My best fella's quarter century birthday was this week I made him a birthday badge to wear for the evening. The poor guy is starting final exams soon so our festivities were a bit uncertain and truncated. We went out for Indian food (which was great) and to the bar to grab a few drinks and a good time was had by the few other students brave enough to crawl out of the study coma. I had the same problem in undergrad; my birthday was during spring finals. It sucks.
This badge is made of two types of colored paper (blue and orange), a length of crepe streamer, ribbon and rickrack, a bobby pin, and hot glue.
|Bobby pin on back|
- I started by making my front and back circle (the 25). Using something round (ex. the bottom of a glass), cut two circles.
- Write what you want (or print from the computer) on the front circle before gluing anything to it. I wrote "25" with some side flourishes.
- Then I glued the streamer to the back circle, folding as I went to get the ruffles.
- Glue your ribbons, rickrack, to the "bottom" of your back circle (here I cut a few lengths of my blue paper and accordion folded them to get a few more long pieces).
- To make the fringe, cut a length of paper about an inch wide, making slits every centimeter or so (so that it looks a bit like a comb) and glue that to the front circle.
- Glue the front circle to the back circle.
- Here I put a bobby pin on the back instead of a real pin back so that I could slip it into the hole on the top of a cone party hat that was already hanging around my apartment OR he could take it out and wear it on a pocket or lapel.
- Take a length of string (I used yarn but maybe hemp twine would be better. The yarn keeps twisting unpredictably).
- Fold your paper in half and cut a triangle, wide end on the fold.
- That long diamond shape folds in half around the string. Glue in place.
- Tie bows onto toothpicks or chop sticks and stick in your birthday cake!
Since we didn't have cake, I stuck this guy in the rice at the Indian restaurant.