When all the shredded wrapping paper has been dunked into the recycling bin and leftover turkey made into sandwiches, there’s usually a short lull in the winter festivities. Take advantage of this time to catch up on some much needed zzz’s, but don’t hibernate for too long because New Years is right around the corner. And we all know what New Years calls for – the ultimate countdown party.

A key sign of any successful party these days is the plethora of photos documenting it on the social media in the days following. After all, if a shindig happens but no one’s posting about it later on Facebook, did it really happen?* So take a stab at these giant party sequins and give your guests something to snap about.

(*We kid… sort of.)

What you’ll need:

Materials for making giant sequins as a New Years Eve Party Backdrop

  • 12″ x 12″ cardstock – we used this pad from Michaels
  • Exacto blade
  • Pencil or pen
  • 12″ or longer ruler
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Our giant sequin template (click on image to enlarge, then right click and save)

Step 1:

Picture of giant sequin template placed on pink cardstock with scissors and pen

Print and cut out our giant sequin template, and then use this template to trace onto the cardstock you’re using to make the actual sequins. These sequins measure 11 inches in diameter, so you’ll need to size up from the usual 8 1/2″ x 11″ printer paper.

Step 2:

Hands cutting giant circle out of pink cardstock

Cut out the sequin from your paper. The only line you need to cut is the circular outline – leave everything else uncut.

Step 3:

Hands holding exacto blade and ruler and scoring pink cardstock

Using a ruler, an exacto blade, and a light touch, gently score along all the edges of the hexagon that you traced from the template. Then draw lines going from each corner of the hexagon to the edge of the circle, and score those as well.

Step 4:

Hands tracing centre hole of sequin onto pink cardstock

Then place the hexagon template back onto your giant sequin, and trace the centre circle onto your paper. Cut out this circle carefully using the tip of your exacto knife.

Step 5:

Giant pink paper sequins on grey backdrop

Fold along all the lines that you scored and repeat this process with as many sheets of paper as you would like. We made 16 sequins for a small photo backdrop accommodating two people, so scale up or down as you see fit.

Step 6:

Two people standing in front of pink sequin backdrop

Two people standing in front of pink sequin backdrop

Mount your giant sequins onto a plain wall with double sided tape, and have yourself a fun photoshoot. Make sure to tag us on Instagram (@demetres) or Facebook if you give this DIY a shot and check back later this week for another New Years Eve party idea 🙂

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