Craft-A-Day {hexagon garland}

I really don’t mean to make you guys cry all the time. Truly I don’t. I would say from here on out, my posts will be nothing but rainbows and sparkles, but that wouldn’t be true.

However, today is full of sparkles and color!

Part of the decoration for my mom’s party was a hexagon garland. It was actually supposed to be a totally different garland. In preparing for the party, I pulled out my copy of Craft-A-Day. The publisher had sent it to me a couple months ago and I’ve enjoyed the simple craft ideas. It has a craft for every day of the year. Most go with the natural flow of the year (Valentines, summer, Thanksgiving, fall, etc.). The crafts are not complex, time consuming or require much in the way of supplies. The book is set up with a weekly themes. For instance, a bird theme with 7 crafts related to birds. If you want some simple quick craft ideas, I highly recommend it. It really is a fun craft book, especially with kids.

There are tons of simple decoration ideas. I really liked this paper streamer idea and decided to make it for the party. The book has a template for the shape, but I just tried cutting them out on my own. They were all kinds of wonky.

Then I remembered my Cameo. I don’t have it set out so I tend to forget to use it. I tried to find a shape similar to the paper streamer one in my Cameo library, but couldn’t find one. I flipped through the book some more and found a hexagon garland. I do have a hexagon shape template on the Cameo so I combined the two ideas for the garland I made.

Yay for precise cutting that I didn’t have to do by hand!

On a sidenote, a few of you asked about the sparkly balloon. I saw on Kojo Designs clear balloons filled with confetti, but I couldn’t find clear balloons. I tried it with the white ones, but you couldn’t really see the confetti on the inside. So, my next idea was to spray the bottom of a balloon in spray adhesive (Easy Tak) and roll it around in some of the sequins. It worked great…but then I got distracted and forgot to do it with the other balloons. So, we had one pretty sequined balloon. It was easy if you want to do your own. I will say some of the sequins fell off, but most stayed.

I was going to leave the garlands up, but I let the little girls play in them during the party. They weren’t too gentle, so I’ll be making some new ones now. They had fun, so I don’t mind.

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  • Tonya - Nothing wrong with a good cry. Especially when it’s tears of joy 🙂 Cute garlands!

  • Jamie - I feel like you read my mind! All the questions about the party decor answered, awesome. Thanks- simple and super cute.

  • Brandi - I don’t mind crying for you and your sweet family. Love the party details, thanks for sharing.

    PS – I found clear balloons on Etsy!! 🙂

  • Holly - Does anyone with a Cricut know which cartridge you could do this with?

  • Teresa - The garland and balloons caught my eye in yesterday’s post. Great improv on the adhesive over the clear balloons. I’ll bet being on the outside made them much more bold.

  • megan - So cute, and this only makes me want a Cameo more! I loved how you hung them under the stairs. You could make the new ones out of felt/fabric and they may last a little longer if they are being played with.

  • emmybrown - I like your balloon idea better than putting sequence inside anyway! 🙂 GREAT party decor! And, thanks for that book recommendation. 🙂

  • Catherine - Don’t worry, they are happy tears and we all know how therapeutic a good cry is! ha ha. Loved that sequin balloon, thanks for sharing how you did it. I really want that book now that I have seen it mentioned a few times.

  • Gina - I like the colored hexies as banners and the confetti on the balloon is a great idea. Your heartfelt posts do make me cry but they are happy tears. It is always such a good thing to have a complete family. The journey there is full of ups and downs but it is an amazing journey!!

  • Kelleyn - I thought these garlands were super clever! Happy your party was a huge success minus one dangle doll!

  • Esther - The garland came out great. I just recently made a circle garland for christmas using a circle punch from the craft store. Also, to save even more time I used my sewing machine to string them together. hmmm….I’ll have to find myself a hexagon punch next!

  • Jacci in Ohio - I **loved** those hexagons!!! We put a hexagonal tile floor in our bathroom a little over two years ago, and hexagons quickly became my very favorite shape! 😀 I’ve been trying to figure out how I can get a little hexagon banner love in my life since I saw that Instagram. You’d think with all the birthdays in this house I’d be able to finagle one in somehow. Two birthdays in February… maybe?

  • heather - oh my gosh, i just got this book last week.
    i’m so excited about it, and now even more so!

  • Leah - Hi, Ashley… I am a long time reader. I just wanted to share that reading your post about celebrating your mom was a tough one for me. I had a hard time just getting past the title. My mom passed away a couple of months ago at age 51 from breast cancer. Today would have been her 52nd birthday. She was diagnosed 5 years ago and since then on her birthday she loved to go out and randomly bless strangers to show God’s love … rather than celebrate *her* she she would celebrate God’s love for everyone. I’m encouraging all my family, church family and friends to go out and randomly bless someone today in her honor to carry on the tradition.

    Today I am thankful for a God of mercy and grace. I am thankful that my mom is home, though it’s really hard not having her here, and I am thankful that someday I’ll go home too. Just wanted to share.

  • dee @ the olf fat hen - the tears i shed were tears of joy…..

    in regards to todays post i love theses and i am going to make some-thanks love deex

  • Eva - So simple and adorable. You truly inspire me.

  • Jodi Logue - Hi Ashley! Your decorations are lovely! I’m sure your mom felt totally blessed and loved. So I made a whole slew of garlands for a wedding and got tired of hand sewing them. So I just ran them through my sewing machine. Waaaay quicker.