The Last Straw
Line up 11 paper straws of the same color. Leave the center one whole and use scissors to trim the rest at incremental lengths (our smallest pieces are 1 1/8 inches) to form a diamond. Repeat to make additional diamonds. Cut multiple 2-inch segments from straws in a contrasting color. Use a needle and knotting cord to string together items in this order: pom-pom, straw diamond, pom-pom, two 2-inch spacers. Repeat.
Fold paper dinner and cocktail napkins in half diagonally. Place dinner napkins, corner to corner, over baker’s twine and secure points with adhesive dots. Layer cocktail napkins between the dinner napkins, securing with more adhesive dots. Apply letter stickers to larger napkins to spell out a message.
Gather several sheets of 12-by-12-inch scrapbooking card stock. Trim half the sheets to 9 by 12 inches. Fold all the sheets accordion-style. Make fans by pinching the folds at one end of a sheet together and putting hot glue between each fold. When dry, use hot-glue gun to connect fans, alternating small and large ones in opposite directions. Use a hole punch to puncture the top edges where the fans are glued together and string with knotting cord.
To the Point
Use an X-Acto knife to cut triangles from cork tiles (ours are 8 inches tall). Arrange colorful pushpins to spell out a message (hot-glue another piece of cork to the back if the pins poke through the pennants). Use a hole punch to put two holes in the top of each pennant and attach colored paper clips. Connect more paper clips into a long line to act as string and suspend the pennants from it.
Piece of Cake
Flatten 9 to 12 colorful cupcake liners for each sphere. (We made 25.) Fold them in half, inside out. Put a few dabs of hot glue on one half of one, and attach to the corresponding half of another. Continue until you get a sphere. Repeat with small and large liners until you have the desired number of spheres. String together with baker’s twine.