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29 of the Very Best DIY Spring Decor Ideas Ever!

Spring has sprung! It is my favorite time of year. New life is all around: flowers, buds on trees, and baby birds in the sky! I love how fresh and invigorated spring makes me feel. Spring also makes me want to freshen up my home decor.

I did a little scouting around on the net for some inspiration. Let me tell you: there is seriously some great stuff out there! Now,I am excited to share my favorites that I found!

Let’s get our spring decor on! Wahoo. Make sure to let me know which one is your favorite!

First up we have the beautiful hanging flower garland. This just screams spring! I love the boho feel its got going on too! Love the great ideas I find at Mrs. Meyer’s blog!

diy hanging flower garland

 

We all know that the farmhouse trend is the new ‘it’ thing. Well, what about when we incorporate it into spring decor like Paisley & Pugs? Talk about awesomeness. This little herb garden perfect for your kitchen or back patio is beautiful and fully functional. I love decor that does double duty!

finished galvanized farmhouse style herb planters in tray jpg

I am a sucker for a good wreath. Man, do I ever love this wreath that is totally thinking outside the box. OK, OK, maybe this Spring Picture Frame Wreath from Recreated Designs is technically a box! 🙂

beautiful spring picture frame wreath

 

This idea just blew my mind. It would be great on a deck or porch or even in the house! The complete tutorial for the Arrow Vertical Succulent Planter is available at Her Tool Belt.

arrow-vertical-succulent-planter- her tool belt waiting if ok

 

I love this whimsical and Spring Inspired Dream catcher. I really think that I am going to be making one of these in the near future for my little beauty’s bedroom! And making one couldn’t be easier, with the video tutorial at May Arts.

dream catcher video tutorial

 

Who doesn’t need to spice up their deck or patio? This awesome DIY ladder shelf from Making It In the Mountains is perfect for just that! It could be a nice addition indoors, too!

 

I love amazing bloggers who have a knack for incorporating nature into their decor. These beautiful zinnias from A Fanciful Twist are painted pine cones! Seriously, how clever is that?! They would look great in a bowl on a table as a bright pop of color. Perfect to incorporate some whimsical spring into your home.

Mason jars seem to be all the rage right now. I love how simple these are and that they have an awesome rustic flair. I see something like these Mason Jar Wall Sconces from Shelterness making a debut into our downstairs bathroom or kitchen very soon!

Another awesome trend that I love is the re-claimed wood trend. Shanty 2 Chic did an amazing job up cycling some glass soda bottles and reclaimed wood to make an amazing vase centerpiece. The simplicity and rustic-ness of this vase is absolutely beautiful! Oh yeah, double score, total project cost is only 10 bucks, too!

 

How about this idea!? It takes just a few minutes to print up some labels. They can easily be affixed to recycled bottles, resulting in instant vases! Add a few flowers, and say hello to a little pop of spring! The free Spring Apothecary Labels are available for download at Blesser House.

 

Another great way to incorporate some spring into your home is to embellish curtains with bright spring flowers. You can check out all the details on how to do it over at Design Love Fest!

diy floral curtain

 

Do you have an old pallet lying around? This is another one of those awesome reclaimed wood projects. I JUST LOVE THEM! Salt and Life blog will show you just how to turn that pallet into a beautiful rustic planter box.

 

I love this DIY Hanging Floral Chandelier from Honestly WTF.  P.S. I love the name of their blog, too. 🙂 I think it’s honestly AH-MAZ-ING! There are so many places in your home that this would fit perfect. A bedroom, a dining nook. The possibilities are endless! Use real flowers for a fresh pop in your home, or fake ones for your chandelier to last longer!

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A fun afternoon project that lets you add the perfect pop of color virtually anywhere in your house!  It is amazing how some paper can transform into these amazing rainbow dahlias. There are some sheer paper craft creating geniuses over at Craftaholics Anonymous for sure!

 

Does your couch need a pop of color? Did you know that it is possible to paint with watercolors on fabric? And even better yet, turn them into pillows? Well, there is a great tutorial guest post by Tidbits on Ella Claire Inspired about just how to do that! Look out couch, here come some awesome spring watercolor pillows!

 

Love tulips? Looking for a wreath that screams spring? Check out this tutorial for the Spring Tulip Wreath from Confessions of a Plate Addict.

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I am so in love with nautical decor right now! I feel it is summery and so fun. This is a great tutorial to whip up some coasters or trivets with just rope! How awesome. Check it out over at Knitted Patterns.Com

 

I think a fun rustic wall hanging that adds a pop of color is so perfect for spring. I love this idea too, because it is an up-cycle. The clever crafting genius over at Craftaholics Anonymous used egg cartons!

 

Here is another great up-cycle from Frumpy Bumpkin over at .HomeTalk Transforming old salt and pepper shakers (or dollar store ones) into bud vases. This seriously is so chic and just screams SPRING!

 

Maybe a painted vase isn’t your thing. How about a sweet, girly glittery vase? You know I love my glitter, so of course, I HAD to share these! I saw something similar to this at Pottery Barn. I love that these can be made for a fraction of the price and look just as chic! Great job over at Decorations for Houses.

 

If your allergies are acting up, or maybe you want your flowers to last a little longer, why not whip up these delicate paper flowers from Happy Happy Nester. They would look great in the vases above, too!

 

Do you have scrap fabric lying around? Here is a great festive project that also uses up all your scraps. Whip up this easy as pie rag wreath in an afternoon. It will look fab on your door.  I love the creative ideas that are always coming out of the Project Pile!

 

Maybe you really want a wreath, but feel like something a little different..How about a galvanized bucket as the focal point of a door wreath.  Galvanized metal is so trendy right now, too! This seriously is the epitome of spring and and A Home to Grow Old In did a wonderful job putting this together!

 

As I mentioned, galvanized metal being incorporated into home decor really is all the rage right now. I love this tutorial from A Night Owl Blog  on how to add vintage flair to a metal floral bucket.

 

While we are thinking about making planters, pop over to  Rachel Teodoro for this fun tutorial. A neat idea on how to make aged terracotta pots!

 

And speaking of terracotta, here is a unique way to use them. Paint up a ton of the mini pots and make a wreath. I will be honest, I would have never thought of that as a way to use these pots like  Dazzle While Frazzled did!

 

Here is another super cleaver idea from Ella Claire Inspired. I love these little decorative wood pieces! It would be a great way to save part of a tree that was special to you, but had to be taken down. Also, would look amazing in a rustic themed home, and the pop of floral on them adds just the right hint of spring!

 

Another icon of spring is definitely the bird house. I love the colors of these houses and the slightly distressed nature of them. These would be great for indoor decor, or to make a little apartment complex outside for your favorite feathered friends! Check out The Speckled Dog for the full tutorial.

 

What would any decor round up be, without including  a few more mason jar ideas. They are seriously another of the really hot decor ideas trending right now. So for our mason jar inspiration, I looked to  Crafts Unleashed and found their spring planter box filled with chalk painted mason jars. I love the simple lettering and use of pastel colors. It really brings everything together.

 

To wrap up the list, I have one final mason jar decor idea to share. It is a completely different twist on a mason jar vase being shared by The Painted Home.

 

I hope that you have found some amazing spring decor ideas and go out and get your craft on! I would love to see what this collection has inspired you to create for spring! Make sure to stop by  or email me and show off your awesome craftiness! Be on the lookout for my favorites, which I will be featuring  in an upcoming blog post and the newsletter! I just can’t wait to share! I am always so impressed with just how creative and crafty my readers are!

Happy decorating!

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Mother’s Day Tea Party Celebration Ideas: A Great Way to Make it Memorable

Thinking of ways to impress mom this Mother’s Day? Sure there are plenty of gift ideas, but what about treating her to something extra special like…a tea party!
An elegant tea party is the perfect way to show mom you love her. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to round up all of the special women in your life and celebrate together. To help you plan the perfect tea party, FTD curated 25 of the best decor, food, and tablescape ideas around so that you can plan a get together that will be sure to impress.
Check out the tea party ideas below and before you know it, you and your favorite ladies will be enjoying a wonderful afternoon full of treats, laughs, and love. Also, don’t forget to put on those sun dresses!

Tea party centerpiece ideas

Top right Photo by: Kristyn Hogan , Florals & Styling: Cedarwood Weddings | Middle left Photo by: Tiny Tots Toy Hire | Middle right Photo by: Pinwheel Collective | Bottom left Photo by: Claire Macintyre Photography | Bottom right Photo by: Ken Kienow Photography

 

No tea party is complete without beautiful florals! Create a unique arrangement by upcycling old or vintage tea tins and using them as vases. Don’t worry if your tea tins are worn or rusting, it only adds to their nostalgic appeal.For the ultimate conversation piece, top your display with a lace parasol. To maintain the floral feel, consider dressing up your dessert display with fresh  roses, peonies, and ranunculuses.

If you’re looking for a centerpiece with height and dimension, try stacking flower arrangements and props on top of books. Just like the tea pots, older is better when it comes to your books. Flea markets and thrift stores are great places to find these gems. Choose classic novels or old dictionaries and encyclopedias. After the tea party, you can display them on your living room shelves or on your coffee table.

 

Tea party foods and desserts

Top left Photo by: Home is Where the Boat Is  | Middle bottom right Photo by: Enduring Impressions Photography for The Pear Events | Middle left Photo by: Enduring Impressions Photography | Bottom left Photo by: Brooklyn Farm Girl

 

The saying is true, we definitely eat with our eyes first. Therefore, the key to pulling off the perfect tea party is to serve treats that are as beautiful as they are delicious.

To start the party off right, you’ll want to serve savory foods first like tea sandwiches and toasts. Remember to keep everything finger food-sized so that your guests can enjoy each item in a few bites. Reinvent the classic tea sandwiches by serving them open faced. Smear with cream cheese and layer on thin  slices of cucumber, radishes or strawberries. For a more substantial treat, use thicker slices of hearty bread to create gourmet toasts topped with goat cheese, figs and honey.

Most would agree that desserts are the best part of any tea party. What’s better than pairing your favorite Earl Grey tea with a sweet French macaron? Getcreative with your dessert offerings by serving cake pops, gourmet donuts, and cupcakes topped with real rose buds or rose petals.

To truly wow your party guests, place cake pops and other bite-sized treats in a glass vase or jar, or display larger treats like donuts in a decorative stand. Nestle cupcakes inside a teacup for a classy presentation.

 

Teas and other beverages

Middle left Photo by: Enduring Impressions Photography for The Pear Events | Bottom right Photo by: A Bubbly LIfe

 

Tea is definitely the star of the show at any tea party, so get creative with how you serve it to your guests. Stack vintage teacups and mismatched saucers on the table and allow your guests to choose their own combination.

Classic teas to serve at your tea party include: Earl Grey, green tea, and English breakfast tea. For guests who might be sensitive to caffeine, be sure to serve non-caffeinated options like chamomile, white tea, or herbal tea.

Of course tea isn’t the only type of beverage you can serve at the party. Coffees, lattes and hot cocoa are great additions. Serve fruity mimosas after tea to make things extra fun!

Do away with boring jars and containers by serving sugar creatively! Instead, offer crystal- sugared wands so that your guests can easily swirl in the sweetness. You can also create your own DIY sugar cubes by pressing loose sugar into molds and coloring them with a dash of food coloring, like the pink heart-shaped ones below.

 

Tea party tablescapes

Top left Photo by: Caitlin Colcolough Photography | Top right Photo by: KLK Photography, Design by: A Good Affair | Bottom right Photo by: Enduring Impressions Photography for The Pear Events

 

In addition to decorating your table with fresh flowers, there are plenty of ways to create the perfect tea party tablescape.

Think outside the box by hanging pretty lace parasols overhead to create the perfect tea party ambiance.

For the table, take pink or pastel-colored cloth napkins and fold them into fun shapes like hearts. Accessorize your places settings with classy gold silverware. You can also customize each setting with a decorative name card. For an extra touch of elegance, try hand lettering your guests’ names.

Welcome your guests by placing a menu on top of each place so that your guests can anticipate the delicious treats and desserts you’ll be serving all afternoon.

 

Now that you’ve got all the ideas you need to pull off the most memorable tea party for Mother’s Day, the next step is to invite all of the women in your life that you cherish. Hosting a tea party is the perfect occasion to show mom and all of your favorite ladies just how much you appreciate everything they’ve done for you.

Since Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday of May, take advantage of the warm spring weather by taking the party outdoors. Be sure to provide plenty of shade using umbrellas or setting up the party underneath a covered patio.

For more Mother’s Day ideas, browse our artisan-designed bouquets and centerpieces to inspire your tea party decor.

 

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DIY Farmhouse Decor: Indoor Galvanized Garden Planters with Bonus Herb Growing Guide

DIY Farmhouse Style Indoor Herb Planters

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Don’t you just love one of the most popular home decor trends right now? Farmhouse decor! I sure do; so I knew I needed to come up with a great way to incorporate it into my spring decor.  That’s where my little planters come into play: farmhouse decor meet spring!

Oh yeah, and on top of that, this is more than just decor, it is also a fully functional little kitchen herb garden. You will have fresh herbs at your finger tips for all your cooking needs! 🙂

These decorative planters are easy to whip up and will add that touch of farmhouse style to your home that you crave! You only need a few materials and a little bit of time. Full instructions are detailed below, so read on!

Materials

-Galvanized metal buckets; recommended dimensions of 4in x 5in
-Chalkboard paint
-Chalk or Chalk Marker
-Masking/ Painting tape
-Herb seedlings or herb seeds and soil
-Drill (optional)
-Foam paintbrush

Instructions for Garden Planters

These garden planters are easy to make and will keep your kitchen herbs looking chic all year long! The first thing you will want to do is decide if you need to put drainage holes in the bottom of your metal container. If you do, then drill a few drainage holes.

galvanized pails

If you do make drainage holes, make sure to place your planters on a saucer of some type to collect any excess water and prevent your window sill or table from getting ruined.

I, personally, do not drill drainage holes in my galvanized farmhouse garden planters.My herbs are in plastic pots that have drainage holes already. I just place those in the planter after I have finished watering and draining my herbs.

If any water collects in the bottom of my planter, I make sure to dump it out to prevent root rot. I check them  frequently.  Check out the member only exclusive, Extensive Guide to Growing Herbs Indoors, for additional information on root rot and how to prevent it.

Once your holes are drilled, or not 🙂 , tape off the area where you want to write the herb name. I choose a simple rectangle. You can use any shape your heart desire’s. It just depends how complicated of a taping project you feel like attacking.

taped galvanized farmhouse style herb planters

Next, using your foam paintbrush, paint the area you have masked off with the chalkboard paint. I like to apply 2 to 3 coats of chalkboard paint to the galvanized farmhouse garden planters. I wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes between each coat.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planter with one coat of paint

Once the paint has dried, carefully peel off the masking tape. It is possible to do this as early as one hour after painting the planters. However, avoid writing on your planters with chalk until fully cured. Usually, 24 hours, but read your paint instructions to be sure.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planter painted

If you feel like skipping the whole painting thing all together, and don’t have the patients for waiting for the paint to dry, alternatively, you could use these chalkboard labels. Just stick them right onto your planters and voila!

I have used the stick on chalk labels for organizing my pantry. All of my baking supplies are in large mason jars with these labels and they work great. They erase well when I want to change the contents in the jar and  are easy to write on.

After the paint is fully cured, write your herb names on the galvanized farmhouse garden planters and pop in your herbs.

finished galvanized farmhouse style herb planters

Aren’t these just darling! I love how simple and chic these turned out. To up the farmhouse decor factor a little more, I keep my planters on the table in this cute little wood tray, lined with galvanized metal.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planters in tray

If growing herbs indoors is new to you, then you should definitely check out my Extensive Guide to Growing Herbs Inside. It outlines everything you need to know from the best location for sun, how to water your herbs, soil selection, and information on how hard various herbs are to grow inside. You can access the member only exclusives by joining the email list.


Anyone can grow herbs, so if you haven’t tried it before, read the guide and then give it a try! I would love to hear all about your growing experiences and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch! Let’s see your spin on how you make these galvanized farmhouse garden planters your own.

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Cloud Photo Birthday Banner

DIY CLoud Photo Birthday Banner

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My daughter turning one was a momentous time for this first time momma. My little miss did just this a few weeks ago. We celebrated by throwing her a magical unicorn birthday party. I wanted to commemorate her first trip around the sun, so I made a cloud photo birthday banner. This birthday banner is a great way  to reflect back on the first year of life you and your tiny human shared. So let’s get to crafting.

Materials:

Cricut (optional)
white card stock
metallic gold sharpie
mini white clothespins
jute twine
glue dots
monthly photos of baby (optional; not needed if you want to make a cloud banner)

Cloud Photo Birthday Banner Instructions:

First things first! Make sure you have a picture of your little love for each month plus a newborn photo!

I used my Cricut for this project, but you could cut the clouds out by hand if you do not have a Cricut I programmed the Cricut to cut out 13 clouds on white card stock (I included a newborn photo). I sized the clouds to be 6 inches by 4 inches.

I used the cloud image from the Cricut Design Space™. The name of the file is April Showers Cloud #M3A253.  Each cloud is 2 layers of paper. You can sign up at Cricut.com.

cloud pieces cut

They have a great promo going on for joining the design space right now. It is based on which level of membership you choose. Joining the standard program, which is what I use, gives you 10%  off on all orders from Cricut.com and within the Cricut Design Space™. If you feel like trying out the premium membership you will receive 50% off all digital orders on Cricut.com and within the Cricut Design Space™.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a Cricut, or you just want to do it old school with scissors, I have made a pattern that you can use. My cloud pattern is slightly different from the one you get with Cricut Design Space. I didn’t want to infringe on any copy right issues. My original cloud will still give you the same feel to your design.

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I glued the two layers together, with the smaller layer on top. I just used a plain old glue stick for this.

cloud pieces cut overlapped

Next, I took a metallic gold sharpie and traced all around the cloud. This gave such a sharp look to the clouds. And added just the pop I needed. The party theme was unicorns and I used rainbow colors with gold and gold glitter as accents!

cloud piece outlined in gold overlapped

Using the same marker, I wrote months on each cloud: newborn, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months….. and so on. You can use a stencil if you don’t like your handwriting. I just free-handed the lettering. I did use a ruler to keep my lines straight as I wrote the months.

complete cloud for banner

I made sure to let all the marker dry to prevent smudging. Then, using glue dots, I attached the photos to the bottom of the clouds. I have a new found love for glue dots! They held the photos in place, and when the party was over, it was easy to remove the photos without any damage! LOVE IT!

Right when I was getting ready to make this project I had just signed up for Shutterfly to get my prints. Did you know Shutterfly now prints 4×4 inch photos? I love square photos, so, of course that is what I used! Also, if you download their app, you can get unlimited free prints. You do have to pay for shipping, but it was very reasonable.

To string up my cloud photo birthday banner I used jute twine and little white clothes pins that I picked up at Michael’s, but these are similar.

finished cloud piece with photo

The best part about this method was when I was done with the banner, I just un-clipped the clouds from the twine. Now, I am able to reuse the twine for whatever creative masterpiece I come up with next!

I love how chic this cloud photo birthday banner turned out. It really looks high end and also doesn’t distract from all the pictures of my daughter, which is the real focus after all! 🙂

finished cloud month garland

Amazing how something so simple is so cool! A hint of creativity, some paper, markers, and scissors (or a Cricut) and you have an awesome cloud garland. I also love that this little craft whips up in less than a half hour!

If you were wondering, I personally have the Cricut Explore One™ with the Wireless Adapter and I absolutely love it. Seriously, I had been swooning over this thing for over a year. I finally bit the bullet and purchased my Cricut right before my daughter’s birthday, which was this past February. I justified it by telling the Mr. I would be needing it to make all of the party decor! Hehehe! I have gotten so much use out of this little guy; it makes my paper crafting so much easier! No more scissor hand cramps! Wahoo.

In just this short time, I have made two happy birthday banners, a one banner for my daughter’s high chair, tons of unicorn cutouts to decorate the house and favor bags for the epic unicorn birthday party and an iron on transfer for my daughter’s onsie! Seriously, this thing rocks. I can’t wait to use it even more!

More Creative Ideas to Jazz Up Your Cloud Photo Banner

In case you are looking to add a little more flair or personal touch to your cloud banner, I thought up a few other variations that would be fun to try!

These clouds would be great with happy birthday stenciled on them!

Another fun idea is to string the clouds vertically, one below the next from a doorway as an entry decor.

Or just string the clouds vertically to add a little fluffy decor to your space.

You could even change it up by varying the type of paper you use to cut the clouds out. These would look super cute and chic with different patterned scrap book paper. Ohhh…and attach little raindrops dangling from the clouds!

I would love to see if you use this idea to create your own photo birthday banner. Tell me how you would decorate using these little clouds? I love to hear your creativity! Happy Crafting!

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Egg-cellent Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

easter egg round up with drop shadow

I can’t believe that in one week it is going to be Easter! This is our second Easter with little miss! Time to start some traditions with her; like Easter egg decorating.

She is still pretty small to understand everything going on, being 14 months and all, but she will be  WAY more into it than last year! Ah, last year…when I stuffed her in an Easter basket surrounded by giant eggs, propped her on a pillow, and took a gazillion pictures! Literally, A GAZILLION! She was only two months old then, and it was our first holiday! I can use that as a legitimate excuse, RIGHT?! 🙂

Ella first easter

Anyways, this holiday loving momma decided to get some Easter traditions started early!  Really, it’s never to early to instill family traditions! Lil miss and I are going to decorate our first batch of Easter eggs ever! I am so excited to celebrate and share holidays with her, not to mention, everyday moments! So, in my normal fashion, to prepare, I did some scouring of the internet and found some amazing ideas for ways to decorate Easter eggs!

I am always looking for inspiration to get my creative juices flowing, and getting ideas for ways to decorate Easter eggs is no different. I am thrilled to be sharing some awesome posts by amazing bloggers. These posts will inspire and teach you unique and great ways to decorate Easter eggs. Here are my favorites that I have discovered and will be incorporating into our own Easter egg decorating projects with my sweet little miss!

So here it goes!

 

A plain Jane egg can be turned into a phenomenal head turner with just a few embellishments and some glue like Angie did from  Little Inspiration.

DIY unicorn Easter Egg

 

This year I seem to really be enjoying the look of simplicity, as seen with these lovely polka dot painted eggs from Diana at The Girl Creative. These look like a great option for my lil miss. Instead of a stamping tool to make the circles, I will probably have her do finger prints.

Easter-Eggs-Feature the girlcreative

 

I love these eggs Maia and Sara made at Bitte because they are the perfect project for a parent and toddler to do together. The toddler can dye the egg and then mom or dad can add on the details. How fun to show the joys of collaboration at a young age and end up with such a stellar end product, too! Talk about a win-win idea!

bitteshop easter bunny egg

 

Another trend I have been seeing all over the web is the use of water color in place of dye for eggs. I love the look of water color and the flexibility it provides. These water color eggs by Squirrelly Minds are great for adults and kids alike! They turn out so beautiful and unique every time!

watercolor easter eggs

 

Here, Erin from Printable Crush, takes a completely different approach on watercolor eggs by only painting half the egg and then adding beautiful brush lettering. I just love, love, love how these turned out. Also, I am sorta kinda, OK, completely obsessed with brush lettering right now! I have just started teaching myself, so this would be such a fun new surface to letter on!

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If you like a little more of a bold look, as opposed to what you can achieve with water color, why not try acrylic paint. I have found some incredibly talented and creative eggs decorated Star Wars style by Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. These are awesome and her tutorial is great!

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Now, these next two ways to decorate Easter eggs are very simple, but pack a huge punch! I love those types of projects. They are always my favorite! Ann from Duct Tape and Denim made fab galvanized Easter eggs.

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While Allison from  Dream A Little Bigger, made mood Easter eggs. Remember moon rings? I loved those! These are an awesome take on that idea!

 

dream a little bigger mood ring easter egg

 

I also love the concept of using what we already have at home as a way to decorate Easter eggs. Rosemary at Not Just Paper and Paint dyed eggs using coffee, tea, and turmeric. These came out amazing. I love the tones of the color on the eggs.

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What if you just aren’t feeling like painting or dying your eggs. Well, I have another idea, too! How about decoupage?! Yep! And you can decoupage awesome designs and text like Lavender Girl from Kiflies Levendula did!

transfer easter eggs

 

Or get creative like Elizabeth from Frugal Mom Eh, with feathers. These decoupage eggs look so chic. I love both styles.

feather-eggs-frugalmomeh

 

Hope this great collection gets your creative juices flowing. I would love to see how your Easter egg decorating turns out and what your favorite egg decorating style is! Let me know in the comments below! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Glitter Easter Bunny Decor

 

pottery barn inspired DIY glitter bunny

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Easter is just around the corner! Can you believe it?! I love every holiday and decorating for them is so much fun! As I was out and about  the other day, I saw these amazing German glitter Easter bunny decorations at Pottery Barn! I don’t know about you, but I pretty much am in love with everything Pottery Barn! 🙂

As I examined these glorious little glittered creatures, I decided two very important things:
1. These are amazing:  I MUST have them in my life and
2. I can make these for way less than that price tag! Each bunny runs $16.50 USD!

If you would like to see my original inspiration you can go here.

I am excited to say that I successfully was able to recreate an adorable version of this glitter bunny along with glittering anything else I could get my hands on at the time! It really is an addiction. I love my glitter and sparkle! Oh yeah, and my bunny costs a fraction of the Pottery Barn one!

Since this bunny  turned out so adorable and was super easy to boot, I whipped up a cute little tutorial to share! So bring on the bunnies! 🙂

Materials

Believe it or not, you probably have most of the materials to whip up this Pottery Barn inspired glitter bunny at home already! All you need is

-mod Podge
-glitter
-bunny statue
-foam brush (not pictured)

Glitter bunny diy tutorial supplies

There is nothing better than a short and sweet material list! 🙂

 

DIY Glitter Easter Bunny

The most important step in making this glitter Easter bunny is finding a bunny with good bones! I hip-pity hopped over to my local dollar store and found this little gem! He is about 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide. A perfect size for where I planned to display him! A few other great places besides the dollar store to get a bunny would be a thrift store or craft supply store.

I recommend using a bunny made of a hard material for this project. I think plastic, cement, clay, glass etc. would all work well.  My bunny happens to be cement. Mine wasn’t the best to look at initially, but that is OK. We just need good bones … aka a bunny shape that you like.

 

Once you have found a bunny you can work with, you need to prepare him. Make sure he is clean. If there are any imperfections that need addressed, now is the time to get creative and figures out a way to fix it. My bunny did have one minor flaw; he had some flowers on one side of him. The dark colored flowers were actually carved into the figure and the colored flowers had dimension. Not to worry, I had a plan to fix that right on up.

bunny before glitter 2a1

I grabbed some regular Elmer’s school glue and filled in the carved flowers with the glue. That part was easy.

Next, I used the glue to cover the whole area where the raised flowers were located. I filled in all the little spaces. Then on the edges of the flowers I used my finger to help spread the glue to a thinner layer and blend in with the bunny’s body.

This took a few layers of glue and drying. Insider tip: use a blow dryer to speed up drying time in between coats! Here is what he looks like all covered in glue.

prep of bunny before glitter 1a

OK! It’s time for the fun part. Let’s get our glitter on! I used a foam brush to spread a thin layer of mod podge on one side of the bunny.

Next, I sprinkled glitter over the mod podge and shook off the excess. I always use a piece of paper to collect any excess glitter as I work. I prefold the paper in half and then open it back up before I start working. This way, I can easily dump the extra glitter back into the container without making a ginormous mess!

When applying glitter to the bunny it is important to work in small areas. If the mod podge starts to dry at all it will result in the glitter not sticking as well.

An important note about glitter! If trying to recreate the Pottery Barn style Easter bunny decor, it is important to use super or ultra fine glitter. Use of a coarser glitter will result in an  overall different look for the bunny. If you are not sure, I suggest finding something small to test glitter first and make sure the type of glitter being used will result in the desired look.

Once I finished one side of the bunny I let him dry completely, which was about 20 minutes. Originally, I tried to hold him where I had just glittered to cover the other side, but that resulted in my wiping off all the glitter I had just applied and making a hot mess of my bunny.

After the bunny had his first layer of glitter I repeated the glittering steps the same as before to do a second coat of glitter! The more glitter the better is my motto!

Then, to finish off the bunny and seal in all the glitter so it doesn’t shed everywhere ( I live with an anti glitter person, who may or may not have almost had a full on heart attack while I was glittering up our kitchen making this project 🙂 ) I covered the entire bunny in a final layer of mod podge, using mod podge with a gloss finish. I figured that would just add to the sparkle, ya know! Honestly, I didn’t even realize that there were different types of mod podge finishes available. I learn something new everyday!

glittered pottery barn inspired bunny

I absolutely love how my lil bunny turned out and can’t wait to display him for Easter dinner! It is hard to believe that I was able to make him for only a dollar! Yep, one dollar! I had all the other supplies at home already. Even if you did have to buy all the supplies, it is still a super inexpensive project. And its one of those projects I love… a big impact for not having to work too, too hard! 🙂

glitter bunny pottery barn inspired in tulip stems 1a

So find yourself a bunny and let me see how you glitter him up! I’d love to see a photo! Happy glittering! 🙂

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DIY Cake Smash Backdrop: Quick, Easy, & Cheap

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Little miss just turned one and I had to throw her an EPIC party. I choose a unicorn theme and it was fabulous. All my mommy friends out there told me that the thing to do on my little’s first birthday is a cake smash. I loved that idea. It’s messy…….it’s crafty……it sounds perfect for me! Immediately I set to work to figure out the perfect cake smash backdrop to coordinate with my theme. In no time flat I came up with a stellar idea and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out!

It’s too bad that the actual cake smashing was a flop.  It was hard on this type-A momma, but I am learning to roll with the punches and unpredictability of kids more and more each day. 🙂 My little lady was overtired, had just woke up from a nap (yes she slept in the middle of her party) and wanted nothing to do with her cake! And definitely was not eating it! So instead she planted one knee in the cake momma had so painstakingly crafted for her to eat and destroy, as she climbed into my arms for cuddles, milk, and another nap. I guess technically she smashed it…just not exactly how I had envisioned the execution of it.

Ahhh, kids. I love my little miss and her HUGE personality. She wanted nothing to do with any of those cake festivities…but she sure did enjoy a unicorn cookie on a stick later! 🙂 All and all, she had a fabulous birthday and tons of fun, with or without a successful cake smash. 🙂 Now, let’s get you info on how to setup an easy cake smash backdrop for your little one’s birthday or next party!

Instructions for an Easy Cake Smash Backdrop:

Embracing my unicorn theme, I decorated the party using gold glitter and rainbow colors. I happened to be perusing Amazon when I came across this awesome gold fringe. Once I saw that, I knew exactly what I was going to do. I ordered two that instant and started crafting the rest of the cake smash backdrop while waiting for delivery.  P.S. I love prime shipping!

When the gold fringe arrived I taped it to the wall where we will cake smash. Previously, I made tissue paper tassel garland, perhaps another tutorial coming soon, in rainbow colors. I strung one up high (in case adults used the background for their own pictures prior to the cake smash) and another about one foot off the ground. I wanted it to be in the background of the photos when little miss was smashing away at her cake! Ahh… I had dreams….

cake smash backdrop party decor

Next, and this part is sheer genius, I took one  rainbow table cloth (Spritz for Target) and folded it in half twice and taped it to the floor. It made a festive little party cake smashing area and cleanup will be a breeze. See what I mean, sheer genius! ( I hate cleaning, so anything to simplify that is always a plus in my book!) This will be great for you momma’s who have kids that do smash up their cake 🙂 Here is a great close up of the floor with the table cloth taped down.

cake smash backdrop party decor

Those three simple elements, the gold fringe, tissue paper garland, and plastic tablecloth made for a beautiful festive scene to photograph little miss. I hope that you are able to use this tutorial for an easy to pull together  DIY cake smash backdrop. I would love to see how yours turns out.

I will leave you with this real life moment:  the epic shots of our cake smash fail….now had there actually been cake smashing, the tablecloth would have made cleanup a breeze. Oh well, my princess looked cute even though she was mad! If you love that unicorn horn party hat she is sporting, check out the tutorial here! They made awesome party favors and added so much fun to our party environment!

cake smash backdrop party decor

Yes, that is mommy trying to coerce cake smashing…I was not successful…had she smashed the cake I would have shot photos from another angle, so just the background would have been in the photo….but at this point and time this was the furthest momma could get away from lil miss! The full on tantrum and screaming ensued immediately after this photo was snapped.:)

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Make sure to let me know how your backdrops turn out. I would love to see other backdrop ideas too! I am always looking for great ways to capture the memories we are making! Can’t wait to see what everyone shares!

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The Easiest No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt Ever!

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Well, as I begin to wind down my posts on the epic unicorn themed first birthday party I threw for my daughter last month, I have just a few more DIY crafts that I want to share. You never know when they will come in handy for your party planning! A list of other unicorn theme party ideas is included at the bottom of your post for your convenience.

Today’s tutorial covers how to make an easy no sew rainbow ruffled table skirt. Now, you could always change the colors up and do a monochromatic ruffled table skirt, or ombre would be super pretty too! I did rainbow because our party theme was rainbows and unicorns. Switch it up however you need to incorporate it into your theme.

Materials for No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt

One of the really nice things about this project is you do not need a ton of materials. You will need a plastic table skirt and plastic table clothes in the colors of your choice. You only need one table cloth for each color. We will cut them into strips for ruffling.

I recommend that you use at least 4 different colors, otherwise your ruffles will be super big on your table skirt. If you are doing a monochromatic ruffled table skirt than you will want to purchase a few of the same table cloth. You will also need masking tape and scissors. That’s it!

I bought my table skirt on Amazon and all the plastic table clothes at the dollar store. I used a total of six colors: pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt Directions

Start by opening up all of your table cloths. You do not want to unfold them width wise, only lengthwise. Take your scissors and cut through all the layers of the table cloth on both sides. This will result in strips of table cloth that are ready to be ruffled.

Once all of your table cloth strips are cut it’s time to get your ruffle on!

Start by laying out your table skirt on the floor. We are going to work from the bottom up.

Using the masking tape, tape the table cloth strip you previously cut to the table skirt. You should start about 4 inches above the bottom of the table skirt. Try to keep the ruffle you are taping consistently 4 inches above the bottom of the table skirt the entire way across as you go.

As you are taping the table cloth strip you want to make sure you are folding the strip a little bit in clusters. Basically you are making pleats. So you take a small section, about 6 inches of the table cloth strip, and crumple/fold/ruffle it so that it is now about 3 inches. Tape this section to the table skirt. Keep repeating this over and over until you make it all the way across the table skirt.

As you go across the table skirt you will need multiple strips to make one entire row. Just pick up the new strip and continue to ruffle as detailed above in the same manner. Make sure you start where the last strip ended. No one will notice the seams. That is the beauty of the ruffles. It all blends in together.

Now we are ready for the second row! Determining the height placement for the next row of ruffles will be dependent on how many total ruffle layers you are using. The key is to make sure that some of the previous layer is still visible. Since I was using lots of colors I only had about 3 inches of the previous layer peeking out. If I were doing a monochromatic ruffled table skirt, say all white, I would probably only do three or four rows, and would space the ruffles out further.

To space the ruffles out further you move higher up on the table skirt base.

Continue in this fashion until you have covered your table skirt in ruffles. Your last ruffle with go across the top of the table skirt base. It should look something like this.

Keep in mind, this is not a hard project, but it is tedious. I was able to do this entire table skirt in one evening. Mind you, my back ached something fierce the next morning. Oh and you must, and I am totally serious about this…YOU MUST have a good movie to watch!

This table skirt was sized to  fit all the way around a 6 foot folding table. So it was pretty enormous. And since I used so many ruffle colors it took some time. All and all, it took me 3 hours of ruffling. However I am absolutely delighted with how this skirt turned out! It was well worth my effort.

Helpful Tidbits

A few things I learned along the way that you should  know about this method for making a no sew rainbow ruffled table skirt.

The top is unfinished. I always make sure I use a table cloth when I have a table skirt. The table cloth will easily hide the ugly masking tape edge. If you were not going to use a table cloth, you could hot glue a coordinating ribbon to cover up the masking tape to finish off the top of the table skirt.

The particular table skirt I used as a base, had adhesive around the top to stick it to the table. I used the built in adhesive, but I also taped the entire table skirt to the table using masking tape. I taped the masking tape at the top of the skirt to the table directly. This skirt is a little bit heavy with all those beauteous ruffled layers, so I wanted to make sure nothing was going to slip and fall. Also, when the included adhesive is no longer sticky the masking tape works just fine on its own!

I also recommend using a white table skirt for the base of your no sew rainbow ruffled table skirt. This will make sure your colors remain pure and crisp and are not muddied by the backdrop. Now, the one time I would steer away from using white, would be if you were making a black ruffled table cloth. Then I would recommend a black table skirt base.

This table skirt is reusable. Just peel the masking tape off gently from the table and fold it over the top of the table skirt. This will give a sturdier masking tape area to adhere your table skirt to its next table!

Styling the No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt

For my party I wanted the table top to look as though it was a puffy, soft cloud. I used a white felt Christmas tree skirt I found at the dollar store after the holidays to be the initial table cover. Then, I used fiber fill and put tufts of it around all my dessert trays and platters to give it that beautiful cloud look! Oh I am so in love!

The one thing I forgot to do…take a picture that showed the whole tabletop and the ruffled skirt. DOH! 🙁  So much was going on during the party, I don’t know how I forgot to take a picture of that…but I sure did. Then, one of my wonderful friends helped clean up. and this girl is never turning down cleaning help! That’s for sure! So I wasn’t able to take a picture after the party either.

The table skirt was beautiful in all its ruffled glory. I guarantee it. I did get a few pictures showing the table top with the top ruffle of the skirt.

After the party, to make it up to you guys, I took the table skirt and attached it to our kitchen table so I could get a picture to give the overall feel of how the ruffling and layers turned out.

Making a ruffled table skirt really isn’t hard at all. It takes a little bit of time, a lot of masking tape, and some plastic table cloths. I love projects that provide a huge impact and can be made relatively quickly and easy. Those are the best and this is definitely one in that category. A rainbow ruffled table skirt is sure to stand out in your party decor! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out or would love to hear any advice or tips you have if you have made one of these types of table skirts before. And keep those questions coming too!

Some other coordinating ideas for a unicorn party that may interest you include Unicorn Cupcakes, DIY Unicorn Cake , Unicorn Horn Headbands, and an Easy Cake Smash Backdrop. Also, make sure to check out the party planning archive for even MORE, yes there are more, tutorials on additional unicorn party ideas!

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The Best DIY Unicorn Horn Headband Tutorial Around

DIY Unicorn Felt Party Horn

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Are you throwing a unicorn birthday party? Or maybe a unicorn themed baby shower?  Well, the one thing your party has to have are these DIY unicorn horns! Kids and adults will love wearing them. I know, since they were an epic success at my little lady’s first birthday party. They add just the perfect amount of whimsy to the party for adults and kids alike!

This project came together way faster than I thought, which is always a plus and not usually the case in my world. 🙂 So, without further ado, I give you my super easy, super quick plush unicorn horn tutorial!

First, I purchased a package of felt pieces that were 6×6 inches. I got a rainbow assortment pack, because the party is rainbow themed. Pick whatever colors will suit your party or costume needs. The key to using a 6×6 pre-cut piece of felt is it makes  the perfect size horn. If you wanted to make mini horns I would suggest using 4×4 inches. Those can also be  purchased pre-cut!

Start by taking one felt square and fold it in half.

Comprehensive DIY Unicorn Horn Headband Tutorial

Now, you want to start at the top of the felt near the fold (about 1/4 in away from the fold)  and cut toward the bottom outer corner of the felt.  Make sure to save the scraps (on the right in the picture below) as we will need those later to finish up the project.

If you were to unfold your felt now it would be a triangle (with a flat top) and look like this:

The triangle is great, but to get the perfect look for our horn, we want to round those bottom edges. So, fold your felt back in half and cut a slight curve  on the outside edge of the felt. It should look something like this:

OK, so that wasn’t hard at all, but if you want to make it really easy, sign up for my newsletter and you will receive the PDF pattern for the unicorn horn headband FREE! The pattern is scaled for using felt pieces that are 6 inches by 6 inches. You can always scale the pattern when you print to fit the size you need.



If you do opt to use the PDF pattern, all you do is cut the pattern out and then trace it onto your felt. Don’t worry if your lines are there after you cut it. You won’t see them  once the unicorn horn is finished 🙂

Alright, now the fun really starts. Get out that hot glue gun and glue the two long edges together. Be careful!! I may have burned my fingertips off doing this step! I find it easiest to start at the top of the horn and work my way down as I glue it. That way I get a nice point on top. See how nice and pointy it is? Perfect! What a beautiful unicorn horn this will be!

 

I made these horns in assembly line mode, so here is a shot of all of my hollow unicorn horns after the glue step!

Next, take some fiber fill, I picked mine up at Walmart, and stuff each horn. This is no time to be stingy! Use lots of stuffing! Lots and lots! And then add a little bit more 🙂

OK, now do you remember those scraps I told you to save? Well, its time to use them! Take a piece of felt the same color as your horn and cut out a circle-ish shape (doesn’t need to be perfect) the same size as the opening of the bottom of the unicorn horn. Set your circle aside for now.

unicorn horn

The horns are now ready for a little sculpting.  I used embroidery floss (mainly because I already had it at home), but you could use any heavy duty thread you would like. I, personally, like to use contrasting thread, but you can also match your thread to your horn if you prefer it to blend in.

Start at the top of the unicorn horn and work your way down wrapping the thread around the horn at an angle. I secured the thread by making a stitch at the glue seam each time around the horn.  Keep tension on the thread to help define the horn spirals. The more tension, the more obvious the definition of the horn.

Once you reach the bottom of the horn, adjust the tension of your thread along the horn to the desired tightness. Make a stitch at the very edge of the horn and start sewing the felt circle to the bottom of the unicorn horn. You will have to squish in the stuffing as you are doing this step. Sew around the bottom of the entire horn and tie off your thread.

You could stop here, but I thought these horns needed a little more pizzazz. So, I decided to use some colored feathers that I picked up from Michael’s to give each unicorn horn a little tuft of hair. I just hot glued the feather to the bottom of the horn. Easy peasie!

The final step is to cut a piece of elastic the desired length. I hot glue the two ends together and then hot glue that to the bottom of the horn!

Here is a great reference chart for the length of elastic needed for a headband based on age.

Now we have some beautiful unicorn horn party hats! I can’t wait till party day to see everyone wearing these. I think they could not have come out cuter!

unicorn horn

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For the birthday girl, I did add a little extra to her horn. I purchased this floral headband on amazon. I just hot glued the horn into the middle of this headband and my little miss had a rainbow crown of roses to wear with her unicorn horn.

unicorn horn

 It was the cutest little unicorn horn headband ever. Just like her!

Unicorn horn headband party supply DIY tutorial

 

Make sure to share with me if you tackle this project! I would love to see how your unicorn headbands turned out!

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My First Blog Feature: It’s the Little Things

Just a quick hello!

I am stopping in to share my excitement. I am a huge believer in celebrating the little moments in life. When it comes down to it, all those little moments are what make up our whole life, so why not celebrate them.

Today’s little moment was my very first feature. My post “How to Decorate a Unicorn Cake” was feataured by Kileen over at Raven Would. I love her blogging style. Make sure to check her out! She  is an awesome  fellow DIY, craft, and recipe blogging enthusiast. Catch her great link up party too, every Wednesday!

Well the little moments just keep on adding up this week! I just found out the lovely Carol at The Answer is Chocolate is also featuring my “How to Decorate a Unicorn Cake” at her blog party this week! Carol is another fab blogger who loves herself some arts, crafts and DIY projects. She also hosts a weekly linky party that is AWE-SOME! Make sure to check her out!

This has turned out to be a stellar blog week! Thank you to these wonderful party hosts for the features and all my readers for supporting the blog!

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