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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wild west loot favor

Cowboy goody bagCowboys and girls will happily ride off into the sunset with these loot-filled goody bags and you’ll love how easy they are to make. Here’s what you need:

Cut out the template and trace the dollar-sign onto your brown lunch bag (about an inch-and-a-half from the bottom). Fill the outline in with the black Sharpie and fill each bag with treats. Then simply gather the bag at the top, tie on the twine and attach the Sherriff badge (they usually have clips on the back) and you’re done.

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Valentine mailbox

Valentine mailboxThese Valentine mailboxes are so adorable from my friend at currentlycrafting.com. She found the boxes for $1 at Target and then simply embellished them with beautiful craft papers. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • small mailbox
  • scrapbook paper
  • mod podge
  • sponge mod podge applicator and paintbrush
  • chipboard letters
  • fine sandpaper

For all the how to details and more pictures, check out her post at currentlycrafting.com.

And remember, we would love to see and maybe share your ideas. Send us an e-mail at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com.

Happy crafting!

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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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princess cupcake castle

 

Princess Cupcake CastleToday on Daytime Columbus I’ll be creating a princess cupcake castle. For all you moms who want to bake and decorate the birthday cake of your little girl’s dreams, this is for you. Here’s what you’ll need in addition to your cupcakes:

  • 3 cake plate sizes (these are 12″, 10″ and 8″)
  • Craft paper
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Sugar cones
  • Pink melting chocolate
  • Tooth picks
  • Curling ribbon
  • Cloth ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Silicone brush

Simple steps:

  1. Cake plate embellishing:
    • For the bottom tier, using a scallop ruler cut out the design on thick craft paper (DCWV green embossed polka dots shown). Apply to the cake plate with a glue gun and then trim with a fuchsia ribbon. (NOTE: Apply the glue to the paper, not the plate. To clean up, simply pull it away.)
    • For the top tier, apply the same ribbon as the bottom tier using hot glue.
  2. Castle towers – melt pink chocolate (available in the baking section of craft stores) in a double boiler and apply to sugar ice cream cones using a silicone brush. (TIP: Place the cone on a lollipop stick so that you can ice all the way to the bottom of the cone.)
  3. Castle flag – using the same craft paper as the scallop, cut two rectangles (1 ¾” x 5/8″) and then trim a triangle out of one end. Pipe hot glue to the inside of the paper; insert a toothpick and then top with the second rectangle.
  4. Princess scepter/wand – take a lollipop stick and apply a dot of (non-toxic) glue about 1 ½” from one end. Apply an end of green curling ribbon and then roll the stick in your fingers to stripe it like a candy cane to the top of the stick. Apply another dot of glue to secure the ribbon. Curl 6″ strands of green, blue and pink curling ribbon with a pair of scissors. Starting with the green and ending with the pink, layer the curling ribbon on top of the stick.
  5. Embellishing cupcakes – ice each cupcake with pink icing and sprinkle sugar around the edges of each. For the cupcakes in the middle tier, tie them with the fuchsia ribbon. (TIP: Apply the ribbon before icing.) Insert your princess scepters in every other cupcake on the bottom and middle tier, alternating positions. (Do not insert scepters in the front facing side of your tier.)

Rather watch a video of how to pull this one off? Here you go!

You can find the cupcake tins, crown cookie cutter, princess invitations and so much more in our shoppe. Happy crafting!

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twist on the placecard

Chair placecardI love this idea from Southern Weddings magazine. We always put the placecard in the same place. Makes perfect sense; it goes on the table. Right? Well it doesn’t have to. This idea is perfect when you’re having a gathering:

  • with more than one table,
  • where everyone knows each another already, or
  • when you have limited space for each place setting.

Think outside, or in this case off, the table.

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cowboy’s (saw) horse

Cowboy Sawhorse EntranceWe love this idea so much (and again from mommawants1more on flickr; yes, I’m a fan) that I’ll likely use it for my own son’s birthday this summer. We firmly believe that fun invitations are the beginning to getting your guests excited about attending your bash (see our wild west invites and decor), but don’t stop there. This extra fun idea gets the kids excited as soon as they arrive. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Lumber
  • Sawhorse joints
  • Black paint
  • Bandanas
  • Straw or cowboy hats
  • Hula skirt/long straw
  • Hay/straw cubes
  • Letter template

And here are a few easy steps:

1.       Break out the hammer and create a standard sawhorse using joints. Then add a head as shown in the image, rounding the ends like nostrils.

2.       Paint signs using a letter template. These say “Fixin’s” and “Saloon.”

3.       Using a grass hula skirt, hot glue a tail on your horses and trim another short for the mane.

4.       Attach your signs to a piece of lumber and hammer into the ground using the hay to secure it into place.

5.       Finally add the bandanas and hats to your horses and your entry way is complete.

We love to see and share fun ideas. Please share by posting a comment or sending an e-mail to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com if you have images. (By submitting you’re giving us approval to share with our readers, and of course giving you credit.)

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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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garden party cupcake tier

Garden party cupcake tierSo I guess it is obvious that I have Spring fever. I absolutely love this idea, not necessarily the cupcake design though. Here’s a much cooler sunflower cupcake, but what I wanted to show you was the display. This idea is fabulous (courtesy domestic diva Martha Stewart) for our bugs and butterflies birthday theme. You’ll need:

  • Three white cake plates, each slightly smaller than the other
  • Small clear glass (tubular is best)
  • Green crepe paper
  • Small watering can
  • Craft paper for the flower petals
  • Suckers

And here’s how you do it:

  1. First cut leaf shapes out of the green crepe paper; you’re going to need 50 to 60 so that they overlap.
  2. Next stack your cake plates and using double stick tape apply your leaves so that they overlap slightly and hang off the edge.
  3. Taking the craft paper, a thick card stock would be best, cut out a flower petal shape with five petals. Using a bone folder, crease each petal, and with a hole punch, place a hole in the center of the petal and insert your sucker. (You may need to use a small dab of glue or tape to hold the petal in place on the sucker stick. Just make sure it is non-toxic.) Finally place your sucker flowers in the small watering can.
  4. Arrange your flower cupcakes and top with your fun watering can. DONE!

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Riverbirch branch chandelier

Christmas chandelierI saw this in a Pottery Barn magazine and just had to figure out how to do it. It’s actually a good deal easier than you might imagine. You just have to be willing to screw a few holes in the ceiling. (Your hubby can patch them later.) So here it is. You’ll need:

  • Riverbirch tree branches (these trees are naturally white), or regular tree branches and some white spray paint
  • 8 eyehooks
  • Heavy duty fishing line
  • Christmas ornaments with ribbon
  • Wood glue

Steps:

  1. Arrange your branches and glue them to one another using strong wood glue (you don’t want anything crashing down on your holiday festivities).
  2. Once you’ve allowed the branches to dry (overnight), drill or screw four eyehooks into the corners of your newly formed chandelier.
  3. Next tie the fishing line (be careful of the length, you don’t want to try and measure after your hubby is holding this thing up in the air) to the eyebolts.
  4. Tie on your ornaments with festive ribbon.
  5. Now it’s time for putting the holes in the ceiling; no worries, a little caulk will take care of it after Christmas.
  6. Finally there is the lift and tying the fishing line to the eyebolts in the ceiling.

Stand back and marvel at your beautiful handmade and eco-friendly chandelier. Happy Holidays!!

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