My twin boys are graduating from high school, and I wanted to make something special to honor the big day! All of the supplies are from Dollar Tree, which makes this project even better!
Check out the video below to see how to make it and also for the list of our most recent Michaels Grab Bag Gift Away winners!
Dollar Tree: Black plastic tablecloths, silver tablecloths, rope, balloon words “congrats” and “grad” (The silver tablecloths I found are really hard to use, so try to get the same kind as the black ones if you can. See pictures below.)
Scissors and / or rotary cutter
Here’s how to make it!
I bought three black and four silver tablecloths from Dollar Tree. They are plastic and the black ones worked out great, but the silver was too thin and ripped easily. (The image on the right with the smaller package is the silver one.)
The balloon words were a breeze to inflate! They came with a straw and just a couple of puffs and they were done!
I used both my rotary cutter and scissors to cut my strips. The rotary did most of the work, but the scissors came in handy when the rotary cutter skipped a piece now and then.
How wide are my strips? Girl, you know I didn’t measure! It will look great either way!
This simple slip knot is best illustrated by watching the video, but here ya go, y’all:
I unfolded the tablecloths just enough to have one edge with the fold and the other edge with open ends. The idea is to cut long strips that have a fold at the top, but are open on the bottom so you’ll end up with two streamers per strip. Once you’ve cut them, just grab the folded end (you can do several at one time) and loop it around the rope. Pull the loose ends through the loop and gently tighten. (If you have to use the thin silver tablecloth, you may have some that tear but it’s ok, you can fluff the torn ones into the rest and they won’t be very visible.)
TIP: Use a rotary cutter with a safety lock, especially if you have small children.
Here’s how your knot should look:
This tablecloth didn’t want to cooperate but I was determined!
Bada bing! I got it on there!
So I danced!
Then I made a skirt!
Ok, not really, but it might be cute as a hula skirt if you use green streamers!
I just kept adding on several strips at a time, and I gently fluffed out the streamers. Gently, because of those silver ones that wanted to be a pain!
Now it’s time to blow up the words! Congrats, Grad!
And here’s the final result! I used twine to hang the “Congrats” and I taped the “Grad” to it.
TIP: Use this technique to celebrate with a lot of different garlands! You can use fabric strips, ripped up quilt pieces, red, white and blue for July 4, and birthday, new baby or New Years. There are tons of options!
Let me know in the comments below what you think of our craft today! Thank you so much for stopping by!