How To Make Mason Jar Luminaries for 4th of July

I love hosting 4th of July BBQs out under our backyard pergola. Nothing makes me happier than watching my kids dance around with sparklers, catch fireflies and stare in awe at the magical light show on that spectacular holiday. And because we host a celebration each year, my Americana decor grows every year. This year in addition to some amazing picnic things I picked up at one of my favorite stores, I made some red, white and blue luminaries!

How To Make Mason Jar Luminaries | @kimbyers for @joann_stores

Hop on over to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, The Creative Spark, to get my complete tutorial, including pictures of each DIY step. It’s oh so easy and they’re beautiful when lit up at night!

DIY Luminary Tutorial with @joann_stores and @kimbyers

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

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Easy Peasy Father’s Day Balloons

Father’s Day is only a few days away and wouldn’t it be fun to show Dad how much you love him with balloons. Personalized balloons!

Father's Day Surprise Balloons | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My boys and I whipped up a few for my hubby’s Father’s Day / birthday celebration that I shared a few days ago.

Father's Day Celebration Ideas | Kim Byers, theCelebrationShoppe.com

So easy to make. You’ll need:

  • Balloons (I used mini and regular size)
  • Vinyl
  • Cricut Explore with Design Space file (or you could use a template and scissors!)
  • Cricut Transfer Tape

Just cut, blow the balloons up, weed out the vinyl, apply the transfer tape and apply to balloons. Takes less than 10 minutes and the impact lasts for days!

Father's Day Balloons | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Father's Day Balloons | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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Make An Easy Parade Shaker + Let Freedom Ring Free Printable

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Glad, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pressnsealhacks http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

My family loves parades, especially our local 4th of July parade. We live in a small town suburb just outside of a big city, so we get all the conveniences but will a small town feel. And for our little town, the parade is actually quite large. We go with our flags, and our candy bags, and this year we’re going with these fun Let Freedom Ring parade shakers I made!

DIY Parade Shaker + Let Freedom Ring Free Printable | @kimbyers

Let’s get crafty and make these little LET FREEDOM RING shakers for your parade! You can pick the Glad Press ‘n Seal and most of the other supplies at Walmart!

DIY crafts with Glad Press N Seal

Supplies:

Easy steps:

  1. Attach straw handle with washi tape
  2. Cut a piece of Glad Press N Seal about the size of the paper and wrap the bottom and sides
  3. Insert bells in top and close
  4. Tie ribbon for a little added pretty

DIY Mason Jar Lids with Glad Press N Seal | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Glad Press N Seal is also a great DIY mason jar lid! Perfect for keeping the bugs off your favorite summer beverage while you wait for the parade to start. 

DIY Mason Jar Lids | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the best part, it’s as simple as placing the Glad Press N Seal on the top of the jar, adding the outer screw top lid, using scissors or a straight edge to cut off the excess (won’t hurt the glass jar) and poking a hole in the center for the straw. I added a strip of ribbon for decoration on the jar, and little washi tape flags on the straws. A few minutes of crafting for a very fun outcome.

By the way, if you’ve lost the outer rim to those mason jars, the Glad Press N Seal… seals. Ha! So no need for it!

You can keep up with Glad on Twitter and Instagram. By the way, they love talking to customers so make sure you say hi!

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Father’s Day Surprise With Fudge Ganache Ice Cream Cake

We planned a Father’s Day surprise for my hubby! See, he was born on Father’s Day in 19… okay… I’m not allowed to tell you what year. Just know it was Father’s Day. {wink} So it was really a joint Father’s Day and birthday surprise. Afterwards we took him to the movies too. Lucky guy!

Father's Day Celebration Ideas | Kim Byers, theCelebrationShoppe.com

Today’s ideas are sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery.

My boys helped me plan what we wanted to do for him. The biggest thing they wanted, was for their dad to know how very much they love him. Sweet babies!

Father's Day Cake | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

After making it obvious that he is our #1 DAD, we wanted to get his favorite treat. ICE CREAM!!

And this amazing Tall, Dark & Delicious (don’t you love the name!) cake from Cold Stone Creamery is layers of moist Devil’s Food Cake, Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Brownies & Chocolate Ice Cream with OREO® Cookies wrapped in fluffy White Frosting and cascading Fudge Ganache… oh my! Let me tell you, Dad will feel very loved!

Father's Day Surprise with Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Father's Day Fudge Ganache Ice Cream Cake

Want one for Father’s Day  or any upcoming occasion? It’s so easy to order. You can do it online at ColdStoneCakes.com! I ordered mine and picked it up the next day. They often have some right in the freezer case, but with so many flavors it’s best to order online so you know they have what you want.

Now for the Father’s Day table. It was a fun set-up. We chose blue and silver as our color palette and it was perfect for my hubby. Plus my kids couldn’t get enough of the balloons. There would have been more but I had to stop them. {wink} We also added waffle cone cups since that is our preferred ice cream plate of choice. And it wouldn’t be a party for dad without root beer, so we made some little necktie wrappers for them.

I have to admit, my favorite party craft was adding the messages to the balloons. The balloons and the #1 DAD on the wall gave it that extra special touch. My hubby really loved it. I’ll share how I did it, along with the files so you can do it too in a post on Wednesday.

Father's Day Fudge Ganache Cake | Kim Byers

Father's Day Balloons | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Father's Day Surprise | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Father's Day Surprise Balloons | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Father's Day Fudge Ganache Ice Cream Cake | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Happy Father's Day Surprise | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can keep up with Cold  Stone Creamery and all their amazing flavors on Twitter and Instagram. By the way, they love talking to customers so make sure you say hi!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And Happy Father’s Day to all those amazing dads out there!!

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How To Make A Chalkboard Cake Topper

Who doesn’t love a great cake topper?! Or in this case… doughnut topper. Make it chalkboard cake topper and you’ve hit a home run! Oh yes!

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I created four chalkboard crafts for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ latest Idea Market Lookbook. The Lookbook is online and in stores so make sure you pop in and grab a copy. My projects and my face are in stores too. Eeek! {grin}

Chalkboard Cake Topper | Easy DIY With TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Let’s get crafty! You can skip right over to Jo-Ann for all the details on how to create these embroidery hoops, plus you can purchase all the supplies right there online and they’ll ship to your house! Love that feature!

By the way, do you know how to transfer your own designs over to chalk? If not, check out my step-by step pictorial!

Chalkboard Crafts | Kim Byers for JoAnn.com

You can see all my projects in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Summer Lookbook AND in stores. This is just a little peek. Most stores even have an isle dedicated to chalkboard project supplies, along with bigger images of these projects. It’s a bit surreal and I’m so thankful. Okay… one last look!

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

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How To Make A DIY Chalkboard Banner

Chalkboard banners are all the rage. One banner that you can easily change for any occasion… love! I created four chalkboard crafts for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ latest Idea Market Lookbook. The Lookbook is online and in stores so make sure you pop in and grab a copy. My projects and my face are in stores too. Eek! I’m not sure where it will be in your store, but look for the isle dedicated to chalk crafts.

Easy DIY Chalkboard Banner | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can skip right over to Jo-Ann for all the details on how to create this easy banner, plus you can purchase all the supplies right there online and they’ll ship to your house! Love that feature.

Want to know how to transfer a hand drawn or printed design to chalkboard? 

  1. Type or write sentiments
  2. Transfer sentiment – flip paper over and chalk entire back with the side of a piece of chalk. Center and tape paper to chalkboard. Pencil over entire design and the chalk will transfer to the chalkboard. Remove paper.
  3. Darken chalk – the pencil transfer may be enough, but if you prefer a brighter effect, use a piece of chalk to go over the design again.
  4. Cleanup – A damp paintbrush, fine tip is best for small areas, is the perfect eraser and if you’re like me, you’ll need one.

Chalkboard Crafts | Kim Byers for JoAnn.com

You can see all my projects in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Summer Lookbook AND in stores. This is just a little peek. And as I mentioned above, most stores even have an isle dedicated to chalkboard project supplies, along with bigger images of these projects. It’s a bit surreal and I’m so thankful.

Did you miss my chalkboard embroidery hoop crafts and a peek into one corner of my studio? Make sure you hop over for a look and to get the designs!

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

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Inspirational Chalkboard Embroidery Hoops & How To Chalk Transfer Your Own Design

Do you love the chalkboard trend? I created four chalkboard crafts for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ latest Idea Market Lookbook. The Lookbook is online and in stores so make sure you pop in and grab a copy. My projects and my face are in stores too. I’m not sure where it will be in your store, but look for the isle dedicated to chalk crafts. Eek! {grin}

The first project is a set of inspirational embroidery hoops for my office. I chose phrases that would inspire me daily to stay on track and thank God for all he does in my life, even when it’s not in my plan. Then, I’ll show you how to easily transfer your own designs from paper to chalkboard. So let’s get crafty!

How To Transfer Designs From Paper To Chalk | @kimbyers

You can skip right over to Jo-Ann for all the details on how to create these embroidery hoops, plus you can purchase all the supplies right there online and they’ll ship to your house! Love that feature.

Chalkboard Embroidery Hoops | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

If you want to make these designs specifically, here are my files:

  • Praise Him In The Hallway, 8 inch hoop art (click on image below)
  • Dreams, 7 inch hoop art (click on image below)
  • Hoop circles – if you have a Cricut Explore, you can use these files in Cricut Design Space. These are set specifically for the 8” hoop, which can easily be adjusted for the 7″ or another sizePraise Him In The Hallway Art | Kim Byers

Dreams Hoop Art | Kim Byers

And now, let me teach you how to easily chalk any design you want onto chalkboard (paper, metal, walls… anywhere).

How To Chalk Your Own Designs | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 Transferring chalk is as easy as having paper, chalk, chalkboard and a pencil. Here are the simple steps for the transfer and the hoops:

  1. Paint – paint hoops solid black. (TIP: Tape over the fasteners.)
  2. Create fabric hoops – lay coordinating fabric in 14” and 6” hoops, close and trim off excess.
  3. Print or handwrite sentiments – write sentiments by hand or on your computer, centering them and keeping them within the size of your hoop. Print. (TIP: Using multiple font types and sizes increases visual interest.)
  4. Cut chalkboard cardstock – using the inner hoop, outer wall, as a guide, draw a light ring with a pencil. Cut. (Or, you could use a circle cutter or a machine like a Cricut.)
  5. Transfer sentiment – place paper over hoop, center and trim. Flip paper over (white side) and chalk entire back with the side of a piece of chalk. Tape paper to chalkboard circle. Pencil over entire design and the chalk will transfer to the chalkboard cardstock. Remove paper.
  6. Darken chalk – the pencil transfer may be enough, but if you prefer a brighter effect, use a piece of chalk to go over the design again.

Clean-up TIP: A damp paintbrush, fine tip is best for small areas, is the perfect eraser and if you’re like me, you’ll need one.

Chalkboard Crafts | Kim Byers for JoAnn.com

You can see all my projects in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Summer Lookbook AND in stores. This is just a little peek. And as I mentioned above, most stores even have an isle dedicated to chalkboard project supplies, along with bigger images of these projects. It’s a bit surreal and I’m so thankful.

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

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DIY Movie Ticket Shaped Chalkboard – Family Movie Night Fun

Does your family have regular movie nights? We do! Every Friday we snuggle up, eat popcorn and watch a movie. It’s my excuse to eat chocolate too. Don’t judge. We all look forward to it all week! {wink}

DIY Chalkboard Movie Ticket | @kimbyers

Recently I shared our concession stand bar cart and promised to share how I made this simple chalkboard movie ticket.

It’s as easy as cutting the shape out of chalkboard vinyl. Have I told you I’m obsessed with vinyl?

If you have a Cricut Explore Air, use my Cricut Design Space project, load the vinyl, press load and cut. It’s that easy! I love the Bristol chalkboard pens. They work great and clean-up in a cinch. And my kiddos get a huge kick out of writing the next film name on the wall so we all get excited about our upcoming feature. {grin}

DIY Chalkboard For Movie Night | @kimbyers

If you missed our concession stand bar cart, make sure you hop over and learn how we set up for the big night, plus get a resource list for all my pretties including the darling aqua plates and cups. The marquee M is by far the kids’ favorite. {wink}

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

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Butterfly Baby Shower – It’s A Girl

I have a thing for butterflies and I just found out that my beautiful niece is having a baby! Yay! Although it’s too early to know if she’s having a boy or girl, I thought it might be fun to gather some ideas for a Butterfly Baby Shower… you know… just in case.

Butterfly Baby Shower | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 Thank you to Hiedi Swapp Minc  for sponsoring today’s ideas!

Have you seen the Minc machine yet? All of these pretty little party supplies were black and white until I applied foil. And the best part, it took me all of 10 minutes to foil both the butterflies and the banner!

Butterfly Cake | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

The butterfly cake is my favorite! I used simple glue dots to double the butterflies and add them to my cake plate. And I used floral wire on lollipop sticks to make the butterflies fly. So simple but darling (especially in person).

The foiling process is simple. Just insert designs (you can create your own), place them in the sleeve, select a heat and roll them through! Unlike other products the Minc has four rollers so there is an even foiling over the entire design.

Foil Covered Butterflies for Baby Shower | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

With all the foil colors available and so many pretty designs, you could make everything from baby showers, to birthdays, to holidays. I’m thinking of making a red, white and silver party in foil for the 4th of July. The sparkle of the foil will make it beautiful.

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Baby Shower | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Foil Butterflies with Minc | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to know more about the Minc machine?

  • Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 & Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x 10’)
  • Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops
  • The Minc is a fairly light weight and pretty enough to leave out on your crafting table!
  • It has the ability to accept a 12” wide sheets
  • It has adjustable heat settings that allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer

By the way, you’re going to want ALL of these colors! I used rose and pink on my baby shower supplies, but as I said above, I’m thinking red, silver and blue for my next project. {wink}

Heidi Swapp Foil

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

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Interview with Ella & Annie Magazine

There are so many beautiful entertaining magazines out there these days and Ella and Annie is no exception. Chocked full of darling party ideas, free printable designs, recipes and creative photography, you must take a look!

Ella and Annie Magazine Interview with Kim Byers

If you stop in on page 48, you’ll see a bit of my interview with the editors.And on page 42, one of my all time favorite cupcake creations: Father’s Day Lawn Mower Cupcakes. It’s no chore eating these cupcakes. {wink}

Ella and Annie Interview with Kim Byers

There are tons of fun ideas, these are a few of my favs from the issue. Hop on over and take a look, plus get all the resources. You won’t be disappointed!

Baby Shower Ideas in latest Ella and Annie Magazine

Blueberry Frosting & Chocolate Cupcakes in latest Ella and Annie Magazine

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