DIY toss game

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And last but not least for our deep blue sea bash, we made a toss game to match our party theme. The great thing about this is you could change the shapes and fabric to match any kind of party theme. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 yards of coordinating fabric
  • 3 pre-cut squares of coordinating felt
  • plywood (or foam board if you don’t have a saw handy)
  • fabric glue
  • staple gun

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Have the hardware store cut your board to size (3′ x 4′) and have someone handy with a saw to cut your circular holes.
  2. Cover the board with fabric using a staple gun.
  3. Next find the center of each hole, cut a small slit and then cut strips folding the fabric back to cover the hole sides and stapling them in place.
  4. Cut out a fish template from the felt and then a circle in the center, the same size as the hole in the board. Apply the fish with fabric glue.
  5. Finally cut out numbers for each hole and apply those with fabric glue.

We placed ours on an easel that my hubby whipped up, but you could lean it against a tree or make small wooden feet for yours. As for what to throw, use either balls or beanbags and hand out prizes for all those who play! Happy crafting.

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DIY plush owl

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For a photo shoot of our owl couple baby shower decor, I recently made a few plush owls… perfect for birthday party favors or as gifts for the little one that is soon to arrive. And the best part, you could even make these as a “no sew” project! Mine are sewn, but I’m just saying… you don’t have to. A little fabric glue and you’re in!

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 coordinating fabrics (owl body and wings)
  • coordinating felt (eyes and nose)
  • batting
  • owl body template (to ensure that both sides are equal, print the template out and trace it side by side on wax paper)

And here are the super easy steps:

  1. Cut out the owl body from one fabric and the wings (just the bottom corners of your owl body) from a coordinating fabric. Sew the wings to the body.
  2. Cut out the eyes from coordinating felt; we did two sizes and layered the circles. Sew the eyes in place.
  3. Cut out a diamond shape nose from felt. Sew the nose in place.
  4. Place the front and back of the owl facing each other. Sew the owl body together (inside out) with a 1/4″ seam all the way around, leaving the bottom open.
  5. Turn your owl right side out. You may need to use a pencil to poke the ears out.
  6. Stuff the owl with batting and close the bottom of the owl with a needle and thread… or fabric glue. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY train centerpiece

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This is a very smart choo choo train birthday table from Little Shindigs. The train itself appears to be made of tin storage boxes, craft paper, ribbon, silver cupcake papers and tissue or cotton coming out the smoke stack. Very cool! And the table runner brings it all together. You could make one very quickly from green, black and gray felt (buy the green off the bolt at the fabric store so you don’t have to piece it) and fabric glue.

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And don’t you love these favors: little suitcases filled with goodies and conductor caps!

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summer citrus table

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If you’re planning a summer picnic or outdoor gathering, these are some wonderfully simple ideas from Country Living. I personally love the citrus name card. How smart!

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And what about this centerpiece?! They removed the handles of a shopping bag (Tiffany & Co. none the less) and cut out a square from each side of the flattened bag (creating a paper handle when the resulting strips are folded over and taped). Nestle small flower vases inside and you’re ready. They then placed these in the walkway pointing to the backyard with sidewalk chalk. Fun!

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mermaid princess crafts

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I showcased a few ocean party ideas from Family Fun magazine in yesterday’s post. Today I’m sharing a few more for the royal princess living in your midst.

This first one, a beautiful shell crown, is a must for any mermaid princess. You’ll need:

  • Heavy cardstock large enough to encircle your child’s head
  • Tiara or crown template available at FamilyFun.com/magazine
  • Small shells (large shells will be too heavy and weight down the craft paper)
  • Tacky glue or hot glue
  • Sand
  • Glitter

And here are the simple steps to make this beautiful crown:

  1. Using the template provided by Family Fun, draw and trimout the design. (A cutting mat and staight edge would be helpful.)
  2. Place your shells and then affix them with glue.
  3. Before the glue drys completely sprinkle on sand and glitter to fill in the open spaces.
  4. Allow the crown to dry and then secure it into a circle that will fit your child’s head.

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This next craft is too adorable and perfect for photo ops. You’ll need:

  • Flat bedsheet
  •  Washable marker
  • Nondimensional fabric paint (e.g., DecoArt SoSoft)
  • Felt
  • Fabric glue

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Lay the bedsheet down on a hard flat surface and have your child lie down in the center so that his or her neck lines up with the top edge.
  2. Using the washable marker, trace the child’s body and then sketch the design on top of the outline. (See the mermaid in the upper right corner.)
  3. Now use the fabric paint to create your mermaid. 
  4. I’ve added my own twist here. Paint the mermaid tail, but then embellish it with glitter felt (the craft store usually has pink and purle!) scales.
  5. Hang your sheet on a laundry line to dry and let the magic begin.
  6. NOTE: Follow the package instructions for setting the paint and laundering the sheet.

Happy crafting!

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pearls of wisdom

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We just shot our deep blue sea birthday party decor on Saturday and yesterday this month’s issue of Family Fun comes in the mail. (I’ve said this before, but if you’re not a subscriber and you love this kind of stuff you really should be.) To my happy surprise it was chalked full of brilliant under water party ideas.

The clam shell cookie idea is a pearl of wisdom. {wink} All you’ll need are some round wafer cookies, pink tinted icing, yogurt covered peanuts or raisens and then a dab of white icing and black food coloring for the eyes.

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Next check out this very fun craft idea. All the kids will love making these during your bash. You’ll need (for one):

  • 18 ounce beverage container
  • 10 shells per container
  • 1/4 cup sand
  • Green and blue food coloring
  • Silver glitter
  • Water
  • Mineral or baby oil
  • Hot glue gun

 And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Pour sand and shells into clean bottle.
  2. Mix a drop of blue and green food coloring into 6 cups of water, then fill the bottle halfway.
  3. Add a pinch of glitter.
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with oil, leaving a little air space at the top.
  5. Run a bead of hot glue around the bottle opening and screw the lid on quickly.

Love this idea!! Leave it to Disney to come up with a cool magazine full of ideas all dedicated to making our kids smile.

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under the sea tablescape

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Whether your thinking about having a splash bash in the backyard or taking a trip to the aquarium, this birthday party theme idea is creative, colorful and lots of fun.

It’s really easy to pull off this table. We offer the plates, napkins, cups, placemats, tablecloths and of course the custom invitations (below), but sorry, we don’t have goldfish. {wink}

As for the crafts and accessories:

  • Cake plate - use a die cut machine to cut out waves (or draw one and then make a template) from a heavy bright blue cardstock that can be found at any craft or scrapbooking store. Then with a drop or two of hot glue, affix it to your cake plates and you’re ready to go.
  • Placecard – we found these pre-painted wooden fish at the craft store as well and just wrote each child’s name on the top fin with a Sharpie.
  • Table aquarium – we visited the pet store and found a fish that could easily live in a vase with a few drops of DeChlor (removes chlorine). We then simply embellished the square vase with our wave die cuts.  
  • Fish placemat – our placemats are rectangle so we made a fish template and trimmed out our shape. It’s easy and fast, but makes a real impact to the table.

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We hope you have a splash!

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giddy up cowboy decor

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So of course I couldn’t just have fun food for my little boy’s third birthday bash, I had to have some really fun decor too. We decorated the entire backyard, but these are a few of my favorite crafts.

The banner was a no-sew project. You’ll need:

  • 2 yards of a cowboy bandanna print
  • 3/4 yard of black
  • 3/4 yard Heat n Bond iron on adhesive
  • roll Stitch Witchery hemming tape
  • 4 grommets (grommet hand tool is easiest, but you can use a hammer)
  • twine

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Enlarge your letters in Word and print them off as a template
  2. Iron the Heat n Bond adhesive to the black fabric (per the package instructions)
  3. Cut out your template letters, pin them to the black fabric and trim them out
  4. Take your cowboy print, iron down 1/2″ hem and secure it with Stitch Witchery (follow instructions on package)
  5. Insert one grommet in each corner about 2″ from each side
  6. Place your black letters on your banner, peel off the adhesive backing and iron them down

Okay, on to the (saw) horses. They in themselves are not new; I blogged about this idea almost a year ago. However, the little covered wagon in the back is all us! I only wish I had gotten a better shot of just it. Here’s how you pull these two crafts off. The horses are just my hubby’s saw horses with a neck (2×4) and a slightly mitered head (1×4) embellished with raffia mane and tail. Very simple, but the kids loved it!

The covered wagon, a little more complex, but well worth it. The wagon itself is just our garden wagon. The side panels were covered with cardboard, Hodge Podge and scrapbook paper that looked like wooden planks. {wink} The top was created from:

  • a white twin sheet,
  • three 6 ft. long tubes, and
  • a 9 ft. roll of thin elastic

  And here’s how you make it:

  1. Trim off 18″ from one end of the twin sheet (make sure and measure your wagon and modify as needed) and hem it back with a small opening.
  2. Third the 18″ into 6″ strips and use those to create three pockets in your sheet. One centered and the other two 4″ from each end
  3. On each end insert your thin elastic and pull the fabric in to look like the opening of a covered wagon (stitch the elastic in place or plan to tie it to your wagon)
  4. Insert your flexible tubing and then using wire ties attach it to the wagon

Happy crafting and Yee Haw!

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DIY tissue paper pom poms

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How super fun and simply beautiful are these for a baby shower, bridal shower or just a girly birthday party. These images and how to pics are from Martha Stewart.com. {Oh, Martha!}

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tissue paper in desired colors (8 sheets per pom-pom)
  • 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament
  • And all the step-by-step how tos, if you can’t get it from the pics, are on Martha Stewart.com. Happy crafting!

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    rock star guitar placecard craft

    guitarplacecardThe Rock Star birthday party theme is so very popular right now so we thought we would create a fun placecard craft for your table. These would also be a great way to tag your goody gifts.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    For these fun electric guitar placecards, simply cut out your craft paper using the template, assemble with craft glue, draw on accessories and write your guests name. Wow… that was easy!

    Happy celebrating!

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