pink & brown tablescape

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We often get calls from customers asking about items in photos that we used for staging, but don’t sell in the shoppe,  so I’m going to start doing a better job of giving you all the details. We staged our new baby bump shower a few weeks ago. Most of the items we offer in our decor, but here are the few things we don’t:

Placemats – these are just 12×12 sheets of DCWV (Die Cuts With A View) Glitter Pink-Brown Flower Dots cardstock from the craft store.

Candy vase – I was browsing the candy store (as I do too often) and ran across these strawberry flavored malted milk balls. Well after I thought “yummy!” I thought how adorable they could be in the new baby bump tablescape. So long story short, I melted down some pink chocolate, covered a few pretzel rods, sprinkled them with pink crystals (available in the shoppe) and settled them into a ribbon embellished short vase of strawberry flavored malted milk balls.

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Tulle napkin ring – I was browsing for inspiration for our new black & yellow buzz theme and ran across a table setting that used a black chrysanthemum as a napkin ring. It was really beautiful so I thought about trying to find one at the craft store. I wasn’t in luck so I decided to make my own version for baby bump using pink tulle. To make these yourself you’ll need pink glitter tulle and florist wire. And here are the easy step-by-steps:

  1. Cut 12 4×4″ squares of tulle and stack them.
  2. Fold the group like an accordian.
  3. Pinch them in the center and wrap them with a small piece of florist wire.
  4. Trim the ends as shown.
  5. Cut a straight line between each fold to the florist wire separating the folds into individual petals.
  6. Carefully separate the individual petals and pull upward to give the flower fullness.

It takes a little patience, but it’s worth it… don’t you think. {wink}

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Hope you’re inspired!

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super hero cape craft

kimbyerssupercapepicWe were recently featured on Homemaker Barbi for our super hero cape craft. You have to check it out and get the details. Here’s a small excerpt:

“Little imaginations soar at the thought of super powers. Watch their little eyes light up when you make them a personalized super hero cape of their very own.”

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Yard of light polyester knit
  • ¼ yard flexible vinyl (or you could use felt)
  • Velcro dots
  • Fabric glue
  • Wax paper (36×36 inches)
  • Pencil
  • Stick pins
  • String
  • Measuring tape
  • Make sure and visit Homemaker Barbi for all the “how to” details.

    Happy crafting!

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    peapod baby shower favor

    peapod-favor1Do-it-yourself peapod baby shower (see our peapod invitations and décor) favor ideas can be hard to come by. Trust me, I looked and didn’t find much that was all that cute. So, I came up with my own. What guests wouldn’t love to baby themselves with some wonderful smelling candles or soaps.

    You’ll need:

    • Mint green bath cloth
    • Mint green candles or round soaps
    • Grosgrain ribbon

    And here’s all you have to do:

    1. Cut two eight inch strips of ribbon.
    2. Place three candles or soaps in the center of the bath cloth.
    3. Tie each end rolling the edges slightly to look like an open peapod.

    Happy crafting!

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    buggy wings

    bug_ladybugwingsIn addition to the buggy headbands, we’re also going to demonstrate today on Daytime Columbus how to make these super easy ladybug clip on wings for your next bugs and butterflies birthday bash. I know, you’re thinking “she says everything is easy.” Well these really are. Here’s what you need:

    • ½ yard netting or bridal tulle
    • 16 gauge crafting wire (found in the jewelry section of your craft store)
    • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain shown
    • Wooden bug cutout (available, usually painted, in craft stores)
    • Mini clothespin
    • Glue gun (fabric glue can be used for the ribbon portions)
    • Wire cutters

    And here’s how you make them:

    1. Bend the crafting wire into the shape of your wings, considering the size of the child, cut it with wire cutters and twist the ends around one another.
    2. Using the wing shape as a loose guide, cut out four pieces of netting, leaving a ¼ inch to ½ inch all the way around. Each wing will be two pieces thick.
    3. Tack the netting to the wire frames with just a touch of glue and trim off excess.
    4. Apply the ribbon to the outer rim of your wings to secure the netting and to hide the wire. The best way is to center the wire in the ribbon, pipe in a stream of glue (not too much) and then lightly tap it down with your fingers until you’ve gone all the way around each wing.
    5. Next, hot glue a mini clothespin to the back of your wooden bug cutout, near the bottom of the bug.
    6. Finally hot glue the wings to the back of the cutout, allow to cool and the wings are ready for play.

    If you prefer a visual guide, the “how to” video will be posted on our blog by Friday. Happy crafting!

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    buggy headbands

    bugheadbands2This morning we’re going to be showing Gail Hogan of NBC’s Daytime Columbus how to make these soooo cute, if I do say so myself, ladybug and dragonfly headbands. These are wonderful for bugs and butterflies party favors or just for pretend play.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • ¾ inch (at least) headband
    • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain is shown
    • pipe cleaner (one for straight antenna and two for curly)
    • pom poms
    • glue gun

    And here’s how you make these super easy buggy headbands:

    1. Bend your pipe cleaner in the center and then again about a half inch on both sides so that you have a inch to inch-and-a-half base. Apply the base of your pipe cleaner to the middle of the headband with a strip of hot glue. (TIP: If you want curly antenna, use two pipe cleaners. Curl one end around your finger and bend the ends about ¾ inch to apply to the headband.)
    2. Bend the tips of your pipe cleaner outward about a ¼ inch and hot glue on your pom poms.
    3. Clip two one inch sections of ribbon to cover the ends of your headband. Apply each piece with a dot of glue on both sides.
    4. Apply a dot of glue on the inside of the headband, on top of the ribbon you just placed to cover the ends, and wrap your ribbon around in a straight line to cover any exposed headband. Continue to wrap your headband angling your ribbon with each turn and gluing as you go.
    5. When you reach the pipe cleaner, get your ribbon as close to it as possible and then overlap it on the opposite side being careful not to leave exposed headband.
    6. Keep going until you’ve covered the entire headband and end your ribbon on the inside.

    If you prefer to see how this is done, we’ll post the “how to” video here on our blog by Friday.

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    stick pony favor

    stickponyThis might be my favorite craft of recent months. While I was creating these, my boys were so excited they kept trying to sneak them from my craft table, which of course tells me that these fun stick ponies will be a great favor at any Wild West Cowboy bash. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

    • ½ yard of brown felt
    • 2 precut felt squares of complementary color
    • ¼ yard of batting
    • 2 large buttons
    • Ribbon
    • ¾ inch dowel
    • Fabric glue
    • Scissors
    • Needle and thread
    • Stick pony template (head, nose, neck); NOTE: Print each on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and piece together

    And here are the super simple steps:

    1. Using the template (all three pieces), cut two shapes out of the brown felt and one out of the batting. (You’ll need to trim your batting about another ½ inch all the way around so that it easily tucks into your pony silhouette.)
    2. Determine where you want your button eyes and stitch them into place on both sides.
    3. To create the mane, use the curve of the pony’s head/neck as a guide and lay the precut felt square along the back of the pony’s neck so that it overlaps about an inch. This part of the felt will be tucked into the pony silhouette. Take your scissors and cut (shorter at the top and longer at the bottom) off a half moon shape on the right of the felt square.  (You may have to trim the bottom off a bit more for the mane to end at the neck.) This should leave the shape of a pony’s mane. Now, cut thin strips, to resemble hair, all the way up the felt.
    4. For the top of the mane, use roughly a quarter of the second square of felt and lay it over the ears and forehead. Trim the felt in a curving motion allowing the mane on top of the pony’s head to be longer and to gradually get shorter on the forehead. Again, cut thin strips to resemble hair.
    5. To assemble the pony, tack the batting to one side of the pony with fabric glue and then tack the mane pieces into place. For the final pony silhouette, use a solid stream of glue around all edges except roughly an inch in the bottom where your dowel will be inserted. (TIP: If you get glue on the felt or if it spills over the edges, let it dry and then snip it off with your scissors.)
    6. For the bridal, select a thick ribbon and cut two pieces. One to go the length of the nose to the bottom of the neck and the second over the head between the ears. Apply the ribbon by tacking it into place with fabric glue.

    Visit our shoppe to see all of our wild west decor including our custom invitation, complete with Texas Longhorns! And we would love to see your creativity. Please share with us at  ideas@celebrationshoppe.com. Happy crafting!

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    pirate flag how to

    Pirate flag craftNo respectable pirate bash is complete without a pirate flag flying!

    And don’t let the number of steps keep you from trying this cool craft. It’s actually very easy and is a fun addition to the celebration. Plus, this craft can be repurposed for play or even bedroom decor after the party is over.

    Here are all the details including a materials list, tools list, templates and step-by-step instructions.

    Happy crafting.

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