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12th Aug2014

Special Occasion Centerpiece Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Special Occasion Centerpiece Ideas

Recently I wrote a post about DIY party favor ideas that you can use for any type of special occasion, holiday, or party theme.  It got me thinking about all the fun party centerpieces I have done!  Depending on styling, color, and placement, a simple lantern can go with whimsical baby shower or a rustic wedding. Here are some special occasion centerpiece ideas that you can use for all types of parties and events.

Mason Jar Madness

Mason Jars are everywhere and I know why! They are easy to get and inexpensive and well.  With the costs of party planning and entertaining, using Mason jars are a cost effective and budget friendly option.  Try layering different colors of glitter like these sparkly Mason jarsor paint the jars first with a shimmery paint and then glitter for a Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece.

Thrift Store Chic

Sometimes (well… for me ALL of the time), the most beautiful centerpiece ideas come out of a thrift store.  Mix and match pretty thrift store cups, vases, plates, and teapots and fill them with bouquets of flowers for a vintage inspired theme. Gather some inexpensive vases or bottles to make burlap and lace flower holders or a colorful collection of glass.

Make a Statement

Use your crafty skills to make custom panels and place them inside metal lanterns or make an Apothecary Jar Collection Centerpiece. Fill the jars according to your theme. For example, ornaments at Christmas Time, or plastic eggs for Easter. You can also stencil small pieces of burlap fabric to metal or glass vases to make an easy Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap.

17th Jul2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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

03rd Jul2014

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

by Dinah Wulf

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

OK. I PROMISE this will be the last Mad Hatter post I will do for a while but I just HAD to post the Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket that the guest of honor made for all the attendees of the baby shower I have been posting about! It was just absolutely adorable.  Better yet, she raided KFC for buckets and upcycled them into these adorable DIY gifts.

Materials:

  • Cardboard buckets
  • Paint brush
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Glue
  • Tulle
  • Circle cutter
  • Black cardstock
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Labels and butterfly punches (optional)
  • Tissue paper
  • Goodies

Maily got mini KFC buckets from the restaurant, which was the perfect size. She cut out 12” black circles and then traced the large side of the bucket onto the hat to create a ring that she glued on.  She painted the bucket with black chalkboard paint and let them dry.

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Maily’s all about the details! She tied colorful tulle around each hat.

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She also glued different patterned butterflies that she cut out with a craft punch.

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She also made a personalized ‘thank you” label that looked like a clock with each guests name.

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Inside, Maily filled the top hat gift basket with goodies.

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All of them fit the mad Hatter theme. She put a “drink me” label on some tea and “eat me” on the gourmet popcorn.

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She also was generous enough to give each couple a pair movie passes in box labeled, “I’m late for a very important date!”

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Isn’t it so cute? I love it!

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Maily is also the mastermind behind this awesome Hello Kitty Party. Check it out!

If you need more Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland inspiration check out these posts:

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26th Jun2014

Budget Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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So yesterday I shared the Tea Party Themed Candy Station for this vintage Mad Hatter tea party I have been working on. In that post, I shared my problem and fiasco with mixing up important dates. Well, my problem didn’t stop there.  I am far from a procrastinator. I do things WAY in advance.  I’ve always been that way.  Well, when I first found out that I was going to decorate this baby shower, I had these tea party centerpieces in mind. Well, once I saw the venue (thank goodness I went early to see), the tables were much smaller than I envisioned in my head. So, I had to rework the existing centerpieces so that the guests could actually see each other over these giant centerpieces I had.

So, I thought I’d share some tips and budget saving ideas for how I made these Mad Hatter party decorations come to life and made them as thrifty as possible. Let me start by showing you the five centerpieces for the five tables. All the items shown I made, thrifted, borrowed, or already had.

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I loved how they turned out much better than my first centerpieces. Now, let’s take a closer look. I bought these keys in the dollar bins at Michael’s and attached them to some curtain rings that I had.

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At Michael’s I also bought some little bottles and made “drink me” signs.

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I also made these little Mad Hatter Hats {tutorial} and little Tea Party Chairs {tutorial} out of some wood cut-outs that I purchased for less than a dollar a piece.

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I raided the Goodwill and other thrift stores for all the teacups and teapots.  Here are some of the teapots.  I spray painted some gold. It was much cheaper to buy an inexpensive ugly thrift store teapot and spray paint it, than buy a nice one.

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I also bought all the teacups at the thrift store and put them in the upcycled dessert stands that I made.

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Lastly, I found these little white rabbit tea lights on sale for a dollar and bought scrapbook sized clocks and hid them within some moss in each centerpiece.

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Phew! So, read why I did this so early for a party that’s not until this weekend! In case you missed my other Alice in Wonderland Tea Party posts and how-tos, here they are!

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18th Jun2014

Tea Party Themed Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

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You may have noticed that I have been posting some ideas and inspiration for a Mad Hatter tea party baby shower that I am decorating. Well, the party is to celebrate the birth of twins…. one boy and one girl! I am so excited for my friend. I just wanted to share the gift that I wrapped. It’s colorful and vibrant, and fits the theme well. I was visiting my besties and Maryland and I was lucky enough to hang out with several of them for an overnight scrap booking party. I used one of the girl’s Cricut machine to cut out this cute little teapot. I also typed out the message and printed it on some purple cardstock. I used a large circle punch to cut it out.

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Here’s a picture of the card.  Cut and simple and made in minutes!

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Since my friends are having twins, I wrapped their gifts separately in the corresponding bright blue and hot pink, and went to work on the ribbon.  I rummaged through my scrap ribbon box in my craft room and went a little overboard!

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I tied on my little teapot (short and stout) onto the package.

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Here it is!

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I love gift wrapping. It is part of the present in my eyes. Here are a few gift wrapping ideas I have done in the past in case you need more inspiration!

Oh! And if you want to see some Mad Hatter Tea Party Inspiration, here is what I have been working on!

28th May2014

Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips

by Dinah Wulf

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I know yesterday I shared Easy Dollar Bin Headbands that I made for my daughter, but I was on a roll with hair pieces so I thought I’d share another one I made for my friend and I to wear at an annual Fourth of July party that we go to.  Last year I made this one and this year I made these Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Metal Hair Clips
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Scissors

Fabric flowers are fun to make on your own, but when I come across a good sale, I just can’t pass up a great deal. I picked up these flowers and a whole bag of feathers for next to nothing.

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I simply arranged the flower cluster on a piece of felt and hot glued it on. I cut off the access felt with fabric scissors.

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Next I hot glued on a metal hair clip.

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In a few minutes, I had two fun and festive hair pieces for my friend and me.

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You can clip them directly on your hair, or clip them onto a headband like this.

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Here is the one I made last year last minute on the day of the party that I posted on Instagram. Here is the tutorial for it too!

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Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

21st May2014

Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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I have done so many Mason Jar Crafts over the years.  This time, I wanted to try out some new Krylon glitter blast spray paint that I got.  I decided to make a Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece. It turned out beautifully and I only needed a few materials to get the job done.

Materials:

  • Clean recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tarp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter Blast spray paint
  • Fresh flowers

Instructions:

Make sure you sauce jars are clean and dry. I like to save all sizes because you’ll never know when you’ll need them!

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Turn them upside down and spray paint them in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed three light coats of metallic gold.

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Once they are dry, use Painter’s tape to tape off the area you would like glittered.  Again, I used three light and even coats of Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint. . I used the colors Posh Pink, Silver Flash, and Fierce Fuchsia. Allow them to dry.

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I filled my vases with water and made an arrangement of fresh peonies and roses.

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Isn’t it pretty??? Here are a few more pictures.

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For one of them, I decided to wrap a little lace and make a “welcome home” tag to give to my best friend as a house warming gift for her new house! It’s a great gift for teachers appreciation and Mother’s Day too!

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These would also make great inexpensive bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, or birthday party centerpieces.  The possibilities are endless with color combinations as well. You can embellish them further with lace, ribbon, or burlap.

24th Apr2014

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

by Dinah Wulf

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

I had the honor of sharing this project, how to make a spring centerpiece with stenciled burlap, on the Darice Blog and today I wanted to re-share it with you here on DIY Inspired! Now that spring well underway, this fun and easy project will help brighten up your dining room table! I have a particularly LARGE dining table, so I made three.  Of course you can always just make one or two!

Materials

Darice Supply List:

  • 3 Metal Planters
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Flourish Stencil
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Brush Set
  • Licorice FolkArt Acrylic Paint
  • David Tutera Natural Burlap in Brown
  • Dual Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Blue Grandiose Hydrangeas
  • Dritz Fray Check

Instructions:

Step One

Measure and cut the David Tutera Natural Burlap in three six by six pieces.

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Step Two

Apply Dritz Fray Check on all four sides of each piece of burlap and allow it to dry for approximately 15 minutes.

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Step Three

Once the Dritz Fray Check is dry, center the stencil onto one burlap square. Make sure to protect your work surface. Generously apply some paint onto the tip of the stencil brush and dab off any excess paint. Apply the paint onto the stencil in an up and down motion. Remove the stencil and wash it thoroughly.  Make sure to rinse and clean the stencil in between stenciling each piece. Repeat this step for the other two burlap squares.

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Step Four

Once your burlap pieces are stenciled and dry (approximately 15 minute dry time), hot glue them onto your metal planters.

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Step Five

Lastly, arrange four Blue Grandiose Hydrangeas or any flower of your choice in each of your metal planters. I personally like the look of fake hydrangeas. I use them all the time! Like here and here and here!

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In five easy steps you will have a beautiful personalized spring dining room centerpiece. These three metal planters were perfect for my eight foot dining room table.  You can personalize them with a monogram as well. These also make fun gifts too, especially for Mother’s Day!  

Try these other DIY decorating ideas:

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14th Feb2014

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

02nd Jan2014

Couples Olympics Games and Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy New Year! Oh my! We had the BEST TIME this year when we decided to turn our annual Christmas party with my best friends into the first annual Couples Olympics. Of COURSE I had to get creative with it so I wanted to share my Couples Olympics Games and Ideas.

First of all, what would an Olympics be without a trophy and medals??? I had to make my own. I found a make your own medal kit at a teacher supply store to make these for the winning couple.

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For the trophy I used a wedding cake topper, a can of garbanzo beans, and a candle stick and glued them together with E6000.

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I let it set over night and then spray painted it gold.

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Tah dah!!! Instant Couples Olympics Trophy!

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Then, my husband said we needed an orientation packet. I decided to make these bags up for each team.

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Here’s a close up.                        

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I filled it with a team wig, two sets of headbands, two sets of wrist bands, a horn, and pompom.

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We also put in the rules and regulations (which I’ll share below).

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We had six events including cup stacking.  

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It was SO MUCH FUN!!!! Here is a photo of the couples that participated.

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Here is what we wrote for the rules and events to help you with some Couples Olympics Games and Ideas:

Rules:

  1. One team member from each team will participate in each game.
  2. Each team member must participate in three of the six events.
  3. Any derogatory statements about the amount of Chicago Bears paraphernalia in the home team’s house will results in -2 pts.
  4. The winning team of each event will receive 3 pts., second place 2 pts., third place 1 pt. and fourth place -1 pt.
  5. Each team must wear all pieces of the team gear provided at sign-in throughout the Olympics. There is a two piece minimum per Olympian. If at any time the team gear is not worn during the competition, the team will receive -1 pt. for each infraction.
  6. In the event of a tie for total points across all Couples Olympiad events, the name of a team member from each of the winning teams will be drawn from a hat to determine the players in a one round playoff.  The event will also be pulled from a hat. The winners of that event will be crowned the first annual Couples Olympiad Winners and will retain bragging rights for approximately one calendar year.

6 Events:

  1. Bean Bag Toss
    1. Two teams (one member from each team) will play against each other in 3 rounds of bean bag toss. The total points of each round will be added up to give the team a total score. The team with the highest score wins.
    2. Bean bags that go through the hole are with 3 pts. Bean Bags on the board are worth 1 pt.
    3. Bean bags that hit the ground before hitting the board do not count.
  2. Washers
    1. Two teams (one member from each team) will compete against each other in 3 rounds of washers. The total points of each round will be added up to give the team a total score. The team with the highest score wins.
    2. Washers that go into the hole are worth 3 pts. Washers in the box are worth 1 pt.
    3. Washers that bounce on the ground before going into the box or hole do not count.
  3. Football Toss
    1. Two teams (one member from each team) will compete against each other in 3 rounds of football toss. The total points of each round will be added up to give the team a total score. The team with the highest score wins.
    2. Football that land on the top row are worth 1 pt, 2 pts for the middle row and 3 pts for the bottom row.
    3. Footballs that bounce on the ground before hitting a row do not count.
  4. Cup Stacking
    1. Each team (one member from each team) will have 16 cups. Build a 10 cup pyramid and two 3 cup pyramids and then take them down. When you end you must have all cups in one stack.
    2. All teams will compete against each other in a round robin competition.
  5. Christmas Trivia
    1. Each team (one member from each team) will have to answer five Christmas trivia questions. You receive 1 pt for each right answer and -1 pt for each wrong answer.
  6. Black Jack
    1. Each team (one member from each team) will play against the other players in a round robin style game of Black Jack. Each player is playing against the house. The house will play typical Black Jack rules. i.e. – Dealer must hit on a value under 17, dealer will stay on 17 only if they have a face card and stay on anything over 17. 
20th Dec2013

Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to Ralph’s for sponsoring this Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial post as a part of the Gift Card Pairings Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

As a Crafter and DIY Blogger, I spend a lot of time at not only craft stores, but home improvement stores. Many of my fellow Bloggy friends could attest to that statement! My BEST friend, in fact is also a craft and DIY Blogger over at Simply Creative Ways. This year for Christmas, I knew right away I wanted to give her a gift card that I selected from Ralph’s awesome gift card selection. I ended up making a fun gift card holder that looks like a pink toolbox.  Here is my Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial.

Materials:

  • Paper Cutter
  • Pink, black, and glittery silver card stock
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Computer and printer
  • Lowes gift card
  • A fabulous present to go with it!

Instructions:           

I ended up buying my friend DIY ideas: Projects and tips for every room and a $25 Lowes Gift card from Ralph’s.

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To make the toolbox gift card holder, cut your pink piece of card stock in 4 ¼”X 7”.

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Fold it in 3”, 3”, and 1”parts as shown.

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Cut out 3 4 ¼” X ¼” strips out of the glittery silver cardstock, two silver latches, and a black handle.

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On my computer, I made a little “Crafter” label, print it out and cut it.

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Using double sided tape, I put it all together.  You may find it easier to use glue or a glue stick, but I’m obsessed with double-sided tape and use it for everything… good stocking stuffer (hint hint)!

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Here are a few AFTER photos. I can’t wait to give it to my friend! 

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19th Dec2013

Three Holiday Party Tips with The Bouqs

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to The Bouqs for sponsoring this holiday party tips post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When hosting a dinner party, there are several tips that I personally like to keep in mind.  Today, I wanted to share some Holiday Party Tips with Bouqs. Why Bouqs? Here are three reasons:

  1. The Bouqs cut only what they sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. They cut only when you order and avoid the waste.
  2. The Bouqs also save energy through their direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. They use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and not at all from California, resulting in a lot of energy savings.
  3. Finally, The Bouqs farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And their growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company’s flowers.

Not only does Bouqs source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect the environment and their workers, the process of ordering and delivery experiences are great too.  I have never received flower delivery quite like this.  The flowers were packed in a way that they cannot get damaged.   

Holiday Party Tip #1

Make serving convenient.  I created a mini self-serve salad bar as the first course.  Not everyone likes all the toppings, dressings, and vegetables you like. Let your guest make their own combinations. You can also do this with dessert bars as well. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. I just used a small long and narrow tray.

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Holiday Party Tip #2

Fresh flowers are THE BEST centerpiece, in my opinion when you host parties. I have had two parties so far and my bouquet is still lasting and pretty! You can use them not only on the dinner table, but everywhere in your home. I chose the yellow-green, Hydrangea Antique with Green Solidago for my centerpiece.

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Holiday Party Tip #3

Think simple when it comes to small details to make your party stand out, intimate, yet won’t kill you! I simply placed colorful festive scrapbook paper under the plates as a charger.

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I also used small photo frames as name cards.  Just print the name on your computer and add a glittery backing.

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02nd Dec2013

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

by Dinah Wulf

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My older brother told me that when I was little I used to sing “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music and I would mess up the words. For example I would sing, “When the bee bites, and the dog stings.” I often think of that time and age in my life when I’m stressed out. Being creative is very therapeutic for me. Sometimes it’s just the little things like wrapping presents for friends that make me happy.  Many times (if not all) when I’m “crafting” there really isn’t an exact plan.  Things just happen and fall in place.  Anyway, I decided to wrap these brown paper packages tied up with string to relieve some stress of the holiday season this year.

This was my process… just picture me staring at the boxes and raiding my craft room in between each step wondering what to do next.

I started with these boxes.  You can’t see what’s inside because it’s for two of my best friend’s birthdays coming up and I don’t want them to see it!

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Because of “My Favorite Things” I wrapped them in brown paper.

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I looked in my cabinet filled with all different types, colors, textures of ribbon and pulled out this super thick lace.

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I also found some pretty pink satin ribbon.

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I finished them off with some twine, a felt flower, and I used a craft punch to make the tags.

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I know I know… not a crazy tutorial or upcycled DIY project today… but just taking a moment to enjoy simple things like wrapping presents for friends that make me happy!

13th Nov2013

White Wedding: 5 Tips for Planning Your Winter Nuptials

by Dinah Wulf

A Good Day for a White Wedding: 5 Tips for Planning Your Winter Nuptials, written by Guest Author Beverly Farrell

Bare branches sparkling with diamond-like frost and snow falling under a street lamp make winter a gloriously beautiful season. And when you plan a winter wedding, you can have those images as your backdrop. In the midst of the stark beauty of winter, though, ice, snow and other weather annoyances can derail your big day. If you are committed to frosty nuptials, guide yourself through the process with these five winter wedding planning tips.

Make the Most of the Season

From slippery sidewalks to harsh travel conditions, there are disadvantages to having a winter wedding so it is critical to make the most of the advantages. One of the biggest benefits is the sales that happen during this time of the year. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday to pre-Christmas sales, you will get the opportunity to sift through lots of items at lowered prices.

Many bridal shops may not have sales during this time of the year, but you don’t have to restrict your shopping to dedicated bridal shops. Perhaps you could buy your wedding favors at World Market or your bridesmaid dresses from Macy’s—check out the department store’s Cyber Monday sales here for big day savings.

Photo of bridesmaid dress via Macy’s

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

You’ve already bought your dress and you look fabulous, but those cookies that your coworkers keep bringing to the office are threatening to throw you off course. With all the goodies around for the holidays, it can be hard to stay slim for your wedding.

Photo by DC Central Kitchen via Flickr

Portion control is key. WebMD advises keeping yourself full with nutritious snacks so that it’s easier to avoid sugary indulgences. Keep in mind that food is not the only thing with calories. Although it may be tempting to drink through the stress of wedding planning, you don’t need the extra calories. Exercise portion control when it comes to alcohol as well, and, if possible, substitute a diet soda and vodka for a caloric winter ale.

Wintery Extras

Instead of fighting the elements, embrace winter as the theme of your wedding. Martha Stewart recommends serving eggnog cocktails and offering the guests a bit of extra warmth with a pile of shawls at the entrance of the event or even draped over some of the chairs. Integrate snowflakes into the cake decoration, and make sure that you remember to have a dedicated place to store all of the coats that your guests will be wearing.

Photo by Dinner Series via Flickr

Plan for the Chilly Elements

Just because you are getting married during the winter doesn’t mean that you have to take your pictures inside. You can optimize the bright winter light and have pictures taken outside as long as you bundle up. The Knot recommends having a shawl (maybe even a blue one) for the bride and a formal wool dress coat for the groom. The groom can finish off his look with a coordinating scarf, and the bride can wear white tights and fuzzy white earmuffs to complete her warm look.

Photo by sleepyjane via Flickr

Winter Colors

When it comes to color, Huffington Post recommends staying away from holiday hues unless you want your big day to be an extension of the winter holidays. Instead, play with winter-like shades of ivory and white. Make these colors look even more sophisticated by tying in metallic shades of copper, silver and gold.

Photo by natakie.brenner via Flickr

About Beverly Farrell

Beverly is a party planner for weddings and events. She started her own business in a cabin in the woods.

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