This birthday party theme is an “Up, up, and Away” theme. You can do this without spending a lot of money while still making it cute. For example, fun and affordable paper airplane and hot air balloons are easy DIY projects for a themed birthday party.
- Yarn or string
- Paper in colors of your choice (I used red, white and blue - which isn't as patriotic looking as it sounds)
- Stapler with staples
1. Fold paper airplanes by taking a regular 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and folding it in half (long ways or short ways works - I used both types in my streamers)
2. Turn the paper over so that the fold is up (like a tent)
3. Fold the top corners in to the center fold line so that the top of your paper is now a triangle
4. Fold the entire halfs of the paper in to the center fold line on both sides
5. Fold the entire halfs of the paper in to the center fold on both sides again
6. Flip your folds down so that you have a paper airplane. - I'm sure you could find a paper airplane folding tutorial online if you can't follow mine.
7. Slip the yarn inside one of the wings and staple the bottom part of the plane close to the wings so that it stays on
8. Repeat - making sure to use the same wing each time so your airplanes will be facing the wrong way.
9. Hang up - I am using mine for decorations at the party and then hanging them up in my son's room as decoration now that we have finally moved to a place where he has his own room instead of sleeping with us and in the kitchen at the ripe old age of 1!
Hot Air Balloon
- Crate, box or basket (I borrowed a red storage crate from my parents)
- Bunting (I sewed mine out of a ribbon and old t-shirts)
- Props -( I made a chalkboard and aviator hats with goggles and brought my son's toy helicopter)
- Blue Fabric or paper
- Paper bag sand bags (Just crumple up some paper bags and stuff them full of paper and tie them shut)
1. Attach Bunting to create
2. Attach Balloons at all four corners
3. Tie Balloon together at the base of the balloons
4. Attach paper bag sand bags
5. Hang up fabric behind as a background
6. Take adorable pictures your party guests
- Fabric (I used old t-shirts)
- Ribbons (You don't need much depending on how long you want it- mine was only 3 feet or so)
- Sewing machine
1. Cut your fabric into triangles (I measured mine to be 3 inches tall and have a base of 3 inches)
2. Line up your fabric with your ribbon and feed it through your machine (I found it looked the best when it was attached close to the bottom of the ribbons)
3. I used old t-shirts and I found they looked better as just one layer than when I tried to finish them off so I just left mine unfinished but you could hem or serge of zigzag stitch yours if you so desired.
4. Attach somewhere - I put mine on my hot air balloon photo booth but it would look cute on the wall or a crib too.