Friday, August 31, 2012

Bonus Tutorial: DIY Halloween Party Blowers...Wahoo!!

Summer is coming to a close and it is time to celebrate!!  And what better way than to get all set for Halloween with these fantastic & fun vintage-style party blowers!

DIY Vintage Party Blowers

Supplies You Will Need:

~ Straws (our fabulous striped ones were purchased at Michael's for $1.99-cut them in half so they are about 4" each)
~ Decorative Paper (size 12" by 12")  (Each sheet of paper yields six party blowers)  If you plan on doing a lot of blowing, make sure to use a thinner paper (wrapping paper would work well here:)
~ Clear Scotch Tape
~ Glue (optional)
~ Rubber Bands
~ Pencil
~ Decorative Ribbon

1.) Start with 12 x 12 sheets of scrapbook paper from a local craft store like Michael's in your party's colors.  Cut the paper into 2" x  10" strips from each sheet.

2.) Fold the paper in thirds by folding towards the middle and then adhere both folded sides down along the top edge of the fold with a long strip of scotch tape.  (Fold each strip twice so that the two long sides meet in the middle and make sure your piece of tape goes over the seam completely to seal it up.)  Make sure that your tape completely covers the don't want any air to escape when it comes time to blow them!

3.) Fold down one end of your long strip of decorative paper, about 1/4 inch or so to close the end on one side.  I fastened mine shut with a small piece of tape.

4.) Roll the end around a pencil (make sure to start with the closed end that you just adhered shut) and twist until your paper is all the way rolled up.

5.) Fasten your roll with a rubber band, slide it off of the pencil (it is easiest to remove it from the sharpened side), and let your rolls sit overnight.

6.) Take your rubber band off and insert one end of your 4" straw into the open end of the rolled tube of paper.  You can use glue if you prefer a cleaner edge, but I used more scotch tape (you can cover it with pretty ribbon later).  Fold in the corners of the open end of the paper roll on either side and secure with tape.

7.) Tie a strip of pretty ribbon over the tape to cover it and snip the edges for a clean look.

And there you have are all set!

The perfect little craft to do with the kiddos, festive cupcake toppers, Halloween party decorations, or just the right tools to make a fabulous wreath for the front door!  With all of this fun to be had, I don't think we will be missing summer one little bit! Photobucket

1 comment:

  1. Great tutorial! And I can just see the possibilities for almost any occasion...just change up the paper patterns and ribbons!