decorating your home: DIY wreath idea

Decorating Your Home

Good morning! Remember a few weeks ago I made a wreath for a blue and gray Mother’s Day brunch I was working on? Well, I’m always decorating and redecorating my home for the seasons so I updated the wreath to yellow and gray chevron for my kitchen!

LOVE that sunny pop of yellow in the morning! Perfect for spring and summer… especially after a cloudy winter here in Ohio. {wink}

This is a super simple wreath to make. You’ll just need varying sizes of Styrofoam balls, at least two of your favorite coordinating fabrics, stick pins, embroidery thread and a grapevine wreath.

Decorating Your Home

How to details are available in my latest contributing post over on Red Barn. And for more home ideas, follow my Home DIY to Try board, House and Home Inspiration board or Creative Kids Rooms board on Pinterest.

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

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make a photo booth

make a photo booth

Want to know how to make a photo booth?

I love having photo booths at my parties for many reasons. The obvious reason is to capture those precious memories, right! Well, why not do it with style. It doesnt’ have to be hard or a major production.

make a photo booth

Photo booths allow your guests to get silly PLUS it gives them a great backdrop so you don’t have a messy kitchen or a million people holding cake as your backdrop in all your photographs!

photo booth

Here are the supplies I use to make my photo booths. And the best part, mine are mobile! A party indoors, you’re all set… party outdoors… you’re all set!

make a photo booth

I start with:

  • Blank white canvas (I use a 4×6 foot canvas)
  • Coordinating fabric (you’ll need at least a yard and a half of fabric, but check the width to make sure it will cover)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Optional: canvas stand available at craft stores

Then I embellish my canvas with:

  • Pennant banner on ribbon or twine,
  • or other party elements like crepe paper twists

photo props for photo booth

Finally, I create photo props for the guests to hold. I like to hot glue them to wooden dowels and put them in a bucket or vase full of sand so that they stay upright and ready for the next guest.

Making a DIY photo booth is just that easy!

These are my party collections that have designed photo props, but we can create them for any collection. Just ask!

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

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art activities for kids

Looking for art activities for the kids?! When we photographed my art birthday party supplies collection for the store we came up with these kid crafts ~ have the kids make cupcake art with supplies including:

  • cupcake liners (cut in half),
  • tissue paper,
  • pom poms,
  • felt,
  • ribbon and more!

Included in the art party supplies we designed four whimsy frames for the kids to create on: red/blue, orange/yellow, purple/chartreuse and black/white.

We also created ”award badges” that you can give to each guest. They say things like most creative, best in show, most artistic, best design, most colorful and best color palette. A great way for every child to feel special. The awards are rectangle tags and then we created the crepe ribbon backer. (You can see how to create a similar idea with our graduation collection.)

And last but not least, here’s a look at the Art Gallery entry sign that is also part of the printable collection. We printed it at Costco for $5.99 and embellished it with yellow crepe paper. Can you tell I’m loving crepe paper lately?! It’s inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors and so simple to manipulate. LOVE.

You can see more details from my Art birthday party supplies collection in the shoppe: Invitation, Thank you notes, Art birthday party supplies (available as sets or you can buy individual items).

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

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Easter craft ideas for kids

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Hi everyone! It’s Bridget! Kim is out of town, busy with her new craft videos at the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores studio, so I’m sharing a bit today!

This week is Spring break and in our house, that means lots of fun Easter crafts for kids to stay occupied! What better way to brighten our dreary snow-filled Ohio days than with simple, colorful crafts? Inspired by my 10-year old’s love of sock monkeys, I found these ridiculously cute sock bunnies. Hop on over {I know, I’m a riot} to see the whole tutorial.

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With three kids of different ages and stages, I have to have some variety; so,I pulled a few other easy crafts together for you to see, too:

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how to make a wreath

How to make a wreath

It’s time to decorate for spring! Did you see my Mother’s Day brunch post yesterday? This easy to make wreath is a perfect complement for my spring placesetting idea.

Styrofoam balls covered in fabric

Join me for all the easy DIY details over on Red Barn today and make your own wreath!

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kid crafted Easter bunny photo props

How to make Easter bunny photo props

Easter pictures at my house are a given.

Posed pics of the family in their Sunday best.

LOVE them!

This year, we’ll not only be taking the family photographs and the shots of the kids running in the grass gathering eggs, but my boys and some family will get creative and make their own easy Easter bunny photo prop craft for our Easter brunch!

Hop over {I’m a riot, I know…) to my most recent post on Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for all the DIY details to make your own Easter bunny photo props!

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

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how to make cupcake pick toppers

How to make cupcake picks toppers

Customers often share that they’re not crafters and they’re nervous about trying to “make” something for their child’s birthday or friend’s baby shower. So this morning, I’m sharing just how simple it is to make a cupcake pick opper.

How to make a Cupcake Topper

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 or:

  • Print on #100 cardstock,
  • Cut and punch out the round shape,
  • Attach to a lollipop stick with either a white round sticker or hot glue

You can find more tips for crafting party printable templates on our DIY page and you can shop my designs in The Celebration Shoppe.

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

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6 DIY paint chip Valentine Day crafts

6 Valentine Day Paint Chip Crafts

Hi there! It’s Deanna, from Mirabelle Creations, and I’m excited to share six easy and inexpensive (my favorite combination!) Valentine’s Day crafts. With just a heart shaped punch and a few paint chips from your local home improvement shop, you can recreate these sweet looks.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. By the middle of February, Christmas decorations have been put away for some time and all those toys from Christmas don’t seem so shiny and new. Valentine’s Day is a perfect way to add just a little sparkle to the long stretch between Christmas and Easter. Our family Valentine’s Day usually consists of a few simple decorations, little trinkets to show how much we appreciate one another, and a Valentine’s Day themed dinner. Make sure you hop over to my blog and download my FREE Owl Always Love You Valentine Party Printables!

I have six heart shaped crafts for your Valentine’s Day:

  1. Heart Garland,
  2. Heart Cupcake Toppers,
  3. Beverage / Bottle Pendant,
  4. Heart Hair Ribbon,
  5. Heart Canvas Art, and
  6. Heart Favor Bags.

Heart Craft Punch

To start you need a heart shaped punch. I picked mine up at a local crafts store. With a 40% coupon, it only cost about $6. Then, you’ll want to stop by your favorite paint shop or home improvement store to pick up paint chips. (Tip: If you’re wondering where to get paint chips. Ask the paint desk, they’re glad to give you any old paint chips that they plan to throw away. And if they don’t have your color, most craft stores offer cardstock shades, and each sheet is between .16 and .25 each.) With those items and a few other craft supplies, you’ll be ready to get started.

Paint Chip Heart Banner Craft

DIY Heart Garland

For this garland, you’ll also need a hot glue gun and bakers twine (or other string). To make the garland, simply hot glue two hearts of the same color on either side of the twine. Gluing together two hearts of the same color will assure that when you hang the garland, the backside of the paint chip will not show.

Paint Chip Heart Cupcake Picks

Easy Heart Cupcake Toppers

These paint chip party supplies couldn’t be simpler! After punching out your paint chip heart, use a glue dot to attach the heart to a small lollipop stick. If you don’t have lollipop sticks on hand, you could also use a toothpick. And if no glue dots, a spot of hot glue works every time!

Quick Beverage / Bottle Pendants

To decorate a plain glass bottle, simply wrap baker’s twine around the bottle and secure with a glue dot. Use a glue dot to also adhere the paint chip heart to the glass bottle. The heart shape bottle pendant is a great way to turn an ordinary after school snack into a extraordinary Valentine’s Day treat.

Paint Chip Hair Bow

Simple Heart Hair Ribbon

My little girl has decided she has gotten a little too big for a Valentine’s Day t-shirt or outfit. But, she is definitely not too big to go to school on Valentine’s Day with a heart inspired hairdo! By simply hot gluing paint chip hearts onto the end of a ribbon, a French braid becomes a subtle holiday hairdo.

Paint Chip Heart Canvas

Lovely Heart Canvas Art

I wanted to add just a little bit of Valentine’s Day décor to my mantle, without going overboard. I saw a rainbow heart shaped canvas project on Pinterest and knew it would be a clean, unassuming addition to the mantle. To make this project, choose paint chips that create a ombre effect and hot glue them onto an 8×10 canvas.

Paint Chip crafts

Sweet Valentine Heart Favor Bags

For the heart favor bags, you’ll also need favor bags, twine, and glitter glue. Trace the outline of your paint chip heart with glitter glue. Wrap baker’s twine around a small favor bag and attach the twine to the back of the bag with tape. After the glitter glue dries, glue the heart to the bag and fill with candy or a small treat.

You can find me at Mirabelle Creations, including more lovely Valentine Party ideas and tips, plus download my FREE Owl Always Love You Valentine Party Printables.

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8 party ideas for the Big Game + win!

The Big Game AND your party are only a few short weeks away! And I’ve got your back ladies! This morning I’m sharing 8 fun, easy and stylish ideas to make your football party table more than just the halftime show. Yep, no flag on the field here! {grin}

Let’s start with the football party snack table set-up. I grabbed many of these fun football party supplies at World Market, a store you can always count on for gourmet foods and beverages with unique flavors and origins.

My absolute favorite find for this football party is my backdrop, a weathered map of the United States. It will be perfect not only for the Big Game, but for all my football parties (or any sport for that matter) throughout the year.

I made this little pennant banner that I can move between states as different teams play! By the way, the pennant colors will be updated for this year’s Big Game once the final teams are announced. More details below! And if you want to make your own pennant, I’m going to post the easy how tos later this week.

My hubby thought the Beers of the World were a must!

And of course I had to have a cupcake or two… well I mean, of course right! You can download my free Game Day cupcake templates in 2013 colors here.

The boys had to have their pick too. Football shaped pretzels and Artichoke and Spinach Chips. And yes, kids do love them!

Want to recreate part or all of this table for your football party? Here are my resources:

  • Backdrop – map of the United States from World Market
  • Tablecloth – green indoor outdoor carpeting from your local hardware store
  • Serving items – blue lunch bags from your local grocery, popcorn containers from World Market
  • Pre-made snacks – UTZ football shaped pretzels and Jensen’s Orchard Spinach and Artichoke Chips from World Market
  • Beverages – Beers of the World from World Market
  • Serving dishes - 3-tier cupcake and mini pizza display from World Market
  • Food labels – chalkboard placecards and food labels from World Market
  • Free printable party supplies – cupcake wrappers, cupcake picks and pennant banner are my designs, The Celebration Shoppe, and the colors have been updated for the 2013 Big Game (updated each year). Download your Game Day templates now. Don’t want to miss any free templates, sign up for our e-mails.

I also made a few recipes for my Big Game party table. The first, and likely my favorite food item on the table, is Chocolate Bacon Popcorn. Yep, you read me right. World Market sells Bacon Salt and it gave me this inspiration for this little sweet and salty treat. Your guests, especially the guys, will love it!

To make Chocolate Bacon Popcorn you’ll need:

  • 6 cups of air popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate melts (available at your local grocery or craft store with a baking section)
  • J&D’s Bacon Salt
  • Wax paper

And the simple steps for Chocolate Bacon Popcorn:

  • Spread your popcorn on the wax paper (you’ll likely need to do this in 2-3 batches)
  • Place your chocolate melts in a resealable plastic bag (snipped on one end) or in a small glass bowl and heat in the microwave in 8 second intervals, three times, or until melted
  • Drizzle chocolate over popcorn
  • Before chocolate cools, shake on J&D’s Bacon Salt to your desired taste.

I also made mini pizzas, a favorite of our family since I was a kid. We typically use pumpernickel bread, but I found these yummy Minigrill Mini Toasts at World Market and they turned out perfectly.

To make Mini Toast Party Pizzas you’ll need:

  • Ground beef, cooked and strained
  • Ground sausage, cooked and strained
  • Original pizza sauce
  • Cheddar, Sharp and Mozzarella and Provolone blended
  • Minigrill Mini Toasts from World Market

And the simple how to steps for Mini Toast Party Pizza:

  • Blend your cooked meats and pizza sauce in a pan and bring to a simmer
  • Add a small amount of your cheese mixture allowing it to melt
  • Top mini toasts with mixture
  • Drizzle remaining cheese on top

Would you be interested in winning the Ultimate Football Viewing Party?! Well World Market wants to give you that chance with a $500 gift card! Just join World Market on facebook and fill out a quick entry form for a chance to win one of ten $500 gift cards. Contest runs through January 25, 2013. Join Cost Plus World Market on facebook now!

By the way, World Market isn’t just great for celebrations. They have a wonderful array of ideas and products for decorating your home. I personally want some of their whimsical white wall frames for my studio makeover, but they have furniture, including chairs and sofas (there was one gray number that would be beautiful in my living room!), end tables, and on and on. If you’re looking to freshen up your home for the new year, you should absolutely give World Market a browse!

Rather have me walk you through the table ideas and details? Watch my video:

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

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DIY elf on the shelf bow tie tutorial

Hi everyone! It’s Deanna of Mirabelle Creations sharing a little holiday magic this morning. {grin}

At our house, the kids count down to the arrival of Freddie, our Elf on the Shelf. They are just as excited for his arrival on Thanksgiving weekend as they are for a visit from Santa. The first thing they do every morning is see where he has landed after his overnight flight back to the North Pole.

I’ve secretly always been a little jealous of my nieces’ elf, Buddy, because she has a kicky little skirt. The skirt is white with little red snowflakes and has a decidedly retro-cool vibe.

Being the proper gentleman that he is, our elf, Freddie, needed a little haberdashery to reflect his traditional style too. So, I created a few bowties for Freddie to add to his wardrobe.

The three looks included a gingham bowtie to represent his authentic Southern style, a Kentucky blue bowtie to sport on UK game days, and a polka dot bowtie in holiday colors for those festive holiday events. The first day we left out the bowties for Freddie, he landed the next morning in front of our dining room mirror so he could check out his new fabulous look!

Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make your own Elf on the Shelf bow tie:

  • 3/8” ribbon
  • needle & thread
  • fabric glue
  • sticky back velcro
  • iron

And the easy how to make a elf bow tie steps: 

  1. Cut three pieces of ribbon in the following lengths: 2 ¼”, 1 ½”, 4 ½”
  2. For the 2 ¼” piece, make a loop with the ends slightly overlapping. With the overlapping portion in the center, pinch the center to create a bow with a crease in the middle. Sew together the ribbon from front to back, then top to bottom to secure the bow.
  3. Fold the 1 ½” ribbon in half, lengthwise. Add a small amount of fabric glue down the center, then iron the fold.
  4. Repeat Step 3 with the 4 ½” piece of ribbon. This is the portion that goes around the neck of the Elf.
  5. Center the bow portion with the 4 ½” long neck portion. Sew the bow onto the neck portion.
  6. Wrap the 1 ½” piece around the center of the bow and neck portion, to cover the stitches you made. Stich the 1 ½” to the back of the bow, cut off any overlapping portion.
  7. Cut one small piece of Velcro ¼” wide. Stick Velcro to the ends of the 4 ½” piece.

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