For my son’s “Growing Up Up Up!” themed birthday party, all of the decorations were things that fly in the sky. You might remember my hot air balloon centerpiece I shared previously.
Since our parties are often centered around our great room including our kitchen, I thought it would be fun to also decorate the refrigerator. I have made these clothespin airplanes before as a kid’s craft and thought I’d update them a bit with patterned paper to hold a festive pennant banner.
The festive patterns and fun colors in the Paper Cottage work perfectly for party décor. You’ll need five patterned papers from this line along with the Chipboard Shapes and Alphas set. Additionally you will need two clothespins, five craft sticks, two mini craft sticks, red and teal paint, magnets, string, craft knife, scissors, and an extra strength glue stick.
So let’s get started!
Begin by painting the two clothespins red and teal and allow to dry fully. This just keeps the craft easier so you don’t have to worry about covering all of the tricky parts with paper.
Trim off each end of a craft stick at a slight angle with a craft knife on a protected surface. I found this easiest to saw back and forth a few times to get a beginning groove and then cut back and forth along that groove with the tip of the knife.
Adhere the fronts of all clothespins, craft sticks, mini craft sticks, and cut ends to the wrong side of selected patterned papers with an extra strength glue stick and allow to dry fully.
Once dry, trim off excess paper with craft knife on protected surface and adhere all pieces together with the glue stick or a hot glue gun as shown in final product. Add magnets along the back of clothespins. You may need to double up the magnets to account for the thickness of the bottom craft stick.
Remove the PARTY letter pennants from packaging leaving the backing on each piece. String and knot each pennant centered onto a piece of string. Be sure you knot each pennant the same direction so they will hang correctly.
Hand-cut a few whimsical clouds from patterned paper. The good thing about cutting out clouds is they are all different so you can’t go wrong! Add magnets to the back of each.
Put airplanes and clouds onto refrigerator and clip pennant string in the opening of each airplane to hang.
You can use the airplane magnets long after the party is over to hold notes or photos. It’s fun to come up with new ways to add decorations to your next party, especially when you make them yourself!