Last week, a friend a past parent of one of my kindergarteners (who is now in 3rd grade!), asked if I would help create some items for her youngest daughter’s birthday party. The party was going to be a surprise (so exciting!), and it would have pinks, purples, ice cream, and other sweets. She wanted me to make tags for the “gift bags” that actually weren’t gift bags at all as well print a poem for the occasion. Are you ready for this totally cute idea?
The idea was that the girls would put a jelly bean in a mini flower pot at the beginning of the party. Then, through the course of the party, then jelly bean would “grow” into a bouquet of flower-shaped lollipops.
Well, I was so excited to get my creativity hat on, especially since I had been so focused on school (I miss my crafting time that I had in the summer). I planned a trip to Hobby Lobby that same night.
There, I bought many different pieces of paper:
*9 purple cardstock (8.5×11″ so I could print directly on it) – this was for the tag itself
*1 rainbow-blended scrapbook paper – this became the lollipop
*1 brown cardstock – this was the cone
*1 minty green cardstock – this was the ice cream
*1 light pink cardstock – this was the flower
*1 light purple cardstock – this was the flower
*1 hot pink in 8.5×11″ – this was the poem
*1 patchwork-look in 8.5×11″ – this was the background of the poem
I also had some other supplies that I used:
*a small flower-shaped paper punch
*a quilling tool
*a tag-shaped paper punch
I decided that I would do a combination of quilling and the paper punch to make the tags. Quilling (or paper filigree) is an old art form that can be used to create some amazing, intricate works of art. Now, I am nowhere near talented enough for art, but they turn out pretty cool and unique! Here’s an example of some basic quilling shapes:
First, I printed the thank you saying on the tags. I used font Grenouille, which I believe I downloaded ages ago form DaFont.com. Then, I cut up many slivers in the different colors that I would need. I got to work with my quilling tool (just $3.99 from Hobby Lobby). You can also make these with two toothpicks side-by-side taped together on one end.
Next, I had to create the lollipop, ice cream, and then the cone by pinching a triangle out of the brown curled paper.
Gluing it down proved to be the hardest part. My glue was supposed to dry clear (which it did on the sample that I made), but it didn’t.
Some of them looked like melted ice cream (cue the tuba playing “wah, waaaah”).
But look at how cute these were!
Here are some pictures from the party. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the finished product at the party (I couldn’t stay long enough to see the flowers “grow.”).