange, blue, grass and deep coral.
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