Category: Party and Special Occasion

DIY Summer Time Cocktail Umbrella Wreath


This whimsical wreath will put a smile on anyone’s face! Assemble this umbrella wreath and hang over a bar area, or delight a child who would love to use it as room decor. However you display this, it will be a great conversation piece!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Umbrella drink picks
Styrofoam wreath
Twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Open your umbrellas by removing the band.

2. Slide the smaller ring up as you raise the umbrella.

3. Place the umbrellas into the wreath at angles.

4. This is what the umbrellas look like when placed properly in the styrofoam.

5. Continue poking the umbrellas into the styrofoam in a pleasing color arrangement.

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DIY Decorative Jellyfish Mobile


Jellyfish are at times beautiful and also whimsical. This jellyfish is perfect for an older child’s room – wouldn’t it be fun to make several of these and hang them, pretending to be in an underwater paradise?

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Ribbon
Pom poms
Felt sheets
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Needle and thread

Things to do:
1. Cut your styrofoam ball in half. Trace this onto a piece of felt, and cut out the circle.

2. Decide the length of ribbon needed to cover the top of the ball, as shown. Cut 7-8 pieces this length. Pin the first in place.

3. Pin the second piece of ribbon as shown.

4. Finish until the styrofoam is covered.

5. Hot glue the pom poms around the edge of the styrofoam.

6. Cover the bottom with the felt.

7. Cut your ribbons into 24″ pieces.

8. Fold the ribbons in half and pin them in the center to the bottom of the styrofoam. You will have to use 2-3 pins.

9. Use the needle and thread to add a hanger to the top of the jellyfish.

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How to Make Your Own Fairy Wand


Your little girl will love to use this fairy wand as she plays dress up! The curled ribbons, sparkly star and pretty pom poms all add to the wand’s “magic.” Though this is a project for a child, it’s best for an adult to make this (though feel free to allow her to help!).

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Star template
Wood dowel rods
Pink curling ribbon
Red curling ribbon
Glitter foam sheet
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Print your star from the template and cut it out. Trace onto the glitter foam and cut.

2. Curl your ribbons by running the ribbon over the edge of a pair of scissors. Each strip was can be about 18″ long or longer before curling. There are no strict rules here! Warm up your hot glue gun.

3. Tie your ribbons onto the dowel rod. Hot glue them in place.

4. Thread your needle and knot the thread at one end. Start sliding mini pom poms onto the thread.

5. Continue adding pom poms the length that you want this part of the wand decor to be.

6. Tie your pom pom tail” onto the wand and hot glue in place. Finally, hot glue the star to the top to finish the project.

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DIY Rustic Twig Placecard Holders Tutorial


Placeholders put the perfect finishing touch on your table for an intimate dinner party. These rustic forest placeholders perfectly complement an informal, family-style meal, creating a warm, handcrafted atmosphere.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Twigs
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Artificial greenery
Cardstock
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating the base of your placeholder. Trim three twigs of different sizes so they’re roughly the same length and use hot glue to attach them, creating a small pile.


2. Cut off a small piece of greenery and use hot glue to attach it to the twigs. Play with different amounts of greenery until you find a look you like.



3. Cut a rectangle shape out of cardstock and write your guest’s name on the front. Slip the cardstock into the twigs and display it.


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DIY Rustic Burlap and Lace Garland


Whether you want to create a dramatic entry point for a special occasion, or create a primitive-style room divider, this burlap door garland is a quick and simple way to do it. The twine is strong enough to handle several pieces of burlap garland. For more color, mix in some ribbons in addition to the burlap and lace.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Burlap and race ribbon
Burlap fabric ribbon
Butcher’s twine
2-3 packages of ruffle lace http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2558_2576-31596-white_iridescent_ruffled_lace_trim.html
Scissors
Stapler

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of twine to 8″ longer than the width of your door. Cut pieces of burlap, lace, and other materials at least 48″ long. Fold one piece around the twine and staple in place.

2. Continue with the other pieces of burlap and lace.

3. If you don’t already have eye screws or another hanging device on either end of the doorway, add them now. Tie your garland to both ends.

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How to Make Your Own Pew Bows


Don’t spend money on expensive pew bows for your upcoming wedding, anniversary celebration, or other special event. This can be mounted as a pew bow or a chair bow. A roll of wide ribbon is all you need to craft an elegant, full, pew bow. This one is long and narrow for vertical placement on the pew or the back of a chair.

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

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2″ wide wired ribbon
Wire
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Keep the ribbon on the spool. Leave a 20-inch tail and loop a section that’s about 5″ tall.

2. Loop another 5″ section opposite the first loop. Keep holding the ribbon in one hand as you work. This will be the bottom of the pew bow.

3. Create another 5″ loop at the top of the pew bow so there are two 5″ loops at the top, then create a 10″ loop at the bottom. The bottom will now have the tail, a 5″ loop and a 10″ loop.

4. Form a third 5″ loop at the top.

5. At the bottom, make a 13″ loop.

6. Finally, make a fourth 5″ loop at the top.

7. Tie the wire around the center of the bow, in the area between the top four even loops and the bottom longer loops. Leave long sections of wire free at the back so you can tie this onto the pew or chair.

8. Cut a 24″ piece of ribbon and form it into two similar size loops with tails at each end. Warm up your hot glue gun.

9. Wrap the loops around each other to tie a bow.

10. Glue this bow to the center of the other, vertical bow.

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DIY Art Easel Placecard Holder


Mix and match different paper straws to create mini art easels to display your guest’s names. These creative placeholders are super cute and easily customize to complement any party theme.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paper straws
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Cardstock
Pen

Things to do:
1. Cut two straws in half.


2. Apply a drop of hot glue inside the end of your straws and press the sides together, creating a seal.

3. Use hot glue to secure two straw halves together into a V” shape.


4. When the glue is dry, apply a third straw to the back of the V,” creating a tripod.

5. Glue the last straw to the front of the tripod. This is what supports your name card.


6. Write your guest’s name on a piece of cardstock and display your mini artwork.

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DIY Piano Themed Name Card


Create this piano key decoration as the front of a handmade notebook, or adhere craft magnets to the back and hang on a door or a locker. Perfect for the music lover in your life!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
6 – Large popsicle sticks
4 Small popsicle sticks
White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Piece of black card stock
Piece of white card stock
Pencil
Round magnets *optional

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of white card stock a little smaller than six large popsicle sticks lined up next to each other.

2. Paint the 4 small sticks black.

3. Paint the 6 large sticks white. You might need two coats. If so, allow the first coat to dry before applying the second. Warm up your hot glue gun.

4. Glue the large sticks to the card stock as shown.

5. This is what the base layer should look like.

6. Glue the black sticks on top as shown – in this pattern, to replicate piano keys.

7. Cut out a piece of black card stock the width of the piano” and about 2 1/2″ long.

8. Glue this to the top of the piano keys.

9. Paint a name or another saying onto the black card stock. If desired, hot glue the magnets to the back.

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DIY Boho Flower Crown Headband


Flower halo headbands are adorable accessories for weddings and other special occasions. When making this, be sure all wire ends end in the up” position so they don’t scratch the head, but if desired, you can hot glue some narrow ribbon to the back for comfort.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Artificial baby’s breath
Wired satin ribbon
Floral wire
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Wire cutters or heavy-duty scissors
Narrow ribbon *optional

Things to do:
1. Bend the floral wire to fit the head. It can be about 3-4 inches shorter than the head circumference. Warm up your hot glue gun.

2. Tie on an 18″ piece of ribbon to one end and hot glue it in place. If you use wired ribbon, remove the wires from both ends before tying. Repeat with the other side.

3. Snip off pieces of the flowers, making sure you have plenty of stem” to wrap around the main headband.

4. Wrap the first flower piece around the headband as shown, on one side, angling any wire edges upward.

5. Continue by wrapping a piece on the other side.

6. Wrap all pieces from side to side until they meet in the middle. If desired, hot glue a piece of narrow ribbon to the bottom for comfort.

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How to Fold an Easter Bunny Napkin


Dress up your Easter brunch get-together or style your dining room table for Spring. This origami style bunny takes minutes to make and will be sure to impress your guests! Thinner cotton or linen napkins are recommended to make your folds crisper.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Square cotton or linen napkin
Starch *optional

Things to do:
1. If you prefer crisper lines and folds, starch your napkin. Starching is not required. Completely unfold your napkin so that it is laying like a flat square.

2. Fold your square in half, then half again to create a wide rectangle.


3. In your mind, cut the rectangle in half down the middle and fold the left side down to meet that invisible line.

4. Fold down the right side of the rectangle to meet in the center, as shown.

5. Fold your bottom corners up towards the center again to create a diamond shape.


6. Fold your corners upward once more on both sides to create a kite shape.


7. Flip the entire ‘kite’ over and fold the top point down so that it is flush with its left and right corners to create a large triangle, as shown.


8. Flip back to the other side.

9. Fold left and right corners back; tuck one corner into the pocket of the other to fasten together. If you are having issues with the fabric staying inside the pockets, try using pins or ribbon to secure.

10. Flip your napkin over once more. Start pulling its ‘ears’ out and open its tail to your liking. Voila your bunny is finished!

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