Throwing a Jungle Party, Part 3: Leaves & Vines

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I think this deserves an entire post to itself because creating vines and cutting out a LOT of leaves takes a LOT of time. The great thing is this can be done while watching TV ;)

To create vines, I purchased a large role of brown packing paper, it weighs about 50lbs! This is a serious role of paper. It's only about 2-3 feet wide, but it goes on for 1400 feet or something crazy like that. This can be purchased online or at a UPS store. I unrolled about 10-12 feet and cut it from it's roll. Than I grabbed one end, bunched it together and started rolling it in one direction. Very important not to switch direction- it will unravel. I continued rolling and crimping every few feet to keep it secure until the end. You have to use nails or some heavy duty tape to stick it to your walls because this will be fairly heavy. I hung one across our kitchen by tying some twine to our cabinet hinges. I than tied the twine to the vines and it stayed for over a week! Consider tying it to a curtain rod 


caution: make sure your curtain rod, or whatever you tie it to, is stable and secure and will not fall and cause injury. 


I did this a week in advance, both to make sure the vines would stay, but also because it could be done in advance. Why not do it as early as possible so its one thing checked off your list?



After the vines were literally hung throughout the house, I cut the leaves. I used two different colors of green paper. Regular printing paper or construction paper will work for this. It doesn't have to be thick paper. Using my template I cut out the leaves. I folded them in half while cutting to make sure they were symmetrical and to give the leaf a nice crease! I probably cut over 100 leaves. I used them on the vines and I laid them out on the different tables. They added a nice decorative touch. 

14 comments:

byrdflock dad said...

The party was great. The kids had fun, and the parents were awed by the decorations and creative snacks. The cake was sensational as well.

Kelly said...

I'm with Kaden on this one. I think it would be really cool if these could stay up year round. ;-)

Jillian said...

My name is Jillian Tohber Leslie and I am the founder of Catch My Party (http://catchmyparty.com/). I've recently begun blogging about parties and party planning for Spoonful (http://www.spoonful.com), the Disney family website.
I'm putting together a post for Spoonful on jungle parties and I was wondering if I can include a photo from this post of yours in my post. I will of course link back to your blog. Spoonful is a super popular site, so it's a great way to gain increased exposure.
Let me know what you think. If you're okay with it, I'll email you once the post is up on Spoonful so you can check it out and share it with your friends.
Best,
Jillian

Becca said...

I just emailed you at catch my party :) thank you so much!! Talk to you soon!

Stephanie said...

I am doing a jungle/safari themed party for my girls! I am trying to come up with cute decorations and love this idea. The link to your template is not working and I love your leaves! I have been trying to re-create them but they are just not as cute as yours. Can you re-post your template?

Thank you!

picxie said...

Thanks for the instructions! Any chance you could re-post the leaf template please? Thanks!

Tara said...

Beautiful!!
Any chance you could repost the leaf template without my having to sign into Adobe Acrobat? That would be so helpful!

Thanks!!!

Raquel said...

i love it!

Joanalia Warren said...

Hi I loved the decoration.
Any chance you could repost the leaf template without to sign into Adobe Acrobat? I don't have one. That would be great.
Thank you.

Susan Bell said...

Hi, could you post the leaf template in this feed? I tried to get it from Adobe and it didn't work. Thank you! :-)

Julie in a box said...

I used your leaf template to make a banner. It turned out great, thank you!

Julie in a box said...

I used your leaf template to make a banner. It turned out great, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Can't get the link to work to get to the template.

Anonymous said...

Hello, the link is redirecting me to Adobe's website. Do you happen to have a new link for the template?

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