DIY baby shower table numbers

With baby showers on the brain and all these Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid Paints products from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores in my craft room, I decided to make a simple craft this weekend: DIY baby shower table numbers for my Special Delivery stork baby shower collection!

The new pearl colors from Martha Stewart Crafts are my favorite. They shimmer! And what girl doesn’t like a little sparkle?! {wink}

You only need a few supplies:

  • hydrangeas (the large leaves are perfect; I used fake, but live would be lovely!),
  • mini glass jars (I used these for my son’s science party),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts fine point paint brush,
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Purple Martin Pearl (#32119),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Fancy Script Stencil Set,
  • ribbon (available in the $1 section at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

And here are the steps:

  1. Dip the tops of your glasses in the pearl paint, allow the excess to drip off and then dry the jars overnight.
  2. Fill the jar 3/4 with rock salt or sugar (it’s cheap and it sparkles just like the paint).
  3. Determine your placement.
  4. Stencil on each number with a fine point paint brush and finish in the detail if needed.
  5. Allow the leaves to dry and display.

It’s that simple! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Product provided by Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and Plaid Paints. Ideas and opinions are my own.

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DIY coasters for Mother’s Day

For those of you who follow me on twitter (@celebshoppe) or instagram (@thecelebrationshoppe), you know that I’ve been playing around with some Plaid Paints and Martha Stewart craft goodies from JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores.

Plaid Paints and Martha teamed up and created some fabulous paints in a wide array of colors and glitter. Yes, glitter! There are also texture additives, gloss coatings, sponges, paint brushes, rollers, stencils and so much more. So as one can imagine, I’ve been painting everything. {grin} And this morning I’m sharing the first of a few ideas I’ve whipped up ~ DIY coasters for Mother’s Day!

You’ll need:

  • smooth tile, I picked these up at Home Depot for 16 cents each
  • Martha Stewart foam pouncers (sponges as seen above)
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint ~ bubble gum pink (#32151)
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ beach glass blue (#321012)
  • Spray sealant coating, to seal and protect your creation
  • Felt squares
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun

The pouncers/sponges collection comes in six sizes, from 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ . I chose the 3/4″ and the 1″ for this design and started with my beach glass paint. Once it dried completely I sponged on the bubble gum glitter paint, keeping the entire design to one side of the tile.

Martha Stewart crafts also came up with these great self-adhesive, reusable, stencils so there is no taping them down and less chance that your paints will bleed under the design. Using the same color palette, but the color party streamer (#32045) instead of the bubble gum glitter this time, and Martha’s stencil brushes, I created a butterfly pattern in one corner.

Then I added a monogram. My mom’s name begins with an “M” and these are a Mother’s Day gift, so it’s perfect!

To protect your design, once the paint is completely dry, spray your tiles with ultra-cover clear sealant from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

For the bottom of each tile I suggest either self-adhesive raised felt dots on each corner and in the center, or buy a full 8×10 square of felt and attach it with craft glue. You can find them in a variety of colors.

For my packaging, I trimmed a small scallop edge kraft box, available at JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores too, with the same Martha Stewart party streamer pink paint (the glitter would be too pale against the kraft) and lined the bottom of the box with tissue paper.

Now I have a thoughtful (because I won’t be making rings on her end-tables) and personalized gift for my mom! And since my mom reads my blog… now she knows! {But no worries Mom, I’m getting you a surprise for Mother’s Day too! LOVE YOU!}

Stay tuned next week for a few more creative painting ideas, one including the kiddos. Yep, I’m that cool mom that lets them play with my craft supplies. Well… okay, at least some of my craft supplies. {wink}

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

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Product provided by Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and Plaid Paints. Ideas and opinions are my own.

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share your ideas link party!

I’m so excited! Today is my first ever link party. Yay! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to: crafts, baking, parties… any and all things creative! 

I get submissions that I wish I had time to share, but don’t always have the time so I decided to have a party! I mean, it is what I do! {wink}

And not only do I want to see your ideas, I’ll be sharing (pinning, stumbling, google +ing, etc.) my favorites!  {excited}

There are just a few rules:

7 sew cute ideas for Easter

I’m getting really excited about this Easter! I only wish I had a few more days to craft, bake and decorate. We’re not planning a huge family event this year, but I still like to bring all the little touches out for the big celebration (which has little to do with “The Bunny” at my house, but it’s still fun to play and hunt eggs).

These are just a few of the fun easy sew crafts I found around the web. And the egg-celent {sorry… I couldn’t resist} thing is, they all offer tutorials! 

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

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DIY bar stool chair covers

Guess what?! I’m learning to sew! My mom has “skillz!” {wink} And now she’s sharing all her tips and tricks with me. She’s shared a few things on and off throughout the years, but I’m still a total novice. Plus, when I can, I love taking the easy way out so I promise to bring as many EASY DIY ideas your way that I can.

For my first sewing project, DIY round bar stool chair covers, I fell in love with this “juicy” The Alexander Henry Fabric Collection from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. I like to change my kitchen colors with each season and yellow is my color this spring!

Here’s what you need:  fabric, freezer paper (not wax paper), scissors, iron and elastic cord.

And here are the super easy steps (all seen in the pictorial above):

  1. Measure your bar stools. Mine were 14″ to the lip.
  2. Make a freezer paper template. Add 3″ to your stool’s diameter and divide it in half. For my stools, 14″ + 3″ = 17″/2 = 8.5″. Cut a piece of freezer paper and fold it in half twice, making a square. 
  3. Mark the freezer paper using a ruler from the center point. For my stools, it was 8.5″ at each mark.
  4. Cut out the template.
  5. Remeasure to make sure your template is the stool’s diameter plus 3″.
  6. Iron the freezer paper, shiny side down, to your fabric. (NOTE: It will stick to your fabric so that you don’t have to pin the template to your fabric. PLUS, it will stick again and again so keep your template for future bar stool projects!)
  7. Cut the fabric.
  8. Peel away the freezer paper template.
  9. Sew the cord to the back side of the fabric using a zig zag stitch (Tip: Tie the cord at one end and hold the cord between the foot, pulling slightly.)
  10. Admire your handywork.
  11. Pull the cord to make your fabric look a bit like a shower cap and then tie the cord at the end again.

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

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Easter bunny cello bag treats

I’m giving away Easter bunny (face and ears) printables! I shared them a few weeks ago decorating a bunny cake and this morning I’m sharing them as bunny cello bags. {grin}

I love packaging sweet little treats and one of my favorites is the pretzel cello bags. (See the bottom of this post for other holiday ideas.) Here’s what you’ll need:

One bunny is up and the other got scared away. See his little tail?! {giggle}

“Hop” you love them as much as I do! And make sure you check out some of my other cello bag treat crafts:

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

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little man Easter eggs

This weekend the boys and I created a few Easter craft ideas. My “little men” inspired these fun Easter egg patterns.

They’re so simple to dye. You just need a bit of painters tape and an Xacto knife or small scissors that can take sharp turns.

We made neckties and bow ties.

And we even made mustaches. {giggle}

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

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DIY pirate skull cap suckers

I’ve been waiting a long time to share my new pirate birthday party ideas with you and I’m so excited! My youngest fell in love with the thought of pirates this past Spring, yep, a year ago, when Disney’s Jake and The Neverland Pirates premiered. So in June of this past summer I hosted an “off the hook” (HA! I’m so funny!) birthday party for him.

BUT, just before his real birthday party we had to create a new printable pirate party collection (two collections in the shoppe, pirate ship and pirate skull) to use. And since we were making a new collection that also meant we had to shoot the new collection. So I called my talented friend Angie of Angie Arthur Photography and a few other friends, which I’ll share over the next few days, and I styled a very fun pirate party on the shore of a local lake with ships in the background.

It was an awesomely hot day (pushing 95), but we all survived and the kids did have a ton of fun! I think the sugar helped. {wink} And for my little one (this little scallywag below is Angie’s baby), it was a bit like having a party before the party!

So to start, I’m going to share a very simple and fun pirate party favor idea. I picked up red and white stripe fabric from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, cut it into 2.5″x5″ strips and wrapped it around the top (aka the pirate’s head) of red Tootsie Roll suckers. As you wrap and twist to one side, add a touch of hot glue here and there. The skull cap will adhere to the paper and come right off when the kiddos are ready to eat them!

And if you’re wondering how they all stood up so well in the bucket, I covered a styrofoam ball from JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Stores with chocolate coins from the candy store.

You can see more of my new pirate party supplies by visiting the shoppe, as well as my blog posts: pirate party photo props, monogrammed pirate t-shirts, pirate ship and pirate skull cookies and more will be posted in my pirate category!

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

Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photogaphy.

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DIY teacher Valentines

My little ones are taking these fun DIY Valentine pencils to school today as teacher gifts! I saw this clever idea on Simply J Studio and couldn’t resist wrapping them up.

You’ll need Rolos, a Hershey’s Kiss, scrapbook paper and a bit of hot glue!

Cut your scrapbook paper 3.5”x4.5” (I made my horizontal stripe eraser a bit shorter than my yellow pencil paper)  and begin by wrapping your eraser paper around the Rolos first.

Next, wrap the yellow paper, attach with a few dots of glue, and attach the kiss for the pencil tip! I also added a little note that says “You’re The Write Teacher For Me!”

Simple J Studio added a few more touches that I wish I had had time for, but alas I was running a bit behind. Hop over to her blog for more details!

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

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real parties: 30th birthday

My birthday is just a week away… let’s just say 29 plus a few years {wink}. So when Amy of This HeArt of Mine sent her and her husband’s dual DIY 30th birthday party over, I just had to share. She did such a fabulous job!

Starting with the DIY invitations (see all the how-to and resources), Amy used glassine bags and confetti. I love a bright invitation to get guests excited. How could someone decline this invite?!

Next she made some lovely decorations, like this $2 cupcake stand. Very versatile and did you catch… only $2!

Plus a smart branch and glass globe centerpiece (get the how-to).

Now on to all the yummy food Amy prepared!

Pretty Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes & Ganache and Vanilla Cupcakes & Vanilla Frosting with chocolate transfer hearts.

 A bright Cranberry-Limeade party drink.

Fabulous appetizers including  Pastry Wrapped Creamy Chicken SquaresParty Crock Pot Cheese Dip, and Mustard Vegetable Dip. It all looks so yummy!

And what is a party without favors?! Amy sent all her guests home with fudge packaged in clear cups wrapped in clear cellophane and tied with pretty little personalized tags she made herself in Word.

{Amy – you did such a lovely job on the entire affair! Thanks so much for sharing!}

By the way, if you’ve hosted something fabulous, send us a note to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with the subject line “Get Featured” and we might share your creativity! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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