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DIY Paper Doily Parasol Picks

Doily Parasol Picks DIY Paper Doily Parasol Picks
This cute little parasol is perfect as a favor or cupcake topper for a bridal or baby shower.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Round Paper Lace Doilies
1/8″ Unfinished Wood Dowel Rod
Embellishment for top
6 inches of 1/8” Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Fold the doily in half, then open it back up.
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2. Fold in half the opposite way, and open back up.
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3. Repeat two more times between the other folds, bringing the wrong side (or under side) of the doily together for each fold. You should now have 8 pie shapes.
4. Turn doily over and repeat, with each fold between these made on the other side. These folds will be right side (or the top side) together.
5. You will now have 16 pie shapes with peak and valley folds alternating.
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6. Working your way around the outer edge of the doily, deepen each fold until the parasol is formed to desired shape.
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7. Trim the dowel rod with scissors to desired length. A longer length is recommended for cupcakes-I used 3 ½”. If using for a favor, then a shorter length will work.
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8. Hot glue the dowel rod on the underside of the doily, holding the dowel until the glue sets.
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9. Hot glue the embellishment on the top point.
10. Cut a 6” piece of 1/8” ribbon. Tie in a bow around the dowel, trimming the ends to the desired length. You can secure the bow with a small dot of glue, if needed.

DIY Potluck Tags

DIY Potluck Tags DIY Potluck Tags
I love a good potluck! All though interesting dishes, new things to try that are somebody’s family favorite. But it’s easy to get confused with a big table of food on what is what. These little tags are easy to make and pass out at a potluck so that food can be labeled by who made what, what the dish is or notices about allergies! After the potluck, wash off the writing, recycle the craft stick and you are ready for another round of amazing dishes next time around!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Chalkboard clips
Popsicle sticks
Chalkboard Ink Pen

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Things to do:
1. Write the name of your dish, who made it or allergy information on the chalkboard with the Chalkboard Ink Pen. Using the pen instead of standard chalk ensures that the label will not get wiped off while people are serving themselves.
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2. Push a craft stick into the food and attach the clip to the top so that it is clear to see.
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How to Make Tissue Paper Gift Bows

Tissue Paper Gift Bows How to Make Tissue Paper Gift Bows
These tissue paper flowers are a fun alternative to traditional, store-bought bows. Make several colors and match the bows to your wrapping paper for a unique look.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 12 and Up
Time to complete: 15 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Tissue Paper
Baker’s Twine
Hole Punch
Pencil
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is folding the tissue paper. Start by folding it in half four times. It should end up looking like a square after four folds. Next, fold it into a triangle shape twice. Finally, take the top layer of the triangle and fold it back onto itself and bring the single layer underneath the shape. Checkout the pictures and video for help. Once you learn the pattern, it’s really simple!
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2. Draw a half circle around the tip of the triangle and cut out the shape.
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3. Open up the tissue paper shape to reveal a flower pattern.
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4. Stack the tissue shapes on top of one another, staggering the petals as you go.
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5. Fold the stack in half and punch a hole in the center. This will create two holes.
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6. Run a piece of baker’s twine through the holes, tying it tightly to create a full flower.
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7. Crumple the petals up towards the center, until it looks like a beautiful flower.
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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!
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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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