4 Ways to Use a Scrapbook Paper for Easy Party Decorations


Hello! Today I thought I would follow up my post from last week where I shared photos from R's birthday party and talk about some easy and cheap ways to use scrapbook paper for decoration. I don't consider myself an expert in party decor, but maybe this will spark your imagination and give you a couple of simple ideas.

I bought the above pack of paper at Hobby Lobby, but I'm sure you can find something similar at any craft store. These giant packs of quality paper are great because there are so many options for nearly any color scheme or party theme! The pack is marked at $20, but often they run 50%-off sales, or you can use the 40% Hobby Lobby coupon and get this for $12. Here are a couple of ways you can use this paper:

1. Banners
Use scrapbook paper to make paper banners of all shapes and sizes! Cut out pendants or circles, squares... whatever you want that fits your vision. Last year for R's birthday party, I cut out circles and made a vertical wall backdrop.

2. Table Centerpiece

This is so easy! Just tear out a piece of paper from the pack and use it on the table as part of the centerpiece. You can also use full sheets of paper under serving plates on the food table. The best part is that if they don't get wrinkled or spilled on, they are ready to use again for something else!

3. Guest Book Page or Place Setting Cards
I made a "guest book" page for R's party this year. I had her paint on a white sheet of paper, and then I cut an R out of it and taped it to a piece of scrapbook paper. I left pens and a note so guests could sign the paper, which I will put in her baby book! She can have a record of who was at her party with a handwritten note from everyone, and using the scrapbook paper makes it easy to match the party colors.

If you were having a party where you had place settings, you could make cards or labels out of the scrapbook paper. And speaking of labels...

4. Use as Labels around Jars and Drink Pitchers
I used the scraps of paper leftover from cutting the wall banner for wrapping around mason jars and the drink pitchers. I left a jar of "kisses" next to the party favor photos and wrapped the pink paper around it. This is a super easy way to carry the party theme around the room without having to buy anything extra!

Like I said, this isn't anything too fancy or expensive, but hopefully this gives you some ideas for easy ways to decorate without spending a ton of money or time. I love using scrapbook paper in create ways, and the best part is that you can often reuse it for lots of other things too!

What's your favorite thing to decorate with?
Have you ever considered using scrapbook paper like this?
Jen said...

This is such a cute idea!!! I wish I was more creative to do stuff like this. My daughter's 1st birthday is next week so I might try this out.

Amie said...

This is a great idea!! Thinking I could do this for any gatherings we have, thanks for the tips!

Audrey Louise said...

I love using scrapbook paper (mainly for scrapbooking, lol)! I've used it as centerpieces and banners before, too, though. It's so versatile and pretty and great!

Carolann Chambers said...

These are awesome ideas that I've never thought of! I have so much scrapbook paper. I make 8x8 scrapbooks but all of the paper I buy is 12x12, so I often have a lot leftover. I use it to decorate the pages or to make cards. Saves money!

The Lady Okie said...

Yes! I have scrapbook paper around all the time so it's nice to find other ways to use it!

The Lady Okie said...

Definitely saves money!

Maureen Feeney said...

I've never thought to use scrapbook paper as decorations. Is it weird I'm going to keep this in the back of my mind for my wedding (even though I'm not engaged yet)? Have a great day :)

Laura Morgan said...

Place mats! Genius. You're the smartest. You could even laminate them for reusability.

Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch said...

I love all these ideas and it is is such a cost friendly way to decorate! Plus, a lot of that stuff you can put in a scrapbook afterwards. So neat!

Rach said...

You are so creative! I love these! Especially the banners!