For Sadie's 8th birthday, I wanted to decorate for her family party without spending money. My ever-crafty sister sent me some links via pinterest and this one looked the most simple and promising. Here's what the finished garland looked like.
I used to make my own greeting cards so I still had plenty of scrapbooking-type paper on hand. I made my own butterfly pattern and starting cutting away. I used off-white quilting thread and double-sided tape to string the butterflies and hold the two sides together. I wasn't sure how they would hold along the thread but they have very well. Bending the wings slightly makes them three-dimensional.
You could really take this idea any direction- hearts, animals, balls, flowers, trucks and cars- you name it. It was a bit time-consuming (the cutting out part) so I'll be careful taking them down and will save them to re-use on Easter and for future girl birthdays.
A bonus was that those butterflies reminded us of summer...and we can't wait:-).