Pinwheels and Animals on Sticks


Andrew’s mom asked us to help her decorate for a baby shower she was hosting. We’ve never decorated for a baby shower before, but we didn’t let that stop us! We spent a half hour on Pinterest looking for inspiration before creating several decorations for this party. Our specialty is in paper crafts, so all of our decorations were made from paper.

Baby Shower Sign of Paper Onesies

The first thing we felt we had to do was make a banner for the baby girl. We learned that her name would be Rory, which is kinda short, so we made the banner say “BABY RORY”. Each onesie is made from two sheets of construction paper: a brown layer and a pink layer with a letter-shaped hole in it. This was very simple but looks fantastic.

The idea is that it’s supposed to be little onesies hanging on a clothesline, so it only makes sense to hang them from the yarn with clothespins! I borrowed eighteen clothespins from my mom to use on the banner, but then Andrew’s mom said we might want to give the banner to the expectant mother, so we’d need to go out and buy clothespins that we could give her. While we were shopping at Michaels, Andrew’s mom found the cutest little clothespins, not even an inch long. They were perfect for the banner!

Onesie Baby Shower Banner

I love my die-cutter for making it a cinch to cut out letters. Results are disastrous when you try to cut letters out by hand. For a banner like this, it’s much easier to cut the letter out from the front layer and let the background color come through. The alternative would be to cut the letter out separately and glue it on, trying to keep it centered. Plus, there’s a bonus from cutting out the letters like this, which I’ll explain further down in the post.

Monkey, Tiger, and Pinwheel

In addition to the banner, we created pinwheels and little animals on sticks. They couldn’t have turned out cuter.

Animals on Sticks

In the picture above, we have the animals on sticks! The design was inspired by something I saw in the Silhouette Studio store. I think what makes these so cute is the big heads, the simple faces, and the passive and restful poses. What I really like about these animals is that they’re made with two colors of paper, one of which is always white. I want to point out that the orange animal is a tiger and the yellow one is a kitty.

Each animal has practically the same design, with the main difference being the ears and facial features. The monkey has a tail, but besides that, they all have the same body. The penguin’s design is most different. After I made the first eight, Andrew insisted there be a penguin. It is made of three colors because it has an orange beak and orange webbed feet.

Which is your favorite? Mine is the puppy with the adorable face.

Monogrammed Pinwheels

In addition to the animals on sticks, I made pinwheels, because pinwheels are fun. I bought some double-sided prints at Jo-Ann. I have to say, I was disappointed by how few options they had for double-sided prints; I might have had more variety in the pinwheels if I could have found more prints.

Pinwheels are amazingly easy to make. You take a square of paper and cut in from each of the four corners, about two-thirds of the way to the center. Then, you take a flap from each of the corners and tack them through the middle into the dowel. (Silhouette Studio comes with a pinwheel design, which made these no trouble to make.)

Monogrammed Pinwheel

I monogrammed the pinwheels with Baby Rory’s initial. I glued a nickel-sized circle of white paper to the tack holding the pinwheel onto the dowel and glued the lower-case R onto that circle. These pinwheels don’t spin freely when you blow onto them, but you can still turn them with your hand. The center, however, doesn’t turn because the tack doesn’t turn, so the initial is always correctly face-up.

The dowels we bought from Jo-Ann were very affordable, but they were also a bit rough. Andrew and I had to sand them a bit to make them smoother for people to handle, especially because we knew that little kids might be at the party.

Letters on Streamers

A neat bonus resulting from how we cut out the letters from the onesies banner was that we had extra letters after finishing the banner. I saved these because I knew we’d be able to reuse them in another sign or banner. So we hung them up on one of the streamers we had hanging up. It was great that we were able to make another nice, personalized banner from what would otherwise be wasted paper.

Pinwheels in a Basket

I’m thrilled with how the decorations for this party turned out. It took us over a full day to make the decorations, but I think they were adorable touches for the party. I didn’t hang around for the baby shower, but Andrew’s mom reported that the guests oohed and aahed at our decorations. One of the mothers at the party enjoyed the decorations so much that she requested our services for her daughter’s birthday party the following weekend. We made her a banner which I’ll write up in a future post.

The pinwheels and animals on sticks made for good accents to put all over the party. Andrew’s mom stuck some pinwheels in one of the gift baskets for the expectant mother, which was fun and tied things together nicely. I’m glad to know that Andrew and I can successfully decorate for parties. I’m hoping to get to write about decorating more often in this blog.


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