The new year is upon us, friends! I can’t believe we are practically staring 2022 in the face. Do you celebrate with your family and friends? Well, if you do, I’m happy to share a project that will help you ring in the new year – literally!

These noise maker paddles are fun, personalized and fast. And, they save you money on buying party supplies when all you need is the fabulous CutCardStock paper. I’m working with the Stardream Metallic paper, which is on sale this month. I’ve chosen the Stardream Metallic Pluto and the Stardream Metallic Onyx. Gorgeous and really sturdy!

I’m starting with 2 die cuts for each paddle, one in Stardream Onyx and one in Stardream Pluto. I’m also using some foam board and paper straws. I’ve cut a scalloped circle for each.

Next, I’ve laid the paper straw on the back of each circle and glued into place. With the foam board, I cut a circle out with a die cut, then cut it in half, and glued a piece on to each side of the straw. These are the support pieces on each side of the straw to give the noisemaker more sturdiness. Without it, I was afraid that the straw may come loose when you shake it.

On the front of the circles, I’ve cut letters and numbers in a couple different sizes from my die cut stash at home and attached them around the front circle. Having letters and numbers makes for a lot of versatility in projects! The letters are done in the Stardream Onyx and Stardream Pluto. For the numbers, I’m using CCS Discount Silver Glitter paper. Glue your messages to the front side of the paddles.

Once these are dry, I’ve glued on the backs of the paddle in an alternating color, aligning the loops in a criss-cross pattern. Then, I’ve tied curling ribbon around the top neck of the straw. Take a few sleigh bells and string them through the ribbon, then make a sturdy knot. The more bells you add, the more noise you’ll make!

These are now ready for any party! I also think these decorations would make great picks for a floral centerpiece, or even inserted into a cake. You can make several in a matter of minutes too.

How will you celebrate the ball dropping this year? I’d love to hear from you below. I’m wishing you all a most merry New Year. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you in ‘22!

Written by

Maureen Ruangchamneil

Maureen (Mo) discovered joy in paper crafts when she created her first baby's scrapbook album (almost 20 years ago)! If she's taking a break from crafts, it's to hunt hidden Mickeys at Disneyland or sit by her pool with a cup of coffee. You can get "Mo' crafty" with her on A Little Mo Crafty Blog or on Instagram at @alittleMocrafty.