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.

Popsicle stick craft idea for tweens – make a bracelet

Make a popsicle stick craft that is suitable for tweens and teens.  This type of craft is perfect for summer gatherings, day camps and VBS.  You can also use scraps of pattern paper and random buttons making the craft very affordable too.  If you are doing it as a short activity you will need to boil the popsicle sticks  and allow them to dry ahead of time.  It does take the wood craft sticks some time to dry out, especially if it is humid.  If you are in a rush you can place the glasses on a tray and dry in an oven on a low temperature. If you have plenty of time you can set them out in the sun to dry.


I am loving all the adorable versions of this throw back popsicle craft from my childhood I am seeing all the web these days. When I found my stash of  buttons last week, I knew I had to give this old craft a new try to incorporate these adorable buttons. The concept is rather simple. Wood can be manipulated when soaked in water since it tears down the wood fibers. So, grab some jumbo craft sticks and let’s get started.popsicle stick craft ideas for teens and tweensThe 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 needed for a popsicle stick bracelet:

Instructions for a popsicle stick bracelet:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Turn off the burner, Insert the craft sticks and let them soak for about 10-15 minutes. Put a few more in the water than you will think you need. I broke a few not being patient while trying to bend them.
  2. Once the sticks are soaked. Grab some proper sized glasses or plastic cups and patiently work them into the glass. Work slowly if you don’t want to end up with a lot of broken sticks like I did. It takes a little patience to get the hang of it.
  3. These have to set up for 24 hours to completely dry. While they are drying, go ahead and grab some acrylic paints and pattern papers to coordinate with the buttons. I used acrylic paint and some older random simple printed patterned papers.
  4. Here is another step you can do while waiting for the sticks to set up, On the wrong side of the patterned paper, use a pencil and a jumbo craft stick to trace it. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the paper.
  5. Once the bracelets have dried, gently remove them from the glasses.
  6. Paint the bracelets in the colors of your choice.
  7. Use a decoupage medium like Mod Podge and a foam brush to apply the papers to the front of the bracelets. Allow the medium to dry and gently sand the edges of the papers even with the wood. Now comes the fun part! Glue some rhinestones in the center of the stitched buttons using a tacky glue like or hot glue gun.
  8. Glue the buttons to the front of the bracelet and let dry.
  9. My bracelet’s didn’t turn out as snug as I wanted them to be, so I used some chain and jump rings to pull them a little closer in. I can still fit them over my hand without using a closure such as a lobster clasp but that still be another option. Learning from this, make sure you use a glass or cup that is slim enough if you want to skip this step!

 

Before you go check out all the other summer fun posts that are joining the series today. As always you can find lots of summer fun inspiration and ideas on Life Sew Savory.

kids crafts and activities from Life Sew Savory Summer fun series

365 Days of Crafts – Shared a cute Button Bracelet Project.

Cutesy Crafts – Shared fun DIY bookmark project for kids

Simple Practical Beautiful – Has a post about making friendship bracelets… FUN!

Niki’s Homemade Crafts – Fun tic tac toe game, even good for travel!

Jen Gallacher – Made gorgeous flowers. How fun to try this!

patriotic party favors and decorations

Create nostalgic and patriotic party decorations for the 4th of July using scrapbook paper and paper punches.  Add a few pieces of ephemera for embellishments and you have unique decorations.

Patriotic party favors – Create nostalgic and patriotic party decorations for the 4th of July using scrapbook paper and paper punches.  Add a few pieces of ephemera for embellishments and you have unique decorations for your party or for decorations around your home. Fill the adorable little cones with candies as a thank you gift. Here is a super simple solution to making easy party favors using materials you probably already have on hand. If you have Marvy Uchida’s Extra Giga and Giga paper punches, you can make several of these in less than an hour. The supplies are minimal as you will need some double-sided patterned paper in a patriotic theme or just combine coordinating patterns in red, whites and blues.

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Supplies for patriotic party favors:

I used Marvy Uchida’s Scalloped edged Clever Lever Extra Giga Paper punch, Giga paper punch, extra jumbo punch in flower and extra jumbo punch in scalloped circle.

Cone favors 004

Once you punch all your pieces. Roll the large pieces into cone shapes by bending the edges in as shown above. Glue edges together and slightly bend out so that you have a cone shape. On the smaller cone, layer together the scalloped circle and flower and glue it to the front of the cone. Use a vintage game piece to add a little dimension. You can use old games you have or find them at yard sales or thrift stores. Create nostalgic and patriotic party decorations for the 4th of July using scrapbook paper and paper punches.  unique decorations.

Finally, glue the cones together, smaller on top and add a stamped sentiment. Fill the cones with excelsior or shredded paper filling, and small wrapped candies such as peppermints. To double the fun, create a patriotic party string using the same materials. I buy the excelsior in bulk because I use it a lot.   You can buy small packages on Amazon and at big box stores around the holidays. 

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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.