Underwater party decorations

Underwater party decorations
Make underwater party decorations that are fun and colorful.  You can turn a blank wall into an underwater party with a few decorations like colorful pompom fish, seagrass and jellyfish.  To create the underwater party decorations I covered a wall with fabric from a bolt of spa blue and sandy tan fabric.  These were bolts purchased for a project that I had not started.  If you wanted to you could use Olyfun on the bolt, sheets, colored paper on the roll from the teachers supply store, plastic table clothes or really anything you want.  The wall of underwater decorations set the tone for the party room.

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Materials for underwater party decorations:

     Pompom fish

     Jellyfish lanterns

 

Instruction for Underwater party decorations:

  1. To make the fish I used Olyfun 12×12 sheets.  The 12×12 sheets of Olyfun a 6-8 are layered together and the sheets were folded in accordion fashion.
  2. Zip ties are added to the center and the edges were scalloped with scissors.  Once the edges are cut the layers are separated and fluffed up to make a half of a ball a semicircle a dome or what ever you want to call it… LOL.
  3. Place two halves together and add a dollop of glue to adhere them together.
  4. Add google eyes in the largest size you can find.
  5. The fins were freehanded with utility scissors.
  6. The seagrass is Olyfun cut into strips ad twisted with glue dots placed at the top and the bottom of each strip.

You are at complete liberty to make the fish any shaper color or size you would like and we had a few fish that did not make it to the party.  I should have thought to share a picture of them because they are a definite craft fail.  Your kids will love them no matter what so dont really worry about it.

These decorations are a part of the Mermaid Party click the links below the pictures to find more ideas on your underwter party and beach bash for your mermaid. 

If you would like to see other parts of the Mermaid party :

flamingo party favors – flamingo party invitation -DIY

Flamingo party favors and a flamingo party invitation DIY.  I’m getting ready for my daughter’s birthday pool party and we decided to go with a pink flamingo party theme.  Yes, I am one of those moms, not really I am not one of those moms.  I just happen to be a mom who gives not quite lavish and not quite over the top birthday parties but they are still more than a basic party.  We don’t give big gifts for any holiday or birthdays but we do throw parties.  Because parties are all about friends and fun and not the gifts.  Our kids know that the party really is their gift and they are cool with it.  So this year when I was talking to my friend Jen about the party she let me know she had just finished a fun flamingo printable. 

The printable will be used throughout the party in various ways and I am really excited to share my creative process with you and show you how a few simple printables can make the party look much more lavish and expensive than it really is. In my head, I am planning to make cupcake topper, food labels, invitations, a banner, a directional sign and if I have time flamingo bingo.  The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Supplies for the Flamingo party favors:

Instructions for the flamingo party favors:

  1. Assemble the clear boxes.  We are going to have 6-8 girls attend so I will make 10 just incase there are extras who show up.
  2. Print the free printable.  Cut a pink strip off the bottom of one of the printables. Wrap the paper strip around the clear box and adhere with a dot of glue.
  3. Use a scallop paper punch to punch out a flamingo. Add a dot of glue to the back and hold in place for a moment.
  4. Fill the box with candy.  I used colored Sixlets.
  5. Add Stickles to the flamingo, around the edges and let dry.

To make the flamingo card:

  1. Fold the precut card in half using the score mark as your guide.
  2. Cut a piece of pink cardstock to create card front and adhere to the card front.
  3. Cut a teal strip off of the printable and adhere to the card front.
  4. Use a paper punch to punch a scallop piece of cardstock and adhere to the card front.
  5. Punch out a pink flamingo with a smaller scallop punch and adhere to the card stock scallop.
  6. Add Stickles to the flamingo and let dry.

Stay tuned for the other pink flamingo party ideas.

 

 

Make an easy unicorn costume from leggings and a hoodie

unicorn costume DIY
Make an easy unicorn costume from leggings and a hoodie and fulfill your child’s fantastical dream of being a unicorn.  A unicorn is a fun and magical costume that’s perfect for dress up, birthday parties, Halloween or even every day because the hoodie can be worn without the rest of the costume.  The tail and cuffs are removable so the leggings can go back into the drawer and be worn as usual.  When the jacket is worn on regular day be ready to get lots of compliments and questions on how you made it.  We are stopped almost every time she wears the hoodie part of the unicorn costume.

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Supplies for the diy unicorn costume:

* OlyFun can also be found at HobbyLobby and Joann’s in the fabric section. 

Instructions for DIY unicorn costume:

  1. Fold a piece of Olyfun in half and glue with almost any glue.  Don’t get it on the metallic side as it might remove the coloring. 
  2. Cut the fabric into one in strips and sew the pieces of fabric on the top of the hood.  
  3. Cut the strips into smaller strips using a pair of strong scissors.  I use my utility scissors because of the thick material and because there is a layer of glue in it.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for several layers of the Bubble Gum Pink OlyFun.  The more layers the fluffier it will be.  My daughter likes everything super fluffy so I am always adding more layers than really needed.
  5. To make the cuffs fold layers of the Olyfun over a string or a strip of Olyfun.  Sew along the edge. Then cut strips  to make it look like fringe.  I tied these on her ankles and wrists so that the jacket and leggings could be worn again.
  6. To make the unicorn horn print this unicorn horn pattern.  I made a horn on a headband for her  Rainbow Unicorn birthday party last year.
  7. Cut and sew the horn then stuff with Polyfil.  Leave a little space so you can attach it to the hoodie.  I hot glued it on, then hand stitched to make sure it was extra secure.

Fast patriotic home decor

Fast patriotic home decor is perfect for me. If it is cheap even better. Decorating for each and every holiday feels overwhelming and quite frankly my budget is not that huge. I try to make my decorations things I can use for a long time or reuse year after year.  Some things I find helpful to keep on hand is a trio of vases, pretty kitchen towel, hand towel and maybe a little decorative piece.  I have a golden yellow star that I use for Christmas and 4th of  July and a trio of vases that I use for anything and everything and kitchen towels that hang on my wall ovens. americana inspired patriotic home decor using beans that can easily be recycled.

This is the trio of vases I used and you have probably seen in my projects before. I ordered the glass jars from Oriental Trading Company.  They are called the milk jug vase and I originally bought them because they had a neck I could wrap ribbon around for a party.

To make the american flag out of beans you will need:

  • a bag of red pinto beans
  • white navy beans
  • black beans 9 they sort of look blue
  • 3/4 cup measuring cup
  • jute cording

Instructions for fast patriotic home decor:

  1. Measure out 3/4 cup of beans for each stripe and layer them into two jars as shown in the photo.
  2. Fill the remaining jar with black beans.
  3. Wrap jute cording around the necks of the jars and tie a knot to secure into place.

When you are finished with the decorations you can put them back in your pantry until you are ready to cook with beans.  It is a super simple project that is fast, cheap and easy and for me that is the trifecta of crafting.

I also made super fast hand towels for the kitchen to go with the Americana style decorations.

Mod Podge serving tray

Mod Podge Serving Tray DIY in bold colors using wrapping paper, Mod Podge and paint.  May 19th is National Mod Podge Day and the 50th Anniversary celebration and I’m pretty sure everyone has used it at some point in a childhood art project.  I fondly remember the giant jug always out on the counter in art class.  One of my favorite ways to use Mod Podge is the traditional way – to decopage paper to wood. In honor of this creative occasion I have partnered with Plaid, the makers of Mod Podge to bring you this bold bright Mod Podge serving tray and a giveaway. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter my giveaway.

The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.To celebrate Plaid is giving away prize packages on their social media channels, live streams, and projects and I am giving away a $50 prize package. (scroll to bottom)  In Celebration of National Mod Podge day I made a bold bright serving tray that is perfect for breakfast in bed or as a gift all by itself. I used two of my favorite products to create the tray.  Basic Mod Podge  to adhere the wrapping paper and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to create a glossy finish that is easy to wipe off.


On National Mod Podge Day they will be giving away a BIG Mod Podge Prize pack! The prize is valued around $250 in Mod Podge and Plaid products. Just post your Mod Podge craft on Facebook (at this post) or on Instagram with hash tag #nationalmodpodgeday to enter to win! A winner will be chosen during the Plaid livestream at 2 PM on May 19th.

Supplies for the Mod Podge Serving tray:

To make the Mod Podge Serving tray:

  1. Sand any rough spots and remove dust with tack cloth.
  2. Paint the wood tray in your favorite color combinations.  I used a pearl on the inside and matte on the sides.  Sand if needed and apply a second coat of paint if you need more coverage.
  3. Trim the gift wrap to fit in the center of the tray. You can try to get it exact or use the craft knife to remove the excess once it is adhered to the bottom.
  4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge evenly along the bottom and place the gift wrap on top.  Gently smooth out any bubbles.  Allow to dry before adding the next layer.
  5. Pour contents of two bottles of Dimensional Magic to center of the tray covering the entire surface.  Allow to dry thoroughly .

I covered mine with a loose piece of foil to keep out dust. Once it is dry and cured until firm you can use it and I let mine sit for 24 hours to give it plenty of time to cure.

mod podge serving tray

The contents of the $50 prize package:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

mod lodge serving tray

fast painted planters for mother’s day

Fast painted planters for Mother’s day filled with succulents make a quick, easy and colorful gift for mom.  They also make nice end of the year teacher gifts.  Succulents are a nice filler plant because they are easy to maintain and are really trendy right now too.  And any gift you give should be easy to take care of and not require a lot of effort.  My husband gave me an orchid one year because he knows I love to go to the conservatory and photograph them.  Little did he know about how much love and attention they need.  Seriously they are a beautiful plant but ever so high maintenance.  I tried the once a week ice cube method and managed to keep it alive for a few months.  Then it died a slow painful death with over and under watering.   He felt bad for it and for the purchase.

This year I needed a bunch of teacher gifts and a Mother’s day gift.  So I thought I would make a batch of planters to give.  I like doing a bunch of similar things at once because it makes me feel really productive.  The planters were from a left over project I did for Oriental Trading Company and the paint was in a sample I received from a trade show I attended.  The only thing I had to purchase was  the dirt and the plants.  I picked them up from Home Depot but you can find them at many stores. The succulents  were in a 4 pack for $4 and I thought that was a great price.

painted planters for a quick DIY gift idea

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Supplies for fast painted planters:

  1. flower pots 
  2. Color Shift Paint
  3. Paint brush
  4. Gold paint
  5. Succulents (you can find them at a local store but just in case)
  6. Succulent Soil

Directions for fast painted planters.

  1. Base coat the planters and allow to dry.  You should not need to sand in-between coats.  Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as you need to get  solid coverage. 
  2. Add gold paint to the base of the flower-pot and allow to dry. You should not need to sand in-between coats.  Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as you need to get  solid coverage.
  3. Fill the planter with soil and add a plant into the pot.  Sprint with water and add a few rocks from outside to the planter if you want.  

Give the planter to the lucky gift recipient.  If they are not plant people explain how to take care of a succulent.  If you are looking for other easy gift ideas try these DIY Spa Gift Set, Dry Brushed Flower Pot DIY,  DIY Moroccan Bangles

painted planters

thank you for your kindness free printable

thank you for your kindness free printable

The thank you for your kindness free printable was inspired by free Kind bars and I like free stuff and I like puns! I thought they would be perfect for a thank you gift that I needed for a young adult friend who came over and helped me move some furniture around.  Clearly, I suffer from a case of chronic furniture rearranging or at least that is what my husband calls it. 

The monogram tool box comes with a cool bottle opener on the side that is perfect for craft beers with caps that do not twist off.

To make the “thank you for your KINDness” gift tags I created a whole sheet of tags to have for later use. You can click this link for the free thank you printable or you can right click the image and save it.  I had no clue what variety of craft beers he liked so I went to the store that carried them in singles and I don’t drink beer so I hope he likes the variety of beer I selected. The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Supplies for the thank you for your kindness gift:

  • free thank you printable printed on an 8.5×11 sheet of white cardstock
  • red cardstock
  • scissors
  • adhesive (I used glue dots)
  • twine
  • monogramed tool box
  • Kind bars
  • beer (probably Mike’s favorite part)
  • monogram tool box

Instructions for thank you for your kindness gift set:

  1. Order the tool box from Oriental Trading it is a great price and often you can get free shipping.
  2. Buy the beer and “Kind”ness bars. You can read about their healthy ingredients here.
  3. Print the labels and cut out the label of your choice.  Cut the red yardstick larger than the white yardstick to form a tag.  Use Glue Dots to adhere the yardstick together.
  4. Cut a piece of twine and form a bow.  Use a tiny piece of a glue dot to adhere the bow.  Place an additional glue dot on the back of the tag and stick it on the tool box.Give to the lucky person and if they are under 21 you could (should) give them a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.

boho chic gift packaging idea

 DIY boho chic gift packaging idea tie dye baby onesies

Try this boho chic gift packaging idea and DIY baby onesie tie dye idea for a great handmade baby gift that does not cost a lot of money but looks like a boutique gift!  I don’t know about you but my friends are still popping out the little ones and I am always trying to think of something unique to give them that they want and will actually use.  My kids went through baby onesies as fast as they did their diapers.  So I thought I would tie dye a bunch of onesies and package them up. I will give directions on how to make both the tie dyed onesies and the uber cool and creative boho chic gift packaging.

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Supplies for boho chic gift packaging :

learn how to create custom gift packaging with stencil and paint and clearbag kraft paper boxes

Supplies for Tie Dye Baby Onesies:

  • onesies
  • fabric dye in multiple colors
  • tongs
  • rubber bands
  • gloves
  • covered work surface
  • mason jars
  • a stove or a microwave
  • wear old clothes!

Instructions for boho chic gift packaging :

  1. Select your paint colors and stencil then place the surface to be stenciled on a covered work surface.  Place the stencil in the desired location and  dip the stencil brush into the paint. Tap off excess paint.  When stenciling less paint is better because you can always add layers. 
  2. You can change brushes in-between paint colors.  On this project I did not because I wanted blended colors.  Play around and get comfortable with paint and see what you like best.
  3. Stencil randomly all over the gift box and allow the paint to dry.  Use the same stencil that you used to apply the paint and use a micron pen to create an outline.  None of this has to be perfect because that is the nature of hand-made and part of the boho chic look.  

Instructions for Tie Dye Baby Onesies:

  1. Cover your work surface before you begin, wear gloves and old clothes.  As I say that, I am sitting here typing this in with blue fingernails and a splash of blue dye on the front of my shirt.
  2. Add rubber bands to the dyed item to create your pattern and then soak the items to be dyed in a bath of clean hot water.  This helps to get a better dye result.
  3. Either heat up your dye in a dye only pan on the stove or in a jar in the microwave.  Use caution when moving hot stuff.  
  4. Place the item in the mason jar or pan and allow to soak for 15-30 minutes.  The longer it soaks the stronger and brighter the color will be.  Remove the item dyed and rinse with cool clean water. 
  5. Wash with a mild detergent and air dry away from direct sunlight for best results.

Package the dyed baby onesies into the supper cute boho chic gift packaging and watch the delight other face when they see your cool creation.

 

Mother’s Day Spa gift set

Mother's Day Spa bath salt gift idea you can make

Mother’s Day Spa gift set is an easy gift you can make on the cheap with a few key ingredients and simple to make gift packaging. Essential oil, a colorant and epsom salt are really all you need. There are a few more things you can add in to make it relieving and relaxing.  Add on custom gift packaging and you have a super terrific gift that you can give to almost anyone.

When using essential oils do not go overboard a little goes a long way and same goes with the coloring. A couple of drops are really all you need.

Supplies for Mother’s Day Spa gift set:

Instructions or Mother’s Day Spa gift set:

The ratio for the ingredients is 3 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salt and 1 part baking soda. You can make as much as you want using the ratio above.The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

  1. Ink up the stamp and press firmly on flat box but do not rock the stamp.  Rocking will cause distortion and smudges.  I use the lid of the box with my clear stamps when I do not have a block handy and I am too lazy to go searching for one. 
  2. Stamp the images on the edges of the box similar to what is shown.  If you get ink on the clear part you can wipe it off with your finger or a paper towel.
  3. Assemble the box and add the pre-made black bow to the package and secure with a glue dot.  I am completely horrible at making bows so the already made bows so they were completely worth every penny to me! Mother's Day Spa creative gift packaging
  4. To make the bath salts use a large bowl, mix to combine: 3 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts, and 1 part baking soda.
  5. Add a few drops of essential oils, and stir well.
  6. Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you want to purchase colorant for soaps you can, but food coloring works fine.
  7. Add the salt mixture to the clear bags.

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Cheese Markers – Make your own from polymer clay

DIY cheese markers from polymer clay. DIY cheese markers from polymer clay are easy to make.  These clever cheese markers will be the talk of your party.  You can wow your guests with your craftiness when they learn you made them yourself.  Make a list of your favorite cheese varieties and make a marker for each one.  You can create as many as you would like.  I think they would make great gifts too.  You could give it as a hostess gift or as a welcome to your new house gift.

custom cheese markers for a wine a cheese party

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Instructions for DIY Cheese Markers:

Step 1:

Per the Sculpey website: Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area.

Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼” (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by working small amounts in your hand until smooth and soft.

Step 2:

After conditioning your clay roll it out at the 2nd thickest setting of your Clay Conditioning Machine. Divide it in two sheets that are large enough to accommodate multiple oval cut outs.

Step 3:

Gather the following supplies: largest oval cutter and word stamps. Cut out an even number of tops and bottoms. Stamp the words into the lower half of the top piece. Bake according to directions above. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Step 4:

Make a molded embellishment for each of your markers. Condition the clay and press into the mold. Remove the excess clay and then remove from mold. Bake according to thickness. Allow to cool before handling.

Step 5:

Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the stamped piece and place on top of the back piece. Gently press together. Place a toothpick in-between the layers. Wiggle it around a tiny bit so it can be removed and can be replaced after each use. Smooth our any rough edges.

Step 6:

Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the molded embellishment and gently press onto the top right corner of the piece. Smooth our any rough edges. Gently place stamped and embellished side up on the baking sheet.

Step 7:

Bake according to directions above and with the toothpick in place Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Step 8:

Remove tooth pick. Brush paint over the entire piece. Use a paper towel to remove the excess. Allow to dry.