Birthday Party Ideas, Party Craft Ideas - DIY Inspired
24th Jul2014

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

As you may already know, we took my daughter to the circus for her birthday.  I am loving this circus theme and had such a fun time making these cute circus party favors that were a hit with the kids.  I also wanted to share simple paper craft and easy DIY circus theme cake topper I made for her cake. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Two paper straws
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Colorful paper
  • Two pompoms
  • Glue

I cut a one inch strip of red and white striped scrapbook paper that I had left over from the party favors I made. I cut them into little 1”X1” pendants. The red and white stripes made it easy to just eyeball and cut a 45 degree angle.

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Fringe makes everything better!! I used some left over blue paper to make these little fringed squares.

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Next, I cut two slits on each of the tops of the straws and inserted the twine as shown. It slides right in perfectly.

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I glued the pendants to the twine and added a little yellow fuzzy pompom I had left over from some caterpillar clothespins Mia and I made a while ago. You can use any glue.  I chose to use hot glue.

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There you have it! Instant circus theme cake topper! It’s very quick and easy and costs next to nothing to make.

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If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

18th Jul2014

Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors

My daughter is turning four next week and instead of having an elaborate birthday party we are taking her and her two best friends to the circus. Since we are saving money on food, decorations, a bounce house, shaved ice booth (we have this every year), and everything else that goes along with a party, I thought I’d spend a few extra dollars to make three special Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors for my three favorite little ladies.

I found these adorable plastic bottles at a craft supply store. I wrapped some red and white paper around it and filled them with blue candies.

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I also found these candy shaped plastic containers and filled them with red and gold candies.

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Cute, right?

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I filled some candy pretzel bags with animal crackers and iced animal crackers and tied them with red and blue ribbon.

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I also bought a bag of candy peanuts and divided into three. I put them in small plastic sandwich bags, stuffed the bottom of these cute popcorn treat boxes, and placed the peanuts on top.

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I designed a little Happy Birthday sign on my computer for the front of the treat box.

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I stuffed the box with all the goodies I made including a blue felt flower hair clip and a little stuffed elephant. I also decorated it with some carnival tickets I bought at the craft store.

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They turned out so cute and I only spent about $15 per girl. I thought it was well worth it for my daughter and her best friends.  I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when we take them to the actual circus!

Carnival Themed Party Favors

If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

17th Jul2014

Easy High School Class Reunion Centerpieces

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Class Reunion Centerpieces IKEA

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!

14th Jul2014

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. 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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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

Tea Party Candy Station

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.

Tea Party Candy Station and Favors

Tea Party Candy Bar and Station Ideas

Tea Party Candy Station

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.

19th Jun2014

Summertime Ice Cream Party DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Summertime Ice Cream Theme Party

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.

DIY Summer Ice Cream Themed Invitations

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.

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!

17th Jun2014

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.

Summertime DIY Party Favor Tags

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!

 

16th Jun2014

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!

06th Jun2014

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!

05th Jun2014

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands

by Dinah Wulf

Thrift Store Trash to Treasure DIY Dessert Stands

If you’ve been following along with me over the last couple weeks, you may have seen my posts for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party baby shower I am decorating. I decided to make these Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands for the party but after making them, I’m excited to keep them and use them regularly.

Materials:

  • Candlesticks
  • Plates
  • Glass Covers
  • Strong Bonding Agent

I found everything you see here for about $25, which is great because it made two and a half (I took the glass cover of one of my actual dessert stands for the pictures below).

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Tip: To easily take off old wax and thrift store price tags, simply run the object in hot water and lightly scrub. It’ll come right off!

Make sure to clean each piece very well with soap and water. After they are dry, use a strong bonding agent to adhere the candlestick to the plate. I used Liquid Fusion, which worked beautifully.

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Apply a generous amount to the rim of the candlestick and place it upside down on the center of the bottom of the plate. Allow it to dry for 2-4 hours, or as indicated in the adhesive directions.

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Here are a couple photos. I think they turned out great and will be perfect for the Mad Hatter themed tea party.

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Thrift Store Repurposed DIY Dessert Platters

In case you missed them, here are some other decorations I am doing for this party. I am so excited about it!

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.

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