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DIY Party Decorations

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It's easy, fun and fast to make decorations for a party. Follow the instructions in these craft projects to make colorful decorations for your next party. Most of the crafts require nothing more than colored paper and a few simple tools. Pick a theme for your party and make some decorations to match!

The projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to AVERAGE.

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have some crafting fun!

  • Quick Napkin Rings Friday Fun - Having a party or a family gathering or a holiday get together? Follow the simple steps in this project for a quick way to make colorful napkin rings. Use the rings to add a festive touch for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special or themed occasion.


  • Weave a Placemat Friday Fun - Turn a sheet of construction paper into a placemat with paper weaving. These simple to make colorful placemats will brighten your table. Select a color theme and get weaving!


  • Recycled Tin Can Candle Holders Friday Fun - Imagine quiet conversation on a patio or porch in the light of flickering candles. These simple candle holder luminaries are made from recycled cans that are left plain or painted.  The candle holders are fun to make as a family or group project.


  • Stars and Stripes Pennant Banner Friday Fun - Make red, white and blue pennants with stars and stripes, then string them together to create a banner. The banner can be used to decorate inside or outside for the 4th of July or anytime you have a patriotic theme party.


  • Spring Paper Flower Bouquet - In this project make flowers from computer paper. Make a daffodil, a tulip and an iris, complete with stems and leaves. Use ribbon to tie them up in a bunch, then give them to someone special. The flowers also make wonderful party favors and gift package decorations.


  • Shamrock Centerpiece - Use the printable patterns in this project to create a small centerpiece for St. Patrick's Day. Make several of these cute little vases as party favors or as gifts for St. Patrick's Day. The plain version of the vase can be used for other occasions and be filled with Paper Flowers.


  • Shamrock Flag Banner - Show off your St. Patrick‚Äôs Day spirit with a shamrock banner. Make this easy paper flag banner using construction paper and the printable shamrock pattern. Hang the banner in a doorway, over the mantel, or in the window—anywhere you want to show your Irish green!


  • Paper Cup Party Favor Friday Fun - Half the fun of giving a party is selecting a theme and making the decorations. You can easily and quickly make party favors for any theme by decorating paper or foam cups with ribbon and images printed from your computer.


  • Ghost Garland - This colorful garland of ghosts is a quick and easy way to decorate for Halloween. The project includes printable patterns for ghosts and illustrated instructions for making the garland based on a paper chain in Halloween colors.


  • Chinese Paper Lanterns Friday Fun - Chinese paper lanterns make colorful and inexpensive decorations. Best of all, they are so quick and easy you can get the kids involved in making them. Follow the simple instructions in this craft project to make colorful lanterns using a single sheet of paper.


  • Patriotic Star Garland Friday Fun - Cut five-pointed stars from red, white and blue paper and string them to make a garland! Use the garland to decorate for Memorial Day, Flag Day or the Fourth of July.


  • Easter Pennant Banner Friday Fun - Make colorful pennant flags then string them together to make a banner for Easter. Use these banners to decorate around your home or in the classroom. The pennant flags are also a nice addition to an Easter basket.


  • Paper Flowers Friday Fun - See how easy it is to make paper flowers. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials. This is a skill well worth learning!


  • Valentine Garland of Hearts Friday Fun - Make this delightful tissue paper garland that is sure to brings smiles. Drape it over doors, in windows, over furniture, along stairs. It is quick and easy to make.


  • Valentine Flag Banner Friday Fun - These flag banners can be hung in doorways, on fireplace mantels, in windows or on bulletin boards. After some simple prep work, this project is as easy as fold, cut and glue.


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Plain Vase with paper flowers

Tip: The vase in the Shamrock Centerpiece project is very versatile. Print it on plain or patterned paper and fill with Paper Flowers.

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