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DIY :: Age is just a number

November 18th, 2011

40 4 0 birthday sign number diy instructional decor tissue paper craft zig zag Remember the photos we posted last week from Camille’s hubby’s birthday blowout? Well, we’re not ones to break a promise… so we’re back with the full instructional on how to recreate that tissue paper number sign you all keep asking about! Festive and bold, this craft was the perfect decorative element to hang above the fireplace and kept our “40″ theme front-and-center. Follow the jump for the super easy step-by-step - don’t you think this would be just as cute for a child’s birthday (a big “3″) as it did for our adult fête?

40 4 0 birthday sign number diy instructional decor tissue paper craft zig zag

40 4 0 birthday sign number diy instructional decor tissue paper craft zig zag

40 4 0 birthday sign number diy instructional decor tissue paper craft zig zag

40 4 0 birthday sign number diy instructional decor tissue paper craft zig zag

  • 2 white foam core boards
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • Command hooks

  1. Using your ruler, draw the outline of each number onto a foam core board. Since it will all be covered with tissue paper, don’t stress over perfecting this on the first try – feel free to draw as many lines as you need until you get the right angles.
  2. Cut out with X-acto knife.
  3. Fold tissue paper sheets, and cut long 1-inch strips. Then cut 1/2-inch fringe into strips.
  4. Starting at the bottom of the number, draw a zig zag pattern with pencil and trace over with glue. Tear off segments of fringe tissue paper strips, and press down on glue.
  5. Repeat 1/2-inch above the first zig zag line. Skip drawing the line in pencil, and let the first line dictate your zig zag pattern.
  6. Once the number is filled with fringe, trim around the edges for a clean finish.
  7. Hang with Command hooks.

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15 Comments under :: DIY :: Age is just a number
  1. Wren says:

    This is great! I’ll have to do it for my kids’ birthdays!!! I don’t know how I never noticed you lived in Austin!!! I’m from Corpus but I’ve lived in Richmond Va for the past 7 years. Yay for Texans!

  2. Supal says:

    Oh not bad at all. I assumed the worst!

  3. Jennifer says:

    This IS a great DIY. I can’t wait to come back to this when I need decor ideas for a party!

  4. Desiree says:

    So cute! What a great idea– maybe this will give me some inspiration for planning my 30th birthday… le sigh!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Love this for a party! Thanks for sharing the instructions!

  6. Really beautiful. I like the color combo too, very modern. Nice!

  7. Jen says:

    SUPER cute. Doing this for a friends birthday in a few weeks. Thanks!

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