Austin’s Komen Race for the Cure is coming up quickly! It seems that every Saturday and Sunday from now until the race (on Nov 13th – register here!) is booked with a packet stuffing or handout or some other race prep meeting. This weekend I’m kicking off the whirlwind with a survivor tent decoration party at my house. It’s going to be a lot of folding, gluing, taping, and cutting. We’re putting in a lot of sweat equity to pull off some fab decorations for cheap.
One of the projects we’re working on is the backdrop for our photo booth. When I was searching for inspiration for projects with big impact for no $$, I ran across this post on Oh Happy Day about creating fringey monograms. Michaela created a giant 2 for her daughter’s birthday. I knew I could take this concept and run with it.
I picked up a few supplies and dug into the stash at home to come up with everything I’d need for this project:
- Foam board – on sale at Hobby Lobby for $1.50
- Crepe paper streamers in pink and hot pink for $2.80
- Pink spray paint -$5
- Glue stick
To get started, I needed the ribbon base. I used a projector to resize the ribbon image and project the ribbon on to the wall. I then simply taped my foam board to the wall and traced the shape on to my foam board. Simple. It’s like 3rd grade art class again.
I cut the ribbon out using an box cutter knife…and it’s now that I remember that cutting curves in foam board is a giant pain in the booty. Here are my tips for not chewing up the foam too much:
- Use a sharp #1 X-acto knife with a #11 blade.
- Slice the board in three passes: First cut the top side paper, second cut the foam and third cut the bottom side paper.
- Use a sander to clean up any edges or a Dremel if you are obsessive compulsive – totally unnecessary for this project!
Now to use this same method to create an even bigger fringey ribbon!