When my kids were younger, I used to LOVE throwing big parties! I would get crazy with decorations and DIY tons of projects. I loved my parties to have a big visual impact but I also wanted things to be inexpensive. For one party, I wanted lots of ruffley garlands. I looked online and everything was so pricey. And then I figured out that I could make ruffled party streamers from plastic tablecloths! Updated October 2018 | I always write about stuff I love and think you’ll like too. This post contains affiliate partnerships, so I may get a share of the revenue from your purchase. I’m saving that revenue to put my kids through college. But sometimes I go to Starbucks…
It’s just a gathering if there aren’t party streamers, am I right?! This tutorial is YEARS old and the photography is not super great, so just bear with me. The photo above is a newer photo of the plastic streamers. I used them for a party I styled and they looked so cute! I love simple (but cute!) party decor ideas!
How cute are these streamer decorations?! I’m not even sure how this idea came to me but I started thinking about how sometimes when you stretch plastic it warps it and creates a sort of lettuce edge. I gave it a try and they turned out super cute. So with just using a cheap plastic tablecloth you can create bunches of darling ruffled party streamers.
I love using these streamers to decorate. I used mostly white on the wall above with just pops of bright orange. It just added a little bit of texture which I love. Also, these don’t show flaws! If you tear one a little too much, no one can see it! Unless they were inspecting each inch of each streamer. Which would be odd. And you should probably ask them to leave your party.
What you Need to Make Party Streamers from Plastic Tablecloths
Tutorial for Making Plastic Streamers
*UPDATED TO ADD these actually warp easier and faster if you fold the strip so there are several layers to pull at once. It is less likely to rip and goes SO much faster. I will warn you, I have given myself blisters from making these. But they go away pretty quickly. And what is a little pain for the cutest party streamers ever? ;)
I made these party streamers when my husband was out of the house. When he got home he thought they were really cool but must have been too time-consuming. They did take a few minutes but they are SO easy. And this is one of those party projects you could easily do while watching TV.
I’m not sure if you all have heard but California had some “weather” this weekend. It was freezing outside the day I did this (you guys, it was like 54). So I literally stapled these babies up, took as many pictures as I could and ran back inside. I could have hung them up cuter but quite frankly my fingers were beginning to get frostbite (yes, I’m a baby).
But here is the amazing thing. They are still up in my backyard as we speak. They have been outside through rain, hail, wind, and sun. They look exactly the same as when I first put them up. These would be so great for anywhere you are throwing a party that is windy or has lots of moisture in the air!
They are also SUPER lightweight. Although I used my staple gun I am pretty sure that depending on what type of surface you are trying to attach to, most kinds of tape should be able to hold them.
Decorating with Plastic Tablecloths
I’ve had people email me and tell me they used the plastic streamers as a seaweed garland for an underwater theme. I’ve seen people use them as vines in a jungle party.
Need 243 more ideas for using plastic tablecloths to decorate your party? Check out this awesome pinterest board! There are so many amazing things you can make for parties!
I’m sure you’ll love these other simple party diys from Cupcakes and Cutlery!