Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cat Party Wall Decorations

The only ready-made cat party supplies I could find cost an arm and a leg, and they were pink. Not that there's anything wrong with pink, but it's not my daughter's favorite (much to her grandmother's disappointment.) Deciding to make the decorations worked out perfectly because I wanted them to coordinate with those napkins...

I made the banner using The Print Shop. It is a handy little program that I have on my computer at school. I easily use it once a week it to make banners, bulletin boards, signs and calendars for my students. Print Shop prints each pace of the banner on regular 8 1/2 by 11 paper, then you just trim one edge of each sheet of the paper away, line up the letters and tape the sheets together. Presto! Instant custom made banner.

The cat faces were made out of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper I bought at Joann's. You can see I bought a textured paper. It's a nice heavy card stock and tore beautifully. I really loved the way the tearing gives each piece the look of having a boarder behind it. (It doesn't - it's just the way that particular paper tore.)

You probably noticed that the banner was torn as well. I love the look of torn paper because it looks intentionally wonky. My perfectionist eye goes crazy when things are even slightly off kilter, so I tend to make them intentionally that way so I don't go crazy trying to make things look perfect.

Each cat face took one sheet of 12 x 12 for the main piece of the face and then scraps from other sheets for the details. (I needed three sheets of green to create two green cat faces. One sheet each of pink, black, brown blue and white was enough for all the details.) I didn't measure or pre-draw the shapes - I just tore the paper and went with what I got. I like the green cat face above the best - she has a more angular face and a larger chin. Somehow she just looks more cattish to me.

1 comment:

Diane said...

Your border is so adorable - I love it!! I bet your daughter had the "Cat's Meow" of a party - teehee!!