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Washi Tape Straw Flags

Washi Tape Straw Flags Washi Tape Straw Flags
Summer is the season for patio parties and grill outs, and Straw Flags are a great way to help guests keep their drinks straight. I love these little flags because they are so quick and easy to make, and they add a cute little decoration to every guest’s straw. I usually try to match the colors of my straws and washi tape with the theme of my party. Feel free to mix and match different colors of washi tape with different colors of straws as well! It’s always a good idea to have more straws than guests, so make sure to make a few extras. Party guests always appreciate thoughtful details, and this is a great way to add a bit of sensible craftiness to your party table.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes (for about 20 straws)
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Washi tape
Straws
Permanent marker
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a strip of washi tape.
2. Place the center of the strip at the top of your straw, just under the bendy portion.
3. Wrap the strip of tape around your straw so that both sticky sides line up with each other.
4. Cut two diagonal lines inward at the end of your flag.
5. Write numbers on each flag with the permanent marker.
6. Place your straws in a mason jar, cup, or basket and set next to the party drinks so that guests may take one as needed.

DIY Fresh Floral Cake Topper

DIY Fresh Floral Cake Topper DIY Fresh Floral Cake Topper
This gorgeous cake topper is made of fresh flowers, adding a unique element to homemade cakes. Use it to adorn a wedding cake or make mini wreaths and cover cupcakes for a birthday party. You are sure “wow” with this beautiful floral cake topper.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 12 and Up
Time to complete: 45 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Ruler
Wire
Wire cutters
Floral Tape
Flowers

Things to do:
1. Measure the top of the cake that you will be decorating. I’ve found that it works best to create a topper that is slightly smaller than the circumference of the cake.
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2. Create a circle of wire that will serve as the base of the cake topper.
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3. Begin adding flowers to the cake topper, starting with greenery. Use the floral tape to secure the flowers to the wire circle. You can experiment with placement until you find a look that you love. Cover the entire wire circle with flowers. DIY Fresh Floral Cake Topper2 DIY Fresh Floral Cake Topper
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4. Once you’ve completely covered the wire circle, add additional flowers until it looks full.
5. Place it on your cake and enjoy!

DIY Streamer Fringe Banner

DIY Streamer Fringe Banner DIY Streamer Fringe Banner
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of banners and buntings, they are all over my house! I can never have too many. And while I love, of course, the traditional triangle shaped banner and its many variations, this streamer fringe banner is my new favorite! Perfect for summer parties, these look best layered together with a couple of colors for a nice, thick finished fringe!

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 5 minutes per layer

Things you’ll need:
Streamers, in several complimentary colors
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Decide how long you want your banner to be. Don’t forget to account for some drape in the center when deciding on length.
2. Cut a piece of streamer to this length.
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3. Fold the section in half, and then in half again. Repeat until you have a workable length of streamer.
4. Using your scissors, cut ¾ of the way up the streamer at the folded ends.
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5. Cut the same amount, leaving the top edge connected, every 1.4 inch or so along the length of your folded streamer.
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6. Unfold and check to see if you missed any areas in the fold.
7. Repeat with several more lengths of streamer.
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8. Hang together so that the layers overlap slightly as they drape across your space.

DIY Colored Paper Doily Bunting

Colored Paper Doily Bunting DIY Colored Paper Doily Bunting
Doilies have the unique ability, I think, of looking both elegant and casual at the same time, adding just a little bit more pretty to whatever setting they are in, and this bunting is no exception. Simply made, this project layers two sizes and two (or more) colors of buntings to create a textured, pretty effect, just perfect for you next party or event.

Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Large and small paper doilies
Spray paint
Bakers twine
Glue stick

Things to do:
1. On a covered and well ventilated work surface, lightly spray paint half of each size of your doilies. Spray paint works best here because it doesn’t dampen the paper enough to make it curl but coats well with color. Once the paint is dry apply a second thin coat. Allow them to dry thoroughly.
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2. Measure out your bakers twine to cover the space you need and add a few inches extra to each side for tying.
3. Fold one large and one small, each a different color, exactly in half.
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4. Spread glue stick on the underside of the smaller doily and fold it over the larger one, centering it.
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5. Apply glue stick to one half of the larger doily. Fold it over the twine at one end (allowing enough extra for hanging) and press to make sure the two sides stick well to each other.
6. Repeat this process, this time switching the colors of the doilies.
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7. Continue to alternate colors until you have reached the end of your twine. Allow the glue to dry before hanging.
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DIY Rustic String Lanterns

Rustic String Lanterns DIY Rustic String Lanterns
This rustic decoration is perfect for a barnyard wedding or party. The rustic baker’s twine ball looks adorable displayed above a dessert bar or as a garland along a ceiling. Make a few string balls in different sizes for an awesome display.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 6 and Up
Time to complete: 30 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s Twine
¼ Cup Flour
Tacky Glue
Round Balloons
Vaseline
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing your mixture. Combine ¼ cup flour, 4 tbsp. water, 1 tbsp. tacky glue, and mix the ingredients. They should make a consistency that is similar to pancake batter.
2. Blow up a round balloon and cover it in Vaseline. The Vaseline will keep the string from sticking to the balloon when you pop it.
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3. Place a long piece of baker’s twine into the mixture and cover it completely. Wrap the string around the balloon until you’ve covered a majority of the surface.
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4. Allow the string to dry on the balloon over night. Once it’s dry, pop the balloon inside.
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5. Tie a piece of baker’s twine to the top of the string ball and use it to display your creation!
DIY Rustic String Lanterns DIY Rustic String Lanterns

Make Your Own Candy Medals

Make Your Own Candy Medals Make Your Own Candy Medals
Summer isn’t summer without a wide array of games and competitions between friends, coworkers and family members. Whether it’s a company retreat, a family reunion or just a gathering at the park, the warm evenings of summer are perfect for a good old fashion competition! And what’s a competition without medals? This project creates sweet treat medals that anyone would be happy to win!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon or other ribbon of your choice
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wrapped Candies in roughly square shapes
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut the ribbon in to 3 foot sections, one for each award. You can coordinate the ribbon to the party theme or just play with what colors you have.
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2. Flip the candy over so the back side is facing up.
3. Loop the ribbon around so that the two ends meet flatly and the loop is smooth and set to hang around someone’s neck.
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4. Hot glue the cut ends to the back of the candy. Allow the glue to dry before passing out the prizes!
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DIY Mini Fabric Flag Cupcake/Cake Toppers

Flag Cupcake Cake Toppers DIY Mini Fabric Flag Cupcake/Cake Toppers
We are a summer birthday family, everyone has their birthday between Memorial and Labor Day, which means that I’m about to hit party season and I’m starting to plan now. Birthdays aren’t birthdays in our house without a cake and my kids love fun cake toppers. This summer at least one of them is going to get these cute mini flags decorating their cake but these would be adorable as table decorations, scaled up a little for parades or for some medieval make believe! And they are so easy, why not make a whole slew of them?

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Fabric – light cottons work best
Skewers or dowels rods
Craft glue
Fabric stiffener
Iron
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Press your fabric well and spray thoroughly with fabric stiffener. You want is nice and damp but not dripping wet.
2. Hang the fabric to dry so that it dries nice and flat. Once dry the fabric will be very stiff.
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3. Cut the stiffened fabric into strips as wide as you want your finished flags. Here we’ve made them about one inch wide.
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4. Cut your strip into flags, adding a little extra to the straight end to wrap around the skewer.
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5. Spread a thin layer of glue onto the flat end of the flag and roll the fabric around the dowel until it wraps once around. Pinch in place for a few moments until it’s holding and then allow the glue to dry before using.
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Upcycle: Paper Tube Crown

Paper Tube Crown Upcycle: Paper Tube Crown
Every little princess loves a crown and this paper tube crown is as fun to make as it is to wear. Here we’ve covered the tube with colorful paper to add a little fun to the finished product but you can also leave the tube as is or let your little ones paint and glitter the tube before cutting!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Paper towel tube
Scissors
Glue
Foam brush
Colorful paper

Things to do:
1. Roll the paper up onto the tub to measure how much paper you’ll need and trim away the excess.
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2. Paint a thin coat of glue onto the back side of the paper and roll back onto the tube, right side out.
3. Smooth away any bubbles and allow the glue to dry. You may want to use paperclips or clothespins to hold the paper in place while the glue dries.
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4. Beginning at one end, cut the tube into a spiral with a width of about ½ an inch.
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5. Pull the spiral out slightly and wrap into a springy circle. Glue the ends together and pinch till dry. Once dry, pull slightly and crown your little prince or princess.
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DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Banner Tutorial

DIY Tissue Paper Banner Tutorial10 DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Banner Tutorial
This banner makes a lovely and inexpensive decoration for any party or event. Customize the colors and play with different lengths to create a look that you love!

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

Things you’ll need:
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Paper Clips
Denim Blue Bakers twine or other colors of your choice

Things to do:
1. Take a piece of tissue paper and fold it into fourths. Start by folding it in half, then fold it in half again. Be sure that the folds are crisp. Use a paperclip to mark the top. The top of the tissue paper square will have two edges.
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2. Start cutting 1/2 inch strips from the bottom of the square to the top.
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3. Remove the paper clips and unfold the tissue paper. The paper rips easily, so be careful when you’re separating the strips.
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4. Once you’ve unfolded the tissue paper, roll it up tightly. The finished roll should look like a baton, with fringe on either side.
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5. Fold the roll in half and twist it to create a small loop in the center.
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6. Run the twine through the loop.
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7. Repeat steps 1-6 until you’ve reached your desired length.
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DIY Big Deco Mesh Bow

Big Deco Mesh Bow DIY Big Deco Mesh Bow
Sometimes what you need is a big bow. A really big bow! Deco Mesh is a fabulous material to create big, lightweight bows, perfect for wreaths, gifts or just on their own! You’ll need deco mesh that’s at least 24 inches wide for this project, the bigger, the better!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
21 inch or wider Royal Blue deco mesh or other colors of you choice
10 inch red and royal blue deco mesh in a coordinating color
Scissors
Pipe Cleaner

Things to do:
1. Cut a 3 foot section of the wider deco mesh.
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2. Starting at the center of one cut edge, start scrunching the material up until you reach the other edge.
3. Wrap the pipe cleaner tightly around the section you scrunched up.
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4. Cut a 5 foot length of the narrower mesh.
5. Find the center point of this piece and wrap it around the center point of the bow.
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6. Tie the mesh tightly on the back side of the bow.
7. Pull the tails of the bow down firmly and trim to a point.
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