Merry Unbirthday Party Decorations

I had the honor of creating decorations and some food for a surprise unbirthday party. I don’t think that I have ever had so many ideas for one party before.

This is what was created.

Somehow, I didn’t get pictures of all of the card garlands and pom-poms.  They were hung in the room with the food and the main sitting room.

The Eat Me signs were purchased as digital pdfs from Etsy seller ianandlola.  I hot glued the signs to toothpicks to make the signs stay up easier.

The card houses were also hot glued together to ensure a perfect card house at party time.

Crafting: Parade of Elephants Baby Shower

A friend asked me to craft some decorations for an elephant themed baby shower … and this is what I came up with.

Beginning of the parade of elephants

Beginning of the parade of elephants

As a crafter, I always try to link to the exact place that I bought a specific template, fabric, yarn, or the name brand of a product; however, not all bloggers follow this method. After a googling and cursing websites, I went with Plan B – I traced an elephant and made my own template.

This template became the medium parade of elephants, the large parade of elephants, the small elephant mobile, the mother and baby elephant rosette, and an elephant mom to be pin.

Elephant Mobile - Almost too cute to give away

Elephant Mobile – Almost too cute to give away

Mom to Be Pin

Mom to Be Pin

Welcome Baby Rosette for Door or Lamp post

Welcome Baby Rosette for Door or Lamp post

A finished elephant parade garland on my mantle

A finished elephant parade garland on my mantle

Crafting: More Bridal Shower Decorations

No matter what anyone says, accordion folds are not your friend.  They do, however, produce some beautiful decorations for a bridal shower which will match the Vintage Apron Decorations.

Tissue Paper Pom Poms for the ceiling

The pom-poms will be hung from the ceiling and are made using a Martha Stewart tutorial.  The hardest part of making these was figuring out how to wrap the floral wire around the tissue paper [You fold the wire in half and slip over the tissue paper, then twist at the edge of the tissue paper].

Starburst ceiling decorations!

This is my first rosette, but there will soon be more of these little things.  I used this paper rosette tutorial.

Rosettes for the walls

Crafting: Vintage Bridal Shower Decorations

Apron Garland

I am in charge of the organization for a bridal shower. After the theme of vintage kitchen/aprons and the color scheme of red, orange, & blue were chosen, the best part was getting decorations ready.

The inspiration for this project came from a Craftster post. I knew immediately that it would be perfect for the shower.

What I used:

  • Decorative Cupcake liners, folded in half
  • White Cupcake liners, folded in half
  • White Mini-cupcake liners, folded in half
  • White Cardstock
  • Blue letter stickers
  • Ribbon cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Hot Glue gun

What I did:

  1. Build your aprons. I used one decorative liner with two white liners underneath and two mini liners on top. If you use stickers on the aprons, put the stickers on at this stage.

    Bride To Be

  2. Cut out the bodice of the apron from the cardstock. I cut one piece of cardstock in the shape of a hourglass and then folded the cardstock in half.

    Cardstock and ribbon

  3. Hot glue the cardstock together with the ribbon ends between the cardstock.
  4. Hot glue the inner liners to the outer liners. The best way is to put the hot glue on the edge of the liner fold and insert one liner into another.

    Separate the Liners

    Hot glue liner to liner

    After the apron liner is glued, glue the dress liners

  5. Hot glue the bodice to the decorative liner.

    Almost there …

  6. Hot glue the mini liners on top of the bodice glued to the decorative liner. I only put glue in the area of the liner that would have been the base of a cupcake.
  7. Enjoy the beautiful vintage decorations.

    Ta-da!!

Sweetgum Holiday Wreath

My mom used to change the Christmas holiday decorations every year.  Every year, there was a new theme with new homemade decorations.  It appears that I have the same condition.

Last year, I made an amazing Paper Cone Christmas Wreath.  However, I saw this wreath from Martha Stewart and had to make something similar. I gathered as many sweetgum balls as I could from those that fell on our balcony [I refused to pick any off the ground due to the neighbors with dogs].  I ended up with 2 gallon-sized freeze bags full of sweetgum balls and this beautiful wreath.

My sweetgum ball holiday wreath

What I used:

  • 10 inch straw wreath
  • 2 gallon-sized freeze bags full of sweetgum balls
  • Floral wire cut in 1.5 to 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cans of metallic gold spray paint
  • 1 container of coarse glitter
  • 2 inch wide ribbon
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Optional: latex gloves for spray painting

What I did:

  1. Cut off the sweetgum ball stems. Hot glue one piece of floral wire into one of the sweetgum ball holes.  Let dry.

    Sweetgum balls with floral wire

  2. In a ventilated and prepared area, spray paint the sweetgum balls.  Sprinkle glitter on a portion of the balls immediately after they are spray painted.

    Spray paint & glitter

  3. Spray paint the wreath.  This ensures that any holes from the placement of the sweetgum balls will not look awkward.
  4. Insert the floral wire into the wreath.  Be careful when you do this or the wire will bend.  Bent floral wire is harder to insert into the straw wreath than straight wire.  I only inserted sweetgum balls into the front of my wreath to ensure that it hung flat against the door.

    Almost complete

  5. Hot glue ribbon to the back of the wreath.  Let dry.

    Ribbon mission complete!

  6. Hang and enjoy!

    Glitter, gold, and red make for a beautiful holiday season!

    Hipstamatic Print of the Sweetgum Ball Wreath

DIY: Valentine’s Day Wreath

After making a unique wreath for Christmas, I wanted to make something adorable for other holidays. This is our Valentines Day wreath.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Materials Needed:

  • Size 2 knitting needles
  • A frame
  • Ribbon (any variety, any size – you pick)
  • Pink or Red worsted yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Rogue and some yarn from Cosymakes Knitting Kits)
  • Black  worsted yarn (at least 24 inches in length)
  • Embroidery floss in the desired eye color
  • Yarn needle
  • Batting (Poly Fil)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Preparing for Hot Glue

Directions:

  1. Remove any backing or glass from the frame. Make sure that everything is removed  so that the frame will lay properly on the door or wall.
  2. Knit 2 hearts using Anna Hrachovec’s free heart pattern and size 2 knitting needles.  You must make 4 sides for 2 hearts.  Do not felt these pieces.

    One heart down, One heart to go

  3. Sew the hearts together and stuff with batting.
  4. Embroider eyes as desired.  I used the Japanese anime style of happy eyes and used our eye colors to designate us.

    Blue eyes for me, Brown eyes for Z

  5. Thread your yarn needle with black yarn.  Insert the needle into one heart just a little below the eyes and push the needle through.  These will be the arms for the hearts.  Cut the yarn with a very long tail.
  6. Repeat #5 for the second heart.
  7. Knot the ends of the black yarn between the hearts. Determine the amount of hang you want between the hearts when the wreath is hanging.
  8. Hot glue the other end of the black yarn to the  frame.
  9. At this point, practice hanging the wreath to see how your hearts will hang.  If needed, hot glue the hearts to the frame.
  10. Hot glue the ribbon to the frame.
  11. Let cool, hang, and enjoy!

    Ta-da! Cooling down before hanging!

    A bit blurry, but shows the effect

    Hipstamic View of the Wreath