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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. ūüôā 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! ūüôā All and all, she had a fabulous birthday and tons of fun, with or without a successful cake smash. ūüôā 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 pursing 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, check out the tutorial here, 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….

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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 ūüôā Here is a great close up of the floor with the table cloth taped down.

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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 a 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!

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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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The Easiest No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt Ever!



rainbow ruffled table skirt

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 cloth. 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 clothes. 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 tablecloth 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. However I am absolutely delighted with how this skirt turned out!

Helpful Tidbits

A few things I learned 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.

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! ūüôĀ ¬†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 clothes. 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!

 



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The Best DIY Unicorn Horn Headband Tutorial Around

DIY Unicorn Felt Party Horn



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. ūüôā 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 at the end of this post 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 ūüôā



 

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 an 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 ūüôā

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 get that definition look. The more tension the more definition the horn will have.

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!

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Ok, so to make this project super simple, make sure to sign up below to gain access to the unicorn horn  pattern. You will also gain access to all my freebies in the Secret Liar. New freebies will be added monthly, and sometimes even more often than that. Make sure you check the Secret Liar often for new member only exclusive content!



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.

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 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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Unicorn Cupcakes Done Right – Chic & Easy

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Are you looking for unicorn cupcake ideas? Well, I have one I would love to share with you! My daughter, little miss, just turned one year old and I threw her an epic unicorn theme birthday party! If you hang around the blog long, you will learn, when I say epic, I MEAN EPIC!

This post is one in my DIY series “How to Throw Your Own Epic Unicorn Party”. Oh, and since it’s mainly DIY it is so much more economical than purchasing everything! For today’s edition we are going to chat about making unicorn cupcakes. YUM! YUM!

Prepare Fondant Cupcake Accents

Before we do any baking, you are going to want to jump over to my DIY Unicorn Cake Decorating Tutorial and follow the instructions to make unicorn horns  and ears for your cupcakes. Remember to make one horn for every cupcake. Also, instead of a skewer, use a toothpick to support the unicorn horn. You will see what I am talking about when you look at the tutorial. The fondant horn preparation can be done a few days in advance to when you make your cupcakes. In fact, I recommend that!

Decorating Your Unicorn Cupcakes

On cupcake day, the first thing you need to do is whip up a batch of your favorite cupcakes. A family recipe, straight outta the box…it doesn’t matter. However you roll to get cupcakes baked, just do it! Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled we ¬†start the fun part: decorating. Oh, and here is today’s¬†random fact. See that pig cutting board in the picture below…my daddy made me that! Pretty crafty dad I have there! I love that pig if you can’t tell! Mainly because he made it. ūüôā

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Cupcakes baked. Check. OK, so next, whip up a batch of buttercream frosting.¬† While ¬†I’ve got frosting ion my mind here is a little frosting tip for you: Add a jar of marshmallow fluff to your buttercream recipe. It makes it taste so yummy! My¬†DIY Unicorn Cake Decorating Tutorial¬†also has a great link for a super buttercream frosting recipe if you are looking to try one out. Guess what, it uses marshmallow fluff!

So getting back to business, after preparing the frosting, add color to it, if desired. Personally, I decided to leave mine the  beautiful cream color that it is. It coordinates nicely with my chocolate cupcakes and golden horns.

Prepare your large pastry bag by putting an extra large star tip, I used the one from this cupcake decorating set, in and filling the bag with icing. Pipe a swirl of icing onto each cupcake. I let a little of the chocolate cake show through on the edges for a nice  color contrast.

unicorn cupcakes easy diy

Next, place all the unicorn horns in the cupcakes.Try to center them the best you can. After that,  place those cute little ears on the unicorn cupcakes.

Voila! These easy and chic unicorn cupcakes are ready to be eaten!

Additional Unicorn Cupcake Ideas

A few additional ideas I had, but ran out of time to do:

  1. Sprinkle the cupcakes with a bit of sanding sugar in a coordinating color to give them a magical glimmer or add some star shaped sprinkles. I love the gold star sprinkles!
  2. On pinterest, I also saw clear plastic wine glasses (the kind from the dollar store) filled with gummy bears, which were sorted by color and layered in the glasses, following the colors of the rainbow,  with a cupcake sat on top. This would be a fun way to display your final cupcakes. I actual displayed mine on the desert table using the DIY serving platters I made. They look delicious and the fact that there were none left confirmed that they were!

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It is amazing what a magical creation your ¬†cupcakes can become with just a bit of frosting and a few easily made fondant accents! I look forward to seeing how yours turn out! As always, I would love to see, so don’t be shy. We love to share here at Paisley & Pugs! ¬†Also, if you ever have¬†questions or need help please reach out to me. I am always happy to help out my fans and love to hear from you!



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Unicorn Meringue Cookies AKA “Unicorn Poop”

 

Another cookie recipe! Yep, sure is! Really a meringue isn’t a cookie (at least in my book). Well it doesn’t taste like one to me. Cookie, not cookie…it just doesn’t matter! Whatever it is, I am going to teach you how to make the cutest and best tasting unicorn poop (unicorn meringue cookies) out there!

DIY unicorn meringue cookies recipe and tutorial

The recipe I used for these is my tried and true meringue recipe. It yields delicious, melt in your mouth cookies with a taste reminiscent of  toasted marshmallow. Scroll down to the bottom of this  post to whip it up!

Now, lets get on to how to make those meringues of yours look like unicorn poop. ūüôā

Once you have your meringue batter made (following your favorite recipe or test out mine) we need to add some unicorn colors  to it. Otherwise, they will just be plain old boring meringue cookies as opposed to these really awesome unicorn meringue cookies.

Take approximately 1/3 cup of batter and place in into a disposable plastic cup, or a glass one if you feel like doing dishes ūüôā I made 5 aliquots in separate cups. Set the rest of the batter aside. It will remain white.

Add the appropriate amount of food color to get your desired colors. I choose pastel rainbow colors, which matched beautifully with the rainbow unicorn theme of this epic first birthday party I was throwing for my daughter. Place each colored batter into a small pastry bag. Cut off the tip of each of the bags, making a small hole. The hole should be slightly smaller than a pencil eraser.

Once you have all your batter colored, prepare your pastry bag ¬†with the tip you want to use for piping the cookies. I used this star tip from Wilton and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the cookie shape turned out! Take each of the colors and pipe a vertical line along the inside of the pastry bag. ¬†Start as close to the tip at the bottom as possible. Space the lines evenly around the inside of the bag. This gets a little messy and its hard to hold the pastry bag sometimes too. ¬†That is OK though, Don’t get frustrated. I did and thought that the cookies would be a hot mess (good news, they weren’t). It will all be worth it for these unicorn meringue cookies!

Now, after all your lines are piped, spoon in the rest of the meringue batter into the pastry bag. Try to place it into the center of the bag so it doesn’t pull down the batter on the edges of the bag. Once the bag is full, squeeze the batter all the way down to your tip. Sorry no pictures of getting the batter ready. I need more hands! ūüôā

A side note, I made solid colored cookies with all the colored batter left in the small pastry bags by just piping them onto the trays as well. We don’t want to waste the deliciousness!

Alright, now you are ready to pipe your  cookies. This is where the unicorn magic happens! Prepare a sheet pan by placing parchment paper on it. Pipe the cookies directly onto the paper. Mine were about 1 inch. I recommend that size for the perfect bite size treat. They are also the optimal size for baking. You can make them slightly larger if you want. Here are my cookies all ready to be popped into the oven for baking.

Bake your unicorn meringue cookies according to your recipe. Let them cool…that is the hardest part for me (almost as bad as watching paint dry, ya know?!) Once they are cooled, ENJOY!

Take a look at my freshly baked unicorn meringue cookies. DOUBLE YUM!

unicorn meringue cookie recipe and tutorial

I would love to see how your cookies turned out, so link ’em up in the comments. Or do you have a to-die-for meringue recipe? I would love to hear more about it!

Happy baking. And if you do try out my recipe (below) let me know how  you like that wonderful toasted marshmallow tasting cookie!

 

Unicorn Meringue Cookies a.k.a. Unicorn Poop


Ingredients

3 large egg whites (chilled)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
2/3 c sugar
dash salt

  1.      Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2.      Add egg whites, vanilla, salt, and cream of tartar to mixing bowl.
  3.      Beat on medium speed until frothy.
  4.      Add 1 tbsp of sugar at a time. Beat mixture on high after each addition.
  5.      Repeat until all sugar has been added.
  6.      Beat mixture until stiff peaks form. At least 5 to 7 minutes. Stiff peaks will be shiny in color.
  7.      Add desired coloring to mixture.
  8.      Place mixture into pastry bag and pipe onto parchment paper. Space each cookie an inch apart. Alternatively, use a teaspoon to drop mixture onto parchment paper.
  9.     Bake for 40 minutes.
  10.      Turn off oven. Do open door. Let meringues sit in oven to slowly cool for at least 2.5 hours.
  11.      Remove the cookies from paper and store in airtight container.

Yield of approximately 60 cookies 1 inch in size.

Just a note on this recipe. Some people will make it without the cream of tartar. For me, this is what makes it no fail. I have tried to omit it before and my cookies were not quite the right consistency after baking. As long as I always add cream of tartar and follow the above baking directions, I have had no problems.

Water is your enemy when making meringues. Make sure your bowls and beaters and completely dry prior to using. Any moisture will destroy your meringue consistency. (This is another common problem many people run into. Good thing I worked for my dad in a baker for years as a teen, so now I can share my wealth of baking knowledge with you!)