Category: Party and Special Occasion

DIY Ghost Sucker Covers

Trick or treat! You’ll be the most popular house on the block with these ghost suckers! They only take a few minutes to make and look super cute mixed into a candy bowl on Halloween.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
White Felt
Small black pompoms
Scissors
Tacky glue
Suckers
Pencil
Paper

Things to do:

  1. First, make a pattern for your ghost. I used dumdum suckers, so my pattern measured 2 1/2 ” wide and 3 1/4 ” tall with a rounded top.
  1. Trace the pattern onto white felt and cut out the shape.
  2. Sew a 1/4 ” seam leaving the bottom open.
  3. Glue on pompom eyes.
  4. Slide the sucker into the pouch.
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DIY Tissue Paper Pumpkin Treat Bags


Be the best house on the block this Halloween! Trick or treaters will go crazy for these cute pumpkin favors.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Orange tissue paper
Green floral tape
Scissors
10″ circle pattern
Pencil
Candies

Things to do:

  1. Layer two pieces of tissue paper and trace a 10″ circle pattern onto them. Cut out the shape.
  2. Pile a handful of candy on the center of the tissue paper circles.
  3. Place the circle in the palm of your hand and carefully pull up the edges, forming the pumpkin.
  4. Gather the edges of the tissue paper together at the top and pinch them closed.
  5. Wrap the top with green floral tape, creating a pumpkin stem and securing the tissue paper in place.
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Quick and Easy Yarn Ghost Garland Tutorial

Looking for a Spooktacular craft to do with your kids this fall? This ghost garland is the perfect pick! All you need is a few basic supplies for an afternoon of fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
White yarn
Black yarn
Scissors
Googly eyes
11-inch book

Things to do:

  1. Wrap white yarn around a book 100 times.
  2. Cut the yarn at both ends, creating two separate bundles of yarn (This will make two ghosts). Repeat steps 1-2 until you have created your desired number of ghosts.
  3. Next, measure the length you want your garland to be and cut a piece of jute.
  4. Fold the yarn bundle in half over the jute. Tie it together with a piece of black yarn, 1″ from the top.
  5. Peel and stick your google eyes to the front of your ghost.
  6. Finish adding all of your yarn bundles until the length of jute is full of ghosts.
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DIY Nautical Napkin Rings

Set sail with these nautical napkin rings! In just a few minutes, you can update your summer table setting, adding a seasonal element.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wood napkin rings
3mm jute rope
Wood anchors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Wrap your napkin ring with jute rope. Use hot glue to secure the ends and wrap it tightly around until the entire surface is covered.
  2. Use hot glue to attach an anchor to the front at a slight angle. Put a dot of hot glue above the top and bottom strands of jute behind the anchor to prevent it from slipping off.
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DIY Nautical Vase Tutorial

This nautical vase is a great addition to a summer table setting. Pair with our nautical napkin rings and set sail with this festive decor!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Thick jute or rope
Blue mason jar
4″ wood anchor cutout
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Wrap jute or rope around your mason jar to desired width.
  2. Secure both ends of jute with hot glue on the back side.
  3. Hot glue anchor in place on the top of the jute on the front of the jar.
  4. Add flowers or tealight to the vase and display as a centerpiece.

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DIY Celebrate Banner Tutorial

Let’s celebrate! This lovely banner is a quick way to decorate for a birthday party, baby shower or wedding. You can customize it with different colors of flowers or write a special message of your own.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Banner
Letters
Tacky glue
Ribbon
Artificial flowers (small)
Moss
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:

  1. Use tacky glue to secure your “celebrate” letters to the banner.
  2. Trim the blooms from your artificial flower bunches.
  3. Decorate the banner, layering moss and flowers with hot glue.
  4. String your pendants on a piece of ribbon of your choice.
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How to Make a Pineapple Luminary

Light up your summer table with these adorable, pineapple luminaries! These lamps are the perfect seasonal centerpiece, taking your picnic or party to the next level.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Acrylic paint (yellow and green)
Black paint pen
Paint brush
Green felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Battery tea lights

Things to do:

  1. Paint your mason jar with yellow acrylic paint. Let the surface dry entirely before applying a second coat.
  2. Paint your mason jar lid green.
  3. Add black “v”s around the jar, using your paint pen.
  4. Cut 1 1/2 ” wide strips of felt.
  5. Trim the tops of the strips to look like leaves. All of your strips should be different lengths.
  6. Glue two strips together to make them stiffer so that they can stand on their own.
  7. Cut slits at the bottom ends of your felt strips to create little footings.
  8. Fold the felt strips in half and spread out the slits to glue it to the lid of your jar. Add all of the leaves in a round bunch.
  9. Add a tea light to the luminary.
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DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:

1/4″ Mint green ribbon
Cloth floral wire
Pink queen anne’s lace bundle
Artificial lavender spray
Daisy and hydrangea bush
Scissors
Wire cutters

Things to do:

  1. Using wire cutters, cut small bunches of flowers from each spray.
  2. Using wire cutters, cut a 10″ length of cloth floral wire.
  3. Cut a length of ribbon that’s the circumference of the crown of your head, plus about 10″.
  4. Knot the ribbon on each side to mark the circumference of your head.
  5. Lay a floral spray against the ribbon at one of the knots. Begin wrapping the spray with the floral ribbon to secure it around the ribbon.
  6. When you’ve almost reached the end of the first stem, add a second spray of a different flower. Begin wrapping that stem, overlapping the two stems as you wrap, if necessary.
  7. Continue to add flowers, overlapping stems to keep the sprays close together.
  8. As you wrap, be sure to wrap only the main stem against the ribbon so that the other parts of the spray can spread out. You may need to gently pull back some of the stems to do that.
  9. When your flowers reach the other end of the ribbon where the knot is, you can stop adding flowers. If you run out of wire before this, wrap the wire around a stem a couple of times to secure it, then cut a new length of wire and begin wrapping with the new piece.
  10. Wrap the wire around the last flower and ribbon several times to secure it, then trim it with wire cutters.
  11. If there are any stray flower stems sticking out that you want to trim, remove those. This is an optional step, but it can help with the circular shape of the crown.
  12. Form the crown into a circle around your head, then tie the excess ribbon to secure it. Note that you may need to bend some of the stems to give the crown a more circular shape.

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DIY Pompom Ice Cream Cone Decorations

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Small pompom maker
Two colors of yarn (we used pink and white)
Burlap ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. Place the two pieces of the pompom maker together, if they are not already connected. Wrap the yarn around one end of the pompom maker until the yarn is thick and covers the entire half circle. Tip: If you’re not sure if the yarn is thick enough, test it by folding the half circle into the center of the pompom maker. If it fits easily with some room between the pompom maker and the yarn, wrap more yarn.
  2. When the half circle is full, fold it into the pompom maker. Begin wrapping the opposite half circle until it is full and even with the other half circle.
  3. Fold the circle into the center of the pompom maker. Cut the yarn.
  4. Cut the loops of the pompom on both sides.
  5. Cut a 5-6″ strand of yarn. Tie the strand around the pompom maker and tightly tie a double knot to secure the pompom.
  6. Open the half circles back up, then pull apart the pompom maker.
  7. Give the pompom a haircut to evenly trim the edges.
  8. Create a second pompom in a different color of yarn.
  9. Cut two pieces of burlap that are 4″ wide and 3″ high. If you’re using the burlap ribbon, you can cut a 4″ wide piece, then cut the piece in half widthwise.
  10. Place the two pieces of burlap together, one on top of the other.
  11. Begin rolling the burlap into a tube, trying to roll from one corner to the other. Roll as tightly as possible to get that tight cone shape at the bottom.
  12. Use your fingers to pull apart one end of the cone and make room for the pompoms. The opening should be just slightly smaller than the pompoms you made.
  13. Using a hot glue gun, glue the end of the cone to keep it in place.
  14. Trim the top off the cone, cutting straight across.
  15. Add hot glue along the long edge of the cone. This will not only stabilize the cone, but it will also help avoid unraveling of the burlap.
  16. Trim any excess or stray pieces of burlap.
  17. Add a dot of hot glue inside the bottom of the cone, then press the ends together to seal it.
  18. Hot glue the two pompoms together.
  19. Add hot glue to the bottom of the white pompom, then place it into the cone. If your pompoms are wobbly, just add more hot glue around the edges of the cone and pompom.
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How to Make Candy Tissue Paper Flower Favors

Dress up your table with these blooming beauties. This is a great way to give guests a sweet treat after dinner and decorate your space for a special event.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Tissue paper
Scissors
Baker’s twine
Pencil
Paper
Compass
Ruler
Candy

Things to do:

  1. First, make a pattern for your tissue paper flowers. Set your compass to 2 1/2 inches and make a quarter circle. Free hand petals around the edge of the circle. When your pattern is complete, cut it out.
  2. Cut 5-inch squares out of tissue paper. You need 8 layers for the petals and 1 green layer for the leaves.
  3. Stack your 9 pieces of tissue paper and fold them into quarters.
  4. Trace the pattern onto the tissue paper stack and cut out the shape.
  5. When you’ve finished cutting out the pattern, open up the tissue paper squares and stagger the layers.
  6. Place your candy in the center of the tissue paper and pull the edges up around it. Wrap string around the top of the candy and tie it to secure the flower.
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