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.

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

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DIY chalkboard Christmas list

You know how you sometimes stumble upon an idea and you’re so inspired you want to send it to someone? Well when I saw this project from Tried & True that is exactly how I felt. I started to e-mail it to my mom… but then I thought I’d share it with all of you!

Vanessa’s project is a DIY permanent chalkboard Christmas wish list clipboard. Isn’t it adorable?! I’m going to have to make this in the next two weeks. My boys will just love it. I’m also thinking about a lovely little chore chart… it seems my boys sometimes need reminders. Imagine! {wink}

Hop over and visit Vanessa on Tried and True for a free printable download of the “All I Want For Christmas Is” template plus a step-by-step tutorial (with pictures) of how to make your own permanent chalkboard Christmas wish list clipboard. 

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

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7 DIY advent calendar ideas

It’s not too late to create a fun and festive advent calendar for your family this year! Maybe count down the 12 days of Christmas, that gives you a few days to craft! {wink}

These are a few of my favorite advent calendar ideas from some very talented crafters. And although I’m only sharing 7 DIY advent calendar ideas with you on the blog this morning, you can see many, many more on my Advent Calendar Pinterest Board.

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

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DIY Rudolph treat bags + how to video

I LOVE Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! He’s my favorite. When I was a little girl I’d stare out the window on Christmas night and dream of seeing his red nose bobbing through the sky.

And when we didn’t see him my brother and I would pretend… until he’d start teasing me that Dad… an avid hunter… was going to shoot him out of the sky. I know… but you have to understand my brother is four years older than me and it was his job to torment me. {smirk}

Want to know how to make these adorable Rudolph cello treat bags for your Christmas party or maybe as Christmas favors for this year’s school party?! Well I made a quick how to video with the help of a very cute camera man (my oldest) and he insisted that I give him credit for that effort… in addition to a quarter {grin}. Enjoy!

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

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how to monogram a pumpkin + video

Ever carve a fabulous pumpkin or make an adorable pumpkin craft only to have the darn thing whither up on you?! I have! But not this year.

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has Funkins! You know, the foam pumpkins that look so much like real pumpkins that you almost forget they’re not. Yep, those.

Well I wanted to monogram a pumpkin for my mantel, one that I could use year after year, so I gathered a few supplies with the help of my friends at JoAnn.

And guess what?! JoAnn wants to give a lucky reader a bit of holiday crafting help too! At the bottom of this post I’m giving away a $50 gift card to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores to buy anything you like. {giddy}

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own monogrammed pumpkin just in time for your Thanksgiving guests arrival:

  • Funkin pumpkin from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Martha Stewart Crafts hole punch (mine has three sizes to choose from, I used the largest size)
  • Print out of your initial (I used Word and tested a few sizes on my pumpkin to see what worked best)
  • Tape
  • Optional – Martha Stewart Habanaro and Metallic Copper Craft Paint    

And here’s a little how to video tutorial showing how you how to make a monogrammed pumpkin and while you’re there, subscribe to my new youtube channel:

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

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Thanksgiving owl acorn craft + freebie

Hello everyone! Deanna of Mirabelle Creations here. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I had the opportunity to style a kid’s Thanksgiving table for a local magazine and I whipped up these cute little acorn owls to go with my printable Thanksgiving party collection

These little owls are a fun craft to get you in the holiday mood. And, they’ll be welcomed visitors at your Thanksgiving kids’ table. Or better yet, let your guests make these DIY acorn owls so you can enjoy more time at the adult table. {Hoot! Hoot!} 

I came up with the idea while my son was learning to ride his bike. I picked up several fallen acorns while he was practicing and at the time I wasn’t sure what I planned on doing with them, but since I knew my Thanksgiving kid’s table was going to incorporate owls, I decided to transform the acorns into little hoot owl crafts.  

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own acorn owls:

  • Acorns
  • Felt (in several colors)
  • Fine Tip Permanent Marker
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Yarn (optional)

Simple DIY steps:

  1. If not already secure, glue the tops of the acorns to the acorn. Several of the acorns I picked up had loose tops. Before beginning to assemble the owls, glue the tops to the acorn. Alternatively, you could remove the tops and set the acorns upside down, so that the bottom of the acorn becomes the top.
  2. Cut out two oval shaped pieces of felt for the wings.
  3. Using a hole punch, punch two white circles out of the felt for the eyes. If your hole punch does not punch all the way through the felt, use scissors to cut out the circles.
  4. Cut out a small felt triangle for the nose.
  5. Starting with the eye, glue felt circles onto acorn. Follow with the nose and wings.
  6. Using the fine tip permanent marker, make small eyeballs in the white circles. 
  7. If you want you can glue the acorn owls onto yarn to make the Thankfulness leaves for the tree or for a napkin wrap. 

 

And here’s a quick look at my finished Thanksgiving kid’s table. You can find all of these items and more in my shop, Mirabelle Creations, for only $12 for the complete collection. {Hoot!}

But, I’m also giving away my leaves for a Thankfulness Tree, Owl Napkin Rings, Owl Tags and Thanksgiving Owl Coloring Pages for FREE! You can download them from here:

Free Owl Utensil Holder Pattern
Free Thankful Tree Leaves
Free Owl Fancy Labels
Free Owl Coloring Pages

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy crafting everyone!

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8 black & white Halloween ideas

It’s not too late to get creative this Halloween, especially with these fabulously fun black and white ideas from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

My absolute favorite crafts in this collection are the black and white animal print Funkins with the treats inside! And a close second is the spooky silhouette embroidery hoops with bats, spiders and rats… oh my! {grin} So clever! You can find full tutorials for these projects and many more on JoAnns Halloween site. 

No worries if you’re all wrapped up for Halloween, they have some adorable fall party ideas that would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

And you simply must checkout JoAnns Christmas craft ideas. The site starts with a beautiful storybook video entry and takes you on a journey around what could be your woodland inspired Christmas!

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

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