Category: Party and Special Occasion

DIY Trolls Headband

This is a fun and inexpensive way to update your kids’ dress-up bin! Make several in different colors and have the little ones help you decorate the headbands for an added touch of fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Flower embellishments

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering your headband in ribbon. Use a drop of hot glue to attach the end of your ribbon directly to the headband. Wrap the ribbon around the headband until the entire surface is covered. Cut the ribbon and use hot glue to secure it.
2. Next, cut seven pieces of tulle, all measuring roughly 2 ft.
3. Now we’re going to attach the tulle to the headband. Fold a single strip of tulle in half and lay the headband on the center. Bring the ends of the tulle down through the center fold and pull up until the knot tightens. Repeat this step with all 7 strips of tulle.
4. Create a ponytail look by tying a piece of ribbon around the center of the tulle.
5. The final step is embellishing your costume. Use hot glue to secure little flowers along the headband and in the tulle.

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DIY Paint Stir Stick Bushel Basket Tutorial

Looking for the perfect centerpiece for your next dinner party? This shabby chic basket will look lovely on your table, filled with decorative apples or a vase set in the center with flowers. How you style it is up to you!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paint sticks
6 inch Embroidery hoop
8 inch Embroidery hoop
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach your paint sticks to the 6-inch embroidery hoop. Hold them in place at a slight angle until the glue dries completely.
2. When all of your paint sticks are in place, flip the basket upside down and slide the 8-inch hoop over the bottom. When it slides up as far as it can, apply hot glue to the inside rim to attach it to the paint sticks.
3. To finish your basket, you can either cut a bottom out of foam board and attach it with hot glue, or fill the basket with a dish towel/burlap fabric to serve as the holder of your decor.

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Kid Approved Ice Cream Cones Tutorial

Whether or not it’s summer, ice cream is always a treat! Craft adorable ice cream cone treats that will never melt. These can be used as package toppers, kitschy lapel pins, or string a bunch together to create a mouth watering bunting for your next party.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Burlap sheet
Large craft pom poms
Small craft pomp poms
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
A plate
Needle with a large eye, and thread *optional
Rotary cutter *optional


Things to do:
1. Cut 4-inch square pieces of burlap for cones.
2. Either trace the curve of a plate onto the corner of the burlap and cut with scissors, or use a rotary cutter on a protected surface. Warm up your hot glue gun, unless you plan to sew your cones.
3. Fold the cone as shown, and either glue or sew into place.
4. Fill the cone with burlap scraps, and glue a large pom pom to the top.
5. Add a small pom pom for a cherry on top!

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Vintage-Inspired Doily Banner Tutorial

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:
Fabric Stiffener
Foam brush

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.
2. Once they have dried completely, pull them off of the wax paper, being careful not to bend them.
3. Cut a length of jute and tie a knot at the end, leaving a small loop.
4. String your doilies on to your jute.
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:
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

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.
2. Apply a generous coat of fabric stiffener with a foam brush, being careful to cover the edges.
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.
5. Display on a cake stand with your favorite desserts.

1. Blow up an extra-large balloon.
2. Place a large doily over the top, sliding the top of the balloon through the center.
3. Use a sponge brush to apply a generous layer of fabric stiffener, The doily should feel damp and heavy.
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

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:
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Unroll your sheet of cork and cut a 1-foot long piece.
2. Use a ruler to mark 1-inch strips of cork and cut them out.
3. Draw a different pattern on each strip with a permanent marker. Polka dots, stripes, and triangles all look good!
4. Use hot glue to attach the ends of one cork strip, creating a loop.
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

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


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.
2. Continue adding flowers to the ball.
3. Press all of the flowers into the ball until it’s completely covered.

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DIY Animal Party Food Picks

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

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.
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.
5. Hold the skewer in place until it has dried completely.
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
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Narrow and wide lace


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

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