When my friend Daniele asked me if I would make a garland for her daughter Sydney's 1st birthday party, I was very excited when she said I could have complete creative freedom, as long as I stuck with the color theme of pink and gold - other than that I could do whatever I wanted! It's been awhile since I've sat down with a pair of scissors and paper and just made something for fun, so this banner was a good opportunity to get back into playing with my favorite medium. Inspired by the summer weather and with a tendency to always end up cutting out natural, leafy shapes, this banner ended up taking on a very tropical vibe.
I'm challenging myself this year to use up paper and supplies I already have for my creative projects, instead of buying more supplies every time I start a new project, so I dug through my drawers full of paper and scraps from past projects and found all these shades of pink and a pad of gold glitter paper that I didn't even know I had - the perfect supplies for Sydney's banner, without having to buy anything new!
I started with a base layer of light pink tissue tassels and built up from there. I knew I wanted it to be really full, with lots of texture, so I built it slowly, layer by layer, deciding to add more (or not) as I went. For the second layer I free-hand sketched some tropical leaves on the back side of the glitter paper, which I cut out, poked small holes in, and attached with twine so they were hanging (varying widths were important for the texture!).
After adding the tropical gold leaves, I added two different textures of pink paper leaves - the light pink longer with softer shaped leaves, and the darker pink I cut into sharper palm frond-inspired leaves, adding a nice contrast.
Since I was attaching each piece to the main strand with twine, I wanted something to help hide all the knots and attachments, so I created pineapples out of gold glitter paper, and white tropical flowers to secure along the main strand. These helped balance out the fullness of the garland while helping clean up and hide all the knots - plus they added the perfect TROPICAL finishing touch. After I added the flowers, it finally felt complete!
This was such a fun project to work on and I was happy with how it turned out - sometimes creative freedom produces the best results! Here are a few shots from the garland in action at Sydney's 1st birthday, isn't she the cutest? Happy Birthday Sydney!