In March, we celebrated our daughter’s second birthday. The house was decorated with a ‘You Are My Sunshine’ photo birthday banner, strung using patterned paper covered clothes pins. To brighten things up a bit, we made a few strings of bird and sunshine garland using patterned scrapbook paper and thread.
- Bird: free, printable bird and wing pattern (MG Party Impressions blog)
- Sunshine: free, printable Sunshine Hair Clip Holder tutorial (Handmade Cuddles blog)
- Circles were cut using a 2″ hole punch
Five patterns of colored (non-yellow) scrapbook paper were used to cut 15 each of birds and wings. To mix things up a bit, 5 birds were cut facing one direction and 10 the other direction. Three patterns of yellow scrapbook paper were used to cut 12 each of suns and 2″ circles.
Birds and suns were assembled using a glue stick, making sure each bird and sun had two different patterns.
The birds and suns were strung on both using a needle and thread in a pattern (1 sun, 1 bird, 1 sun, 2 birds), 6 inches apart. Tape was applied over the thread in the back to secure each bird and sun in place. Both horizontal and vertical garlands were made.
Since similar paper was used for the photo banner, the garland was a great compliment. The light-weight garland was was hung using Scotch tape – easy to put up and remove.
The kids loved the garland and photo banner so much, we left both up through the Easter holiday. We are just taking it all down today, almost a month later! The decorations will be saved so some will be modified for our daughter’s room when she transitions from her crib to a bed in a few months.