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5 Last-Minute Party Decorations

Whether you’re throwing a surprise birthday party or hosting a chic summer soirée, your bash will benefit from these easy DIY decor ideas.

5 Last-Minute Party Decorations

1 Balloon garland

To elevate your party décor with a quick and easy balloon garland, string different sized balloons that complement your colour scheme onto a length of beading wire by inserting the wire through the tied-off ends of the balloons. Use hooks or hanging strips to secure your garland to the wall, then fill in any sparse patches by gluing smaller balloons into the gaps. Why not embellish your design with tassels or faux flowers, too?

2 Lace jars

Nothing quite sets the scene like a candle, so jazz one up with a little lace and you’ll be ready to party. Start by wrapping a length of lace around the jar, allowing for a 2cm overlap, and cutting to size, then place onto newspaper and spray with two coats of metallic paint. Dab a thin coat of coloured glass paint, like Creativ’s A-Color Glass Paint, over the candle holder with a sponge for added effect, then fold the lace in half and backstitch the ends together to create a tube that can slip onto the jar once the paint is dry.

3 Photo backdrop

Nowadays, it’s all about getting the perfect picture to immortalise how much of a hit your party was, so make your own colourful photo wall using crepe paper and glue dots. Search for wide crepe paper, such as Lia Griffith’s Extra Fine variation, and choose lots of different colours. Use glue dots (463707) to adhere strips of the paper to a wall, checking that your design is even as you go.

4 Lolly stick table runner

If you want a table runner that’s not too precious for a crafting circle or kids party, make your own from used lolly sticks. All you need to do is line the lolly sticks up in two long rows (you don’t have to be neat with this!) and use something like parcel tape to secure the sticks and rows together. For an easy design, dilute some colourful acrylics with a little water and use a paintbrush to splatter the paint all over the side of the runner that doesn’t have tape on.

5 Paper rosette

To make a classic paper rosette, cut two equal squares of decorative paper and accordian fold both pieces to the end, trimming off any excess. Fold both of the folded strips of paper in half and tie a length of twine or thread around the centres for hanging. Fan out each square and use double-sided tape to join the lengths together and create a semi circle, then join the two semi circles together in the same way to create a full circle. Secure the string to the back of the fan with another piece of tape, then hang.