DIY Party Decorations for All of Life’s Celebrations

By Hallmark staff on June 9th, 2022
15521 Alt Bash 11

Around here, we like to say that you don’t need a special reason to throw a party. If you think about it, it’s pretty easy to come up with dozens of reasons (we know, we made a list). Honestly, the hard part is decorating. Because while there are all kinds of ideas for birthdays, baby showers, even brunches, how do you decorate for life’s little celebrations. You know, the stuff you choose to make a big deal out of?

15521 Alt Bash 11
15521 Alt Bash 6

This was a challenge we were more than happy to tackle. And the result was a collection of super-cute DIY party decorations—cake toppers, a garland, favour pouches and more—that you can easily make yourself at home. And you can make a lot of it with stuff you probably already have on hand.


Mini Envelope Garland

15521 Alt Bash 3

What you’ll need:

  • Just Because Minis cards
  • Crayola markers
  • Twine
  • Tape
  • Stickers
15521 Alt Bash 1

Using markers, have some fun and doodle on envelopes, flap side up. We used colours of markers that are similar to the envelopes for a more monochromatic look. Try a variety of patterns and doodles—grid, polka dots, checker-board, simple flowers and stars.

15521 Alt Bash 10

Using tape, attach a long string of twine to the backsides of the envelopes. Hang the garland on a wall or somewhere reachable for party guests.

You can use the cards themselves in a couple different ways:

1. Write a kind message, a sweet compliment or a fun “fortune” inside each card. Have party guests pick an envelope at random for a fun little surprise.

2. As they arrive, have guests write a message inside each of the cards to celebrate the guest of honour, then place them inside the envelopes. Make stickers available for guests to close the flap down after they add the card!

Get some celebration inspiration

Love all these ideas, but can’t think of a reason to get everyone together? Checkout these 50+ Perfectly Good Reasons to Have a Party.


Slice of Cake Party Favor Pouch

15521 Alt Bash 7

What you’ll need:

  • Gift wrap
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Confetti or gift bag filler
  • Small gifts or gift cards
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Hot glue
  • Pom poms

Cut two pieces of gift wrap into the shape of a slice of cake, with the wrong side (grid pattern) facing one another.

Cut three strips of “cake layers” from tissue paper or different rolls of gift wrap.

Glue three strips on one piece of the gift wrap cake, creating the layers. (It’s easier to do this step before filling them, so the wrap lays flat.)

15521 Alt Bash 8

Place one cake piece with the art side down and pile your confetti and gifts in the centre. Glue or place double-sided tape around the edges.

Set the other piece of cake on top of the gifts and line it up with the first piece, pressing down around the edges to seal them securely.

Hot glue pom poms on the top left to make “icing.”

Place a gift pouch at at each seat at the table or place in a basket near the door so your guests make sure to take their gift!


Free Printable Cake Toppers

15521 Alt Bash 5

What you’ll need:

  • Card stock, a printer and these free printable cake toppers
  • Wooden skewers or toothpicks
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Bottle cap or plastic pizza saver (that little white “table” that comes in the pizza box)
  • Cake! (can be homemade or store-bought)
15521 Alt Bash 9

We reused a plastic pizza saver to stick the topper on top of the cake, but you could also stick it on a plastic bottle cap. (The topper may get greasy from the icing if it’s placed directly on top of the cake.)

You can also tape these cake toppers to wooden skewers or toothpicks and use in vases as decoration.


Love the look of our centrepieces?

15521 Alt Bash 4
You can make them too! It’s easy peasy…no directions needed. Just grab some empty plastic containers (think liquid detergent, fertilizer pellet bottles, etc.) and spray paint them in fun, bright colours to use as flower vases, candlesticks and centrepieces. It’s a fun DIY party decoration that reuses single-use plastics that adds some flair to a last-minute celebration.