My son's nursery is space-theme, and the stars I made for his ceiling might translate into good party decor as well.
I bought a few dozen balsa wood stars at Michael's, spray painted them silver, coated them in glue and dropped them in a tray of silver glitter, and hung them from the ceiling on thin wires attached to nails. They look great (but do not photograph well, sadly, so I can't show you!). I wasn't all that careful when I put them up, though, and glitter got everywhere, so every so often we find glitter on the baby. He's so festive!
You could do a less permanent version by attaching the individual wires to a ribbon or fishline so that you wouldn't have to make lots of holes.
Party supply stores also have pre-cut cardboard stars, and I've used those for parties in bigger rooms. I usually run a line of nylon twine across the room and hang things off that, and then secure it up high on the wall. Just two trips up the ladder to put up a lot of decorations!
A few giant star-shaped mylar balloons are also nice if you're trying to fill corners.
I love the binary scarf in the new issue of knitty, and I've been wanting to knit a hat for my friend's baby, so I made him a hat with his name spelled out in binary (reading all the way around the hat).
I used this converter to get the binary code. It's dk weight yarn on #6 circular needles, 100 stitches around, so there are 25 characters per row. I didn't have enough black yarn since I was using leftovers, which is why the top part is green.
Thanks for all the nice comments about the hat and the boy. Isaac is so wonderful. I'm hoping he'll get to come home soon. He's close to term and twice as big now as he was when he was born (3 lbs. @ 32 weeks), but he's having feeding issues that are keeping him in the NICU. He's got a really cool space-theme room waiting for him at home!
(11/14/97) I made this hat again for Isaac's second Thanksgiving, and made a pattern! I still need to get it on his head for a real photo session, but with Thanksgiving coming up next week, I wanted to get the pattern out quickly.
The little guy is 13 months old now and very healthy. We're all looking forward to a non-hospital Thanksgiving this year!
I whipped this up for my boy for his first Thanksgiving.
The FasTurn is expensive but totally worth it if you do a lot of tubes. It turns them instantly. I made a a couple dozen bias button loops for my wedding dress and was so happy I had the tiny Fasturn.
It might be possible to make something like them using brass tubing from the hardware store and flexible wire or one of the $3 nosepickers; the ends of the wires are sharp and corkscrew into the end of the fabric tube.
I graphed the bots and put them on the bottom of a simple baby sweater for my friend's new baby, who should be getting here any old time now.
back, with SOL embroidery
I posted the chart and some really rough instructions on my site. The chart is 62 stitches across (and could easily be tweaked by adding more empty chairs to the left of Tom Servo), and would probably make a cute hat if one were so motivated.
I knit this baby hoodie for my best friend's baby-in-progress, using a pattern from the Yarn Girls kids book, with two strands of Sock Garden from KnitPicks, and it seemed kind of meh and boring. So I gave it horns and ears and a tail, and now I like it. Let the wild rumpus begin!
The tail and ears are crocheted in Eden by Moda Dea (thank you, clearance at Michael's). The horns are the sock yarn, knit on dpns.
I had two leftover buttons, so I put them over the tail.
I'm making matchbox shrine ornaments with tons of glitter, because I think of Christmas as my License to Glitter. Inspired by a project from Crafty Chica.
This was the first batch. They're more symmetrical than they look in the photo, I swear. I hope they read as 'folk art' and not as 'psychiatric day care craft therapy project' but I don't know anymore.
Second batch. I blanked out the baby's code name on the ultrasound one, since I linked this photo from my blog and didn't want anyone to think that my friend was actually naming her baby that. It's just a silly in-utero name. The Rock ones are a picture of my husband, age 9, holding a Steve Martin King Tut record with a look of total joy on his face along with with giant 70s glasses, Christmas 1977. The extra one is for his mom. I love that photo; I put it on his business card since he's a freelance music writer.
I have more matchboxes and more glitter, and will make more of these as soon as I get more color ink for my printer and can print the photos! I like the black & white photos for most things, but I want to do some saint icons and photo collages and those work better in color.