A couple weeks ago I set up a photo backdrop for a graduation party. Austin, my friend Jeannie’s son, graduated from high school this year and had friends and family over for a backyard cookout to celebrate. (Hard to believe I taught this kid social studies when he was a 5th grader, and now he is kissin’ a girl behind a sign and going to college!) I had a lot of fun coming up with speech bubbles for the party guests to hold, and turns out the
kids graduates liked them too.
The process for making the backdrop was pretty simple, but it took a LONG time. Honestly, the wind kind of ruined it because the streamers wouldn’t stay put for pictures. Rascals. Had we been indoors, I think it would have worked better.
STREAMER BACK DROP
Basically you measure strands of streamers that are 12-14 feet. Fold over chording at the half way mark and staple in place. Repeat MANY times. (You may want to enlist some help here. Stu rarely, as in never, helps with my DIY’s, but even he lent a hand this time.)
Turns out the little signs were the highlight of the project. If you’d like to DIY, here’s what you’ll need:
SPEECH BUBBLE SUPPLIES:
-1 project/display board (makes four signs)
-X-acto knife or box cutter
-Chalk paint pen
-Pencil and paper
-Large wooden craft sticks
1. Cut bubble shapes out of paper and then trace onto project board. I used scissors, but an x-acto knife or box cuter would probably work better cutting the display board.
2. Outline shape with paint pen. Write fun message!
3. Use hot glue to adhere the wooden craft sticks to the back of the signs.
Of course I had to sneak a pic of the cutest baby at the party with her buddy Bailey. (The paci was MIA…) To the right is the Parkview High School seniors posing dramatically. Can you tell they’re theater kids?