I recently threw a Back to School Party for a small magazine and wanted to start sharing some of the photos of the party supplies. This was a super low budget party - well under $100 for everything. One of my favorite DIY ideas from the shoot were these apple plates. In total, they cost $2 for 15 plates, so I really think it's a steal when you see the impact that they have on the party theme. I also think they'd be great for a really sweet bookworm birthday party.
These apple plates are the simplest thing in the world to make. I just picked up a package of small plates from the local dollar stores as well as some green felt. [You can buy the plates here and the felt here if you want to get your supplies online instead.] I then cut the leaves out and adhered two sets together so that they would be stiff. Hot glue gun them to the plate and voila - instant apple.
I tried a couple of versions of this apple before I decided that simple was the way to go. At first I had visions of cutting the plate into an apple shape but when I did it the whole project just ended up looking cheap. While I was on a very strict budget, I certainly didn't want it to look that way.
In addition to these plates, I did a few other budget-saving DIY projects as part of this party. Stay tuned for them over the next couple of days.