Take a colorful page from an old comic or magazine, round off the corners an then cut it into a long ribbon that you can hang or drape over your table.
I’ve done this for my kids birthdays for a few years, and it’s a fun fast way to save both money and the environment.
I had a small soft, fluffy pink bathrope that my daughter had outgrown, and some stuffing from a cheap ikea pillow that got torn apart during washing.
I cut off the seams, and tried to get the most I could out of the material, and and ended up with two cute Japan-inspired teddybears and a little pillow.
I chose the shape, and my daughter the buttons for the face.
All hand stiched, using only left over materials. The fluffy material is very forgiving, so even if your sewing skills are pretty bad, you can’t really notice.
I made the second one for the daughter of a friend. She is younger, so instead of buttons the eyes are made with cloth from a pair of pants, sewn on, to make safer for a toddler. It also has a tiny picket for hiding candy from mom and dad :)
The tail and ears are made from the bathrobe belt.