Today, I’m sharing easy DIY French themed party decorations, along with free printables that you can use for your next get together, so keep reading!
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These DIY French themed party decorations are an easy and affordable way to add some flair to your next bash … just print and assemble! The colors can be customized, so before you get started decorating, you’ll need to choose a color scheme.
I stopped by Michaels for inspiration, and picked up a few floral lanterns for a whopping $0.50 each … score! The lanterns have a pretty blue and yellow pattern that I used for my color scheme.
My DIY French themed party decorations were off to a great start! To pull everything together, I designed decorative bottle labels, a Joyeux Anniversaire banner (which means “happy birthday” in French), and a cute passport invitation.
Just follow my easy step-by-step directions below for assembling the bottle labels, Joyeux Anniversaire Banner, and DIY passport invitation, and your party decor will be ready in no time. And make sure to let me know if you use the free printables … I’d love to see how your party turns out!
DIY Printable Labels
- labels printable (scroll to end of post)
- card stock
- circle punch, optional
- wide washi tape
- double sided tape
To make these rustic bottle labels, simply print the labels on the card stock. Cut out the labels by hand or with a circle punch. Cut strips of burlap to fit your bottles and secure with tape. Cover the burlap with a layer of washi tape, then attach the label using double sided tape.
Tip: if you can’t find wide washi tape in a color that you like, use multiple rows of thinner tape to get the same effect.
DIY Joyeux Anniversaire Banner
- Joyeux Anniversaire Banner printable (scroll to end of post)
- card stock
- hot glue gun
Print the Joyeux Anniversaire printable on card stock. Cut out the letters, following the lines surrounding each letter. Grab your burlap and cut out enough rectangles for each letter. The burlap should be about 1/4-inch wider than the letters on each side, plus about 1/2-inch longer on one end.
Fold over the end about 1/4-inch, then iron the fold in place. Apply hot glue to the back of each letter and attach it to the burlap. Cut a long piece of craft string, then apply a thin strip of glue under the flap of the burlap. Insert the string and carefully press down the flap to seal. Repeat with the remaining letters.
This DIY Passport Invitation is such a fun way to invite guests to your French themed party or any travel themed party! The free printable is available in an editable Microsoft Word version or a write-in version, and it only takes a few steps to make!
- DIY Passport Invitation printable (scroll to end of post)
- card stock
- long arm stapler, optional
- awl, optional
- long needle, optional (I use a bookbinding one.)
- waxed linen thread, optional
- corner rounder
Start by printing the invitations on card stock. I used blue for the cover and cream for the inside page, but you can use any colors you’d like.
Cut the pages in half following the printed lines. Stack the invitation inside the cover, then carefully fold the pages in half.
If you have a long arm stapler, use it to staple the invitations together and you’re done. Otherwise, use an easy pamphlet stitch (directions follow), like I did.
Start by marking three dots on the inside of each invitation. The dots should be 2-inches apart.
- Starting on the inside of the invitation, pull your needle through hole B, leaving a 2-inch tail. Hold this tail in place as you make the next stitches.
- Your needle should be on the cover-side of the invitation now. Stitch through hole A.
- Your needle will be in the inside of the invitation now. Stitch through hole B.
- Your needle will be on the cover-side of the invitation now. Stitch through hole C.
- Your needle will be on the inside of the invitation now. Stitch through hole A.
- Your needle will be on cover-side of the invitation now. Stitch through hole B.
Tip for a perfect pamphlet stitch:
- Slip the thread under your last stitch (the long one that went from C to A) before tying your knot. This will hold the long thread in place.
- Pull all your stitches tight before tying your knot.
- Make sure to use waxed thread. It will keep your stitches neat and hold your knot in place.
Finish the invitation by using a corner rounder to round the edges.
Tip: For best results, print the PDFs on letter-size card stock. When your printer dialog box opens, make sure that the box under “Paper Size & Handling” is marked “Actual Size” (not “shrink oversized pages” or “fit to page”). That way your printer won’t shrink the image size. For the Word version of the invitation, you need to download the file to your computer before you can edit it.
What is your favorite way to decorate for parties?
P.S. If you like this post, check out my DIY Vintage French Map Coasters!