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As you probably remember from last week, we celebrated A’s first birthday with an Alice in Wonderland birthday party. It was such an awesome day! Being that we’re on a budget and had limited funds, I decided to make many of the elements myself. Some of the items that were simple to put together and brought some special “Wonderland” details to the table (literally in some cases and figuratively) was the signage.
The first set of signs that I made are some fun quotes from the book and the Disney film that I printed onto card stock. These were quick and really easy because all I had to do was print and hang them once they were designed (which was also pretty quick). Hanging them was initially a challenge because the siding on our house (and most of the homes in our neighborhood and in our area in general) is asbestos siding. This is not a concern for regular day-to-day life. But if it breaks off, then it’s a problem, so of course I didn’t want to mail or staple anything into the actual house (and I’m not sure that I would even if we had a different material as siding). Due to the texture of the siding, it seemed that tape wouldn’t be a good option, but in a sudden stroke of genius, J grabbed the double sided, sticky pieces from some old command hooks. They worked like a charm!
I also made signs that correspond with items in various parts of Alice in Wonderland that say things like “eat me,” “drink me,” “try this” and “take one.” I saw a great opportunity in these to add some fun details and a super easy way. I attached the signs to wooden skewers with Yes Paste. I strongly encourage you to get your hands on this is you do any sorts of crafts or projects that involve paper. Seriously. It’s really easy to work with and it doesn’t cause the paper to wrinkle. This is one of many reasons that I love having a close friend who is an art teacher, in addition to being insanely talented and an all-around great person, she introduces me to amazing products like this. I am such a Yes Paste believer! I simply used a q-tip to spread some on the paper and stuck the skewers to it. Easy peasy! I then cut them down to the appropriate sizes to put into the various bowls of food and items for food and drink purposes.
Overall I’m very happy with how these turned out and so I’ve decided to make the printables available to subscribers. There were a simple and cheap way to add some extra fun details. I’m especially happy that I had all of these because I had originally planned to have these glittery ribbon garlands but we ran out of time and never ended up hanging them. C’est la vie!