Saturday, February 7, 2009

the Cacing Diaries #27- 1st birthday party (the preparations)

Ah to be unique! To pull off something special for Cacing’s 1st birthday party today, I decided that we buy no ready-made party invitations, pinatas, pabitin or party pulls.

origami invitation
the heart-shaped origami invitations

We went DIY or do-it-yourself.

party invites_16-1
invitation details were printed at the back and inside the folds

So for a few weeks before the big day, we cut, folded and pleated invitations. Taken from my old book on origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, our invites and envelopes used colored papers. No glue, no staple no cutouts, they just called for plain smarts and patience.

party invitation and envelopes
the invitation are matched with origami envelopes made from colored letter-sized paper

party invitation envelopes
the origami envelopes

Party pulls. These are hanging cardboard boxes filled with favors like candies and toys which have cut windows that can be opened by pulling on the ribbon at the bottom. We made 5 in various shapes and sizes (diamond, round, squares) and covered with different paper cutout or pattern designs.

party pull #1: tiny flower papers motif

Having seen that the commercial party pulls available in the stores are generic and mediocre, I designed not one, not two, but five party pulls. I had them covered with paper flowers, tapes, mosaic and patterns in colors that Cacing loves: reds, pinks and yellows.

party pull #2: concentric cutout design
party pull #2: concentric cutout design

party pull #3: flower mosaic trimmed with glitter
party pull #3: mosaic flowers trimmed with glitter

party pull #4: a design using ribbons of paper
party pull #4: a design using ribbons of paper

party pull #5: more cutout and folded flowers
party pull #5: combination of cutout and folded flowers

Anything and everything for a beloved daughter.

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Natalie Gonzalez said...

Hi, it's amazing the beautiful pictures you have, I'm getting married soon and i love the origami hearts and envelopes for invitations, do you know where i can learn how to make them? I will appreciated, thanks

Farl said...

Hi Natalie- I got the directions from an origami book which I since have lost. Sorry that I couldn't be of much help! Good luck with your preparations.