Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Recycling DIY Party Decors in Our Montessori Home

We're zealous DIY-ers around here. The kind who spends the day before her wedding combing the streets of Dangwa to get the flowers for the aisle and the centerpieces, and even her own bouquet (which her sister would later on make--along with a beautiful headpiece, each bead meticulously hand-sewn, all of which you'd see here). The kind who salvages wooden window shutters from a nearby renovation/construction site and painted them to make a buffet spread backdrop which you'll see, along with the many other things we DIY-ed for Cara's first birthday party, here.

They're happy projects, but also hard work--so it's also always hard to let these things go even after the party (I know it was heartache seeing someone throw away the 5-, 6-feet tall trees I painted in the trash--all 24 of them).

So... I keep them (let's just talk about storage space another time)! And here's how we've been recycling some to decorate our Montessori home.

We've made yards and yaaards of that felt cloth bunting.
But the more impressive DIY here is that painting, an Eric Carle copy, by my sister. Written at the back, it says, "Don't be afraid of change"; given to me when I was starting my own school.

Felt feathers above our outdoor shelf.

 We were supposed to put a floor standing aircon here, but was later on told to install a wall-mounted split-type instead--so the wire that hung unpleasantly on the corner? Hid that with these felt ferns, which I also have yards and yards of!

I needed wall art that would safely go beside our balance beam (no hard frames that could fall and hurt a foot when our now 22-month-old suddenly holds onto the wall for support).

So I used that string of felt triangles and Washi-taped a birthday card from my bestfriend. It's from the Laro Tayo! Series from Kora's Kards, with children playing Luksong Tinik, a traditional Filipino game.

 I told you we have yards and yards of that bunting! We have pretend play things here--but still, with Montessori in mind. Like the ice cream stand has popsicle sticks you put inside small holes so it's actually fine motor, peg work and the oven has cupcakes and a baking tin which is for one-to-one-correspondence; among other things.

And watch a work Cara has invented with the buntings here.

These are not my own DIY, but my sister went to an under-the-sea-themed party and got us these jellyfishes.

Which are now above Cara's care-of-self shelf


And I still have 10 more of these string art! I wonder where I'd put them.



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