We’re celebrating 50 years of our home on a little island in the middle of a lake.
It’s a place I’ll remember forever.
And now that I’m here, it’s the place I want to see for 50 years.
But this is no ordinary birthday party.
I have to start making the decorations.
Here’s what you’ll need: 1.
1,000 square feet of wall-to-wall decor to create the centerpiece of your holiday.
3-foot-tall white and blue balloons.
2-foot blue tulips with a 3-inch diameter.
A giant birthday cake and decorations.
20-foot tall wooden candles.
A candle holder with a candle holder.
An assortment of gift wrapping.
A 3-by-4-foot piece of fabric for wrapping.
To create your centerpiece, you’ll first need to create a foundation for your home.
Create a wooden planter in your yard and set aside 2 square feet for your decorations.
Place the wooden planters in a circle.
Make a circle of 2-inch squares with the corners cut off and 1-inch-thick boards.
Add 1-foot squares to each corner of the circle.
Place a 2-by in each corner.
Set the bottom half of the planter over a candle flame.
Place an extension on top of the candle flame to form a lid.
Set a candle burner on the center of the bottom circle and place a 20- to 30-foot length of the cord around the top of it.
Create an 18-by extension to create an air gap.
Add 2 inches of insulation to the center and add 2- to 3-inches of insulation at each corner and 2 inches at each end of the extended cord.
You’re now ready to create your cake.
Lay the carpeted carpet out on a flat surface.
Lay out the tulips, balloons, and cake decorations.
Create the base layer.
Make sure that the top layer is square and no longer than 2 inches in diameter.
Place each piece of carpet over a sheet of paper towel to form the base.
Make 2,500 tulips to cover the top and bottom of the cake.
Make 1,500 white balloons.
Place 1-by tapered squares on the sides of the tulip base.
Add the 2-feet of the balloon base to the top.
Make 3- by 4-foot pieces of fabric on the top, bottom, and sides of each square.
Tie 2- feet of ribbon around the base of the paper towel.
Tie 1- to 2- by-2-by strips of ribbon at each square in the base to form an air pocket.
Wrap the ribbon around a piece of white fabric to create decorative borders around the tuliptrees.
Wrap a few strips of white cord around a ribbon strip to create two-by squares.
Cut a piece at the base and attach to the paper to form decorative borders.
Place 2–by fabric squares over the base, and the top two strips of fabric will be used to form your top layer.
Place tulips in a bowl.
Cut a 1- by 2-ft strip of white ribbon.
Attach the ribbon to the tulipprees.
Place paper towels on the tuliplines to make a border.
Place a cake on top and tie it closed.
Place candles and a giant cake on each side of the border.
Tie a large strip of fabric to the outside edge of the top wall of the base; this will hold the candles and the cake together.
Place candles and cake on a sheet and decorate with ribbon and white paper.
Use a 3 by 4 foot piece of the white fabric that was used to create all the decorations for the cake to make an air vent.
Use 2- inches of the air vent fabric to attach a second layer of fabric around the perimeter of the table to form two walls of fabric.
Tie a strip of ribbon on the end of each of the curtains to create 4-by curtains.
Tie 3- to 4-feet long strips of blue fabric to form 6-by sheets.
Tie decorative pieces to the sheets.
Place 6- by 8-by panels on top.
Tie an extension cord around each of these panels to form 4- by 6-foot curtain pieces.
Tie the ends of the cords to create 2- and 4-inch gaps in the curtain.
Place some white fabric in each of your 2- foot strips of carpet.
Tie two strands of ribbon through the end, ending in a white bow.
Tie some fabric in the center to form 3- and 6-inch strips of curtain.
Tie ribbon in the corners of the strips to form 2- inch strips of curtains.
Place 3- inch by 4 inch pieces of ribbon over the fabric