February 2013 archive

Wine Glass Table Decoration

Wine Glass Table Decoration

I love using wine glasses for decorations and gifts. I thought this decoration, a wine glass filled with tissue paper and curling ribbon, would make a great table decoration for a birthday or dinner party. I think I will have them do double duty as a decoration and favor at my next cocktail party.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to ways to use wine glasses as decorations. You can stuff them with tulle, tissue paper, curling ribbon, ribbon korkers, flowers, and many other fun trinkets. Remember this simple and affordable decoration when you are decorating for your next soiree!

Elizabeth

Blog Share-Party Favors

Party Favors

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

My birthday is around the corner, so I have had my mind on cute party favors lately. I saw these ribbon wrapped mini wine bottles on Southern Living. Mini wine bottles would make a great favor for an adult party or bridal shower. I love the contrast of the green ribbon to the rose wine. Different ribbons could be matched to the wine to customize it to the occasion. Even though this drink favor is only appropriate for adults, you could definitely modify it for a kid friendly favor. Glass soda bottles or mason jars filled with lemonade would make a great favor for a kid’s party. You could use ribbon to tie a brightly colored straw to the bottle or jar to add a special touch to your favor. Remember these fun favor ideas as the warmer months are approaching!

Elizabeth

Bedroom Door Decoration

Bedroom Door Decoration

I always had some kind of decoration on my bedroom door when I was a kid. A Christmas ornament, a picture, a quote…whatever resonated with me at the time. This is a great craft to have your kids do to create something personalized for their bedroom door. They can pick out different pictures, words, or objects to incorporate into their door design.

Supplies:

  • Dowel
  • Ribbon of choice (I recommend 3/8″)
  • Pictures, magazine clippings, printed words, graphics
  • Colored Card stock paper or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint(optional)

Directions:

1. Wrap your dowel in ribbon and secure each end with a dot of hot glue. Another option would be to paint the dowel.

2. Cut a piece of ribbon for the “hanger”. I used a piece that was approximately 2 feet long. Wrap one end of the ribbon around the dowel to create a loop about one inch in from the end of the dowel.

3. Repeat on the other side so that you now have a ribbon hanger for your decoration.

4. Get together your embellishments for your door decoration. I used descriptive words, images, and the room owners name. I printed off all of the words and images and glued them to scrapbooking paper.  You could use photographs, magazine clippings, or small objects as well. Lay out your personal tokens to figure out how you want everything to hang.

5. Attach your  hanging items to the dowel with a piece of ribbon. Hot glue the object to the end of the ribbon, then loop and glue the ribbon to the dowel. I recommend starting in the center and working your way out.

6. You are almost finished! Hot glue the name to the center of the dowel. Voila…you have a personalized bedroom door accessory.

This same project could also be a mobile if you make all of of your hanging objects double sided. Have fun making this project with the kids during your next craft session!

Elizabeth

Blog Share-Fabric Scrap Canopy

Blog Share

Head over to Colors Mixed Together to see Kim’s instructions for this cute Canopy Fabric Scrap Swag. She has been working on redecorating her daughter’s room, and this fabric scrap canopy was the perfect embellishment for the great twin bed that she was able to find. Kim uses fabric in her tutorial, but you could also use strips of your favorite ribbon. This same method could also be applied to create garlands for a number of holidays and parties. I hope this post inspires you to make some simple updates to your home decor.

Elizabeth

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! I have a couple quick and easy sweet treats that you can whip up for a yummy dessert for all of your sweeties on this special day. I love both of these recipes because they use store bought cake mixes. Cake mixes make it so easy to bake up a yummy dessert without having to spend hours in the kitchen. I hope you enjoy these Valentine themed cookies!

Raspberry Almond Cookies

1 box of white cake mix

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of almond extract

1 tub of vanilla frosting

Raspberry jam

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the cake mix, eggs, almond extract, and vegetable oil in a bowl until combined.

3. Place small balls of dough(about 1″) on a cookie sheet.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes. You don’t want the cookies to brown.

5. Mix raspberry jam into the icing until you reach your desired color and flavor.

6. Ice the cookies once they have cooled.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Cookies

1 box of strawberry cake mix

2 eggs

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

cream cheese icing

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil until combined.

3. Here’s where you have an option. You may immediately scoop the dough into balls and bake…OR you can chill the dough for about 30 minutes and then cut into hearts.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes.

5. Let the cookies cool and then frost with cream cheese icing(or whatever flavor is your favorite).

The possibilities are endless when it comes to cake mix cookies. I love experimenting with different extracts and mix-ins when I make these cookies. You can also make these cookies with one box of cake mix, and 8oz tub of Cool Whip, and 1 egg. The Cool Whip adds a nice fluffiness to the cookies. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Blog Share-Valentine Lollypop Flowers

Valentine Lollypop Flowers

Have you made Valentine treats for all of your friends(or children’s friends) yet? If not, I have the perfect craft for you. This project combines two Valentine’s Day staples…candy and flowers! Head over to Rachael Rabbit to view the tutorial for this Valentine Lollypop Flower. Have fun making this cute treat for all of your Valentines :)

Elizabeth

Easy Valentine Necklace

Easy Valentine Necklace

Do you want to give out extra special Valentines this year? Well I have an easy Valentine necklace for you that varies a little from the traditional Valentine that you usually receive. Grab the kids because they will love making these for all of their friends.

Supplies:

  • Scrapbook paper or card stock
  • Hole punch
  • 1/4″ or 3/8″ Ribbon
  • Marker, crayon, colored pencil, or pen
  • Scissors

Directions:

1. Trace a heart pattern onto the back of your paper.

2. Cut out your heart and fold in half. Punch a hole towards the top of your heart close to the fold. Unfold and you have two holes for your ribbon. Decorate your heart as desired. You can add a name, initial, or just draw a fun design.

3. Thread your piece of ribbon through the holes. For this necklace I tied my bow over the front of the heart, but you could also tie your bow on the top of the necklace that would fall at the back of your neck.

Wasn’t that easy? You can also write a sweet message on the back of the heart. I think it would be fun to put a lollipop through the loop of ribbon that’s in front of the heart so that you are making your special Valentine a double gift(who doesn’t love candy and a necklace?). This same method can be used to make gift tags to put on jars of Valentine treats :) Have fun making all of your Valentine’s Day gifts this weekend!

Elizabeth

Blog Share- Tulle and Lights

Tulle and Lights

Everyone is using tulle and lights to decorate for parties and weddings. I mean who doesn’t love fluffy, delicate tulle and twinkling lights…I sure do. Here’s a couple examples that I found around the blog world(thank you Pinterest).

Spotted on Vintage Lace & Pearls

Spotted on Eventful Life (This site features other light and tulle decorations as well)

The possibilities are endless when it comes to lights and tulle. I think it would be fun to wrap tulle covered lights around a wreath form to create a twinkling wreath. The twinkling wreath would be a great decoration and night light for a little girl’s bedroom. Have fun experimenting with these materials to add a little sparkle to your next event!

Elizabeth