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New Year’s Invite & Confetti

by Maxwell Tielman

When brainstorming ideas for the Design*Sponge 2013 New Year’s party, I kept getting stuck on the number 13. Typically associated with bad luck, the number has been all but banished from contemporary culture. Just try finding a floor 13 on any elevator — it’s practically impossible! A New Year’s party filled with black cats, broken mirrors and omens of death seemed a bit morbid and pessimistic for an event that’s supposed to be about new beginnings and fresh starts. It then occurred to me that the number 13 has a second meaning, one very much in line with the spirit of the New Year: the 13th birthday! Even if you didn’t have a Bar Mitzvah, your 13th birthday party was no doubt a special time in your life. So this year, for a fun, throwback spin on the typical New Year’s party, we decided to celebrate the millennium’s 13th birthday. We’ll be posting all the photos from our fabulous 13-themed party next Monday, but for now, enjoy a few special New Year’s DIYs after the jump! — Max

“13” New Year’s Party Invite


  • white card stock
  • pink extra-fine glitter
  • spray adhesive
  • X-Acto knife
  • printer



1. In a word processor, type out the number “13” in 240pt Helvetica. Print on card stock.

2. With an X-Acto knife, cut out the “13.”

3. Fold a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ white card stock into fourths to make a greeting card.

4. Tape your greeting card down to another piece of paper. Tape your “13” cutout stencil on top of it so that the number is centered on top of the card.

5. Spray the adhesive straight down onto your stencil.

6. Pour glitter straight down on top of the stencil.

7. Wait a few minutes for the adhesive to dry, then lift the paper and pour the excess glitter into the trash or back into your glitter container.

8. Remove the stencil from the card and wipe away any excess glitter. Bam! Done!

Teen Idol Confetti


  • white card stock
  • printer
  • Adobe InDesign, Photoshop or a similar image processing tool
  • several images of teen heartthrobs
  • 1-inch circle punch (We used one from Martha Stewart.)



1. In an image editing program like Adobe InDesign or Photoshop, create 1-inch circles in a grid and fill them with black and white images of teen idols. In InDesign, you can do this by simply dragging images into a circle shape. In Photoshop, crop your images to a circle shape with the circular marquee tool and resize them to one inch.

2. Print your grid of circles at 100% so that each circle is exactly one inch on paper.

3. With your circle punch, punch out each circle, one at a time. Depending on the type of circle punch or cutter you use, you might need to hold it upside-down to see the image while you’re punching it.

4. Repeat many, many, many times. Scatter everywhere!

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