Category: Party and Special Occasion

Simple No Sew Felt Pennant Banner Tutorial

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Create a colorful felt pennant banner, perfect for decor, as well as parties and showers!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Felt
String/Twine
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Ruler
Pen/Pencil
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Create your pennant. Using a ruler and pen, create a triangle template according to your desired pennant size. We used a 6 inch height, with a 4 inch base.
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2. Cut out your pennant shapes.
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3. Use your ruler to measure out the amount of string or twine you desire to use, which should be based on the amount of space you wish for it to cover, as well as how large the base of your pennant is.
4. Lay your felt pennants out, underneath your twine according to how far you wish to space them out from one another. (You can mark the spot on your felt, and glue and then thread your string through, or use the method pictured.)
5. Use hot glue to create a line underneath, but not touching your string. We put ours around 1/2 inch from the top. (The idea is to NOT glue your string to the felt, so that your pennant can move freely on your string) Fold the top of your pennant over your spring, and press down, so that your felt dries to your hot glue. Be sure you are not gluing your string to the felt, or you will not be able to move your pennants freely on the string. Do this with all of your pennants to create your banner.

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DIY Simple Felt Ice Cream Cone Party Hat

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream and ice cream themed parties! Create an adorable, yet simple, ice cream cone party hat for ice cream themed parties, photo shoots or just to add a little sweetness to your life.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 mins
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Large and small pom poms
Elastic
Lightweight Cardboard/Poster board
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Marker
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Make a template for your hat, lightweight cardboard works well for this. Measure down 8 inches on two sides ( this is for a smaller, typical sized party hat, adjust depending on head size ) and then connected those points with a curved line.Using a plate helps create a nice curved line, and keeps it simple. You can create a tab on your template, but this isn’t necessary.
2. Trace the shape onto your sheet of felt.
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3. Cut out the felt. Glue along the straight edge and shape the hat, gluing the edges together.
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4. Use your ruler and marker to create your cone print, using intersecting lines. Felt_Ice_Cream_Cone_Party_Hat4
5. Using hot glue, glue your pom pom balls on to the base of your hat.Felt_Ice_Cream_Cone_Party_Hat5
6. If you so choose, attach elastic to each side of your hat, to create a chin strap.
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Faux Succulent Boutonniere Tutorial

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With succulents being all the rage this wedding season, create a simple, yet elegant, faux succulent boutonniere that will last forever, just like your love!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 mins
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Faux succulents/ Faux Flowers
Crafting wire
Ribbon and/or twine
Boutonniere/Corsage pins
Scissors/Wire cutters
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
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Things to do:
1. Select your succulent picks and flowers that you wish to be a part of your boutonniere, and arrange them to your liking.
2. Once the picks are arranged, use your crafting wire to tightly secure them together. Keep the wire tight and neat, to prevent your boutonniere from coming apart. Faux_Succulent_Boutonniere_Tutorial3
3. Cut any stray wires or ends of your picks, to keep a clean, less bulky look, as well as to prevent poking. Faux_Succulent_Boutonniere_Tutorial4
4. Wrap your stems and wire. Use your ribbon or twine (or whatever you wish), to cover up the wire and stems of your boutonniere. Wrap tightly to prevent the ribbon from coming loose and exposing any of the wire. Use hot glue to hold the end of the ribbon in place (this should be on the back of the boutonniere). You can also add any accent ribbons or embellishments as you see fit.Faux_Succulent_Boutonniere_Tutorial5
5. Attach your pin by sticking it in the ribbon or twine, on the back of the boutonniere.
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DIY Americana Flag Mason Jar Luminary

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Wave your flag proudly – or in this case, display it and allow it to glow with American pride! You can line your walkway with these patriotic flag luminaries or display them on your table or book shelf during our biggest summer holiday!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Small American flag
Pint mason jar
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Flickering tea light
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut the flag off the stick.
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2. Check the width of the flag and trim it slightly if necessary, so that it fits nicely on the jar. I know that it feels weird to trim the flag, but you’ll probably just need to trim it 1/8″ to 1/16″, if at all.
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3. Spread Mod Podge on the jar and glue the flag down. Once dry, add Mod Podge to the top of the flag.
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4. Turn on your luminary and add it to the jar!
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DIY Faux Succulent Monogram

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If you love the look of the increasingly popular succulent monogram, but don’t have a green thumb, give this simple faux succulent monogram a try!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Cardboard letter
Floral foam
Faux succulents and flowers
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks *optional

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Things to do:
1. Remove the cardboard from the face of your letter. This can be done by simply sticking your scissors into the cardboard near the edge of the letter, where it meets the sides. Once you have a small opening, the cardboard should easily peel away.
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2. Determine what size pieces of floral foam will best fit your letter, and cut the foam into pieces ( for this, you can use your scissors, or a knife if you prefer ). This does not have to be precise, and is incredibly simple. DIY_Faux_Succulent_Monogram6
3. Wedge your pieces inside of the letter. The foam will mold to fit for the most part, and small empty spaces are fine. You can choose to wedge your pieces tightly, or hot glue your pieces to the inside of the cardboard as you go.
4. Once your foam is secured, begin placing your succulents, or flowers in the positions that you would like and best fit your letter. Depending on your preference, and how well your succulents stay inside of the floral foam, decides whether or not you choose to secure your faux plants with hot glue.DIY_Faux_Succulent_Monogram7
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5. Optional** You can also choose to decorate the sides of your cardboard letter with any type of embellishment you wish.
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How to Make Antiqued Paper Doily Flowers

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Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate for your next dinner party? These antiqued paper flowers add a lovely touch to your usual decor and look great spread on a table as a centerpiece or stung up and hung as a garland.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper doilies
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Brewed Coffee

Things to do:
1. First, we’re going to make our flowers. Place your finger in the center of the paper doily and press down firmly. Twist the solid paper at the bottom and secure the twist with hot glue.
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2. Style your flower by wrinkling the paper and playing with the location of the “petals.”
3. Antique your flower by dipping the outer edges in black coffee. Let it dry completely before displaying your work.
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5-Minute Grapevine Wreath Place Cards Tutorial

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These rustic place cards add the perfect finishing touch to your dinner party! They only take a few minutes to make and will instantly update your table with bright boxwood green.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mini grapevine wreaths
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial boxwood
Paper
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, cut out a banner. I started with a 1/2 inch strip of paper and added waves with my scissors to create the illusion of movement. Cut a “V” shape out of both ends.
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2. Write the names of your guests.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the banner to your grapevine wreath.
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4. Finish the wreath by adding boxwood pieces to the bottom. Trim small, 1/2 inch pieces and use hot glue to secure them to the wreath and and enjoy!
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DIY ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ Sign

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This sweet little sign is easy to make and would be the perfect decoration for a first birthday party or a graduation party (for kindergarten, high school, or even college, for that matter).

It would be a fun gift for a teacher who uses a Dr. Seuss theme in their classroom. You could also make a similar sign with any five-word sentiment you like.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood sign post cutout
Brown paint
Red paint
Orange paint
Yellow paint
Green paint
Blue paint
Black paint
Paint brushes
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Begin by painting the post part of the sign brown or black.
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2. Paint each of the signs a different color. I went with the colors of the rainbow in order from top to bottom – red, orange, green, yellow, blue – but you can do something more random if you’d rather. Allow to dry.
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3. Use a pencil to write out the words, one on each sign, oh, the places you’ll go. I tried to make my font similar to the Dr. Seuss font, but you can make the letters any way you want. I also added punctuation that corresponds to the book title: a comma after oh, and an exclamation point at the end.
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4. Use a small brush to paint the words in black on each sign. Allow to dry.
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DIY Pom Pom Garland Tutorial

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Need a bright and cheery decoration for a party? This pom pom garland is great because you can customize the colors to match the theme of your party or the colors of your decor. Garlands are a versatile decoration- they can be laid across a mantle, wrapped around a tree, strung across a doorway, hung from a chandelier, and more.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10 +

Things you’ll need:
Pom poms
Clear elastic cord
Sewing needle with a larger eye (make sure it’s large enough to fit your cord through)

Things you’ll do:
1. Pick out the pom poms you want to use. Then figure out a pattern that you like by lining a few pom poms up in a line.
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2. Thread the elastic cord through a needle. You will need a needle with a larger eye in order to be able to do this, so be sure to get one that has an eye large enough for the diameter of your cord.
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3. Push the needle through the middle of a pom and pull it along to the end of your cord. The very center of the poms can be a little stiff and difficult to push the needle through. If it is too difficult then push the needle through the pom pom just slightly off of center.
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4. Continue stringing the pom poms until you have the length of garland that you would like. Lining up the pom poms in your chosen pattern ahead of time makes the stringing go much faster.
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5. To finish the pom pom garland off make a loop on each end with the elastic cord and tie a knot. This way you can use the loop at each end to hang the garland if you want.
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DIY Cone Party Hat

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Looking for an activity that will keep the little ones busy at the next birthday party you host? These DIY party hats are the perfect project! Bring out the paint, glue, and glitter and get ready for some fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger children will need help with the hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Plastic headband
Cardboard cone
Pompoms
Paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Glitter

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your cardboard cone. Use a foam brush to apply a thick layer of acrylic paint and let it dry completely.
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2. Next comes the glitter! Use your hot glue to draw a pattern and sprinkle a thin layer of glitter over it. If you want to reuse the excess glitter, sprinkle over a sheet of paper so you can pour it back in your container after.
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3. To add some color, use glue to attach pompoms around your cone. Don’t forget to put a pompom on top for a more polished, finished look!
4. The final step is attaching your cone to a headband. Apply a thick line of hot glue on either side of the cone and slide the headband up in place. Hold it securely until it dries.
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