Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Decorate To Celebrate Guest Designer!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I am so honored and excited to have been asked by Rhonda and Amy to be a guest designer for their awesome challenge blog, Decorate to Celebrate! For those of you who might not be familiar with Decorate to Celebrate, it is a new challenge blog for crafters, dedicated to showing off decorations for every celebration. Make sure you stop by and follow their blog, and join in on the challenge while you are there! It's so much fun and you could even win a prize!

The theme for this weeks challenge is an adult birthday party. So dig out your bell bottoms, mood rings, Bee Gee's 8-tracks and Saturday Night Fever albums...we're traveling back to the 70's for a Disco Birthday Party!
For the decorations for the birthday party, I made invitations, a disco sign, place cards with recipes for drinks from the disco era, drink stirrers and you can't have a disco party without a disco ball!
I used Core Couture paper for the decorations. I cut "let's party" from Lyrical Letters into the red background paper, and then embossed it with the Seeing Spots embossing folder. The discoing couple and funkadelic are from Groovy Times. The flower border is from an EK Success punch, and the awesome ribbon if from Hobby Lobby and sparkles like little disco balls!
I cut the disco sign from Groovy Times at 6" five times with the different colored paper. The circles were punched from the left over holographic paper.
For the place cards, I printed out recipes for disco-era drinks: Fire in the Disco, Disco Ball, Discordia and Disco Lemonade.
The toppers for the drink stirrers were also cut from Groovy Times.
What you will need to make the disco ball (ignore the Craft Bond and mask in the pic...that didn't work at all so I switched to hot glue):
  • 6" Styrofoam ball - I purchased this one at Joann
  • 1 sheet of silver holographic paper - also purchased at Joann
  • 50 lb monofiliment fishing line
  • Large knitting needle (or anything sharp enough and long enough to pierce the Styrofoam)
  • Paper cutter
  • Hot glue
  1. Cut the paper into 1" strips, and then again into 1" squares
  2. Use the large knitting needle to punch completely through the center of the Styrofoam ball
  3. Decide how long you want the disco ball to hang, then double the line and thread the fishing line through the hole
  4. Knot one end of the line - this will be at the bottom of the ball
  5. Hot glue the knot and fill in the hole on both sides to secure the line
  6. Line up several squares of the 1" paper and tape the backs together to make a long strip. Measure until it wraps completely around the ball
  7. Add a line of hot glue around the perimeter and attach the first row around the middle of the ball
  8. Repeat step 6 for the row directly above and the one directly below the middle row
  9. Add hot glue and attach individual squares until the ball is covered
I hope you enjoyed this brief trip back to the 1970's! Thanks again Rhonda and Amy for letting me be part of your awesome challenge blog and thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to make your own decorations for an adult birthday party and link them up at Decorate to Celebrate (! I can't wait to see what you create :D


Amy said...

You have outdone yourself on this one Lisa! This is AWESOME! I love it, and now I want to throw a Disco party- so cool, original, and FUN! Great job and congratulations on your guest design spot- you certainly deserve it!! I will be stealing these ideas! :)Amy

Jessica Buffa said...

Lisa, this is PHENOMENAL & So totally GROOVY! What a great tutorial and a unique disco ball. I absolutely love it. Congrats on the Guest DT invite over at DTC! :O)

Sherrie K. said...

Congrats on your Guest Designer spot!! I have been excited to stop by and see what you were up to for this project. Wow, what a groovy project! You have really pushed it over the top Lisa on your project!! I love it:)
BTW, Congrats over at Cricut Cardz challenge too~I see that you won last challenge:) Wahoo!!
Sherrie K

Dr Sonia S V said...

Wow what an amazing creation. will be so useful as a party decoration. Congrats on your new position as Guest designer

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful disco party items that puts me in the Saturday Night Fever mood.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Rhonda Emery said...

this is so creative and groovy so glad to have you as a guest designer you did an amazing job. love it.that you from rhonda and amy at decorate to celebrate.

MyCuriousCrafts said...

OMGoodness Lisa...absolutely stunning creations, I love them all. The "Disco" theme is so super cool and awesome. FABULOUS! ~Shen

Nita said...

Holy Cow! This is AMAZING! Next Birthday party I throw, I'm calling you! :) You are so super creative!

Alvina said...

WoW that is awesome, great job!!! I love everything but the disco ball, wow!!!!!!!

Chriss America Real said...

Wow Lisa, what a lot of hard work went into this! I love it! I feel like I could boogy woogy all night long!

Kate said...

I just saw this at DTC and LOVE it!! What fun decorations, Lisa! Great job!
I'll be doing The Hustle the rest of the day!!

Besthobbyeva said...

What a great, great job! That disco ball is amazing!! It's fun being a Guest Designer with you!!


Susan said...

I love the 70's and did you ever shake your groooove thing, shake your grove thing, yea us how to do it now! Omg was that cheesy or what? LOL!

I'm sure you made the ladies proud at the Decorate to Celebrate blog! That disco ball is amazing, as is the whole project! So cool! I'm going to check out the blog for sure, it sounds like a blast! I must tell you, thinking of the Bee Gees always makes me think of Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon doing that skit on SNL. If you haven't seen it you must check it out on funny!


Unknown said...

Lisa what a great job, and so creative. It brings back so many memories. Your disco ball took me back to a club we used to go and dance at. Long time ago. The girls will love what you created. Hugs, Pam at

Unknown said...

Wow you sure have your groove on!!!! Fabulous creations!!!! Wow love it all!!!!!

Pat N. said...

What terrific stuff you created. Love the disco ball! Groovy Times cart has been on my wish list for a while now. Everything looks wonderful--Pat N.

Amy said...

Congratulations on being a guest designer! I love your projects. That disco ball is just great!!!! :)
Amy said...

You inspire me! Love the Disco ball idea! Groovy!! LOL!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Lisa, I'm so happy for you, you're awesome at designing and this theme you took right off and "rocked it", sorry no pun intended, you really did fabulous. Hugs, Lori m

Anonymous said...

LOL guess what just came on our radio as I was typing this, a BeeGee's song.

Karen said...

Lisa I want to come to this party lol who doesn't love your disco what an brilliant idea. You are so deserving of the guest designer spot...

Karen H said...

Woohoo! Congratulations, Lisa! I hope you enjoyed your guest designing spot. They couldn't have chosen a more perfect person for the honor. I just checked out their fun blog and am happy to have discovered it through you! Fabulous job on all these decorations. They fit the theme so perfectly and it's impossible not to smile when you see them. :o) Love that disco ball and the drink stirrers! Congrats again!

Hugs and blessings! :o)

Juliana T said...

Fabulous! This really takes me back. I love all the things you've designed. Great job! It is great to be a guest designer with you!

Kim said...

How much fun is this!!! You did an amazing job I just love all the ideas you came up with! I really love the disco ball! Oh and congrats on being a GDT:)

Judy said...

This disco party decoration is so awesome. I love it and that disco ball is a great idea. You go Lisa!! How do you come up with all these fabulous ideas? Have a wonderful weekend my friend:)

Amy said...

Lisa, when I first saw this, I went NUTS over it!! I am so amazed at all of the FUN details, ESPECIALLY the AWESOME disco ball... I have been plotting and planning to make one of those for myself to hang in my office!! Wouldn't that make work more fun??? :) Truly your talent is so incredible... Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration to others!!

Thanks so much for decorating your celebrations at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog! It's an honor and a privilege to have you as a Guest Designer!! :)

Amy :) at
and Decorate To Celebrate!

Anonymous said...

Just Fabulous!!! And I Just LOVE that disco ball!!! So creative! :-)

-Sam :-)

SamanthaJDesigns @


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