This wonderful post was submitted by a “Raining Hot Writer” (read more about how you can write a frugal and helpful article and get paid for it here). Thanks to Ellie Bluebell’s House for these ideas and so many more….What creative ides these are! My favorite is the paper chains – definitely using that one!
A child’s first birthday is sweet, momentous, and exciting… and also noteworthy because it’s the last birthday party you will have full creative control over. After the first birthday, you’ll be filling requests for SpongeBob SquarePants themes, skating parties, and the ultra dreaded eight eight-year-olds sleepover. So have your druthers with number one!
I was very excited about making decorations for Natalie’s first birthday, and I proceeded to Martha Stewart out, big time. I love those penant-flag banners you’ve seen popping up at cute places, like the Paper Source, and decided I could make one myself, much longer than the kit would allow, and for less than they were charging. My craft closet was already full of the supplies, after all.
I also thought of making paper chains, like we used to do as kids to count down for Christmas. Those things give you a lot of bang for your buck, time and materials-wise! I got five designs of scrapbooking paper (two double sided and one single sided) and started cutting them into 2″ x 6″ strips with my awesome paper cutter, the Handy Guillotine (that is it’s actual product name. I would have bought it anyway but I delight in calling it the Handy Guillotine every time I use it. Best $19 I have ever spent). Then all you need is a stapler, and you’re in paper-chain-making business.
Total cost of 16′ of paper chains, $4 (for scrapbooking paper).