pin-the-jewel-on-the-crown

princessgameHere’s a twist on pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, pin-the-jewel-on-the-crown. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 yard brown or gold wrapping paper
  • Jewel tone craft paper or construction paper
  • Blind fold
  • Double sided tape
  • Prizes

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Cut a crown shape out of the wrapping paper.
  2. Cut shapes (diamonds, octagons, circles) out of the jewel tone craft paper.
  3. Cut an “X” out of the jewel tone craft paper.
  4. Just before the game begins, put a piece of double sided tape on the back of your jewels. (Tip: Do not use “permanent” unless you want them to play the game only once.)

And here’s how they play:

  • Mark the crown with the “X” showing the kids what they’re aiming for.
  • Blind fold each, spin them and let them put their jewel (with double sided tape) on the crown.
  • Whoever gets closest to your “X” wins the round and the prize.
  • Keep playing as many times as it takes for everyone to win or you run out of prizes. {wink}

 Image: Country Living

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green shower favors

bridalshowerfavor_pbWhether the host of a baby shower or the mom-to-be, you want to thank your guests for coming and for the thoughtful gifts they are sure to bring with them. With that in mind I simply love the idea of “going green.” Not only are these physically green {wink}, but they are a wonderful “green” gift. Plus, how better to signify new life.

Have a “green” favor idea? We would love to hear them. Post a comment or e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com.

Image: Pottery Barn

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birthday morning mailbox

truckcraftI posted an idea for a valentine mailbox a few weeks ago and thought I would try my hand at a birthday version. On birthday mornings I like to have something special waiting by their pancakes and what better than a little mailbox filled with birthday cards and goodies. {I know, goodies before breakfast… but it is their birthday.} This is what I came up with for my boys and here’s what you’ll need:

  • small tin mailbox
  • scrapbook paper
  • mod podge
  • sponge mod podge applicator and paintbrush
  • prepainted wooden cutout (assortment of designs available at any craft store)
  • glue gun

And here are the easy steps:

  1.  Measure around the main body and the width of the mailbox and cut scrapbook paper to fit (leaving enough at the front opening to wrap the paper into the box; this will keep the paper from peeling from use). 
  2. Using a straight edge, cut a slit and a hole to fit the section where the flag is joined.
  3. Using mod podge, attach the paper to the mailbox. Once dry, put another layer of mod podge over the top.
  4. For the back of the mailbox, place the cover face down on the back side of the paper and trace around it. Again, cut out and use mod podge to attach it.
  5. Attach the wooden cutout to the front of the box with a hot glue gun.
  6. Cut two small paper rectangles to fill the top of the flag and use mod podge to attach.

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bugs & butterflies how to video

This week’s segment on NBC’s Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan was a lot of fun. We made buggy headbands and wings, but with our tips you could make butterfly or even dragonfly wings; it’s all in how you bend the wire.

If you didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft ideas. And don’t forget to check out our bugs & butterflies custom invitations and party décor too.

Happy crafting!

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buggy wings

bug_ladybugwingsIn addition to the buggy headbands, we’re also going to demonstrate today on Daytime Columbus how to make these super easy ladybug clip on wings for your next bugs and butterflies birthday bash. I know, you’re thinking “she says everything is easy.” Well these really are. Here’s what you need:

  • ½ yard netting or bridal tulle
  • 16 gauge crafting wire (found in the jewelry section of your craft store)
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain shown
  • Wooden bug cutout (available, usually painted, in craft stores)
  • Mini clothespin
  • Glue gun (fabric glue can be used for the ribbon portions)
  • Wire cutters

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Bend the crafting wire into the shape of your wings, considering the size of the child, cut it with wire cutters and twist the ends around one another.
  2. Using the wing shape as a loose guide, cut out four pieces of netting, leaving a ¼ inch to ½ inch all the way around. Each wing will be two pieces thick.
  3. Tack the netting to the wire frames with just a touch of glue and trim off excess.
  4. Apply the ribbon to the outer rim of your wings to secure the netting and to hide the wire. The best way is to center the wire in the ribbon, pipe in a stream of glue (not too much) and then lightly tap it down with your fingers until you’ve gone all the way around each wing.
  5. Next, hot glue a mini clothespin to the back of your wooden bug cutout, near the bottom of the bug.
  6. Finally hot glue the wings to the back of the cutout, allow to cool and the wings are ready for play.

If you prefer a visual guide, the “how to” video will be posted on our blog by Friday. Happy crafting!

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buggy headbands

bugheadbands2This morning we’re going to be showing Gail Hogan of NBC’s Daytime Columbus how to make these soooo cute, if I do say so myself, ladybug and dragonfly headbands. These are wonderful for bugs and butterflies party favors or just for pretend play.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ inch (at least) headband
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain is shown
  • pipe cleaner (one for straight antenna and two for curly)
  • pom poms
  • glue gun

And here’s how you make these super easy buggy headbands:

  1. Bend your pipe cleaner in the center and then again about a half inch on both sides so that you have a inch to inch-and-a-half base. Apply the base of your pipe cleaner to the middle of the headband with a strip of hot glue. (TIP: If you want curly antenna, use two pipe cleaners. Curl one end around your finger and bend the ends about ¾ inch to apply to the headband.)
  2. Bend the tips of your pipe cleaner outward about a ¼ inch and hot glue on your pom poms.
  3. Clip two one inch sections of ribbon to cover the ends of your headband. Apply each piece with a dot of glue on both sides.
  4. Apply a dot of glue on the inside of the headband, on top of the ribbon you just placed to cover the ends, and wrap your ribbon around in a straight line to cover any exposed headband. Continue to wrap your headband angling your ribbon with each turn and gluing as you go.
  5. When you reach the pipe cleaner, get your ribbon as close to it as possible and then overlap it on the opposite side being careful not to leave exposed headband.
  6. Keep going until you’ve covered the entire headband and end your ribbon on the inside.

If you prefer to see how this is done, we’ll post the “how to” video here on our blog by Friday.

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owls are in

owlsI’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say owls are in. Who knew they could be so cute! They’re on tote bags, t-shirts, lunch boxes, and now our invitations. 

This Friday, February 20, we’re launching two new designs:

  • Owl Fun – whooo’s having a birthday? I think I love the blooming flowers as much as I love the too cute owl.
  • Owl Couple – look whooo’s having a baby! Couple baby showers are all the rage these days so I simply couldn’t resist having a mommy and daddy owl too.

As always we would love to know what you think about these two new designs. You can post a comment or send us an e-mail at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com.

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bugs & butterflies on Daytime

06-14a-cWe’re back on NBC’s Daytime Columbus this Wednesday, February 18, 2009, sharing some super fun ladybug and butterfly birthday crafts. {excited}

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, please join us at 11:00 a.m. on NBC.

And if you’re not, no worries; I’ll post the ladybug and butterfly how tos Wednesday morning before the show. Plus, the video of the show will be available right here on our blog by Friday.

Don’t forget to check out our bugs & butterflies invites and decor too!

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camp in with your kids

campinFinding things to entertain your children through the long winter months, especially those that are very active outdoors when it’s warm, can be challenging. So why not think inside your box and have a camp in. I’ve not met a kid yet that cared if their s’ mores was made over a campfire or in an oven.

Here are a few ideas on how to set the stage and enjoy some family time:

  • Campfire – most of us have one built right in; it’s called a fireplace.
  • Sleeping arrangements- for young kids, pitch a tent in the living room, the kind that pop to life. For everyone else, arrange sleeping bags on the floor.
  • Ghost stories -leave the television off for a night and tell ghost stories to each other. And if you just must have the television, make it a movie night without cell phones or computers.
  • Goodies – serve all the same things you would if you were outside: hotdogs, marshmallows, hot chocolate, popcorn.
  • Night sky - pick up those peel-n-stick stars that glow in the dark. I know what you’re thinking, “I’m not putting those on my living room ceiling.” Don’t peel off the backing, instead use some double sided tape or a hot glue gun to attach them to the ceiling and they’ll pull right off with no damage in the morning.
  • Breakfast – don’t let the fun end as soon as the sun rises. Have breakfast together and leave the outside world at bay as long as you all can resist.

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Valentine crispy messages

valentinecrispysSome of you may wonder why crispy treats. Why not sugar cookies? The simple answer is, I have a child that suffers from severe food allergies and crispy treats are an easy sweet to modify. So here goes. For this fun treat you’ll need:

ingredients:

  • 6 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 3 tsp butter (or vegan Smart Balance)
  • 1 can cream cheese icing
  • red food coloring

tools:

  • heart shaped cookie cutter (inch deep)
  • parchment paper
  • cooking spray
  • large spoon
  • resealable bags
  • icing connectors (NOTE: These are available at craft stores and are roughly 4 for $2)
  • #4 and #2 icing tips
  • toothpicks

valentinecrispies3And here are the steps:

crispy treats:

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat.
  2. Lay out a piece of parchment paper and spray your heart cookie cutter with cooking spray so that your crispy cereal will release easily.
  3. Add your rice crispies to your marshmallows and butter and stir well. (Tip: Add the cereal a little at a time to ensure you don’t make them too dry.)
  4. Spray a large spoon with cooking spray and then scoop up the crispy cereal and mold it into your cookie cutter. Pack down the cereal mixture and set the newly formed heart to the side. Repeat until you’re out of mixture and allow them to cool for at least 15 minutes before icing.

 icing:

  1. Spoon out about a half of the icing into two bowls and tint it pink red (gel food coloring works best).
  2. Clip the corner of a resealable bag, insert the bottom of a connector, and add 3 large spoons of icing into the bag. Place the #4 tip on the outside, secure the top of the connector and pipe an outline on the heart.
  3. Microwave the remaining red icing in the bowl for 10 to 15 seconds until dripping but not soupy.
  4. Slowly spoon or pour red icing into the heart area and smooth it in with a toothpick. Doing this quickly will produce a smooth surface once the icing dries.
  5. Allow the icing to set for at least five minutes.
  6. Taking a second resealable bag, clip a corner, insert the bottom of a connector, spoon in the pink icing, attach the #2 tip and the top of the connector, and pipe your lettering.
  7. Set your crispies aside and allow them to harden for several hours before packaging. 

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