Category: Party and Special Occasion

DIY Cupcake Garland Tutorial

Sweeten up your next birthday party with this adorable cupcake garland! You can make your pompoms using yarn and a pompom maker or purchase them premade for a quick and easy assemble.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Large pom poms
Baker’s twine
Ruler
Cupcake wrappers
Scissors
Small pom poms

Things to do:

  1. Use hot glue to secure your pompom to the bottom of the cupcake wrapper.
  2. Cut an 8-inch piece of string and knot the end, creating a loop.
  3. Use hot glue to attach the loop inside the pompom.
  4. Add a small pompom on top of the loop.
  5. Repeat steps 1-5 until you have enough cupcakes to cover the length of your garland.
  6. Slide the cupcakes on a long piece of string and display.
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DIY Unicorn Cake Topper

Make her birthday extra magical with this unicorn cake topper! Your little birthday girl will love choosing the colors and you’ll love the way this cake topper transforms any dessert to complement your party theme!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Dowel rod
Glitter foam (White and Gold)
White felt
Paper
Pencil
Scissors
Ruler
Wire cutters
Artificial flowers
Artificial greenery
Pearl picks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. First, create your patterns for the unicorn ears and horn. Use dimensions from the patterns provided.
  2. Trace the patterns onto the foam pieces and cut out the shapes.
  3. Use a knife to cut out the three stripes across the white unicorn horn.
  4. Lay your wooden stick between the unicorn horn pieces and use hot glue to secure it in place.
  5. Use hot glue to attach both ear pieces to the bottom of the unicorn horn.
  6. Trim two 1 1/2 inch pieces of greenery and use glue to attach them to the ears.
  7. Trim a short stem from your pearl pick and use glue to attach them near the greenery.
  8. Complete the cake topper by sticking flowers around the bottom of the cake topper.
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DIY Large Tulle Pom Pom Balls

Looking for a unique way to decorate for your next party? These tulle pompoms make a serious style statement and can be customized to complement any color scheme!

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

Things you’ll need:
Tulle
Cardboard
Ribbon
Scissors
Knife


Things to do:

  1. First, cut out two cardboard circles that measure 12″ across. Cut a 3-4″ hole in the center of the circles.
  2. Next, you’re going to sandwich a piece of string inside your cardboard circles. Wrap it around the center of the circle and use tape to hold it in place. Leave the ends of the string near the end of the circle.
  3. Wrap tulle around the cardboard circles, passing it through the center.
  4. When you’ve covered the circles with tulle, take your scissors and slide them between the circles, cutting the tulle.
  5. Pull the ends of your string to tighten the tulle, creating your pompom. When it’s pulled tightly, knot the string.
  6. Pull the tulle pompom out of the cardboard form.
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How to Make Pompom Cupcakes

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up, with adult supervision for hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Cupcake liners
Yarn
65 mm pompom maker
Pink pompom
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. Connect the pompom maker, if it’s not already connected. Begin wrapping the yarn around one half of the open circle.
  2. Wrap until the circle is full and even. Close the circle into the pompom maker.
  3. Wrap the opposite side of the pompom maker, wrapping so that the other side is even with the first side. Close the circle, then trim the yarn.
  4. Cut both sides of the pompom loops.
  5. Cut a 6-8″ strand of yarn, then double knot the strand around the center of the pompom.
  6. Pull the pompom maker apart to remove the pompom.
  7. Trim the pompom so that it is even and has no stray pieces.
  8. Add a few dots of hot glue to the bottom of the cupcake liner.
  9. Place the pompom into the cupcake liner. If the pompom is overflowing or looks uneven, you can trim the pompom to fit.
  10. As a final touch, hot glue a small pompom on the top center of the pompom.

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How to Make a Quick and Easy Fourth of July Banner

Fly your red, white and blue banner this Fourth of July! This patriotic banner is the perfect picnic decor, creating a festive space for your festivities.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
6″ Burlap
3 1/2 ” wood stars
Acrylic paint (red, white and blue)
Foam brush
Pouncer
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Jute

Things to do:

  1. First, paint your wood stars blue with acrylic paint.
  2. Cut your burlap into 8.5″ x 6″ rectangles.
  3. Fold the rectangle in half and mark up 1″ from the bottom of the rectangle. With the burlap folded, cut from the mark to the corner so you have a “V” shape.
  4. Fold the top of the burlap down 1″ and hot glue the edge, creating a pocket to hang the burlap flag from.
  5. Paint the burlap flags red.
  6. Use your pouncer to add white polka dots to the burlap flags.
  7. Hot glue the blue, wood stars to every other flag on the banner.
  8. Tie a piece of jute to a large safety pin and feed it through the flags. If you’re having trouble feeding the jute through, use a dowel or paint brush handle to push it gently through the burlap pocket.
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Make Your Own Fourth of July Door Hanger Tutorial

Celebrate summer with this patriotic door hanger! This is great project to enlist your kids’ help on – They will have fun painting the cutouts and helping you glue the pieces together to create this fun decoration.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
“4” Wood cutout
Chipboard letters
Ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Craft glue
Acrylic paint (red, white and blue)
Foam brush

Things to do:

  1. Paint your “4” cutout red. Let the shape dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  2. Next, you’ll need to paint your letters. Paint the “J” and “L” blue and the “U” and “Y” white.
  3. Use craft glue to secure the letters to the “4” cutout.
  4. Use hot glue to attach a long ribbon hanger to the back of the “4”.
  5. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie a large bow at the top of the hanger.
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DIY Yard Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Get outside and play with this larger-than-life Tic-Tac-Toe game! This is the perfect summer yard game – It’s easy to transport and kids will have hours of fun arranging the letters!

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letters (X and O)
Acrylic paint (red, white, and blue)
Foam pouncer
White rope
Scissors
Foam brush
Clear coat finish

Things to do:

  1. Paint your X’s and O’s white with a foam brush. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on.
  2. Paint a stripe pattern on your X’s. Use painter’s tape to create the pattern and fill in the gaps with paint on a foam brush.
  3. Use your foam pouncer to create polka dots on your O’s.
  4. Cut four pieces of white rope, all measuring 1 yard in length.
  5. Spray your X’s and O’s with clear coat finishing spray.
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DIY Patriotic Tutu Tutorial

Dress up your little darling this 4th of July with a patriotic tutu! With a few simple materials, you can create a festive skirt that will have her twirling all day long!

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

Things you’ll need:
Red, white and blue tulle
Ribbon
Foam star stickers
Scissors
Yardstick

Things to do:

  1. Determine the length of skirt desired.
  2. Cut tulle strips double the desired length, plus two inches.
  3. Cut the ribbon for the waist of the tutu, adding additional length to tie a bow.
  4. Tie the tulle onto the ribbon. Start with blue tulle strips until 1/2 of the ribbon is full. Next, alternate two red and two white tulle strips until you cover the length of the ribbon.
  5. Add star stickers to the blue tulle in a random pattern.
  6. Tie the extra ribbon in a bow.
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How to Make Quick Patriotic Luminaries

Light up the night with this patriotic lantern! This mason jar craft only takes a few minutes and looks lovely as a centerpiece for your picnic table during the warm summer months!

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

Things you’ll need:
American flag
Tealights
Sand
Scissors
Ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:

  1. Remove the stick from the flag.
  2. Place the flag inside the glass jar, so it covers three sides of the mason jar.
  3. Pour sand in the jar.
  4. Place the tealight in the middle of the sand.
  5. Use hot glue to cover the rim of the jar with ribbon.
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Quick Paper Gift Wrap Garland Tutorial


Difficulty level:
Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Bakers twine
Circle office stickers
Ruler
Scissors
Glue (optional)

Things to do:

  1. Roll out several inches of baker’s twine in the color of your choice.
  2. Place a circle sticker face down on the work surface. Lay the baker’s twine across the center of the sticker about 4″ from the edge of the twine.
  3. Fold the circle sticker over the twine, matching up the edges of the circle sticker as evenly as possible.
  4. Using a ruler, measure about 1″ from the edge of the previous sticker. Place a second sticker face up at the 1″ mark, then fold the sticker over the twine.
  5. Continue to add stickers to the twine, spacing them about 1″ apart, until your garland is the desired length.

Tip: If the stickers are popping open and not sticking together, add a dot of glue to the sticker, then fold it over to secure it.

  1. Cut the baker’s twine about 4″ from the last sticker. Fold the end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot to create a loop for hanging.
  2. Fold the opposite end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot in that end to create a second loop. To hang the garland, slip the loops onto pushpins or nails in the wall.
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