Category: Party and Special Occasion

DIY Doily Jar Luminary Tutorial

These simple luminaries, are perfect for a dash of ambiance or make a gorgeous centerpiece for weddings and celebrations!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 60 Mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Mod Podge
Jute twine
Battery operated tea light/tea light
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. Start by saturating your doily in your Mod Podge or craft glue.
2. Next, gently press and stretch your saturated doily on to a clean jar.
3. Allow to fully dry. Usually takes 24 hours to dry completely.
4. Using your twine, trim the top of your jar and tie a bow on the center of the front of the jar.
5. Insert your tea light, and enjoy!

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DIY Rustic Doily Pennant

Create a beautifully rustic doily banner, that looks gorgeous not only as home decor, but is perfect for weddings and rustic themed celebrations.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Fabric stiffener
Wood heart
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Saturate your doily with fabric stiffening glue and allow to dry. (This isn’t absolutely necessary, but allows you to glue your doily in place as opposed to sewing it, and keep it in place.)
2. After your doily is dry, center it in the middle of your pennant and hot glue it to the pennant.
3. Take your wood slice, and center it in the middle of the doily and hot glue it in place.
4. If you would like a banner, repeat steps on additional pennants and attach together.

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DIY Doily Flower Girl Basket

Create beautiful doily baskets, perfect for rustic and fall weddings. They look gorgeous and are a breeze to create by following these simple steps!

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

Things you’ll need:
Doily (size dependent on the size of basket you would like to create)
Fabric stiffener
Rectangular shaped container
Jute twine

Things to do:
1. Saturate your doily with fabric stiffening glue.
2. Once your doily is saturated, shape it on to your container, creating the shape of basket you desire. Allow to dry.
3. Once dry, create a handle using your jute twine. It should be fairly simple to string your twine through each side of the basket, using the holes in the doily. Once done, tie a knot at the end of your twine on each side.

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Wood Slice Chalkboard Banner Tutorial

Create a rustic chalkboard banner, that is customizable and perfect for every holiday and season with this super simple tutorial!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 Mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices
Chalkboard paint/paint brush
Jute twine
Chalk/chalk pen
Drill *optional

Things to do:
This wood slice banner can be created using wood slice pieces that are not predrilled, and strung with twine, but is a snap using those that are.
1. If you wood slices are not pre drilled, drill a hole in each slice, near the top of the wood slice.
2. Paint each slice with chalkboard paint., and allow to dry.
3. String each slice with a piece of twine. Measure each piece of twine, so that they are the same length.
4. String your wood slices on a large piece of twine, length will be determined by the amount of slices you are using, and your desired length. (You may tie each slice to the twine to keep them in place, or allow them to move freely by simply stringing the twine through the loops.)
5. Decorate your wood slices using your chalk or chalk pen.

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Sweet Swan Straws Tutorial

Add charm to any party or shower, by creating these super sweet swan paper straws!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes+
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Paper straws
Bumpy pipe cleaner
Small styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using a paper straw that will not be used, stick it through the very middle of your foam ball, and all the way through, hollowing out the middle. Then slide your ball on to the straw that will be used.
2. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and shape it into a swan’s head shape, then insert it into the front of your foam ball.
3. Cut your feathers (2) to the appropriate size to fit your swan.
4. Glue a feather to each side of the swans body to create its wings.

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DIY Fall Wedding Pumpkin Card Holder Tutorial

Create a beautifully chic and unique, fall themed card holder for all of your fall wedding festivities!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Large paper mache pumpkin
Craft knife
Jute twine
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Paint your pumpkin. We used an ivory shade of white.
2. Using a ruler, draw out a line for your card slot. (The typical greeting card sizes are as follows: 5×7 {A7 envelope}, 4 1/2 x 6 1/8 {A6 envelope}, and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 {A2 envelope}).
3. Use your craft knife to carefully cut out your card slot.
4. Measure out the amount of jute twine you will need to trim your slot.
5. Saturate your jute twine in craft glue, and trim out your slot with this twine.
6. Create an idea of the amount of twine you will need for spelling out “Cards” this can be done by writing it down on a paper, printing it out, or even lighting writing it on your pumpkin as a guide, and shaping your twine along the letters.
7. Once you have your cute twine amount cut out, saturate it in craft glue.
8. Lastly shape your word out on to your pumpkin and press down. Periodically press down on your twine to assure that it sticks, as your twine is drying.

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DIY Donut Bar Donut Pedestals

Create a deliciously gorgeous donut bar at your next party, shower or wedding! These simple pedestal stands are a functional, creative way to display and store your donuts.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood plaques
Unfinished wood spools and egg holders
Dowel rods
Food safe paint
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks or wood glue

Things to do:
1. Using food safe paint, paint your plaques, base pieces and dowel rods.
2. Next, attach your pieces together using hot glue or wood glue. The base pieces are made from the spools and egg holders. You can stack them to create varying heights, for each pedestal, then glue your plaque piece to the top center of your base.
3. Attach your dowel rod to the very center on the top of your plaque piece.
4. After your pedestals dry, display your donuts and enjoy!

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Simple No Sew Felt Pennant Banner Tutorial

Create a colorful felt pennant banner, perfect for decor, as well as parties and showers!

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

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

Things to do:
1. Create your pennant. Using a ruler and pen, create a triangle template according to your desired pennant size. We used a 6 inch height, with a 4 inch base.
2. Cut out your pennant shapes.
3. Use your ruler to measure out the amount of string or twine you desire to use, which should be based on the amount of space you wish for it to cover, as well as how large the base of your pennant is.
4. Lay your felt pennants out, underneath your twine according to how far you wish to space them out from one another. (You can mark the spot on your felt, and glue and then thread your string through, or use the method pictured.)
5. Use hot glue to create a line underneath, but not touching your string. We put ours around 1/2 inch from the top. (The idea is to NOT glue your string to the felt, so that your pennant can move freely on your string) Fold the top of your pennant over your spring, and press down, so that your felt dries to your hot glue. Be sure you are not gluing your string to the felt, or you will not be able to move your pennants freely on the string. Do this with all of your pennants to create your banner.

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DIY Simple Felt Ice Cream Cone Party Hat

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream and ice cream themed parties! Create an adorable, yet simple, ice cream cone party hat for ice cream themed parties, photo shoots or just to add a little sweetness to your life.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 mins
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Large and small pom poms
Lightweight Cardboard/Poster board
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Make a template for your hat, lightweight cardboard works well for this. Measure down 8 inches on two sides ( this is for a smaller, typical sized party hat, adjust depending on head size ) and then connected those points with a curved line.Using a plate helps create a nice curved line, and keeps it simple. You can create a tab on your template, but this isn’t necessary.
2. Trace the shape onto your sheet of felt.
3. Cut out the felt. Glue along the straight edge and shape the hat, gluing the edges together.
4. Use your ruler and marker to create your cone print, using intersecting lines. Felt_Ice_Cream_Cone_Party_Hat4
5. Using hot glue, glue your pom pom balls on to the base of your hat.Felt_Ice_Cream_Cone_Party_Hat5
6. If you so choose, attach elastic to each side of your hat, to create a chin strap.

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Faux Succulent Boutonniere Tutorial

With succulents being all the rage this wedding season, create a simple, yet elegant, faux succulent boutonniere that will last forever, just like your love!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 mins
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Faux succulents/ Faux Flowers
Crafting wire
Ribbon and/or twine
Boutonniere/Corsage pins
Scissors/Wire cutters
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Select your succulent picks and flowers that you wish to be a part of your boutonniere, and arrange them to your liking.
2. Once the picks are arranged, use your crafting wire to tightly secure them together. Keep the wire tight and neat, to prevent your boutonniere from coming apart. Faux_Succulent_Boutonniere_Tutorial3
3. Cut any stray wires or ends of your picks, to keep a clean, less bulky look, as well as to prevent poking. Faux_Succulent_Boutonniere_Tutorial4
4. Wrap your stems and wire. Use your ribbon or twine (or whatever you wish), to cover up the wire and stems of your boutonniere. Wrap tightly to prevent the ribbon from coming loose and exposing any of the wire. Use hot glue to hold the end of the ribbon in place (this should be on the back of the boutonniere). You can also add any accent ribbons or embellishments as you see fit.Faux_Succulent_Boutonniere_Tutorial5
5. Attach your pin by sticking it in the ribbon or twine, on the back of the boutonniere.

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