Today is a day to celebrate! Why? Because my good friend Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes is having a baby any moment now! In fact, a bunch of us have come together to throw her a HUGE Virtual Baby Shower with over $3k in prizes! Stop on by to celebrate with us! In honor of the baby and the happenin’ party, I put together this DIY Shabby Chic Circus Themed Baby Garland. It is by far the CUTEST thing I have made in my entire life. I really can’t take credit for that, though…the inspiration came entirely from this adorably detailed digital scrapbook kit, Circus Friends by Laurie Ann. You need to check it out. It’s beyond adorable! Now on to the garland!
These are the supplies that I used (note that I didn’t use everything in the photo):
- Print outs from Circus Friends
- (2) Corrugated Paper Sheets – 12 x 12
- 8.5 x 11 Cardboard Pieces
- E-6000 Glue
- Elmer’s Spray Adhesive
- Jute Twine
- Exacto Knife
- Single Hole Punch
- Small Wooden Sign
- Coordinating Paint Colors
- Foam Brush
Before you do anything else, select the images that you want to use from the digital kit, place in a word file or in a program like PicMonkey and print as many copies as desired. Now, using your cardboard pieces and your Elmer’s Adhesive, attach the printouts to the cardboard in order to make the pieces more sturdy. This is helpful because some of the little legs and ears are small–printing on cardstock would work, as well.
Next, using scissors (or an Exacto knife if you are really patient), cut-out each of your printed pieces. I have 6 animals and a ticket on each side of my sign, for a total of 14 main pieces to cut out. However, note that I also use little pom poms, moons, and buttons…this is the most time consuming portion of the project, but it’s the cutest, by far!
Next, cut a 12 x 12 sheet of corrugated paper (available at Michael’s) into 12 equally sized pieces. Note that you’ll need to cut two additional pieces from a separate piece of paper to make 14. For the background paper I am using print outs of the paper provide in the Circus Friends pack. Fold these sheets into smaller rectangular pieces, making sure to fold the creases very well as your next step is to tear them apart at the folds. I am using three different backgrounds, but there are several more to choose from.
Now, start assembling! I decided to use E-6000 glue to adhere the paper and animals to the corrugated paper just to make sure that I have a permanent, secure hold. The order you decide to do this section in is completely up to you–I changed it up with every card.
While the little cards are drying, add a light coat of paint to your small wooden sign. I am using a brownish color to start that matches the brown in the print outs. Next, add a thinner layer of a lighter, coordinating color on top. Finish by sanding the sign down to give it a rustic/worn look. Basically, you don’t want the painted colors to be too perfect and stark.
Using the alphabet in Laurie Ann’s set, print out the name (or phrase) of your choice and cut the letters out. Adhere them to your sign in the manner of your choosing–I decided to use spray adhesive for this, but also went over the top with a layer of Mod Podge for some extra “security.”
Finally, it’s time to punch holes in your cards and string it all together! Punch your holes an equal distance apart on the top of each card. I am using two equal length jute strings attached to the sides of the rope on the sign. After running the string through the top of each sign, I end with a loop on each side for easier hanging. (See above.)
Add some ribbon over your jute knots, if you’d like, and you’re done! Isn’t this adorable?!?!
I absolutely love this project and hope that my friend will, as well!!!!
If you have children, what’s your nursery theme? What types of projects did you do for your baby, or have you done for your friends? What would you do differently with the garland? I’d love to hear from you!
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