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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!

flowerchandelier2-honestlyWTF

 

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.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Spring Tulip Wreath2_thumb[2]

 

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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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.

finished galvanized farmhouse style herb planters in tray jpg

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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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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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The Easiest No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt Ever!

rainbow ruffled table skirt

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Why (and How) You Should DIY Backdrops for Party Decor

 

DIY backdrop scene setter photo booth for dessert table

Anyone knows that throwing a party gets expensive quick, Right?! I am sure I am preaching to the choir here. The decorations, the food, invitations, favor bags, and the list just goes on. I love to throw parties, but I also like to be cost effective when I do it, but I sure will not let style or the finished product suffer. This is why I am sharing my entire DIY Unicorn Theme Party Series. Many of these tips and tutorials can be applied to any party theme too! Sweet! Double bonus!

OK, so today, we are going to chat about backdrops. If you haven’t noticed, the new ‘it’ thing at parties are fancy dessert tables and photo booth stations. Both of these look amazing and honestly, really deserve a beautiful backdrop to set the scene perfectly and pull your party together.

It is important to think about the theme of the party and the mood that you want to convey. A few thoughts to keep in mind as you design your background:

  • What is my color scheme?
  • What scene is this backdrop setting?
  • How big is the area that you are covering with your scene setter?
  • How will I display the backdrop?

Once you have answered these questions it is time to set out on creating the scene setter. For my party, I had a few criteria that I just would not compromise on after I thought about the above questions.

  • I wanted my scene setter to be once continuous piece. This meant using fabric was not an option as I was covering an area that was 6ft x 8ft and would result in having to seam the fabric.
  • I wanted my scene to represent a nice inviting soft sky. I looked at options of tasseled party backdrops, but that wasn’t going to convey the image I desired for my dessert table. Although, I did decide to use them for the smash cake session (DIY Tutorial on that Coming Soon!)

Well, that really limited my options. So as Winnie the Pooh would say ” I sat down and I THUNK, THUNK, THUNK!” And then it came to me…well actually it came to me on one of the many wonderful family trips where my daughter and I are gleefully drug through Home Depot for what seems like no apparent reason for an eternity (did you sense a little sarcasm there?!) Yes, the mister loves to go to Home Depot.

Anyways, I totally digressed, as I was ‘joyfully’ walking around the store I found myself in the paint section staring at canvas tarps. Did you know that canvas tarps come in HUGE sizes? And are relatively inexpensive for the amount of fabric you get? And are essentially a blank canvas? Oh yeah, and are designed for paint? Yes, it was an epiphany. The angels sang, and I grabbed up a 6ft x 9ft tarp for 15.00 dollars and a can of sky blue spray paint for 3.99.

DIY back drop scene setter photo booth for dessert table

I was able to make my backdrop for under 20 bucks and it was going to be EXACTLY what I wanted. SCORE!

I was so excited, as soon as we got home, I set to work. Let me share how you would go about making a backdrop.

Easy Steps to DIY a Background or Scene Setter

The first step, which I skipped (and highly recommend NOT skipping) is to throw your new tarp in the dryer to get all the fold wrinkles out. If you are not doing a basic solid color backdrop then this is even more important!

Next, set up a painting area. Dry, dust free, well ventilated, and something on the floor under your tarp to catch the over spray.  It doesn’t have to be pretty. As you can see in my photo below, I have some ugly black foam that has paint on it. Talk about silliness, that is usually what the tarp is for 🙂

Spread the tarp out so that it lies flat. No matter what you are putting on your backdrop, you want to start with the overall prominent background color(s). For me, it was super simple, as I was just using sky blue.

DIY back drop scene setter photo booth for dessert table

 

Start at the top of the canvas and spray small areas about 2ft x 3ft. I worked across the top in this size section and once I completed a row I moved down to work on the next row.

DIY back drop scene setter photo booth for dessert table

I did not want even coverage because I was going for a soft whimsical sky for unicorns to flutter through. If you want full solid coverage you will need to do a few additional passes over each area.

Once the entire tarp is covered, allow it to dry for at least 2 hours. This was my stopping point because I was going to use it just like this, with some white puffy 3-D clouds hanging in front of it.

DIY back drop scene setter photo booth for dessert table

If you want a more elaborate scene setter this is the time where you can go in with additional spray paint and add details or use acrylic paint and brushes. An example would be to spray the entire tarp, with 2/3 blue and 1/3 green (for step 1). Then go back and paint little flowers and cute woodland creatures in the green area and a sun and some fluttering butterflies and a few clouds in the blue area. This would be perfect for a spring photo booth backdrop or an Easter brunch table background. Really, the possibilities are endless… let your artistic skills and imagination lead the way!

Make sure once you have completed your design you allow the tarp to dry for at least 24 hours prior to mounting it. I mounted mine using rainbow glitter Duck Tape. I had planned to use it from the beginning. It does two things. It acts as a frame, helping to pull my whole dessert table area together, and it also holds my backdrop in place securely to the wall.

The key word is securely. You need to make sure you attach or hang your backdrop so it won’t fall down. The last thing you want to happen is for it to fall on your desserts and crush them. That would be sad after all your hard work. I am delighted with how mine turned out!

DIY back drop scene setter photo booth for dessert table

OK, so remember, making a backdrop is easy and not expensive. You need a tarp, some spray paint, acrylic paint (optional), and your creativity! The sky is the limit!

Now, its your turn. In the comments show me your DIY scene setters, backdrops, and photo booth stations. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates.

 

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How to Easily Create Awesome (and Cheap) Dessert Platters and Cake Stands

diy party dessert platter cake stand tutorial

Have you  gone shopping for a cake stand or dessert platter recently? Well, I did since lil miss was turning one…and I HAD TO HAVE A PARTY 🙂 because that is just how I roll. I scoped out Target, Walmart, and Amazon. You know what…not one had a dessert platter or cake stand for less than $15.00…and you can bet it sure did not match my décor scheme. Oh and with that price, I couldn’t buy multiples either, which I would surely need for my dessert table plans I had in mind 🙂 That means I had some seriously big dessert plans!

This is where I took matters into my own hands. I came up with a way to make 5, yes 5, platters for a little more than 3 dollars each. And this was with buying cans of spray paint, which will last for many more projects to come. If I already had the paint at home, or if I actually calculated the price to make the platters based on the amount of paint I used from the can, the price to make each platter would be even lower! Oh yeah, and even better, these platters matched my décor and color scheme perfect..

Where to Buy the Most Economically Priced Materials to Build Dessert Platters and Cake Stands

The first thing you will need to do to whip these little guys up, is take a trip to the dollar store. I purchased candle holders, and platters. Another good place to find large, good quality platters is Michael’s or A.C.Moore, especially after holidays. I scored some platters from their Christmas clearance. They were a buck each, and really ugly, but I didn’t care because I knew I was going to paint them anyways!

I then took my endeavors over to Walmart. It is the cheapest place I have found to purchase spray paint. You can customize these platters in a variety of ways, just by the paint you choose.I got the colors I wanted, which happened to be bright spring colors. Rustoleum has some awesome finishes, like metallic if you are after a faux metal look, or the looking glass finish, which provides a mirrored surface! Both super cool. See, the possibilities for your platters really are endless!

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Step-by-step Guide to Creating Designer Cake and Dessert Platters in Less Than 15 Minutes

Now that we have our supplies, the most important step is to prepare the items for painting. I used rubbing alcohol and wiped down each platter and candle holder. They need to be very clean so the paint will adhere and there are no little texture bumps. Items from the dollar store can be dusty some times, so this step really is critical to obtaining a beautiful finished product.

Next, I go down into the scary cave below my house, OK, actually its our basement! I have set up a board as my painting station. It is not anything glamorous, as you will see in the pictures, but it does the job. Not to mention, it is going to get covered in paint. 🙂 Make sure your work area is clean and free of any dust particles, dirt etc. Also make sure you lay a painters tarp on the floor under your work surface. Let’s just say, I may have forgotten to do this in the past one or two times, and the mister was not very happy about my over spray….

Place the items to be painted on your work surface. I started by spraying the candle stick. Apply an even coat of paint. More the spray can in a wisping motion. You do not want to make thick layers of paint. That gives the potential for drips. It is much better to do multiple thin coats. I walk around the candle holder as I paint it to make sure I have painted all the crevices. You only need to paint the exterior of the holder.

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Once the first coat of paint on the candle holder is complete, spray the platter, either the same color or an accent color. Whatever is your preference. Again, use the same wisping motion for the paint application Thick coats of paint are not your friend! I am talking from experience here people!

diy party dessert platter cake stand tutorial painting

Now, go back and do another coat on the candle holder. Repeat, going back and forth between the two pieces until a total of three light coats of paint have been applied. Do a final once over and make sure the items have even coverage. If there are any thin spots add a little more paint.

Let the items dry, at least over night. You could go back and paint the bottom side of the platter now if you want. No one was going to see my bottom side, so I did not bother to do that.

diy party dessert platter cake stand tutorial drying

Once everything is dry, put hot glue on the top of the candle holder and place the painted platter on top of the candle holder. Make sure the platter is centered. Firmly press the platter onto the candle holder and continue to hold for about two minutes.

Set your platter aside and let the glue cool completely. I recommend not to use your  platter for at least another hour, however, it is now fully assembled and ready for use.

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Display and Usage Tips for Your New Cake Stands and Dessert Platters

I have a few platter tips that I want to share with you since you are making these bad boys to help up your platter game even more!

    -Use a doily to dress up the platter and make it look a little more fancy

    – A doily is also great if you have concerns about the food directly touching the painted surface ( I recommend serving

      things that are already in wrappers on these platters, such as cupcakes, mini pastries, cakes, etc)

    -To create the illusion of various height platters, place Styrofoam blocks under some of the platters. I was able to do this

     and hide the Styrofoam in my decor so no one even noticed I had given them a little lift.

    -For a different look, glue 2 completed platters together to obtain a multi-tier platter. These look great with mini cupcakes!

And there you have it. An easy 15 minute project that is easy on the wallet and creates designer looking cake stands and serving platters! The best part about this tutorial is I love how customizable these platters are, making them so versatile for all types of decor.

Oh, P.S. If you need to make those unicorn and cloud cookies (and don’t we all :)), the tutorial is here! And, the unicorn cupcake tutorial will be coming shortly, so stay tuned!

 

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Baby’s First Bumpkin Holiday Art

baby bum pumpkin art

Happy fall ya’ll!   I felt the need to make some seasonal art and I always love to incorporate tiny humans! Then it came to me, I will make a bumpkin!  What is a bumpkin, you ask?! Well, you are in for a treat!  A bumpkin is a pumpkin crafted by using the tiny bum of an adorable little human.

To make a fall bumpkin painting you will need a few materials:

  • Tiny adorable human bum
  • orange paint (non toxic, child safe of course)
  • paper
  • additional paint or markers for adding a little pizzazz to that bumpkin (I used copics)
  • foam sponge brush (or your fingers)
Supplies needed to make Mistletoe baby art print.

I suggest executing this project in a place that is easy to clean.  since it tends to get little messy. Nakedness and orange paint on their bum, boy do they squirm! 🙂  I suggest you wear old clothes too! The mess factor is really up there with this project.

I do my baby art projects in the kitchen on the floor. Take the foam brush and apply orange paint to your tiny person. You can squeeze the paint onto the brush or you can put the paint on a paper plate and dab it onto the brush (or smear it with your fingers; lets be honest that is the easiest way). Gently dab the paint onto the cheeks of your little one. You want to stay to the exterior of the bum (don’t get too close to wear the cheeks meet). Once you have adequately applied paint to those little cheeks go ahead and sit your little one on the piece of paper. Lift the baby straight up off of the paper to get a nice bum print! Basically, you are using baby’s bum as a giant stamp! Enjoy the cuteness overload.Yes, you have a bum print! Now make more! Revel in how cute your tiny one is! And also in the fact that when your tiny human is 16 you are going to have some awesome embarrassment potential with this little art piece.

Next, bath time is in order for that little person! Make sure you pay extra special attention to cleaning off that little bumpkin of yours!  While that fun tubby time is going on your bumpkin print is drying.

Once your print is dry you can embellish it.  I got a little crazy and added some crazy curling vines from the stem and a shadow, too! I also make sure to include the date to commemorate the art. Since this is my little lady’s first bumpkin I  titled it with not only her name, but also that it is in fact her first bumpkin. You can see my design for the beautiful Miss Ellarose’s bumpkin below. Feel free to get creative and add even more to this art or leave out what doesn’t suit your tastes. This is a great starting place, but definitely customize it and make it your own!

Now, you have a precious little bumpkin keepsake to give as a gift or cherish and keep forever. If you make a bumpkin I would love to see how it turns out! This is my all time favorite baby painting craft I have done so far. Baby bums are uber cute!

 

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Mistletoe and Holly: Baby Holiday Art

DIY baby christmas footprint art tutorial

Happy December! My favorite season is upon us, and what better time than to make a little holiday art using your tiny human. I want to commemorate my little darling and all her adorableness…so why not make some mistletoes?! What, you ask?! Well, you are in for a treat!

Making baby art is super easy and super fun. I used my tiny human’s sweet little feet.  My little lady loves it and giggles and laughs the entire time!

To make a baby mistletoe painting you will need a few materials:

  • Tiny adorable human feet
  • green paint (non toxic, child safe of course)
  • paper
  • additional paint or markers for adding a little pizzazz to those sweet toes (I used copic markers)
  • foam sponge brush (or fingers)
  • baby wipes (to remove excess paint)

It is important to take on this project in a place that is easy to clean as it can get a little messy. Those little humans tend to be quite wiggly and I swear the wiggle factor increases exponential when they have green paint on their feet! 🙂  Also, make sure you are wearing old clothes and it helps to have the little one completely naked.

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I usually conduct this entire process while sitting on the floor. It makes it much easier and reduces the mess factor. Take the foam brush and apply green paint to it. You can squeeze the paint onto the brush or you can put the paint on a paper plate and dab it onto the brush. Alternatively, and to be honest, what I actually do, is just smear it on her feet with my finger. 😀 Gently dab the paint onto those tiny little feet (after you give them a few kisses of course). You do not want to use too much paint, as you will not get  a nice print. Once the feet are ready, place the baby’s foot onto the paper!  I find it easiest to do one foot at a time. Basically, you are using baby’s foot as a giant stamp! Enjoy the cuteness overload. Eeeekkk! Revel in how cute your tiny one is! What an awesome keepsake, or holiday gift for a grandparent!

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Next, take that paint covered little human and go give him/her a nice little bath. We love tubbie time in our house. It is always filled with giggles, laughs and splashes!  Actually, the family fun that we have with this project is the best part! While that fun tubby time is going on your mistletoes print is drying.

Once your print is dry you can embellish it. I like to add holly and berries. I also make sure to include the date to commemorate the art. Since this is my little lady’s first mistletoes (and Christmas for that matter) I also title it with her name! You can see my design for the beautiful Miss Ellarose’s mistletoes below. Feel free to get creative and add even more to this art or leave out what doesn’t suit your tastes. This is a great starting place, but definitely customize it and make it your own! One of my favorite tips, if you are using baby as a stamp, make a few as they make great gifts for grandparents!

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Now, you have a precious little baby foot keepsake to give as a gift or cherish and keep forever. If you make some mistletoes I would love to see how it turns out! They are just the cutest little craft in my opinion!

Stay tuned, next week I will be posting another tutorial for tiny human holiday art! I can’t wait to share! Christmas is by far my favorite holiday and I am so excited to share my first Christmas with my tiny human!

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