Easy High School Class Reunion Centerpieces

by Dinah Wulf

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I can’t believe that I will be celebrating my twenty year high school reunion next month.  I went to high school in a very small town on the East Coast.  My graduating class was about 200 people and I was the Student Government President…I know… I’m a Geek now and I was a Geek back then too!  My classmates and I were very close, and after all these years we still are.  Even though I live in California, I still keep in touch with a handful of best friends and I go back to visit often. For our reunion, I volunteered to make these Easy High School Class Reunion Centerpieces.

I SCORED at IKEA the other day.  I walked in thinking I was going a different route for the centerpieces. I originally was going to frame black and white pictures of the school and put fresh flowers on the table, but then I saw a large yellow banner with a $1.99 sale for these lanterns on it. What??? $1.99??? I couldn’t pass it up.  I immediately put 10 lanterns in my big recyclable yellow bag with blue handles.

Easy Class Reunion Centerpieces

When I got home I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I measured the glass panels and designed three simple school spirited panels on my computer. I printed them on plain white computer paper and used double sided tape to tape them inside each lantern.

DIY Class Reunion Centerpieces IKEA

I added a tea light and voila… cute and simple centerpiece! We are having the party at a bar so I think these will be perfect for bar sized tables. I may opt to do more but I think that’s it for now because I have to mail them along with the Dollar store photo booth props and Mod Podge photo props that I made.

Easy High School Class Reunion Centerpieces

Easy Class Reunion Lanterns

I can’t wait until the reunion! Less than a month away!

Party Top Hat Headband DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter turns four at the end of this month and my husband and I are taking her two best friends and her to the circus for the first time (BTW, check out the circus party favors I made). I thought it’d be fun to dress her up a little for her special day so I wanted to share and easy repurposed Party Top Hat Headband DIY that I made out of a party cup and that you can make for a costume, party hat, or just for fun!

Materials:

  • Small Party Cup
  • Scissors
  • Circle Craft Punches
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Craft Flowers or Felt
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Headband

I purchased these cups for .50 for the whole pack at an after Easter sale.  They were just too cute to pass up and I knew I would eventually use them for something.

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I used scissors to cut it down to the size hat I wanted.

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Next I cut out two circles with two craft punches. The sizes I used are 2” and 3.5”. The 2” just happen to fit the bottom of the cup perfectly.

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I glued the top, rim, and ribbon band onto the cup.

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Then, I had some extra felt craft flowers from my Dollar Bin Headband project I did not long ago and glued that to the hat.

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Lastly, I hot glued the mini hat onto a sparkly gold dollar bin headband. Isn’t it adorable??? I can’t stand it! I may even wear this myself to the circus or even make three of them for party favors for her two best friends!

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Tea Party Ideas by the Sea

by Dinah Wulf

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We did it!!! Finally, after all the preparation, the baby shower for my friends was last weekend. I have been sharing all my tea party ideas, but today I just wanted to share the venue and the actual decorations as they ended up. It ended up being a beautiful tea party by the sea at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa, Beach California with a perfect ocean breeze and gorgeous weather.

There was a little hoopla with my double booking of events but we got it all figured out. The guests of honor’s friends were amazing and helped me set up the decorations before I was able to arrive.  They spread them out, because we ended up getting two areas of the restaurant instead of one.

This was the first area on the second floor of the restaurant. They hung the wooden frames I painted and spread out the centerpieces among the five tables.

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They also set up the candy favor bar station for me as well.

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We had the rooftop just right up the stairs as well. This is where we opened presents and played games.

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The restaurant was fabulous with amazing appetizers passed around and endless champagne mimosas.  Geesh! It seems like there is so much preparation for an event and then all of a sudden it’s over just like that!  If you missed any of the tutorials, or centerpieces, and my thought process through this whole thing, be sure to check out these Mad Hatter Tea Party and Alice in Wonderland inspired posts!!

Tea Party Themed Candy Station

by Dinah Wulf

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I just had to share this tea party themed candy station with you today.  The party is not until next week but I messed up some dates! Let me explain… I have no idea how I let myself get mixed up but my daughter’s very  first dance recital and my friend’s first baby shower is on the same day! Yikes! I am responsible for ALL the decorations including this candy station for favors so I had to make it work!

Luckily my daughter’s dance recital is in the morning and the shower is at noon, so if I time it right, I should be able to pull off both.  The only thing is, is that I will have no time to decorate for the shower! SO what I did was set up all the decorations, took pictures, packed and labeled all the boxes with photo instructions for my co-hosts to set up without me! Bah! I freaked out for three days… but now I think I’m OK…

ANYWAY, here is the candy station filled with awesome candy provided by SweetWorks, Inc. I filled some apothecary jars with gumballs and colorful Sixlets candies. The party theme is a Mad hatter Tea Party.

Tea Party Candy Favor Station

I won this fun “Eat” sign from the blog conference, Elevate, that I attended last year and thought it fit perfectly.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Candy Favors

I found some pretty teacups at Goodwill and filled them with Ovation dark chocolate covered mint sticks. I also filled some teacups with pressed heart candies.  By the way, I did a fun Sharpie craft with these teacups and colored the handles gold {Sharpie Teacup tutorial}. I added small touches like little silver spoons and layered plates.

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I also filled some pretty plastic vases I got with chocolate pink and blue foiled hearts and used two more for favor bags and scoops.

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Soooo, I have another whole story about rearranging the centerpieces but I’ll save that one for tomorrow! In the meantime, here are the other Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party posts for this party.

Summertime Ice Cream Party DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend from Simply Creative Ways and I threw a fun end of school year ice cream party for the kids and parents in their preschool class. It was simple, no stress, and casual… a great way for both the parents to connect and the kids to play together outside of school.  I made these ice cream invitations for the party and passed them out a week before school let out.

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I made some fun ice cream cone banners out of real sugar cones and ice cream cones and water balloons (check out the tutorial).

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We even used two of them as table centerpieces, using tape on the bottoms to keep them upright.

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Jenny had a great idea of using lanterns as ice cream, and made paper cones which we hot glued on.

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What’s an ice cream party without an ice cream bar? I made a simple ice cream parlor sign the night before.

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Jenny had the ingenious idea of repurposing a candle holder into a waffle cone holder. She punched holes in cardstock, and hot glued it to the candle holder. The cones fit right in and we filled them with ice cream toppings.

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We also had chocolate, strawberry, and caramel syrups available, and I made little “happy summer” party favors for the kids to take home.

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It was such a fun time for both the parents and adults.  Since our kids will probably remain in school together for several years, we exchanged emails and phone numbers as well.

Summertime or Anytime DIY Party Favors for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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As I mentioned earlier last week, my best friend and I decided to throw a little beginning of summertime party for the kids at our daughter’s preschool.  I made these cute little ice cream themed invitations, and I also made an ice cream cone banner. This weekend, I made these Summertime DIY Party Favors for Kids to pass out as well. I whipped them up pretty quickly with a few things.

Materials:

  • Plastic ramekins with lids
  • Colorful candy
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tag or craft punch
  • Hole punch

I filled each ramekin with colorful Sixlets candies. I made extra for all the siblings too. The candies are great because you can buy practically any color to fit any theme or color scheme.

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I stacked three different colors for each child.

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Then, I designed and printed these tags that say “Happy Summer” and punched them out with a tag craft punch as well as punched a small hole for the ribbon.

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I tied each stack with curling ribbon and the tag. That’s it! Super easy!  Just change up the colors and tag to fit any party theme or color scheme.

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In case you need some more ideas for party favors, here are a few of my most recent favorites!

 

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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Recently my best friend and I decided to do a last minute celebrate the summer party with the kids from our daughter’s preschool.  We decided on an ice cream party.  Last week I shared the ice cream invitations I made, and today I wanted to share a simple and inexpensive and unique Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY.

Materials:

  • Box of Ice Cream Cones
  • Water Balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • White Glue

Blow up as many water balloons as you have ice cream cones.

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Apply a layer of white glue around the inside edge of the ice cream cone.

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Cut the ribbon to the desired banner length. Starting at one end, place the ribbon into the ice cream cone as shown.

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Gently press the water balloon into the cone (my daughter had fun doing this part).

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Repeat the process with the rest of the cones and balloons.

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Place all the cones upright and allow the glue to dry completely (a few hours).

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The banner is nice and light and holds beautifully.  The weight dispersion of the cone and the balloon are perfect for hanging.

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In case you missed it, here are some other fun DIY party ideas:

P.S. Happy Birthday, Daddy!

DIY Ice Cream Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend and I decided at about 6pm Wednesday night to have a little party for our daughter’s friends at school to kick off the summer. They only go to school Tuesdays and Thursdays so I had to bust out 15 invitations to give out to the class the next morning. I ended up making these DIY Ice Cream Invitations. I made these the old school way with no machine because I didn’t have a lot of time. Here’s how I made them.

Materials:

  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 3” Circle Punch
  • 3.5” Circle Punch
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Washi Tape
  • Small Plastic Favor Bags
  • Ice Cream Candies

One piece of 8.5 X 11 cardstock will make three invitations; three 3.5 inch circles and three 3” wide X 4” long triangles. For the triangles I measured at 3”, 6”, and 9” and marked the edge with a pencil, and then 4” down at 1.5”, 4.5” and 7.5”. Then I used a ruler to draw the angles and cut them out.

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I cut out several different colors.

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On my computer I printed out the information and cut them out with a 3” circle cutter.  I used double sided tape to assemble the invitation.

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On the back I put ice cream cone pressed candies from SweetWorks, Inc. in little plastic bags and used Washi Tape to attach them.

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There you have it! By the way, I made these invitations so quickly and I was so proud of myself.  A few hours later at about 10pm, I realized I put the wrong date on them! Since I had to pass them out the next morning, I had to use a pen to write over the date…. Oh well!!

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Be sure to check out the Summertime Party Favor Gift Idea and Printable I made that will go perfectly with these invites!

Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tags

by Dinah Wulf

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Today is my twin Goddaughter’s 2nd birthday!  Last year for their Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Party, I wrapped their gifts by making Recycled Food Container Gift Wrapping. This time, I was inspired by the beach bags I bought them and made Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tags to match. Here’s what they look like.

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Aren’t they cute? I got a great deal on them at TJ Maxx. In case you were wondering, here’s is what’s inside; two matching bathing suits, hats, and sunglasses for the twins.

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Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Craft punch
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • String or ribbon

I never buy cards anymore, because I like to make my own special ones for fun. To make the popsicle tags, simply cut out the popsicle shape out of cardstock as shown. I cut both of them out so that they were symmetrical. They aren’t perfect, but still cute!

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I used a circle punch and glued colorful circles onto the front of the card. You can also punch other shapes or even add stripes. I picked polka dots because they are my best friend’s favorite (the twin’s Mom).

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Lastly, I glued on a Popsicle stick and wrote a message to the twins on the inside. You can also use craft sticks as well.

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That’s it! Here are a couple AFTER photos. I tied them on the existing tag of the bag with blue baker’s twine.

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I hope you try it out! These are fun for the summertime. You can even turn them into a little invitation for a summer BBQ!

Happy Birthday to my little ladies!!!

Check out the Upcycled Step Stool Tutorial I did when I made over some matching step stools for them.

 

Easy Dollar Store DIY Photo Booth Props

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so excited to be celebrating my 20th High School reunion in a couple months! I am still GREAT friends with several people from High School and I just can’t wait to spend time with them again.  I volunteered to make some DIY photo booth props to send. Recently, I share some Mod Podge photo booth props I made. Today, I want to share some Easy Dollar Store DIY Photo Booth Props.

Materials I used:

  • Sun Hats
  • Wooden letters and numbers
  • Craft paint
  • Craft flowers
  • Craft Paint
  • Hot glue and glue gun

As usual, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so the Dollar store was my first stop. I found these great hats in our school colors. Can you believe they were each only .99???? Score!

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I went to Micheal’s Craft Stores and found these wooden letters and numbers for about .49 each. I also bought some craft flowers on clearance.

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I painted them blue and white, our school colors.

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Lastly, I hot glued them onto the hats!

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This is my Little Miss Mia and I messing around with all the props. We took a couple selfies!!

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You don’t have to spend a ton of money for fun things like this. Here are a few more photo booth prop ideas.

Other fun Dollar Store photo booth props:

  • Sun glasses
  • Bandanas
  • Hats

Don’t forget to check out the tutorial I did for some Mod Podge photo booth props I made! I can’t wait for the reunion!!

Mod Podge Photo Booth Props

by Dinah Wulf

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I volunteered to make some photo booth props for my 20 year high school reunion coming up. Yes… TWENTY years! Where does the time go??? Anyway, I have several ideas including these fun and simple Mod Podge Photo Booth Props that I made with some wooden props I found at Michael’s Craft Store.

Materials:

  • Wooden props
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Embellishments

Instructions:

These wooden photo booth props at Michael’s are so cool and inexpensive! There’s a decent variety to choose from as well.

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I began by tracing each prop. I chose some fun pattered blue scrapbook paper for our school colors, blue and white.  Who says a mustache has to be black???

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I cut them out with scissors. I did some difficult areas with a cutting mat and a craft knife. Personally, it was easier for me to just use scissors.  When cutting the paper, cut towards the inside of the line.

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Once they are all cut out, apply Mod Podge to the wooden area, and place your cut out on top. Take the time to rub over the entire area to avoid and bubbles. Next, apply another layer of Mod Podge on top and allow them to dry.

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I raided the clearance bin and found some blue craft flowers, so I embellished the bows a little.

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Here they are!

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I have a few other ideas for photo booth props I will share at a later date.  Let’s just say, I raided the dollar store too!

Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces & Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I shared my tutorial for some little Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Decoration and a mini Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair I made. That day, I played around with the centerpieces I am going to use for a baby shower I am decorating in this theme. I thought I’d share my ideas with you today along with some tips for saving money by using what you already have. Here are some tips for making Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces.

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Items I Bought:

  • Wood cut-outs for the top hats
  • Pack of four mini clocks (scrapbook section)
  • Glass rabbits (on sale for less than $1 after Easter)
  • Pack of mini glass bottles (scrapbook section)
  • Moss

Items I already had:

  • Decorative cages
  • Apothecary jars/ glass vases
  • Old books
  • Tea party set (my daughter’s)
  • Scrapbook paper and twine for “Drink Me” tags

Bottom line: I spent less than $10 on these centerpieces because I raided the décor in my house! I was able to put together these four examples.

Tip #1: You can even use recycled sauce and Mason Jars to make small vignettes and group a few together.

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Tip #2: I happen to have a collection of vintage books. If you do not, you can remove the covers of hardback books and use them as well.

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Tip #3: I used a tea party set that my daughter had. If you don’t have one, thrift stores like Goodwill always has inexpensive tea cups and sauces. You can mix and match for a party like this. If you have trouble finding ones you like, look for the shape you like and spray paint them. You can’t go wrong with metallic gold tea cups!

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpieces

by Dinah Wulf

Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpieces

When I made these cute little Mad Hatter Hats the other day for centerpieces for a Mad Hatter Tea Party baby shower I am working on, I couldn’t resist and found these cute little wooden cut-out chairs to use too. I thought they’d also be fun to place inside apothecary jars to make Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpieces.

Materials:

  • Chair wooden cut-out
  • Gold metallic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Felt scraps
  • Fabric scraps
  • Glue
  • Scissors

I found these wooden cut-outs and Michael’s Craft Stores.

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I painted them gold with metallic acrylic craft paint.

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I had some felt and left over fabric from an antique chair I reupholstered. I cut our a seat cushion out of the red felt and cut out the chair backing out of the left over material. I used white glue to attach them.

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In minutes I had these adorable little chairs that remind me of the chairs at the Mad Hatter Tea party in Alice in Wonderland! For the baby shower, I will put them next to a glass apothecary jar filled with moss, a “drink me” bottle and a little white rabbit stop watch. I like the idea of stacking them on antique books as well.

Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpiece

For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

 

Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be in charge of the decorations for one of my great friends baby shower for her twins! The theme the hosts decided on was a vintage inspired Mad Hatter Tea Party. I thought it’d be fun to make little Mad Hatter hats as part of the centerpieces decorations.

Materials:

  • Top hat wood cut-outs
  • Green craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon (green and black)
  • Scissors
  • Feathers
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pen
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Craft glue
  • Wire hanger
  • Wire cutter
  • Craft beads

I found these fun top hat cut-outs at Michael’s craft stores. They were only .49 and I had a coupon for 30% off! Score! They were practically free!

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I painted both sides green.

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While I waited for them to dry, I cut two wire hangers in approximately two inch pieces.

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I hot glued beads to the tips of each wire piece. Some of the beads I took from an old necklace (I save everything)! I also gathered some other embellishments for the hat. I cut out small squares out of scrapbook paper scraps and wrote the iconic Mad Hatter price of 10/6 on it.

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I assembled each trim with glue.

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Lastly, I hot glued it to my painted top hats. They turned out so cute!

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I am going to group them in various cages, apothecary jars, and glass domes with vintage books, tea cups, glass white rabbits and mini clocks. I can’t wait to show you some of the centerpieces I’ve put together!

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

 

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas FREE Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Recently I shared some fun stenciled DIY bachelorette party favor bags that I made for a girls weekend I have coming up. Today I wanted to share what’s inside!! AND I decided to make a Bachelorette Party Favor FREE Printable that is perfect for survival kit for a weekend getaway. I also wanted to put together some fun ideas for DIY bachelorette party favor ideas for you.

Girls Weekend Survival Kit

Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas:

  • Gum or mints
  • Candy
  • Bra Strap Clips
  • Invisible Tape
  • Hair Ties and Hairbands
  • Mirrors
  • Aspirin
  • Cups and Straws
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Eye Masks
  • Mini toiletries
  • Tissues
  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss

I raided the dollar bins at various retail stores.  I found these jeweled compact mirrors and eye masks for $1.50 each at Michael’s!

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You can also buy things that come with several pieces and then break them up in packages to save money.  I did that with the hairbands, gum, aspirin, bra clips, and invisible tape.

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The FREE printables come with Girls Weekend labels, including an “in case of an emergency”, “sweet treats”, “extra hairbands”, and “hangover relief”.  By the way, after I already made the favors for my friends I realized that “hairbands” and “hangover” is one word! They are wrong in the photo but correct on the printables! My friends are free to make fun of me later! Ha! Print the Girls Weekend Printables here:

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The small labels will fit a two inch plastic bag, the medium will fit a three inch plastic bag, and the large labels will fit a four inch plastic bag. You can buy these favor bags at any supply craft store and some party supply stores. Here are my favor bags all filled up! Feel free to stop by my post on how to stencil these fun jute tote bags!

 

Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so I know I’ve made these before! Recently I made a burlap St. Patrick’s Day bunting and I also made a Vintage Baby shower bunting. I had some left over fabric from this no sew kitchen towel and this no sew kitchen towel and I couldn’t resist. This time I made this Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting for my friend’s office makeover I was helping her with.

I also made her…

You only need a few things:

  • Rope
  • Fabric scraps
  • Lace ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter

Here is the left over fabric I had. I intended on using the burlap too, but as I was making it, I decided it didn’t need it.

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I used my rotary cutter and ruler which made this process so easy! The strips don’t have to be perfect.

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My daughter helped sort them (kinda sorta)… or maybe messed them up. That’s what you do when your three!

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I knotted them to some rope in a pattern.

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I loved the way it turned out. I think it’ll go great with the other things I made for my friends office.  She wanted it colorful, shabby chic, and Anthropologie-esque. I thought this would be a perfect touch. You can make these to fit almost any theme (as you can see I did!). They are great for parties or even as decoration in a nursery or kid’s room.

Be sure to check out the other things because they are soooo cute!!