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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02nd Jul2014

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!!

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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25th Jun2014

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.

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

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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.

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!

13th May2014

Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been on a thrift store hunt for tea party decorations for a Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower I have coming up! It has been SO fun, let me tell you. I have raided a few Goodwill stores in our area and have found some great deals.  I ended up making these Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups to a few plain (but cheap) tea cups I found.

Here is all my loot (so far because I am still on the hunt) from my thrift store shopping adventures.

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Good stuff! Besides the tea pot, all the cups, saucers, and plates, and trays I found were less than $2.00. Here is the inspiration for this upcycle. I love the gold.

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I found these plain white tea cups and saucers, all four pieces for $2.99 so I couldn’t pass them up.

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I wanted to add gold to them to match the others.  At first I tried painting them but I would have had to do so many coats using the metallic paint I chose.  I wanted a deeper gold. I searched my craft room and found a metallic gold Sharpie!  Awe man! It went on like butta’. It was fantastic.

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Here is how I imagined using these tea cups for the Mad Hatter Tea Party I am decorating. I added a little moss and fresh cut flowers from the side of my house. These would also make cute little gifts too!

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The little pop of gold just makes it all better! In case you missed it, here are some of my other ideas for this Mad Hatter Tea Party I am doing:

For more fun Sharpie craft ideas check out these fun projects:

01st May2014

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:

25th Apr2014

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.

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

 

22nd Apr2014

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:

 

28th May2013

Alice in Wonderland Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend is having an Alice In Wonderland themed party for my God daughter’s first birthday. I decided that I wanted to make a paper flower centerpiece for her using a recycled pretzel container and some dyed coffee filter flowers.  This was my original inspiration. First let me show you how to make the vase.

Materials for Flower Vase:

  • Large plastic container (I used a pretzel container from Costco)
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (ribbon, craft butterflies)

Instructions for the Centerpiece Vase:

Cut the plastic container to the desired size. I found it easiest to puncture the container with a craft knife first and then use scissors to cut the rest.

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Remove the stickers and paint the inside of the container with craft paint and embellish it with ribbon.  I also used craft butterflies. Painting the inside will give it a nice glossy finish.

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Materials for Alice in Wonderland Flowers:

  • Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers
  • Scrapbook paper and/or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sharpies
  • Skewers
  • Floral Tape
  • Styrofoam

Photo Instructions:  I thought photo instructions would be self-explanatory. I just cut and trimmed as I went, using the inspiration photo on my phone as a guide.

Note: I started with a 3”X3” piece of cardstock.

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Here are few close ups of the faces.  I hot glued the paper flowers onto the floral wrapped skewers and inserted them into Styrofoam hidden inside the vase.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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You may also like a this Vintage Inspired Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party!

06th May2013

Alice in Wonderland Theme Party: Red Paper Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend is having an Alice in Wonderland theme party for my twin God daughters for their first birthday.  Needless to say, I wanted to help her decorate for the festivities.  The twins have two older sisters and their birthday parties were amazing.  Check out this Candyland themed party and this circus themed party. So, we started brainstorming ideas.  I recently made these coffee filter paper flowers (see below) and I thought they would be perfect for the painting red roses scene when Alice meets the Queen of Hearts.

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Dying coffee filter paper flowers is extremely inexpensive and easy to do.  Here are the materials you need:

  • Bowl
  • Red food coloring
  • Water
  • Coffee filter paper flowers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Newspaper

To make the actual paper flower, check out the tutorial here.  Once your flowers are made, here are the two easy steps to dye them.

Step One: Depending on the hue of red you desire, mix several drops of food coloring and about three tablespoons of water in a bowl.

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Step Two: I tried two different ways. Dipping the pre-made flower and dipping the individual filters.  Wearing rubber gloves carefully dip the paper flower (or individual filters) into the color mixture and set it aside to dry on the newspaper.

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Here are pictures of each.  I let them dry overnight.

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When they were dry, I noticed that the dipped flower had a nice deeper red color on the edges while the filters that were dipped individually were not.  Here is a photo.  It’s very subtle, but I like the former better.

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Here is a photo of the coffee filter rose and a real rose from my garden next to one another. Not too shabby! Can you see the difference?

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Here they are in the bush that we will use for the party.

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Feeling inspired by Alice?  Check out these posts!

You may also like a this Vintage Inspired Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party!

Do you have any Alice in Wonderland party ideas for us? We’d love to hear them!

 

02nd Oct2012

DIY Disney Princess Costumes

by Dinah Wulf

As you may already know this year for Halloween my husband is going to be the Mad Hatter, I am going to be the Queen of Hearts, and my daughter is going to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland.  Recently, I did a tutorial for a DIY No Sew Tutu. I wanted to show you that with this tutorial, you can apply it to virtually any Disney Princess character (or any character for that matter) and make your own DIY Disney Princess Costumes.

Here is my skirt for my Queen of Hearts costume using the tutorial.  I used black, red, and white tulle and added three felt red hearts with hot glue.  I also made a crown out of a recycled plastic sour cream container.

This is my daughter’s Alice skirt.  I added the felt spade because I wanted us to match. J She will also wear a white t-shirt with puffy sleeves, a black ribbon in her hair, white tights, and black Mary Jane shoes.

Here are some other color combos you can do to make your own Disney Princess costumes utilizing the DIY No Sew Tutu tutorial:

  • Cinderella – baby blue
  • Snow White – blue, white, yellow, and red
  • Sleeping Beauty – pink and white
  • Arial – blue and green
  • Jasmine – teal
  • Pocahontas – tan and brown
  • Tinkerbelle – green and yellow
  • Mulan – red, purple, pink, and blue
  • Rapunzel – purple
  • Tiana- light and dark green or blue

Tip: Tulle also comes glittery as well.  Consider mixing the two kinds, but if you do, make the skirt outside!  Glitter everywhere (I learned the hard way)!

You can play around with accessories like, tiaras, crowns, wands, gloves, shoes, etc.  Remember: check the dollar store first!

 

01st Oct2012

Recycled Plastic Container Crown

by Dinah Wulf

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This year for Halloween my family is going to be the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.  As you know I preach recycled crafting and I made a DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat out of a cardboard box and hanger (among other things), but this time I decided to make my Queen of Hearts crown out of a recycled plastic container, specifically an old (but clean) sour cream container.

This was quite easy and fun and I have to admit I got a little carried away with the plastic gems.  I happen to have everything in my craft closet already, so I didn’t spend a dime making this.  The materials you can use are endless but here’s a list of what I used:

  • Clean plastic sour cream container
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Felt
  • Foam craft hearts
  • Even More Glitter
  • Plastic craft gems
  • Hot glue
  • Clear glaze spray paint (optional)

I started off by cutting off the top trim and the bottom of the container.  Next I cut a jagged edge at the top, using the first triangle I cut out as a pattern to cut out the rest so that they would be even.  Next I glammed it up!  I glittered the entire crown gold and added red felt trim.  I also sprayed the entire crown with a clear glaze to seal in the glitter.  It helps to minimize months of glitter hair!  I decided to glitter foam craft hearts in red and add plastic gems.  I kept adding and adding… I couldn’t help it!  Oh well, it IS a Halloween costume…it can be a little gaudy.

I think these would be fun to make for a princess themed party or even an Alice in Wonderland tea party.  There you have it! A low cost (or no cost) DIY crown.

 

28th Sep2012

DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat

by Dinah Wulf

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Every year, it always takes several days, even months, to figure out what my family is going to be for Halloween. I actually think the brainstorming starts on November 1st!  This year we decided on a popular theme, Alice in Wonderland.  My husband will be the Mad Hatter, I will be the Queen of Hearts, and my daughter will naturally be Alice.  So over the next few days, I’ll show you the progression of our costumes as I make them. Let’s start with the DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat.

I did a Google search and found an amazing tutorial on how to make a cardboard top hat on the Instructables, one of my favorite DIY sites.   I edited it a little bit as I went.  Here is my tutorial on a DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat.

Step One: Construct the Cardboard Top Hat

Materials:

  • Cardboard
  • Duct Tape
  • Pencil
  • Bowls or plates (any circular object for tracing in the desired size)
  • Scissors

I cut four pieces with the help of the bowls in my cupboard, a pencil, and scissors.  The size will depend on the Mad Hatter’s head size.

  1. Large circle for the top of the hat
  2. Small circle for the interior of the hat to hold shape
  3. Large ring for the rim of the hat
  4. Rectangular piece for the cylinder

Using duct tape, create the cylinder.  Cut 1-2” wide slits for the bottom of the hat and cut longer 1-2” slits for the top of the hat.  Insert the small circle in the top of the hat as shown and secure with tape.  Add the rim by folding each slit and taping the cylinder to the rim as shown.  Do the same for the top using the larger circle as shown.

Step Two: Decorate Your Hat

Materials: The materials are up to you, as the possibilities are endless!  Here is what I used.

  • Green velvet fabric (I chose this because it’s easy to stretch and maneuver)
  • Salmon fabric for the scarf
  • Two feathers, one brown and one black
  • A wire coat hanger and a wire cutter for the pins
  • Old buttons for the top of the pins (attached with hot glue)
  • Recycled book page and a black marker  for the infamous 10/6 price tag
  • Rubber band to secure fabric to the base of the hat

The pictures and materials speak for themselves.  I did not use glue, rather duct tape because: 1) it’s easier to use, 2) it’s easily removable if I made a mistake, and 3) it’s less messy, and cheaper!

Here is an after photo:

 

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16th Apr2012

Tea Party Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

I have been contemplating what to do for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party.  For some reason I keep going back to a tea party theme.  I know she’s a little young, but I think it may work.  It’ll be a small and simple party anyway… we won’t go big until she turns five years old (at least that’s what I’m telling my husband).

I decided to get some inspiration from the World Wide Web and… man… there are some GREAT ideas out there… TONS of tea party inspiration right at your fingertips! I love it all!

Check out what I found.  The Better Homes and Gardens Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter party is tremendous!  One of my favorites is using colorful vintage tins as flower vases.  I found a ton of cool ideas from party favors to decorations, and centerpieces to finger food ideas.  I also dug up some of my past ideas that I thought would go nicely.  I added links at the bottom for tutorials and for sources for your reference.  I hope it helps.

If you have more ideas, please comment! I’d love to read them.  I need all the tea party inspiration I can get.

Tea Cup Candles

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Stacked Tea Cups

Pink and Purple Dessert Table

Fabric Flag Banner

Tea Party Dress Up

Accordion Flowers

Tea Cup Dessert Display

Mini Cupcakes in Tea Cups

Party Pinwheel How To

Paper Dahlia Favors

Tea Party Favors

Tea Pot Flowers

BHG Mad Hatter Party

 

Did anything on this inspiration board actually inspire you? Please fee free to leave a comment! :)

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