Archive of ‘Make’ category

Summertime place setting

Whether you are having a BBQ, picnic, or pool party — entertaining outdoors should be kept simple! Here is an easy DIY idea that can double as a place setting and a favor (depending on what you place inside!). This place setting would be great for any occasion but very festive for those Fourth of July party ideas.

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DIY Place Setting Boxes

-Small white box, gingham print tape (around box), cotton candy bubble gum, bandanna print plate, bandanna print napkin, plastic cutlery and party poppers (all from Michael’s Craft Store).

-Your favorite individual bag of chips

This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay and created by Thoughtfully Simple as part of the Frito-Lay Summer Entertaining Twitter Party.

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DIY – end of year teacher gift

While looking for homemade gift ideas to make and send with my daughter to give her teacher today on the last day of school (already?! how did this happen so soon?), I stumbled upon this idea on simple seleta and loved it! I incorporated a few things in this “carry all” that I thought the teacher would enjoy while kicking off her summer — but the possibilities are endless.

I started with a green soda bottle carry from IZZE. I covered the box with cheery yellow scrapbook paper, but you could leave as is (especially the IZZE boxes because they have a nice colorful, modern look).

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Here is what I used to create the gift:

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- IZZE soda box plus I left in one of the lime sodas

- vanilla frappuccino bottle

- bundle of striped paper straws

- small glass bud vase ($1.99 at Target) filled with yellow mini button flowers

- Starbucks biscotti and package of fruit and nuts trail mix (not pictured above)

- $10 Starbucks card

After covering the box, I printed out a paper that read “enjoy summer” and glued it to the front.

Thanks simple seleta for the inspiration! I can see so many variation of this idea. What about you? What could you make one of these carry all treat boxes for? I’d love to hear your homemade gift ideas!

Tori Tait on Instagram

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Spring Brunch Free Printables!

Did you catch our recent Spring Brunch feature? If not, be sure to check out Part I & Part II. If you want to host your own crisp, fresh and cheery Spring brunch — we have great news! Kori from Paper & Pigtails is generously sharing the menu, food cards, and place cards she created for us — with all of you!

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For your own Spring brunch, download these free printables from Paper & Pigtails! All files can be edited with your own menu and names! Thanks Kori!

Download files here.

*Please note that these files are for your personal use only. They are being generously shared with you all, please use for your personal parties only. Thanks!

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Love Birds | Decorating with Birdcages

Considering using birdcages in your wedding decor? I came across these stunning images showing birdcage decor at it’s finest.

The birdcages hung from an old tree seem like an unexpected delight.

I can see decorating with birdcages for weddings, bridal showers and even engagement parties (think love birds or tweet-hearts). These images are from Duet Weddings- well worth a look!

What do you think? Do you see birdcages in your decorating future?

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DIY Plaid Ornaments

Thinking about creating some homemade holiday ornaments? DIY ornaments really can be simple and these DIY plaid ornaments are proof. I love the green factor, turn something old into something new.

Old…

New!

I love the cozy and warm look of these. Check out the simple DIY steps via Eddie Ross.

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

If you are still undecided about your table decor, consider these relatively simple Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas.

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I love this impressive DIY centerpiece using indian corn and a large candle. {via Eddie Ross}

Add height to your table with this dramatic table top tree adorned with votives. {via Celebrations at Home}

Modern and bright, this is a cheerful idea for centerpieces. {via Hostess With The Mostess Blog}

If you still need an idea for Thanksgiving napkin rings, we have those too!

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