DIY: Cupcake Topper/Favor Tag Tutorial

Alright, I promised another tutorial on cupcake toppers.  The original tutorial showed how to take anything a book, printed paper cup, etc. and make it into a cupcake topper.  You can check out that tutorial here.

For the cupcake toppers I made at Landon’s Second birthday party, the process is quite simple for the construction part.  Designing them on the computer in photoshop is a whole another story.  If you want to skip the hard part, I sell digital download/printable cupcake toppers at my Etsy shop: HoneysuckleAndLace.

Here is a refresher of what his pirate themed birthday party cupcake toppers looked like:

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Alright and on to the how-to part….

  1. After designing my cupcake toppers I printed them out of card stock.  When I designed them I kept in mind how big my craft circle punch cutters were.  I used two different sized circle punches: 2 inch and 1.5 inch.  I used two different sized so I could have a 3-D or layered cupcake topper.  Below the chevron paper was used for the background and the round circles the front of the cupcake topper.cupcake-topper-tutorial-1
  2. Punch out your circles.cupcake-topper-tutorial-2
  3. Build your topper.  This is where I first attached foam (to make the topper layered) to the back of smaller circle.  Then I attached the front circle to the background circle using a glue dot (Glue dots not pictured below).  There are also glue dots that are made like double-sided tape which would have been great for this project but I didn’t have any on hand.  cupcake-topper-tutorial-3
  4. Attach toothpick or lollipop stick and backer.  I used tape to secure the toothpick and a glue dot to attach a white backer (2 inch circle)  to the back so the tooth pick wasn’t visible.  You do not have to put a backer on but I had time and enough card stock to do it, so I did.cupcake-topper-tutorial-4 cupcake-topper-tutorial-5

If you were making a Favor Tag:

  1. Punch out circle.
  2. Punch a hole for ribbon or twine by using an old-fashion 1 hole-punch.
  3. Thread ribbon of twine through tag and attach it favor bag.

That’s all Folks!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Make Your Own Snack Mix

snack-mixRecently for the Easter holiday I decided to make my own snack mix to put in my parents Easter basket.  Yeah, you read that right…I made my parents an Easter basket.  You never are too old for an Easter basket!  They came to visit and we all had a lovely time.  It was probably the best Easter we have had in years!

Landon had so much fun chasing bubbles (a bubble machine was in his Easter basket) and the weather was gorgeous.

Now back to the Snack Mix….

Here are the goodies I put in my Snack Mix:

  • Cheez-its
  • Pretzels
  • Peanuts
  • Dark Chocolate M&Ms
  • Shelled Sunflower Seeds

I kept is pretty simple but my parents LOVED it!  It was perfect because they rode the train up to see me and it made a great snack for the train ride home.

The key to making it was using a GIANT bowl to mix everything up.  I was even able to up-cycle the peanut jar into my gift container.  All it took was some glue dots, scrapbook paper, and some stickers to dress it up!  

It is such a easy gift to make and doesn’t cost much.  It let my parents know they were loved and that we were very happy to have them for the weekend.

 

 

DIY: Fabric Headboard

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A picture tutorial (Materials and directions at bottom)

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Materials:

  • Plywood
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples
  • Tape Measure
  • Protractor
  • Quilt Batting, 2 bags
  • Polyfill, 2-4 bags
  • Fabric
  • Jigsaw
  • Pencil

Directions:

  1. Cut your wood to size or have them cut it for you when you buy it. We made a king size headboard. It was 76″ wide and 31″ tall.
  2. Cover wood with batting and staple to secure.
  3. Cover with polyfill
  4. Sandwich the polyfill with the fabric. We actually sandwiched the polyfill with a layer of batting, before placing the fabric on top.
  5. Staple to secure.
  6. Adjust padding and secure as you go. Trim excess fabric and batting. The fabric that we used was actually from a shower curtain.
  7. Add mounting hardware and hang your headboard.

DIY: Balloon Clouds

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Balloon clouds are another really EASY way to add COLOR to your party decorations.  When you add some streamers to them, you have a party-perfect backdrop!  So easy and fabulous!

Each balloon cloud contains 9 balloons of approximately the same size.  The trick is making them group together in a “cloud.”  To do this, after the balloons are blown up, take a zip tie (that you may use to close a trash bag) and thread it through the end of the balloons where you tied them off.  Zip-tie the ring of balloons together and voila! You now have a balloon cloud with a ring to help with hanging.  When I hung the balloon clouds I used dental floss because it’s so thin (and you barely can see in when hung).

Another perk to this party decoration is it’s really inexpensive to do.  Who doesn’t LOVE that?

Easy Mickey Mouse Party Hats

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Materials:

  • Dollar store party hats
  • Black construction paper or card stock
  • Glue dots
  • Toothpicks
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • A can to use as a stencil

The beauty of this is, it’s the easiest thing, ever, to do and kids LOVE THEM! To make these mickey mouse party hats, all I did was add the ears to dollar store party hats. You gotta love that it costs like nothing to make too! For the ears…

  1. Cut out black circles on card stock or construction paper. I was able to use construction paper because of the toothpick later on. However, card stock is much more sturdy. You will need 2-4 circles for each hat (depending on if you care if the back is exposed) I used the bottom of an almond can as a stencil for my circles.
  2. Attach ears to toothpicks, as seen in picture below, with a glue dot. The glue dot should be almost an inch from the edge of the circle. Place toothpicks into the glue dots, making sure you leave enough toothpick to extended over the dot for support.
  3. If you want to cover up your handy work, use a glue dot to secure another black circle on top of the exposed toothpick. (This makes a back.)
  4. Stick ears into hat, the beauty of this is that the toothpicks aren’t long enough to stick the person wearing the hat, BUT they are long enough to make the ears hold.

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DONE! Fun mickey mouse party hats! Was that easy of what? The kids could even help!

How to make cupcake toppers


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Cupcake toppers are an easy way to dress up any cupcake. Anyone can simply stick a toothpick in a cupcake. However, it is not always easy to find cupcake toppers that fit your design or theme needs. I am throwing a mickey themed birthday party very soon for my little munchkin and don’t have a lot of time, the day of, to decorate cupcakes. My solution: CUPCAKE TOPPERS! They can be made ahead of time and literally take seconds to place into a cupcake. Here is all the info you need to make them yourself….

  1. Grab your supplies. You can see that I re-use all of the same materials over-and-over. Similar supplies was used in this tutorial.cupcaketoppersupplies
  2. Deconstruct cups. The images I wanted happened to be on a cup. These could be printed off the computer on card stock or punched out of an old book. Wherever you find the images you want.cupcaketoppers6cupcaketoppers7
  3. Punch out the images you want. I used a 1 inch scalloped paper puncher I got from Michaels. They have so many different designs it’s insane!cupcaketoppers8
  4. Punch out colorful backs for your cupcake toppers. (This will hide the toothpick and add more color.)cupcaketoppers9

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  5. Place a glue dot on the back of the image. It should be placed in the top center.cupcaketoppers3 cupcaketoppers5
  6. Sandwich the glue dot, with the cutout for the back. Press firmly so it held together well.cupcaketoppers-front cupcaketoppers-back
  7. Slide the tooth pick in the bottom (this part will still be open). And you’re DONE!!!cupcaketoppers1

The easiest of crafts and quick! What are your tips for decorating cupcakes or cakes quickly?

How to make a pennat flag banner

My little man is turning one very soon, so it gave me an excuse to craft. I love doing anything creative, and this was so easy. Flag banners are so cute and fun. They are extremely versatile, as well. You can use them at wedding showers, baby showers, birthday parties, carnival events, etc. I used card stock for the flags, but you can use fabric or scrapbook paper. I also used ribbon to connect each flag, but you can use twine, jute cord, or whatever inspires you.

Supplies

My supplies:

  • Multicolored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue dots
  • Peel and stick letters
  • Yarn needle
  • Ribbon (not pictured)
  • Hole punch (not pictured)

Directions:

  1. Determine how big you want your flags to be. I decided to go with a 5 inch base because I did not want my letters to look tiny.
  2. To make the actual flag stencil:
    1. Use a ruler to draw a 5 inch base.
    2. In the center of the 5 inch line, draw a line perpendicular to the base (to where the point of the triangle would be).
    3. Use a ruler to connect the two points on each side.
    4. Cut out the triangle.
    5. Viola, you now have your stencil.
  3. Use the stencil to trace triangles on your sheets of card-stock or scrapbook paper.trace
  4. Cut out triangles.
  5. Once you have your flags, place letters on each flag. I used peel and stick letters to save time. If some of the sticky was lacking, I added a glue dot to secure the flag.
  6. Preview how it looks before you get ready to string your flags. When I looked at this, I decided that the P’s in happy, colors, should be switched. Neon green on yellow is hard to read. I also decided to have a flag in the middle of the words to act as a space. I’m debating putting a Mickey cutout on the “space” flag, since he’s having a Mickey themed birthday party. Haven’t decided yet….step-3
  7. Once the flags are to your liking, punch holes in the top, so they can be strung. I decided to do two holes on each flag. I didn’t worry about the spacing between holes being perfect. I wanted the banner to look homemade.  To me, homemade equals made with love.  I also didn’t have a single hole punch, so I used a three hole punch.
  8. Once you have your holes punch, string your flags. I used Happy Birthday ribbon and a yarn needle to help the threading. Keep in mind when stringing to always thread the flags the same way. I threaded from back to front because I wanted the ribbon to show.
  9. After your flags are all on, adjust any spacing, and you are done! So easy and fun!

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How to color your hair at home

Today, I am getting highlights which got me thinking about my hair color obsession. Full color, highlights, lowlights-I’ve done it all.  I have also had some scary occurrences (which all happened at a salon). One was so bad it took 7 hours and multiple salons to get my hair close to livable again. I have even been brave enough to color at home. I’m a big fan on using semi-permanent hair color to get that slightly darker look for the winter months.
If you are brave enough to do your hair at home, here are some pointers I learned along the way:

  1. Use semi-permanent hair color.This way you can see how much you like it before you color your hair permanently. If you don’t like the color you get with semi-permanent, you can use clarifying shampoo to wash it out. My favorite is Clairol’s Natural Instincts collection.
  2. Get help.  I always recruit my husband -who-hates-it- but I give him the whole this is saving us money speech. This will help to not make a huge mess and to make sure all parts of your hair are covered.
  3. Apply moisturizer or lotion to your face and neck before you start.This prevents color from staining these areas.
  4. Protect your clothes, by NOT wearing any.DOES A ROBE COUNT? You are going to have to get in the shower after your color is applied or wash your hair in a sink.
    I have found the easiest way to do this is to use an old cap-n-gown (they zip up and down so no having to pull anything over your head). Just upzip when you are ready to rinse your hair in the shower.
  5. Use a drop cloth or color your hair in an area that you aren’t afraid if you drop some dye. Hair dye stains if you don’t wipe it away quickly. I have used an old bed skirt as a drop cloth if you don’t have one handy.
  6. If you have long, full hair, you are going to need more than 1 box. I suggest buying 3 boxes of hair color. Save your receipt, if you don’t use them all you can return the extra boxes.
  7. Do not use the color touch up that some kits come with (to use a week after coloring). It’s NOT the same color as your hair dye! It’s usually a toner that adds red tones to your hair, which may not be the look you are going for. Once red is in your hair it is very difficult to get out.
  8. If you are going lighter than your current hair color, go to a salon.Seriously, don’t try to go blonde by yourself. You do not want to have pumpkin hair or to damage it!