One of the things I love about the internet is how it’s an awesome resource for people who are into DIY (do it yourself). Since I specifically enjoy doing arts and crafts projects, I find Pinterest to be a treasure trove of ideas while YouTube is my go-to site for helpful tutorials.
Going the DIY route is especially useful whenever my son’s birthday rolls around – I like making it my creative project and coming up with decorations and giveaways on my own. This has really helped make the event memorable and special in its own simple way, even if we don’t throw huge parties. It has also been helpful with keeping my budget in check!
In the past three years that I’ve been DIY-ing decorations for family events, I’ve learned a few things on how to make it work. Read on and you might gather some useful tips for your DIY projects, and save while you’re at it.
- Tap the talents within your circle. If you know someone who’s skilled at graphic arts, or if you yourself might know some Photoshop, then make use of it to design and personalize party elements such as invites, cupcake toppers, banners, and hats. You don’t have to actually design a whole complete party package – you can come up with just one logo, have stickers printed, and stick it on generic party hats and banners easily available in bookstores and party supplies shops.
Homemade birthday banner made from wrapping paper and designed with birthday icons printed at a computer shop in UP Diliman (very budget friendly!)
- Go online to find what you need. If you don’t know anyone who can do Photoshop for you as a favor, don’t fret. There are several downloadable templates and printables available online, with a range of royalty-free choices. There are even some that you can personalize down to the color. Just make sure you thank the owner, and credit them if you’ll be posting photos on your blog or social media accounts.
These invitations were downloaded from littleumbrella.net, while the helicopter logo was from freepik.com.
And, as mentioned, Pinterest is great for creating mood boards and finding inspiration, while YouTube can help you step-by-step in creating that perfect paper flower or pinwheel.
- Research before you create. It’s exciting to get started on a DIY craft project, especially when you see all the pretty things on Pinterest that you can create yourself. But it’s best to decide on a look or theme first, before going online and gathering ideas for decor.
Once you’ve gone through the many ideas available online, make a shortlist of the things you’re really interested in crafting, lest you end up creating stuff that don’t really go well with each other. Not only will you save time, you would also avoid wasting resources.
- Focus on what really matters. We go the DIY route to make the birthday celebrant feel special, or to create more memorable occasions. But when we take on so many DIY projects, there is a tendency to focus more on the crafting rather than creating happiness for our intended recipient.
So don’t fret if the paper flower isn’t as perfect as you want it to be, or if you’re unable to create nice buntings due to lack of time or material. The person you’re doing it for will surely understand that everything you’ve done is a labor of love, and that’s more than enough.
All photos are courtesy of the author.
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