How to Make Wizard of Oz Decorations

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Mackenzie Wright

    About the Author

    Mackenzie Wright has been freelancing since 2002 in the realms of writing, painting, photography, crafts and teaching the arts. Her writing has been featured in publications such as the "Saint Petersburg Times," "South Florida Parenting Magazine" and "Home Education Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and education.

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    “The Wizard of Oz" is a beloved and well-recognized family film from the early 20th century. Whether you are celebrating the birthday of an infant or senior citizen; whether it’s a baby shower or retirement party, show off your cinematic creativity with theme decorations revolving around the characters and settings of this movie. The vibrant colors and interesting props are exciting, yet the entire atmosphere lends a touch of nostalgic charm.

    Things You'll Need

    • Yellow washable sidewalk paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Yardstick
    • White chalk
    • Ruler
    • Sign
    • Basket
    • Silk sunflowers
    • Black stuffed dog
    • Oil can
    • 2 apples
    • Blue and white checkered tablecloth
    • Poster board
    • Large round template
    • Poster paints
    • Yarn
    • Tape
    • Brown card stock
    • Wizard of Oz character images
    • Glue

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    Yellow Brick Road

    Paint a 3-foot-wide strip of yellow going up the path to your door using yellow washable sidewalk paint. Allow it to set.

    Lay a yardstick across the yellow path at one end, approximately 8 inches from the edge of the path. Draw a stripe of white, horizontally, across the path. Move the yardstick 8 inches forward and make another stripe. Continue this up the path.

    Draw short vertical stripes between the horizontal stripes, using a small ruler to make the lines straight. Space these vertical stripes about 10 to 12 inches apart, and stagger them as you go up each level to give them the appearance of bricks.

    Hang a sign at the front of the walk advising your guests to follow the infamous road.

    Dorothy Table Centerpiece

    Place a small, woven picnic basket with a handle on a table. If it has a cover, leave the cover open.

    Arrange some silk sunflowers in the basket lying casually on their side; some of them hanging up and over the edge.

    Place a small, black stuffed dog in the basket with his front legs hanging over the edge.

    Set an oil can and two apples in the center, on top of the flower arrangement. Make it look even better by draping the table in a blue and white checkered cloth reminiscent of Dorothy’s dress.

    Hot Air Balloon Party Sign

    Lay a piece of poster board on a table. Trace a large circle on it using your biggest serving tray, a hula hoop or garbage pail cover. Cut it out.

    Paint the circle whatever color you desire, and paint your party message on it, such as, “Happy Birthday.” Allow the paint to dry and cut out the circle.

    Attach 3 pieces of yarn to the back of the circle with tape. Put one on each side and one in the center. The yarn should hang down below the circle.

    Cut a square shape out of brown paper to make the basket of the balloon. Tape the other ends of the yarn to the back of the basket.

    Cut out small images of the movie characters and glue them to the back of the basket, facing forward. When you hang the balloon on the wall and see the basket from the front, it should look like they are standing in the basket and sticking out of the top.

    References

    • Everything Oz: Make Munchkin Placecards, Over the Rainbow Cake, "I'm Melting" Witch Candles and Much More; Christine Leech, et al.