Category: Party and Special Occasion

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

Love_Burlap_and_Lace_Bottles_mainThese bottles are the perfect decor for a newlywed’s first home, or as a centerpiece for a wedding anniversary. You could choose to make these in silver paint as well, or add colored ribbons for a different look!

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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DIY Felt Wine Glass Charm Covers

DIY_Felt_Wine_Glass_Charm_Covers_mainIt’s so easy to mix up wine and champagne glasses during a party or special event. Try these quirky wine glass charms in foam and felt – they’re sure to be conversation pieces!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Black felt sheet
Narrow ribbon
White craft foam
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. Trace onto and cut your craft foam the same size as the bottom of the glass.
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2. Fold in half twice to find the middle. Cut a slit to the middle, and cut a small circle or diamond to accommodate the stem of the wine glass.
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3. Cut two pieces of black felt into the shapes shown – make sure the curve is the same curve as that of the foam. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the two pieces of felt onto the foam as shown.
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5. Cut the ribbon to about 3″ long. Thread your needle and knot one end.
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6. Fold the ends toward the center and insert the needle into the back of the bow, then wrap it around the center a few times.
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7. Tie the thread off in the back and clip.
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8. Glue the bow above the center hole on the foam.
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How to Make Your Own ‘Mom-To-Be’ Baby Shower Badge

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Of course when we go to baby showers, who know who the “mom-to-be” is! But it’s fun to honor her in a special way, and this baby shower badge will identify who will soon be receiving the special blessing of parenthood!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Tulle netting (blue or pink)
Ribbon
Felt square
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Needle and thread
Card stock

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Things to do:
1. Cut the card stock into a circle, whatever size you desire.
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2. Cut the tulle netting to 24-30 inches long and fold in half widthwise. Thread your needle and make a large knot in one end.
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3. Run your needle and thread along the cut long end of the tulle, creating long running stitches. You can pull as you go, gathering the tulle.
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4. After reaching the end, gather the tulle and make sure it will form a circle the size of your card stock. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Trace the card stock on your felt and cut. Glue the felt to the card stock circle.
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6. Glue the tulle to the circle as shown.
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7. Cut 3-5 pieces of ribbon to 6-7 inches long.
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8. Glue the ribbons to the back of the card stock.
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9. Create a message on another piece of card stock and glue it to the center of the tulle.
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How to Make Floral Streamer Balloons

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Who said helium balloons can’t be elegant?! This simple DIY will transform inexpensive white balloons into gorgeous pieces of decor for your next event.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Helium balloons
Butcher’s twine
Scissors
Floral wire
Wire cutters
Artificial flowers
Artificial garland

Things to do:
1. The first step is dressing up your artificial garland. Trim several flowers off of an artificial bouquet, leaving 1-inch of stem.
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2. Wrap wire around the stem of the flower and the garland, firmly securing the bloom. Repeat this step until all of the flowers are attached.
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3. Cut the store-given string off of your balloon.
4. Cut an 8-foot piece of twine and attach it to the balloon.
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5. Cut a short piece of wire and use it to attach the garland to the twine. Be careful to hide the sharp ends of the wire to avoid popping your balloon.
6. Make several flower balloons to display and enjoy at your next event!

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Tulle Balloon Wrapper Tutorial

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Sometimes decorating with balloons needs to be a little more special – a baby shower, a wedding, an anniversary. Wrapping the balloon with tulle adds some beauty and style!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Balloon
Tulle netting
String of pearl beads
Twine
Scissors
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. Blow up and tie off your balloon. Cut 6-8 pieces of tulle to 24-36 inches long each. The length depends on the size of the balloon and how much tulle you’d like to see hanging from the bottom.
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2. Divide the pieces of tulle into two groups, each with an equal number of pieces. Layer the pieces in each group on top of each other, and drape the pieces in one group over the balloon.
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3. Tie this off with a piece of jute or other type of twine.
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4. Repeat steps 2-3 with the other group of tulle, wrapping it perpendicular to the first group.
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5. Tie the bottom of the balloon with pretty beads, ribbons, or ric-rac.
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6. Thread a needle and insert it into the tulle at the top of the balloon (don’t pierce the balloon!). Tie the thread in a loop and use to hang your balloon.
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