I LOVE hosting baby and wedding showers, but don't always love the expense that can occur. I finally came up with a way to have coordinating decorations with very little cost.
All you need is:
~Matching Paper Straws
~A Cutting Machine, or Trimmer and Punches
At most craft stores, on the scrapbook isle, they have the pads of coordinating themed paper. Most every week, you can find these on sale. During the Black Friday events, many of these are 50% -60% off. That's when I stock up. Normally they cost about $19.99 so $8-$10 is a super deal and well worth it. Here's one I used recently to make baby shower decorations:
The paper colors and textures are just perfect!
With many of these packs, the first few pages have bonus cutouts. This is where you can get really creative with your decorating. This particular pad had these cute rectangle sayings for a "Project Life" like scrapbook. I used these instead as decorations:
Didn't they turn out sooooo cute. I used paper straws to make the easels and used the leftovers for my jars. I used these instructions to make the paper straw easels.
Ok, so next, use the papers to create a banner. You can personalize with letters if you wish, but for a quick and easy decor, just cut them out in the banner shape. I used a Silhouette cutting machine, but simple triangles are easy to cut with a trimmer.
With a hole punch and cheap twine...Ta Dah! A banner!
While you have the Silhouette out, cut a bunch of circles. If you have another circle punch or cutter, that will work too. I then sewed a straight stitch through the paper circles. Hot gluing them on twine will also work.
Make a few paper balls like this tutorial and hang up!
You will have plenty of paper leftover so feel free to get as creative as you have time for. It won't cost you any extra money!