Category: Party and Special Occasion

Vintage-Inspired Doily Banner Tutorial

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This beautiful banner adds the perfect festive touch to your party decor. String a length of jute with doilies and watch them transform your space.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Doilies
Fabric Stiffener
Foam brush
Jute
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is stiffening your doilies. Lay them out flat on a sheet of wax paper and use a foam brush to thoroughly cover them with fabric stiffener. Be sure to cover all of the edges evenly.
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2. Once they have dried completely, pull them off of the wax paper, being careful not to bend them.
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3. Cut a length of jute and tie a knot at the end, leaving a small loop.
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4. String your doilies on to your jute.
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5. Knot the other end, leaving a loop.
6. Hang your doily banner from the loops and enjoy!
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Make Your Own Confetti Poppers



Admittedly, most of us won’t want to pop this confetti popper all over the house very often. But if you’re at a party with a cleanup crew available, or enjoying some time outside, you and your kids will have fun ringing in the new year or any other special occasion with this wildly fun project! You’ll need to stock up on confetti because the kids will want to keep on popping.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+ (parents may need to help stretch the balloon)

Things you’ll need:
Confetti
Scissors
Clear tape
Cardboard tube
Fancy paper or card stock
Small balloon (smaller balloons fit best on paper towel tubes, but if you have a larger cardboard tube, then you can use a larger balloon. The balloon needs to stretch around the tube in order to work)

Things to do:
1. Tie your balloon at the end without blowing up the balloon.

2. Cut off the top, round part of the balloon.

3. Stretch it over the tube. It needs to fit tight.

4. Cut your fancy paper and tape it to the tube, over the balloon, to cover it and make it look festive.

5. Pour in the confetti about halfway. To use, pull down quickly on the balloon end and release quickly. Be prepared to laugh and have fun!

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How to Make a Doily Cake Cover {Video} Tutorial

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These charming cake covers add a homemade touch to your dessert table. Try using different shapes and sizes of doilies to create a fun collection of custom coverings.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large metal bowl or balloon
Fabric stiffener
Foam brush
Large doily

Things you need to do:
Metal Bowl
1. Start by placing your metal bowl upside down. Drape the doily over the top, keeping the centers aligned.
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2. Apply a generous coat of fabric stiffener with a foam brush, being careful to cover the edges.
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3. Gently pull all of the edges down tightly against the bowl and set it aside to dry.
4. When it is completely dry, stick your finger under the edge and gently work it around to loosen the doily. When the fabric stiffener detached from the bowl, pull your doily cover up slowly.
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5. Display on a cake stand with your favorite desserts.
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Balloon
1. Blow up an extra-large balloon.
2. Place a large doily over the top, sliding the top of the balloon through the center.
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3. Use a sponge brush to apply a generous layer of fabric stiffener, The doily should feel damp and heavy.
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4. Let it dry overnight.
5. Stick your finger under the edge and slowly peel your doily cake cover up and off of the balloon. If this doesn’t work, use a needle to pop the balloon.
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Modern Cork Chain Garland Tutorial

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Spruce up your space for your next birthday bash or dinner party with a darling, cork chain garland! This simple DIY is easy to make and seriously stylish. Grab your hot glue gun and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Cork
Sharpie
Scissors
Ruler
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Unroll your sheet of cork and cut a 1-foot long piece.
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2. Use a ruler to mark 1-inch strips of cork and cut them out.
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3. Draw a different pattern on each strip with a permanent marker. Polka dots, stripes, and triangles all look good!
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4. Use hot glue to attach the ends of one cork strip, creating a loop.
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5. Attach all of the strips of cork together, using hot glue, until you’ve reached your desired length.
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How to Make a Quick and Easy Sunflower Kissing Ball

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This faux floral pomander ball is so beautiful and yet so simple to make. Simply collect your favorite silk flowers in any color, adhere to the ball, and hang from your mantel, a shelf, or use as decor for a party.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
5-inch Styrofoam ball
Two packages of artificial flowers
Heavy thread
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Tie the heavy thread around the ball and leave enough to make a loop at the top for hanging. Warm up your hot glue gun. Dab some glue to the back of the flower, and press into the Styrofoam ball.
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2. Continue adding flowers to the ball.
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3. Press all of the flowers into the ball until it’s completely covered.
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DIY Animal Party Food Picks

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Looking for a fun and festive way to serve food at your next party? These gold animal party picks are the perfect skewers for fruit or veggies and will add a trendy touch to your decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic animals
Metallic gold spray paint
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Skewers

Things to do:
1. The first step is spray-painting your plastic animals. In a well-ventilated area, lay your animals on a piece of newspaper and spray one side with a thick, even coat.
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2. When the paint is dry, flip the animals and spray the other side.
3. Trim your skewers so they measure roughly 5-inches.
4. Apply a thick drop of hot glue to the belly of your animal and attach the end of the skewer.
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5. Hold the skewer in place until it has dried completely.
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6. Skewer fruit or veggies and display your new project!
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DIY Rustic ‘Love’ Burlap and Lace Bottles

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Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
4 glass bottles
Gold metallic spray
White pearl beads
Burlap ribbon
Burlap ribbon with lace
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Narrow and wide lace

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Things to do:
1. Spray paint all 4 bottles gold and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Glue the burlap and lace burlap ribbon to each bottle, placing the ribbon at different heights on each bottle.
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3. Add lace to some or all of the bottles. Starting with the “L,” glue the string of beads in the shape of an “L” on the bottle.
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4. Glue the narrow lace in the shape of an “O.”
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5. Create a “V” out of the string of beads and glue in place.
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6. Form an “e” from the narrow lace and glue to the bottle.
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How to Make Tablecloth Weight Raffia Tassels

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Decorate your summer table with a little extra pizzazz – raffia tassels can weigh down the corners to help keep your tablecloth in place, and they’ll add a bit of interest as well!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Paper raffia ribbon
Scissors
Butcher’s twine

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Things to do:
1. Cut several pieces of raffia to 10″ long.
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2. Tie these in the middle with the craft twine.
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3. Smooth the raffia down as you fold it in the middle.
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4. Cut a few pieces of raffia ribbon to 8″ long.
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5. This this about 1″ from the fold on the top.
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6. Trim the ends so they’re even.
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7. Cut a snip in the tablecloth and feed the twine through. Enjoy your new table decor!
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DIY Rustic Woodland Floral Hair Combs

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This sophisticated flower crown alternative looks lovely in a low updo! Make several with different blooms so you’ll always have a naturally beautiful way to accessorize.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic comb
Floral wire
Wire cutters
Artificial greenery
Artificial berries
Artificial flowers

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating an arrangement for your comb. Start by trimming a collection of greenery from a bunch. Try to get at least three different varieties in different lengths.
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2. Cut a piece of floral wire and wrap it around the end of your greenery bunch, holding the pieces together.
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3. Cut a short length of berries and attach it to your greenery bunch with wire.
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4. Trim a flower from your bouquet and slip it into the center of your wired bunch.
5. Now, it’s time to attach your arrangement to the comb. Wrap a piece of floral wire around the top of the comb several times. When one end is secure, wrap the other side around the arrangement and secure it to the comb.Woodland_Floral_Hair_Combs6

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Upcycle Old Wine Bottles into Candleholders Tutorial

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This elegant upcycle project will transform your old wine bottles into beautiful pieces of decor for your table or shelves. Grab your spray paint and a few candles and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Glass bottles
Gold spray paint
Taper candles
Lighter

Things to do:
1. Shake your metallic gold spray paint and spray a thin, even layer over one side of the bottle. Let it dry completely.
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2. Flip the bottle and spray the other side. If you missed any patches when you sprayed it the first time, cover them now. Let the paint dry completely.
3. The next step is adding wax to your wine bottle. This will create an elegant, vintage look. Light your candle and hold it horizontally over the top of the bottle. The wax will drip down the neck of the bottle, adding color and dimension. Be careful to keep the flame a safe distance away from the spray paint.
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4. Place your candle in the top of your wine bottle and enjoy!
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