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Tissue Paper Birthday Number Decoration

Create your very own birthday number decoration using tissue paper and glue! Great for kids birthday parties - hang it on walls, doors, or behind tables to highlight the spread!

Load up your glue guns, we're crafting up a fun birthday decoration! This tissue paper number would look super cute hanging above a dessert table or you could also use it in place of a door wreath. You can use colors that complement your theme, or just opt for a bright, bold tone like I did for a decoration that will attract the kiddies.

Be warned, this project is easy but very time intensive. I don’t recommend this as a last minute project the night before the party. It took me around 15-20 hours to make my large 21 x 12 1/2 inch number. Grab yourself some caffeine and put on your favorite movie to craft to, it'll be a long few nights of hot gluing but the result is totally worth it! I can’t wait to use this number for my son's upcoming dinosaur party.

  • Foam Poster Board
  • Exacto Knife
  • Tissue Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Scissors, Cutting Machine or 1 inch Circle Punch
  • Pencil

Step 1: Cut your number of choice out of foam poster board using an exacto knife. It might help to trace or draw a letter onto the foam poster board first. My number was 21 x 12 1/2 inches big.

Step 2: Cut 1 inch circles out of tissue paper using scissors, a cutting machine or a 1 inch circle punch. I used the Sizzix BIGkick die cut machine to cut my circles. You can cut circles as you go as it'll be hard to determine exactly how many you'll need for this project. I ended up using 1 1/2 packets of tissue paper for my number.

Step 3: Wrap a tissue paper circle around the eraser of a pencil, add a dab of hot glue and attach to the foam poster board number.

Step 4: Continue until the entire number is covered. I recommend outlining the number with tissue paper circles and then filling in the center.

Step 4: Hang above a dessert table or use as a wreath on the door.

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