Yesterday we co-hosted with another friend a baby shower for good friends of ours who are having a baby this summer. They decided not to find out the sex of their baby, so we wanted to have a gender neutral theme for the shower. I had noticed that the mom-to-be had favorited many owl-related baby and nursery items on Etsy so that seemed like it would be the perfect theme!
In thinking about decorations, I found this fabric bunting online, and thought it would be super fun to make. I decided to make something similar out of scrap book paper rather than fabric, which was more affordable and easier to work with. I got a big pack of scrapbook paper and it was fun to have so many patterns and color options to work with, without worrying about eating up my fabric scraps. I also came up with a different owl shape that I liked better for this project. My friend and I made it together - we pretty much just cut out the shapes from the scrapbook paper and glued them together, then taped them all to a string to make the garland. Here is the template we came up with if you want to make your own - as usual, this pattern is for personal use only, so please don't sell the pattern or items that you make from it. If you do use this template, I would love to see what you have made in the Needle and Spatula Flickr Pool!
In addition to the owl garland, we also made a congratulations bunting, also out of scrapbook paper...
And a smaller triangle/pennant bunting to hang over the mantle.
For both of these I just folded the top edge over and taped it down, enclosing the string.
We had fun making these decorations and they definitely gave the party a festive feeling! I will be posting about the fun desserts that I made and the craft project that we did at the shower later this week, so stay tuned for more shower updates.
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