easy DIY paper pumpkins


For my Harvest Party Collection photo shoot, pumpkins weren’t yet in season so we crafted paper pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. They’re very simple to make and a wonderful kids craft for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. And, if you live in a warm climate like I did when I was a kid, these may be the only pumpkins you’ll get! {grin}

You’ll need:

  • Various shades of orange scrapbook paper (giving the pumpkins variation),
  • Scrapbook brads (to hold the pumpkin together),
  • Raffia (for the vine),
  • Green scrapbook paper (for the leaves),
  • Optional: skinny dowels with hot glue (to make Cinderella pumpkins, insert inside papers and pull top and bottom together as seen below)
  • Optional: white floral wire (hide inside rafia to give your vines dimension and to be able to mold them in any direction you want) 

Easy how to steps: Cut the orange scrapbook paper in various widths and combine colors for interest. Attach the paper with brads at top and bottom. Add a leaf and raffia vine. And if you want a Cinderella pumpkin, cut a small dowel to height and insert it into the center of the pumpkin pulling the papers together with hot glue.

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

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party popcorn + free tailgate printables


Hi everyone! It’s Deanna of Mirabelle Creations contributing today! I live in the South, where tailgating is not to be taken lightly. It’s an event and must be treated as such from the clothing you wear, to the food you serve, all details are carefully planned.

I recently had the opportunity to style a tailgating party for an appearance on LEX 18′s News and this is a bit of what I shared! 

And while planning my appearance I began looking for new recipes and ideas and found this candied popcorn. I instantly thought of all the great football color combination possibilities. My Alma Mater is blue and white, so I chose the Berry Blue Jell-O for my popcorn. But, by simply changing the Jell-O flavor, you can change the color to match your own team colors.

After I tested the recipe, I posted a picture of it on Instagram. Instantly, several of my friends contacted me asking for the recipe, commenting that it would be perfect for tailgating so I knew I had a keeper!       

Candied Popcorn Recipe (adapted from Clair’s Creations)

  • 3 bags of microwave popcorn, popped
  • ½ cup margarine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3oz box Berry Blue Jell-O
  • Wilton’s Icing Color in Royal Blue and Violet
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine margarine, sugar, corn syrup, water, and Jell-O powder in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat.  The Berry Blue Jell-O is more of a teal color.  For more of a royal blue color, first add a small amount of royal blue icing color using a toothpick.  Repeat, using violet icing color. Stir and add more violet if not quite dark enough.
  3. Empty popcorn into large bowl.  Pour sugar mixture over popcorn. Stir with a large spoon. Pour popcorn onto baking sheet. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring once. Remove from oven. Cool completely on pan, then break apart.

And if your team is blue and white, hop over to my blog for more details and to DOWNLOAD my free football tailgating party printables!

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art camp + project ideas

Images taken with my iPhone and edited with Camera+ and PicFrame

My oldest attended an art camp this summer hosted by the art teacher from his school. When he told me she had a barn on her property and she was holding art classes, and that he R-E-A-L-L-Y wanted to go, this is not what I envisioned…

This barn is beautiful on the inside. My camera phone doesn’t do it justice. But I really wanted to show you some of her organization ideas, as well as a few of the art projects and crafts he did over the week. Mrs. Gilbert, the owner of Hands On Art Barn, is such a creative soul and her space made me want to go home and incorporate some of her organizational ideas into my own craft room! I mean, how clever is the utensil caddy for all her brushes. She can let them dry in the containers since they have holes in them. LOVE it!

And the projects that they created over the week were adorable, plus they learned a great deal about technique. This pottery owl was my favorite. He’s hanging in my kitchen now!

And these are the paper art projects they created: a tropical fish mobile (that was really cool), a button tree, a spider and spider web and a watercolor castle. I was really impressed with all the kids’ work. And I know my guy left with an even deeper love for art.

A big thanks to Mrs. Gilbert for all she does in the classroom and at her Hands On Art Barn! If you’re near the Columbus, Ohio area I strongly encourage you to give her a try. She has classes for everyone from preschool to adult. She even has “parents night out” packages! Your kiddos get to have fun and you get date night! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Tuesday everyone!

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DIY dry erase homework chart

My oldest in now in second grade. He’s had homework since Kindergarten, but this year he will be taking much more responsibility for it’s completion. See, I’ve played a bit of a cheerleader role for two years now… that tends to turn into a warden role as we go through the year… {smirk} 

So this year I’ve chosen a new approach. I created a homework chart that he can manage on his own. That is visible in the kitchen for all to see, and that offers an incentive if completed without my constant… reminding.

And since it’s in my kitchen, it had to be cute! So I sat down at my laptop and created a simple chart that works for his weekly homework responsibilities: reading, math and spelling. Then I headed out to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and picked up a few things:

  • 8×10 frame
  • self-adhesive magnetic strips
  • spray paint
  • dry erase markers

And here are a few simple steps:

  • Remove glass from your frame
  • Spray paint frame, it will likely take two coats (careful about dripping because once it’s there… well… it’s there!)
  • Allow to dry
  • Apply magnetic strips on top and bottom of frame (just cut to length, peel off back and stick)
  • Insert your chart
  • Hang

I love that not only can he keep track of his homework, I can easily see when it has been done and that it looks nice on our refrigerator, but that he can also easily clean off one week’s activity and start over the next. 

As always,  I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy back to school everyone! 

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how to make a paper airplane video


This summer has been amazing and I’m honestly having a hard time with it coming to a close… but before I tear up, I want to share with you the first of hopefully many The Kid’s Perspective videos that my boys are so super tickled about being a part of.

I was blessed with two boys who love to be in front of the camera. Thank goodness, right! My blog would be much less interesting and have far fewer photos if my boys were camera shy! {grin}

So when I mentioned that I was going to start vlogging myself about various craft projects, they started asking if they could make videos of their projects (they’re always making, building, drawing, creating something) and I thought why not start with them… I mean, they’re cute no matter what so I could save myself some angst and learn the ropes with their videos. That’s not terrible of me is it? {wink}

For the very first installment of The Kid’s Perspective, Alex is sharing how to make a flat nosed paper airplane in celebration of National Aviation Day. My uncle, a pilot (and attorney, he’s a super talented overachiever and we all love him dearly!) shared this design with my boys a few months ago and now they make no other kind of paper airplane. They claim, “Uncle Billy’s fly the best and the farthest!”

Yes, my home is often littered in a paper airplane war… {sigh}, and now yours can be too!

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DIY coffee cozy teacher gift


Greet your new teacher this year with a mod apple coffee cozy. I made this one for me! Yes… I know… but I made it with Montia of Sew Jewell and it was just as easy to whip out two as it was one. Or, that’s what I told her! {grin) And since she’s also my mom she let it slide.

But in my defense, I did make one for a wonderful teacher friend of mine too! And what’s better, Amy started her own blog at The Teacher’s Chalkboard just last week. I’m so thrilled for her! Like any new blogger she’s just starting to find her way in this new world, but she has some amazing ideas. Just give her time! You’re gonna love her!

So, how do you sew one of these up for your teacher… or for yourself?! {wink}

Step 1 - Snag a coffee cozy from your favorite coffee shop for a template. {sideways whisper – I’ve had this one for over a year and I’m just now getting to this project!} You’ll want to cut your fabric 1/2″ wider than the cozy.

Step 2 - Select your fabric, weigh down or pin your template and fabric so that it doesn’t shift while you’re cutting (LOVE these little weights Sew Jewell had in her craft room!), and cut. (NOTE: Double your fabric back to back so you cut out both sides at once. Feel free to fussy cut it if you have a more intricate design!)

Step 3 – Select a batting (to insulate your cozy). We suggest an iron-on fusible batting.

Step 4 – Overlay your fabric on the batting, weigh it down and cut again.

Step 5 – Now take to the sewing machine and stitch the edges, making sure your fabric is turned the correct directions as shown above (fabric, batting in center, fabric) leaving a 2″ hole to turn your cozy with a fabric pointer, pushing out the edges. And then iron it flat.

Step 6 - Hand stitch or fabric glue the open end closed.

Step 7 - Now for the button hole, hopefully you have a machine that does it for you, or you could use strong adhesive Velcro dots.

I know what you’re thinking… what about that fun apple design?! Well if you have a monogramming machine like Montia…

you monogram and applique the project before you cut out the cozy. And if you don’t, no worries!

If you want one, but don’t want to make it, Sew Jewell is adding them to her etsy shop today for $15.

Or, if you do want to get creative, there is this fabulous invention called Wonder-Under Fusible WebJust make the cozy as we’ve shown, cut out a design (e.g., initials, Halloween, Christmas, anything) and then follow the Wonder-Under instructions to attach it/iron it on. Walla! You made your very own applique design! 

You can find all the supplies for this project at craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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

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back to school teacher gift + printable


Hello there! I’m Deanna, event designer and editor of Mirabelle Creations. I’m so happy to be here at The Celebration Shoppe, sharing a super simple back to school teacher appreciation craft that you can do with your kiddos!

All teachers love a little something at the beginning of the school year and these Edible School “Glue” Sticks, inspired by the traditional Elmer’s Washable Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks, and fun “So happy to be stuck with you this year!” free printables are a great way to show your appreciation. Plus, they are easy for little hands because they’re simply filled with York Peppermint Pieces candies! But a warning, make sure you have extras because while making these as many candies went into my helpers’ mouths as did into the containers!

The idea for these Edible School “Glue” Sticks came to me last week while shopping for school supplies with my kids and a school supplies themed craft for the teachers seemed like a great way to start off the school-year.

What you’ll need:

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Fill the bottom of the push-up-pops container with a layer of blue candies, about ½ inch thick. Fill the remainder of the push-up-pops container with white candies.
  2. Tape the top of the push-up-pops container closed.
  3. Cut two pieces of orange ribbon, the length of the circumference of the container.
  4. Fold one piece of ribbon in half, lengthwise, securing it with glue dots. Attach it around the bottom edge of the push-up-pops container using the glue dots.
  5. Wrap the other piece of ribbon around the top of the push-up-pops, securing to the bottom edge of the container lid. The taller ribbon at the top will mimic the cap of the glue stick.
  6. Print the Edible School “Glue” Stick label on a full sheet of white sticker paper or regular paper and attach with tape.
  7. Print the I’m so happy to be “stuck” with you tag on cardstock. Punch out the tag and attach with string or ribbon.

Now you’re all set to show your teachers how excited you are about this new school year! Enjoy!

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old school dinosaur shadow boxes


Do you remember in grade school when you made shadow boxes for art class or for some school project… or just so your Barbies had a place to hang out?! Yes I did! Well… she couldn’t always be in the dream house, or at her pool, or in her convertible…! {smirk}

So my crew hasn’t slowed down much this summer with swim lessons, tennis lessons, baseball, playdates at the zoo… and on and on, but there have been a few days when we’ve just stayed at home and played. I love to get creative with my boys and there isn’t always a plan.

So on one rainy afternoon… okay it stormed big time… we were looking for something to do when I thought about those old school shadow boxes we used to make. And since we don’t have Barbies (except my old ones that I’ve stashed in a box with my mom’s very first Barbie, yep… that baby should be worth something!) we chose to go with dinosaurs. Those we have more than enough of!

The boys loved stealing my shoe boxes, raiding my craft room and getting to use my “good” paper scissors. My little guy even managed to find a use for my Martha Stewart fringe scissors. See the grass; they worked perfectly!

My favorite elements of what they created was the snake on the rock (top image), you see he’s smiling, the drawing of the volcano and the sun.

So if you’re looking for a fun afternoon project that gets the kids thinking prehistoric, or any theme for that matter (we started to make round two boxes with an ocean theme when Dad came home early and interrupted us… at which time I was abandoned because the storm was over and they could play in the remaining drizzle) consider whipping up some of these old school shadow box crafts.

By the way, stop in the shoppe and see our dinosaur birthday party supplies, perfect for your little paleontologist.

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

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diy ideas for an Olympic celebration

What better way to celebrate the Olympic Opening Ceremony this Friday than with festivities of your own?! And my talented friend at Bird’s Party has lots of inspiration to get you started!

When I first saw her Olympic-inspired party table, the DIY Olympic rings she created for the backdrop immediately had me wanting to see more. And wow did she not disappoint, taking these traditional elements throughout her crafts and her sweets. 

Bird shares all of her DIY tutorials, super cute printable ticket party invitations and other party printables in the following posts on her blog, Bird’s Party:

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DIY paper pinwheels

Remember the feature we did on the simple and sweet mason jars from Holly at The Dandy Byrd? Well, she didn’t stop with just one fabulous idea–nope, she crafted the whole party! {grin}

Check out these easy paper pinwheels; what a great way to jazz up a large space with a bit of scrapbook paper and a few other craft store items!

What you’ll need:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Flower Confetti (or other fun accent)
  • Ribbon (various widths–narrow is better)
  • Glue Gun
  • Small hole punch
  • Scissors

To recreate this eye-catching craft:

  • Fold each square piece of paper over and under like an accordion in roughly 1/2 inch folds. (I suggest using a boning knife for cleaner edges).
  • Then cut the edges of the folds (She rounded the edges)
  • Fold the accordion in half and use the glue gun to secure the exposed edges together.
  • This creates a part of the pinwheel. Repeat this 2-3 times. Combine fans to make 1 pinwheel.
  • Punch a hole about 1/2 inch from ends of pinwheel on each side and connect the pinwheels with ribbon.
  • At the top of the pinwheels, keep the ribbon longer so it can attach to something to hold it up.

Once all the pinwheels are complete, they make an lovely display or background. Holly used hers to create a amazing wall for her baby shower banner. Holly was inspired by a tutorial via The Wedding Chicks, but simplified it quite a bit.

Thanks, again to Holly for sharing her incredible talents. Don’t forget to go see the rest of the adorable baby shower she created for her dear friend.

We hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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