Category: Party and Special Occasion

How to Make Antiqued Paper Doily Flowers

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.
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

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

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.
2. Write the names of your guests.
3. Use hot glue to attach the banner to your grapevine wreath.
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

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

Things to do:
1. Begin by painting the post part of the sign brown or black.
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.
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.
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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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.
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.
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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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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