If you’re looking for a simple project, it’s this table topper. Like I mentioned in Just About Finished, I’ve got two tracks for this tutorial. The DIY (do-it-yourself) and the JAF (just-about-finished).
For those of you in a hurry, we’ll start with JAF.
For this decoration, I made it easy for you with this confetti dot topper. Simply download the file at the bottom of this post and print and cut.
I also updated the Happy Birthday Banner to match.
For this method, you can cut and glue it yourself or you can enlist the help of family or friends. If you have kids, hand it over to them and let them take part. They’ll have fun working with you and knowing they got to help with the celebration.
Now, for those of you wanting a little more challenge, here’s the DIY.
I use Microsoft Word, but you can use a number of programs including Google docs or Microsoft Publisher.
Create a new document. Most programs will have an Insert menu. Depending on your program, choose a shape or drawing. Draw a circle. If you hold the Shift key while dragging your mouse to the size you want, you will get a perfect circle. Without the shift key, you will get an oval.
I sized mine at 6 inches. I inserted a text box into the circle, just like we did with the Happy Birthday Banner. Type your message in the text box.
Pick your card stock then print and cut. Like with the banner, different card stock will give you a different effect.
To make it a table topper, print two copies and glue them back-to-back with a craft stick or dowel so you can insert it into a base to stand up. I love the dollar store, and I picked up a pack of craft dowels and craft sticks there.
If you want to take it up a level, you can print four copies of your circle. Cut them out and fold them in half. Using your favorite glue or Mod Podge, glue them together to create a fun, 3-dimensional table topper.
When you are gluing, make sure to glue in a craft stick or dowel in the center so you have a way to anchor it in a base.For my base, I grabbed an old jar (I have a hoard collection of old glass jars that I save from the kitchen) and filled it with stones. Or you can take a jar and cover it with paper. Fill it with anything that will anchor it, stones, sand, etc.You can use this same design to make a table topper, wall decoration, or ceiling hanger.I hope these simple decorations make it easier for you to create a special celebration.