Library Party Decor

by Hope Sewell on November 10, 2011

in crafts, family, kids

Decorating for Ruthie’s LIBRARY PARTY party was really a whole lot of fun!!  And it only took me about 1 and a half afternoons to make all the decorations.  Plus I only spent around $10.
Let’s start with the invitations.
This little stamp is what started our whole library craze!!  It’s so fun to stamp our books and library cards with a REAL dated stamp.  You can find these for just a few dollars at your local office supply store.I love the invitations!! made this part easy!!
I found some small manila envelopes at Hobby Lobby, stuffed them and hand delivered them.
Now for the decor!
I started with the letters above the large window in our dining area.  You remember my EAT??
I took down the T and added a R and D to spell READ.
I decoupaged the ‘R’ with black and white polka dot paper to change it up a bit.
This was a super EASY transformation!!Next, I gathered some old books…or books that I knew we would no longer read.  I don’t know how to say this, but some books really aren’t worth the read you know.  😉  And in that case, they make GREAT party decorations!!  I picked up one of these from the Dollar Tree.

Start rippin’!!

Grab some brass fasteners, a single whole punch, a ruler, and some sucker sticks for pinwheels.  What I like the most about these decorations is you can use these ideas for ANY party theme.  Just swap out the papers.Start by cutting a square.  Mine was 4.5 by 4.5 inches.  Then make an X without meeting in the middle.Cut on those diagonal lines.  Then punch a single whole in every other corner AND one in the middle.Fold the corners to the meet in the middle and fasten with the brass fastener.Hot glue the pin wheel to the sucker stick.
I didn’t choose to make these pinwheels “working” because the pages of the book are really thin and I didn’t think it would hold up to actually blowing it.  But if you use a thicker paper, you can skip the whole punching and the hot glue and use a straight pin instead to let it move when you blow it.
Another little tip…..I save ALL glass jars that come through this house.  This little jar is from Classico Pesto.  Too cute right?Next up
cupcake wrappers.
I LOVE this little cutie!!  You can take ANY paper and make your own little wrappers for your cupcakes!!  Super easy!

Cut out your shape and tape the ends together.Sit a regular cupcake liner down inside and fill it with whatever your heart desires!For the banner, I stacked as many pages as I could cut and cut a triangle with pinking sheers.  I strung twine that I already had on three of the walls and fastened the triangles with tiny little clothes pins.I made 2 wreaths from the book pages to go on both sides of this window.
I started by cutting 2 circles from a cardboard box.Then I turned on my favorite radio show and started rolling the book pages.  I rolled them from top to bottom and taped them at the end.Grab the hot glue gun and start going around the outside edge.

Go all the way around until it’s full.  After it’s full, you can go back and fill in any gaps that you want to.
This is another thing that really isn’t rocket science.  It’s super easy it just takes a little bit of time.
I LOVED the end result!!  They actually turned out better than I thought they would and so they will be placed in a couple of rooms in my house now that the party is over. And that is all there is to it.  This was one of my favorite parties all the way around.
I love all the little details!  Plus, Ruthie helped me with ALL of this!!  It was that easy!!

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Jessica Steltenpohl November 10, 2011 at 10:53 am

GREAT ideas that all turned out super cute! I ordered my pinwheels from Etsy and now that I’ve seen how easy they were to make, I could slap myself….next time I’ll know better. I’m glad everyone had a great time! Happy Birthday again to your precious little (oldest) girl!


TheBargainBabe November 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for all the ideas! I’m thinking that when my littlest turns 2 this spring we will do a book theme (bright colored children’s books though). This would work really well and i bet the pinwheels would be adorable!


Chris November 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Hi there, how adorable all your creations are. I hope Ruthie had a wonderful Library Party. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


evelyn November 18, 2011 at 12:12 am

wow those r awesome ideas!!! You did such a pretty job on every single one of them! yay I’m your latest follower!


Kim D November 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

Such a cute idea!! I love every way you used the book pages! I love repurposing books like that! Great job!


Melanie November 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

What a nice idea! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear


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