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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owls are in

owlsI’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say owls are in. Who knew they could be so cute! They’re on tote bags, t-shirts, lunch boxes, and now our invitations. 

This Friday, February 20, we’re launching two new designs:

  • Owl Fun – whooo’s having a birthday? I think I love the blooming flowers as much as I love the too cute owl.
  • Owl Couple – look whooo’s having a baby! Couple baby showers are all the rage these days so I simply couldn’t resist having a mommy and daddy owl too.

As always we would love to know what you think about these two new designs. You can post a comment or send us an e-mail at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com.

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bugs & butterflies on Daytime

06-14a-cWe’re back on NBC’s Daytime Columbus this Wednesday, February 18, 2009, sharing some super fun ladybug and butterfly birthday crafts. {excited}

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, please join us at 11:00 a.m. on NBC.

And if you’re not, no worries; I’ll post the ladybug and butterfly how tos Wednesday morning before the show. Plus, the video of the show will be available right here on our blog by Friday.

Don’t forget to check out our bugs & butterflies invites and decor too!

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cowboy favors how to video

Thanks to everyone who watched me craft loot favor bags and stick ponies on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan this past Wednesday. And for those of you who didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip and don’t forget to check out our wild west cowboy birthday invitation and decor before you go.

Happy crafting!

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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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hoedown on Daytime Columbus

cowboyGail Hogan from NBC’s Daytime Columbus has asked us back again. (Can you believe she isn’t tired of us yet!?) So this time I thought it would be fun to share two quick favor ideas for a Wild West hoedown.

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, please join us at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday February 4, 2009, on NBC. And if you’re not, no worries. I’ll post the loot favor bag idea tomorrow and the coolest stick horse idea you’ve ever seen on Wednesday morning before the show. Plus, the video of the show will be available right here on our blog by Friday.

Visit our shoppe to see our Wild West birthday decor and custom invitations. (Oh, and no, this isn’t one of my little guys, but cute isn’t he!)

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princess cupcake castle video

I had a great time on NBC4i’s Daytime Columbus this week. Gail Hogan is a very gracious host and lets me just talk and talk, which of course I love to do. {wink}

Here’s the video to go with our step-by-step instructions I posted earlier. Happy crafting!

 

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guest on Daytime Columbus

Gail Hogan from NBC’s Daytime Columbus has asked us back and this time we’re channeling our inner princess. Since the cake can be the most expensive part of your planning if you go to a bakery and the most stressful if you try to make it yourself, we decided to demonstrate how to pull off a beautiful fairytale princess castle without even mentioning the word fondant.

This craft will focus on embellishing a three tier cake plate design with pink chocolate covered sugar cone towers, magic wands and scalloped edges.

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, please join us at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday January 21, 2009, on NBC. And if you’re not, no worries. We plan to post the video here on our blog by Friday.

Visit our shoppe to see our princess birthday decor and custom invitations.

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pirate flag how to video

Thanks to everyone who watched me craft a no sew pirate birthday party flag on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan this past Wednesday. And for those of you who didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft idea. And here’s the materials list and step-by-step instructions. Happy crafting!

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Daytime Columbus guest tomorrow

pirate flagFor those of you in the greater Columbus area, I’ll be a guest on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan tomorrow demonstrating how to make our pirate flag craft.

Check it out and then post a comment to let me know how I did and what you might like to see when I go back on Jan. 21. I’m thinking a safari adventure.

Here’s a link to Daytime Columbus, as well as materials list, tools list, templates and step-by-step instructions for the pirate flag craft.

See you there!

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