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!

Join me on facebook, sign-up for my daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow me on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like:

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!

Join me on facebook, sign-up for my daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow me on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like:

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!

Join me on facebook, sign-up for my daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow me on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like:

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.

Join me on facebook, sign-up for my daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow me on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like:

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!

Join me on facebook, sign-up for my daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow me on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like:

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!

Join me on facebook, sign-up for my daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow me on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like:

stadium of Cheez-It fans

For my most recent project with Kellogg’s Snackpicks, I created a fun and simple idea for the upcoming Super Bowl party season. I know what you’re thinking, these aren’t going to be the Super Bowl colors! That’s because this project was created months ago. But now with the game only a few weeks away and with the teams being finalized soon, I’m thinking it might be fun to update these as a little free printable?! {smile} UPDATE: FREE 2012 printables are posted! AND 2013 Super Bowl party templates are posted!

For the stadium, I just picked up a wire spice rack, filled cupcake liners with my favorite Cheez-Its, there are tons of flavors, wrapped them in these little cups, gave them some pennants and done!

These could be great for all kinds of snacks too. Kellogg’s has these fabulous 100 calorie pack mini cookies that would be a perfect fit. They even have white chocolate covered pretzel hitting the shelves this month and they are super yummy! Confession: I had a bag last night with my evening cup of coffee… and I didn’t even feel guilty about it! {smirk}

Hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks for tons of Super Bowl recipes ideas too, like mini chipotle hamberger sliders, bruschetta bites, brownie rainbow pie and more! And no worries, I’ll link the free printables back to this post as soon as they’re ready! UPDATE: FREE 2012 printables are posted! And 2013 Super Bowl party templates are posted!

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

Join us on facebook, sign-up for our daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow us on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like:

crafting away the winter blahs

Hi Everyone! It’s Bridget, again. Since I haven’t shared in a while, I thought I’d kick off my first post of the year with some of my favorite ways to keep away the winter blahs. With school back in session and short, cold days here in Ohio, it’s pretty hard to get out and enjoy the world outside. So, as my littlest strapped on her new roller skates and desperately tried to find entertainment by rolling her way around my kitchen, I realized I REALLY need a plan! Preferably one that includes some fabulous boredom busters… and if my floors avoid inevitable demise, all the better!

My oldest is a science buff and fell in love with these Crystal Geode Eggs we found at Martha Stewart. I can see this project “hopping” up again in our future soon! {wink}  My middle one is a bit more crafty and has become enthralled with the world of  friendship bracelets. We couldn’t resist the sweet way to share her new passion that we found from Dandee Designs 

In a perfect world, I’d have this list of exciting, crafty educational ideas with which to fill my kiddo’s days. On second thought, I do… I just call it pinterest (these are Kim’s boards, but I have some too!); which was exactly how I found these fun and fabulous fingerpainting ideas, too. No parent who fingerpaints with the kids is bored!

As always we hope you are inspired to craft, bake and create!

Join us on facebook, sign-up for our daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow us on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like:

easy last minute Christmas crafts

With only a few days to Christmas and the boys out of school, we plan to host a cookie decorating party with a few close friends, make fun crafts, color in our coloring books, eat sweet things until our teeth hurt, etc. etc. {wink}

And these are a few of the fun ideas that we might try:

Reindeer ornament craft from Little Bit Funky; Winter wonderland snow globe ornament from Family Fun; Wishing spool from Family Fun; Construction paper wreath from Our Small-Town Idaho Life; Cork reindeer craft from Make The Best of Things; Print and build a printable nativity set via How About Orange; Straw Christmas tree craft from Reading Confetti

For more ideas, visit my Christmas ideas board on pinterest. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

Join us on facebook, sign-up for our daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow us on twitter and pinterest for daily inspiration.

you may also like:

coffee filter cookie sleeve

For my most recent Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com article I created a DIY coffee filter cookie sleeve. Here’s how:

Just simple folds, insert your Keebler Chips Deluxe cookies and close with a band of patterned paper. Done! Hop over to Snackpicks.com to see more ideas on hosting a Santa inspired milk and cookies bar for your Christmas party. And visit the shoppe for all of our printable Santa party decor.

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

Join us on facebook, sign-up for our daily feedburner e-mail (box in the right navigation), follow us on twitter and pinterest.

you may also like: