Posts Tagged ‘DIY & Crafts’

Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day (or week for some schools!) provides the perfect chance to get your kiddo involved in doing something nice for their teachers. With a little thought and some DIY inspiration, you can help them put a gift together that their teacher will love. It’s all about making the teacher feel special and appreciated.

Here are few ideas I’ve pinned on Pinterest. We’re going to do these three, plus one original gift idea we created for our teacher. See it here!

Strawberry basket // Thanks a latte // Creative Juices

What are you making for teacher appreciation day? I’d love to hear!

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How to make tissue paper pom poms

I’m a big fan of using tissue paper pom poms in my party decor. What I love about them is that they are inexpensive and can be used in a wide variety of events. I’ve used them for birthday parties (like this candy party) and baby shower (like this spring shower) + many other events. I often get asked how I make them — so today, I thought I would share my tips for making and also for buying tissue pom poms.

how to make tissue paper pom poms

How to make tissue paper pom poms. They aren’t difficult to make, but I’ll be honest and say they are time consuming. If you have a couple nights to dedicate to making them while watching your favorite TV show, I say go for it. Here are the simple steps I follow:

how to make tissue paper pom poms

Aren’t those finished pom poms gorgeous?! They were used in a first birthday party I spotted over on The Sweetest Occasion.      The DIY method looks like this, not too much to it. It’s a pretty simple method and you can check out the full details and how-to here. Remember though to give yourself some time (and extra tissue for mistakes)! Also, I recommended finding a little higher quality (aka thicker) tissue than what you might typically use for gift wrapping. It’s easier to tear and the thicker paper tends to hold up nicer.

If I’ve scared you or the DIY method just isn’t your thing, I suggest just ordering your tissue pom poms.  They are inexpensive and this will save you from having to trek to 8 different stores in 3 cities to find the perfect shade of teal tissue paper (not like I’ve done that or anything).

Whether you make them, or buy them … these tissue poms are a great way to add some flair without breaking the budget. My daughter even re-purposed her poms from her recent birthday party into decor for her bedroom — love that!

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It’s all about the COLOR

I get asked a lot, “How do you come up with ideas for your party themes?” Most of the time, the first glimmer of inspiration I get comes from a color or a combination of colors.

 

Pinterest Wedding Planning

My Pinterest board for a Blush Wedding

I’m not a big fan of character parties or most novelty themes — but color… now that’s something to plan a party around. You’ll notice I typically credit the color of the party first (in my mind it’s the star and where my planning all begins) like in our purple cowgirl party, white spring brunch and this purple & yellow dinner party.  However, coming up with that perfect color for your party or to paint home entertaining space,  can be tricky.

 

My Colortopia - Thoughtfully Simple

 

I often scour the web looking for inspiration so I was thrilled to learn about a new community created by Glidden Paint called MyColortopia.com which is full of inspiration, tools, and advice from the Colortopia Team (a few of my favorite design bloggers have teamed up there!) to help you simplify choosing that perfect color. They’re making it simple (and fun) to select colors, buy paint, paint your space and be thrilled with your choices.

 

 

I’ve been using MyColortopia.com in planning something I have in the works (more to come soon!) and am pleased to have teamed up with Glidden/Akzo Nobel Paints to share this new tool that helps you discover colors that suit your personality and lifestyle (so you can decided what color to paint your kitchen or the color for your upcoming wedding).

Be sure to check it out — take the My Life My Colors Quiz (use the above widget) and leave a comment telling me what colors pair with your lifestyle.

 –I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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A Pretty Packaging Party

Feeling the holiday stress? Wish you had more time? How about carving out a little girl time and getting some of that to-do list accomplished?  My simple tip to sneaking in time with your best friend, mom, sis and neighbors? How about hosting a simple, Pretty Packaging Party?

The plan: set up a gift wrapping station, toss out some supplies and simple snacks, and invite the girls over for chatting and wrapping!

gift wrapping party

Confine your packaging party supplies to one room in your house — a dining room table or an otherwise, “out of the way” spot where you gals can get busy wrapping and catching up.

gift wrap party

 You’ll want to have plenty of supplies on hand (you can even ask each guest to bring something like tags, tissue, or ribbons to make it easier).

wrapping party

Boxes (I prefer these craft brown ones from thinkgarnish.com), plenty of ribbons of different widths, and festive tags are all a must. Don’t forget the tissue paper, tape, scissors and pens too!

cool packaging

Add those thoughtful touches to your gifts with these little homemade paper flowers. I made all sizes using cupcake liners and coffee filters! Layer, scrunch, and secure the flower together using a brad. Hostess Tip: if you’ll have kids in tow this is a fun craft that will keep their little hands busy!

gift wrapping party

You won’t want to forget some drinks and snacks — but keep it super simple. You’re getting together to get gifts wrapped and sneak in some quality girl time — no working away in the kitchen! Serve water or lemonade in glass jars with cute straws. Serve “packaging peanuts” and candy in these clever clear plastic tubes (so handy).

This entire Pretty Packaging Party idea can be pulled together in a whim — it’s super simple. So, go ahead — call up your girlfriends and invite them over for some wrapping and chatting. After all — good things do come in pretty packages.

Boxes & Clear Tubes |  Garnish

Glass Jars & Paper Straws | Sweet Shop LuLu

Do you like to wrap gifts or is it more of a chore for you? Are you the gift wrap or gift bag type?

 

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{Simple} Cake Decorating Ideas

Want to roll your sleeves up and get elbow-deep in icing? Okay, maybe you’re not that intense, but if you are looking for some simple cake decorating ideas, I think you’ll enjoy these photos.

On a side note, I know first hand what it’s like to be elbow-deep in icing. Many moons ago I spent  4 years as a cake decorator and we used to mix up our butter cream in a giant industry grade mixer and then fill up trash can-sized containers of this sweet stuff. Man, that was some messy (yet sweet) work. I think I sort of miss it.

Oh well, here are some cake decorating ideas that will require A LOT less icing!

 cake decorating ideas | layers

Spruce up the inside of your cake by making colorful layers that will be revealed once the cake is cut.

 

cake decorating ideas - ruffles

Learn how to decorate a stunning ruffled cake with this great video tutorial.

cake bunting

Do a basic white icing and then top the cake with a simple DIY bunting (you can use paper, ribbon or mini poms).

donut holes on cake

Better yet? Top the cake with cake balls or mini donut holes rolled in sprinkles (I love this look)!

I hope these ideas inspire you to whip up some icing! Speaking of icing, I’m on the hunt for a go-to  recipe. Do you have a favorite? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page — I’d love to try it!

Sources: Rainbow LayersRuffles, Bunting, Donut Topped.

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DIY party decorations {Signs}

This past weekend, I helped host a very special gathering — it was for my brother and was more of a trifecta of celebrations. He turned 18, graduated high school and is heading off to boot camp to become a Marine (how’s THAT for milestones?). We kept the decor simple (he’s a guy after all) and created some DIY party decorations using his high school colors. I used several signs throughout the party to tie in the color scheme — here they are.

DIY party decorations

These sign holders are my new absolute favorite! They hold TWO 4×6 photos each (yep, they are double sided!). They are from Ikea and only $.99 each! Thank you to Jen of HTWM for sharing these with us, great resource.

Free party printables

Thirsty? One sign on the drink table …

free printables

And one for the snack table. Simple, just how I like it!

Free printables

Here are both signs. You should be able to right click + save if you’d like to print them for your next party. Enjoy!

Thanks to HWTM for both the tip on the sign holders and the inspiration for the sign design!

Signs | Ikea

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