Every art party needs a color wheel. So when I was thinking of decorations for Annika’s party I new I wanted to have a color wheel somewhere. Then I came across this wonderful streamer installation over at O Chickadee. It looks amazing! I decided that was exactly what our ceiling needed.
To start, we tied one of the kids hula hoops directly to the ceiling fan. Then we screwed a screw directly into each corner of the room. Then we strung a string between them making sure that it was really tight. We will be removing all the plaster in our living room in a few weeks so we were not worried about holes in the walls. Which makes this so much easier! I’m not loving the hula hoop look, but it will all be hidden.
Working in sections, we used the streamers to create the color wheel. Each section is made up of two shades of each color. I was thankful that I had a number of streamers in our basement from previous parties. We ended up buying only a few new streamer colors. We varied the height of each streamer slightly, which adds interest and depth.
It looked great with all the streamers. Although, like the inspiration, I wanted to add the circle dot streamers as well. I used a small circle punch and the scraps from my scrap booking paper. It took a few hours to punch all the circles. I used as many varying shades of paper that I could find. I have a large stash of scraps:)
With a budding seamstress in our house, I only did a small portion of the sewing. Bree thought it was great fun and before I knew it she had sewn all the dots together! Love it! I know that not all 6 year olds are ready to use a sewing machine, but Bree loves it. She has great patience, and I am sure she will be passing my skills soon. This might be a good excuse to make a trip to Canada to visit Grandma!
We strung the dots a bit lower than the streamers because I love them so much. I did not want them hidden in the streamers. I think that it looks amazing. How am I going to convince my family that we don’t need the fan this summer, just a pretty ceiling? I can see this same technique translated for so many parties. The possibilities are endless.
There has been some talk about sleeping under the streamer canopy, maybe over the weekend. My kids love sleeping in fun new places, like forts, closets and under Christmas trees. Sleeping under the decorations could be a new fun tradition to add to the list of birthday fun.
I will be linking to these parties.