Luau Decorations

Soon after we moved into our new ward we were asked to serve on a stake committee for a high priest and partner dinner. Not the kind of assignment you want when you don’t know anyone. We went to the first committee meeting and the Stake Relief Society president walked in with a big armful of colored tissue paper. I was determined to go home with the paper and not an assignment to ask people to help. We were glad to get the assignment to help with decorations. I was to make flowers and Mark volunteered to make palm trees.
I guess we both go a little carried away. I made over 100 flowers and  wait until you see pictures of what Mark made!

I loved this project and would do it again if there were a demand for giant flowers which will shrivel up at the slightest hint of water, fade in any kind of light or if I had a place to display 12 inch flowers.

There were just simple flowers like we learned to make in grade school.  I cut the paper into rectangles and then folded the rectangle in half and then thirds and the half again, just like folding paper to make snowflakes.  You end up with a narrow triangle shape. I would then trim the edges in different shapes -scallops, pointed, or fringy. I cut them in lots of different sizes.
I unfolded the circles and once I had a gazillion pieces I started to put them together.  I would stack 8 to 15 circles together and make two holes about 3 inches apart.  I put a pipe cleaner through the holes and then cinched the paper and pipe cleaners  until the holes were together.
The next step is to separate the sheets or tissue paper to form a flower shape. After the dinner, some sister gathered all the flowers to use for Girls’ Camp.  I never heard what they did with them.
(Mark) We made the palm trees with carpet rolls and large fronds cut from poster board. We covered the carpet rolls with brown crepe paper and attached the fronds to small wooden dowels to add support.  We attached L-shaped shelf supports to the bottom of the trees to make them stand up.
The tiki statue was make from cardboard and papier mache.  We did a little research on face designs and copied one that didn’t look too frightful.
Here, our main pieces gather for a publicity photo.  They loved the limelight.
Another shot of the main characters of the night.  Such publicity hogs!
Our Easter Island head statue was also made of cardboard and papier mache.  You can’t tell from the picture, but we sprayed it with a special paint that looks like granite.  If you have seen the movie Night At The Museum, then you can imagine it saying, “Dum Dum want gum gum.”

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