Introducing Simply Creative Ways

by Dinah Wulf

If you follow this blog, you may know my best friend Jenny Hostetler.  She is the creative one behind so many fantastic and ELABORATE birthday parties. Well, I’m REALLY excited to announce her new blog, Simply Creative Ways.  Before you head on over, let me share with you a fun round up of Jenny’s talent that she has allowed me to share on DIY Inspired.  Make sure you click the links to view the full parties!

Her most recent party was a whimsical and colorful Alice in Wonderland party for her twin daughters (my God daughters!).  This party was complete with the Queen of Hearts croquet court, the Mad Hatters wardrobe, and of course the tea party itself.

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For her middle daughter’s birthday, AKA my daughter’s best friend, she threw a sweet black, red, and yellow polka dot Mickey Mouse themed party. Here is a photo of the dessert table.

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This next party, a Candyland Themed Party has been shared thousands of times! There was so much great stuff that I had to do two posts!  Here is Candyland Part One and here is Candyland Part Two. Part one is the how-to and part two is the transformation of her backyard.  This is a photo that only shows part of a life-sized game board!

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Finally, this party was one of the first parties she shared on my blog. This one was an amazing Carnival and Circus Themed party.  This party was vast, complete with a giant elephant, a circus tent, and unique and creative carnival games.  This is one of the cute table centerpieces.

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Jen is just starting out and is already posting some fun and creative ideas.  Please visit her at Simply Creative Ways and say hello and tell her Dinah sent you!

Love you, Jen! I’m so glad your joining in this blogging journey with me!

Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I know! I know! I’m a little late in posting this Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Party.  I originally mentioned it when I dyed those coffee filter flowers for the Red Rose Queen of Hearts bush and then again when I made the paper flowers with faces on them. Well, it’s finally here and I’m SO excited about the fantastic job my best friend Jenny did on this party! If you don’t know, Jenny is the Queen of theme parties.  Two of the most popular posts she has shared here on DIY Inspired are her Circus themed party and her Candy Land party Part One and Part Two.

First, let me please introduce the two guests of honor, Jamie and Brooklyn!!!  Jenny dressed them in yellow t-shirts, white suspenders, and red tutus representing Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. How adorable are they???

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When you first enter the backyard area, Jenny hung a WONDERLAND banner she made from scrapbook paper.

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Her table centerpieces were very whimsical and colorful, with a mix of flowers with googly eyes, teacups, little mad hatter hats, and lanterns.

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The kids table looked amazing, complete with the centerpiece I made for her.

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The backyard was transformed completely with painted frames in the bushes, tissue and paper flowers with faces, and floating lanterns above.

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Near the food area, she made an eat me sign, an oversized clock from the white rabbit, and a beautiful cake to match the theme.

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She also had an area with A Royal Croquet Court that paid homage to the Queen of Hearts herself! She used the skirt I made for Halloween as a table skirt. She also painted large wooden playing card guards to watch over the game.

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This was such a GORGEOUS party full of inspiration!

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

Picnic Themed Retirement Party

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny attended a retirement party recently and was kind enough to get the permission and share the hostess’s adorable picnic themed party decorations, invitations, and cupcakes.  Perfect for spring or summertime, these retirement party ideas include recycling old ornaments and Mason jars, making handmade burlap invites, and sculpting with clay.  The main colors were red and white with watermelon and a little army of ants used throughout.

The hostess made handmade and hand sewn burlap invitations embellished with plastic and paper flowers and colorful yarn.  She printed the invite with a watermelon design to fit the red and white picnic theme and inserted them in to a burlap envelope.

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She also made a cute retirement sign for the table.  It is decorated with scrapbook embellishments and says, “Happiness is Family, Friends, Love, and Retirement.”

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Wild flowers were displayed in scrapbook and ribbon covered Mason jars atop a red and white checkered tablecloth to fit the party theme.  She used several different types of textured and patterned red and white ribbon.

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The tables and cupcake stand was absolutely adorable and had little ants she made from old ornaments that she had.  She also made clay food to make it look like the ants were carrying the food away!

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The cupcakes were also adorned with chocolate ants and a gummy watermelon on top with green icing.

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This summer picnic themed retirement party was so sweet and clever.  A big thank you to Jenny for allowing me to post it!

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!

 

Refurbished Radio Flyer Wooden Toy Horse

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my best friends has a Radio Flyer Wooden Toy Horse that all three of her kids played with.  Her youngest, Taylor, absolutely LOVES this horse and uses it practically every day.  Over the years, since kid #1, the horse has taken its toll.  It lives most of its life outside and the weather has taken a beating on it.  When I asked little Taylor what color she wanted Auntie to paint her horse she said pink and white. Happily, I took home her horse for a couple days to refurbish it for her.

Here are the materials I used:

  • WD-40
  • Sanding block and 150 grit sand paper
  • Clean cloth
  • White spray paint for metal and outdoor use
  • Pink paint
  • Paint brush
  • Screw driver
  • Wrench

I had difficulty taking off the old screws and nuts because of the rust, so I sprayed on WD-40 to loosen it.

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It worked perfectly.  I had to use the wrench to secure the nut and use the screwdriver to unscrew each one.

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Note: I soaked the screws and nuts in lime away and used an old toothbrush to scrub them clean of rust.  It worked great and I didn’t have to buy new ones!

Once the wood and metal were apart, I sanded the horse.

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I looked online to find replacement caps for the wheels because from experience, they usually get ruined once you try to pop them off.  I couldn’t find the right size so I decided to keep them on and cover the wheels in plastic to protect them from the spray paint.  I sprayed the metal base with spray paint.

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Meanwhile, I took off the rubber handles and painted the wooden horse pink. I also painted the rubber handles white with the spray paint.

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Once all the paint was dry, my friend Jenny highlighted the groves with a light purple paint and small paintbrush.  Here are some before and after photos.

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This project makes me want to look for more toys to refurbish the next time I go to an antique swap meet.  When I brought it back to Taylor she was so excited and rode it immediately.

 

Recycled Straw Necklace Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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Lucky for me, I get to spend at least two times a week with my best friends and their kids.  We try to schedule play dates every Tuesday and Thursday.  Our little ones have become so close they treat each other like sisters (AKA, an occasional hit or raised voice).  Often times we try to come up with a craft the girls can do together.  Most recently we made these cute recycled straw necklace craft.  I got this idea from Jamie over at hands on: as we grow.  She is one of my main resources for the activities I do with Mia.  This kid’s activity in particular is great for fine motor skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Craft Punches
  • Paper scraps

We chose some of our favorite colored yarn. Cut different lengths for bracelets, anklets, or necklaces. We cut them extra-long for the younger kids.

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We also used various craft punches to create our own “beads” with circles and flowers from scrapbook paper scraps I had left over from other projects. Make sure the hole is large enough for little fingers to maneuver.

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You can pre-cut the straws, or if your child is old enough you can allow them to do it with safety scissors.

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Here are our little ones in action.  Please ignore the dirt on my daughter’s face and shirt… oh and the disheveled hair…they were playing outside I swear!  Ha!

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The girls (ages 2-5) had a great time and were happy to take and wear them home from our play date.

Stenciled School Spirit Shirts

by Dinah Wulf

If you know a child in elementary school you can probably relate to this post.  As you know, buying clothes provided by the school can get quite expensive. Being the budget conscious crafty mama that I am, I decided to help my best friend find a DIY alternative to these pricey shirts and made our own Stenciled School Spirit Shirts.  I love stenciling projects and have done quite a few.

I decided to make some custom stencils for this project with the school name, the mascot, and the girl’s names. My trusted go to is Stencils Online. I found them when I made my own burlap stenciled placemats.  I have used them for most of the stencil projects that I have done on this blog because their product lasts over-time, they are easy to store, and also very easy to clean.

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Clothing items
  • Fabric craft paint
  • Spouncers
  • Paper plate
  • Custom stencils
  • Paper towels
  • Cardboard
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The first thing I did was design my stencils at Stencils Online custom stencil design studio.  I have to tell you that these stencils were so much fun to make.  You can choose from a variety of fonts, sizes, and even shapes.  The shirts we were making are for a 5 year old so the five inch size was the perfect size to fit across the chest or back of a t-shirt. I designed my words, ordered them and they arrived at my front door in no time.

To start the project, I find it best to iron the article of clothing using a little bit of spray starch. This is an optional step.   It doesn’t have to be perfect, but the stencils and paint will apply very nicely if ironed first.  We placed a piece of cardboard under the shirt, if the shirt had buttons to ensure a flat stenciling surface.

Next, place your stencil on the desired area. Saturate the spouncer with craft paint, and dab the excess onto the plate before stenciling the shirt.  Stencil the word onto the shirt by using a straight up and down motion holding the stencil in place with the other hand.

Allow your shirts to dry completely (approximately 15 minutes).

We decided that we wanted to add the school mascot to the shirts.  We created our own stencil by recycling a plastic container, finding an image on Google images, tracing it, and using an exact-o knife to cut it out.

Here are some after photos with our lovely model, Tiffany!

 

Whimsical Monogram Sign

by Dinah Wulf

Yesterday I posted about some decorations I made for the Baptism of my God Daughters (Yes! Twins!).  These decorations aren’t exclusive to a baptism; rather some of the ideas can be used for a baby or bridal shower too.  I wanted to share more pictures but, specifically, a whimsical monogram sign that my best friend Jennifer and I made.  For this sign we used:

  • Wooden monogram letters for each baby
  • 3.5”, 3”, and 2” circle punch
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Fishing line
  • Wooden frame
  • Staple gun and staples

I first did the tedious task of punching out circles, two for each side, and laid them out in a pattern.

Using fishing line, Jen attached each line of circles using double sided tape.  She carefully attached the monograms using the fishing line inside the frame as well.  She attached each end using a staple gun.  Here are photos.  It was so hard to take good photographs to capture how cute it was!  I STILL need to take that photography class!!

Here are some other photos of the party as well.  Jennifer used all the decorations I made as well as some apothecary jars filled with natural fillers, balls, and shells to go with the theme.   I filled the burlap shell jars I made with flowers fresh cut from my front yard.

We had a wonderful time and I am officially the proud God Mother of two beautiful twin baby girls!

 

Mickey Mouse Theme Party

by Dinah Wulf

I have another fabulous party done by my best friend Jennifer Hostetler.  This time, she did a Mickey Mouse theme party for her daughter’s second birthday party.  She did an amazing job!

Here are some of the details of this Mickey Mouse Theme Party.

Much of the decoration was in the food table and dessert table.  After all, that’s where the guests spend most of the time right?  The primary color pallet was red, yellow, and black.  Jen bought inexpensive red and white polka dotted fabric from the craft store.  She draped it to create a back drop for goodies table.  Jen made accordion decorations and a flag banner the said “Hot Diggity Dog”.  To save money, everything from the caramel apples to the rice krispie treat Mickey heads was homemade.  She cleverly used marshmallows and Oreo cookies for mouse ears.  Jennifer also made a sweet flag banner with Becca’s name on it to adorn the red and yellow Mickey cake.  She had some photos on canvas made of Becca dressed in red and black.

Outside, Jennifer had a hot dog bar complete with all the toppings.  She had a large birthday banner and yellow and red lanterns to frame the table.  Using a circle cutter, Jennifer made several Mickey Mouse heads, scattered throughout on the tables and walls.

The party was a success and we all had a great time.  Thank you, Jen for sharing another amazing party with us!

Check out more of Jennifer’s Parties:

 

 

Circus Theme Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

One of my most popular posts is the carnival circus theme party my best friend Jenny did.  I get emails all the time about how she made the centerpieces, games, and decorations.  With so much imagination and creativeness out there, I thought I’d share some more circus theme party ideas I have come across.  These are such great and simple decorating, favor, and entertainment party ideas that anyone can do for little cost.  Here we go!

This is so cute! There are so many ideas in this site but this one caught my eye.  I believe it is marshmallows to look like popcorn!

What a spread on this vintage inspired circus party! It’s fabulous!

These goldfish favors are a very cute, simple, and inexpensive favor idea by Thoughtfully Simple.

Other ideas from Thoughtfully Simple are these cute hot dog stand with easy to grab chips and a photo booth… just like the real circus!

This is also a great colorful and tasty circus party favor idea.  I’ve seen these plastic popcorn buckets in the $1 bins and several retail stores.

You can’t have a circus themed party if you don’t have red clown noses!  This is a clever and fun idea.

If you’re stuck indoors, this is a smart solution for a big top feel.  Use plastic party table cloths or streamers to get the full effect.

I hope you try these out!  I’d love it if you came back to share it if you do!

 

Embossed Cherry Thank You Cards

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: Jennifer Hostetler

As a mom of two already you don’t expect anyone to want to throw you a baby shower, but when I found out I was having twins my girlfriends stepped up and threw one of the best baby shower ever. The baby shower was Cherry themed and they left no details to spare.

I decided that with all the work they put into the shower that I needed to hand make thank you cards to them and the guest. I had never embossed cards before but I thought this would be the perfect time to try and I found that it was very easy and a lot of fun!

Here is how I made Embossed Cherry Thank You Cards.

Materials:

-Embosser (Martha Stewart Crafts Embossing Starter Kit)
-Embossing Powder
-Clear embossing ink
-Red stamp pad
-Thank you stamp
-E6000 Multi-Purpose Adhesive-3.7 Ounce  (one of my favorites)
-Brown String
-Scissors
-Foam Brush
-Toothpicks
-Card Stock
-Envelopes
-Paper Plate

1st I used a red stamp pad and thank you stamp and placed it on the card stock. I positioned the stamp in three different locations; the bottom left, bottom right and middle.

2nd I used the clear embossing ink to make two circles next to each other on the card stock. (I was lucky that the top of the embossing ink was the perfect size circle I needed. Otherwise, you can use a 1” circle stamp.) Then, I sprinkled the embossing powder over the circles. I found that if you use a paper plate you could put the embossing powder that doesn’t stick back in the container. Tip: If you flip the paper over and flick the back of the paper the loose powder will fall off. If any remained on the paper I used the foam brush to remove it.

3rd Now is the fun part. You use the embossing tool to heat up the embossing powder. It only takes a few seconds; once you see it begin to bubble you are done. If you hold it to long you will notice the embossing powder start to move.

4th Cut the brown string to about 5”. Then I folded the string in half and tied a knot about ¼” from top of the string. Then I cut the loop that was created by tying the knot. The string now should look like two cherry stems. Then glue the stems to the card stock so they are just touching the red dots embossed previously.

This completes the card! Here are a few examples of the finished product!

I cannot thank my girlfriends enough for showering the twins with the most beautiful thoughtful Baby Shower ever! I truly appreciate you and your friendship!

 

Upcycled Duct Tape Play Table

by Dinah Wulf

OK, if you are not a big fan of garage sales, hopefully this post will change your mind!

Here is a BEFORE picture of a children’s table and chairs that was five dollars at a garage sale.

Being that one of my best friends, Jennifer (table owner) and I have all girls, AND we can’t pass up a good deal, AND we love to upcycle things and do craft projects together, AND we both thought this table just wasn’t cute enough; we decided to change it, using the magic of duct tape.

This project was SO easy and took no time for Jennifer and me to do during a quick play date the other day.  First we turned the table over and unscrewed the top from the base.

We chose three different colors of duct tape to coordinate with the existing base and legs of the table.

Strip by strip, together we covered the table top alternating colors in a random striped pattern.

Literally less than fifteen minutes later, we had an adorable upcycled table top.

We turned it over and finished the edges with more duct tape.

Using my fingertips, I felt over the existing screw holes and punctured through the duct tape with a sharp tool.

We aligned the holes with the table base and screwed it back in.

Here are some AFTER photos with our cute little munchkins.

The beauty of it? Crayon wipes off duct tape with just a wet paper towel!  We hope you like our upcycled duct tape play table!

You may also like this!  Here are before and after pictures of a FREE children’s play table that I got in the past.  Click HERE if you want to read the full photo tutorial.

*** Congratulations to Debbie Dean for winning the iStencil $50 Gift Certificate giveaway!

 

Easter Egg Ornament Tree

by Dinah Wulf

Easter Egg Ornament Tree, Written By: Jennifer Hostetler

Easter’s just around the corner! After putting up the Easter stuff I found a few items that are cute but just needed a little something. One item was this tree, years ago it had something that went on it but I could not find anything in my Easter stuff. My daughter and I decided to make some egg ornaments to hang from the tree.  This took us about 30 minutes and we found everything we need in our craft and Easter stuff. Here is how to make an Easter Egg Ornament Tree.

Materials:

  • Small Easter Eggs
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors

This is the tree that we had that looked just to plain:

1st cut the Ribbon in two lengths.  One that you will loop and make as the hanger and one that you tie into a bow.

2nd hot glued the hanger to the egg and then glued the bow on.

We finished by hanging them on the tree.

Added Tip:  When working with ribbon you can singe the ends of the ribbon with a lighter to keep it from fraying. Take precaution:  Holding the flame on the ribbon to long will catch it on fire so this should be a quick process. Always have a glass of water near by!

Have a fantastic Easter!

 

 

Candy Land Birthday Party Part Two

by Dinah Wulf

So, because I had so many great pictures to choose from, here is part two of yesterday’s Candy Land Party postYou can’t have a Candy Land party without candy and sweets, of course!  Jenny left no sweet tooth unturned as she had…

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A homemade birthday cake… this cake was decked out with lollipops, candy canes, ice cream cones, starbursts for the track, gumdrops, kisses, and marshmallows.

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A chocolate fountain table… this table was filled with a ton of yummy chocolate dipped goodness including pretzels, strawberries, Rice Krispie Treats, graham crackers, marshmallows, and licorice.

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And a candy table that doubled as a favor table…she made treat bags handy for each guest to fill with their favorite candies.

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Here are some shots of the patio, covered in colorful tulle, giant balloon candies, and a cardboard castle top.

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The yard itself was transformed into a game board with the track they spent hours hand painting. The kids had a blast pretending to play the life sized board game.

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What’s crazy is that I left out pictures of the bounce house and the Peppermint table filled with fresh fruit and snacks. Jenny got creative and used peppermint Christmas ornaments to decorate Peppermint Forest. Amazing job, Jenny! When’s the next one? Tee hee…

To see more of Jenny’s work, check the posts DIY Nursery Letters or Carnival or Circus Theme Party.

 

Candy Land Birthday Party Part One

by Dinah Wulf

The famous Hasbro board game was first designed over 60 years ago, and yet it still seems to be a popular party theme. Today there are several different versions and spin offs of the game, with of course, an online version as well. The theme is perfect for a party due to the famous locations including Gum Drop Mountains, Lollipop Woods, and Peppermint Forest.

I wanted to share a real party thrown by one of my best friends, Jennifer Hostetler. Jenny is an extraordinary party planner and is one of the most detailed and creative people I know (Some of Jenny’s other projects include DIY Nursery Letters and a Carnival Theme Party). She transformed her back yard into a real life board game.  I have to edit so many pictures, that finally I decided to break it up into two different posts.

This first post will show the making of Candy Land, and tomorrow, I will post the fabulous results!

The game has several characters including the Gingerbread People and Mr. Mint.  Here are a few of the characters Jenny created with cardboard and paint.  Her nephew surprised everyone and played the role of Mr. Mint!

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One by one, her and her husband painted many signs for each of the lands…

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Painted gumdrops…

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Hand painted Styrofoam circles and attached sticks…

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Blew up balloons and wrapped each one in cellophane and ties with ribbon to create oversized candies…

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… And painted each winding space for the Candy Land game board track.

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Wow! I’m tired just writing it! Come back tomorrow and see Jenny’s back yard Candy Land party transformation!

 

No Cost Pirate Themed Party

by Dinah Wulf

Ever thought you could throw a no cost or VERY low cost pirate themed party?  Here is how I did it.

One of my best friends asked for some help with decorating for her 5 year old son’s pirate themed birthday party.  Try out these DIY Pirate props.  I gathered the skulls, bones, and netting from my Halloween decorations, some of her son’s toys, and old Mardi Gras beads. Also, another great friend, and fellow crafty mom Jennifer Hostetler, gathered some fabulous knick knacks from around her house and we came up with this. It cost us absolutely nothing.

We created a pirate’s treasure trove by displaying small vignettes around the house.  Each area had skulls and bones draped in plastic colorful beads, plastic gold coins, and red, black, and gold fabric.  Previously for Haloween one year, I had made poison bottles out of recycled wine bottles by creating my own XXX and skull images on scrapbook paper labels.

With Halloween right around the corner, this theme can also be used for an Adult party or for a Halloween party.  Items around the house to fit a Pirates of the Caribbean theme are globes, maps, candelabras, trunks, empty wine or liquor bottles, gold and silver trays and/or utensils, wine goblets, and mirrors. Gold and beaded costume jewelry intermixed with plastic beads add to it as well.  Don’t forget to look in your child’s toy chest.  In there I found rifles, plastic armor and plastic gold coins, snakes, and spiders.

There you have it! Homemade halloween ideas for a pirate themed party on the cheap! I am so excited that it’s October already.  I have some great Halloween projects to come!

 

Carnival Theme or Circus Theme Party

by Dinah Wulf

Carnival Theme or Circus Theme Party

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One of my best friends, Jennifer Hostetler, ALWAYS comes up with amazing ideas for a theme party.  This year, for her daughter’s first birthday, she decided to do a Circus theme.  With a little do it yourself creativity and a lot of imagination, Jennifer hosted a fabulous party on a budget.  Carnival theme or circus theme parties are great party theme ideas.

DIY Centerpieces

If you read this blog, you KNOW what a HUGE fan I am of dollar bin decorating, especially for a kid’s theme party.  Jennifer found these great circus themed pieces for the centerpieces. She took it one step further and glued popcorn and peanuts to give them a more realistic look. I love the way she made them all different.

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Carnival Game Ideas

Jennifer came up with these easy and inexpensive party game ideas to fit the carnival theme.  To keep the little guests busy, some of her party games included, a ring toss, baseball toss, and balloon dart throw.  For the ring toss she secured each empty beer bottle with glue onto a square wooden board.  I give it two thumbs up just for the beer bottle recycle factor!  Jennifer also recycled baby snack containers for the baseball toss by removing the label, painting the can, and weighing them down with pebbles.  She simply stacked three cans on a bar stool.

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Candy Dessert Table

I’ve posted before that a candy dessert table has a trifecta factor.  It is beautiful to look at, gives the guests something to do, and is tasty to eat.  Check out Jennifer’s gorgeous and colorful candy dessert table. She used a round table, which looked beautiful and yummy from all sides.  She created height with wrapped boxes and color and pattern with ribbon.

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Do It Yourself Decorating

One thing about Jennifer is her attention to detail.  Check out these other great do it yourself decorating ideas for a circus theme party including a photo booth, cake table, and signs.

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Jennifer is definitely someone who inspires me.  I didn’t even post half of the amazing details of this party.  Look out for her upcoming budget party blog to see the rest!!! I’ll be the first to let you know when it launches!  Thank you Jen for the inspiration! Love you!

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DIY Nursery Letters

by Dinah Wulf

 

DIY Nursery Letters

Naming my daughter was one of the toughest things I have ever had to do (not really but it was very taxing). We asked family and friends and even strangers their opinions, searched online and read baby naming books. My husband and I even had 15 minute brainstorming sessions where we would each write down all the names we loved as quickly as possible and then convened to see if any of them matched. I mean come on, there are countries that have baby naming ceremonies… it’s a big deal! So why not commemorate all your hard work by displaying the coveted name in your little one’s room?

Your child’s name in decorative nursery wall letters is a charming DIY craft to personalize a baby’s room, however are costly at $20-$50 each at a baby boutique. I say, do it yourself for a fraction on the price.  The letters shown in this project, done by one of my greatest and dearest friends and fellow crafty mom, Jennifer Hostetler, cost less than $4.00 per letter. Add paint or decorative or scrapbook paper to match your theme for a few extra dollars. Jennifer embellished each letter with wire ribbon and a craft rhinestone to match a brown and pink themed nursery for one of our uncrafty besties (isn’t she sweet?).  The letters can be found at any craft store like Joann’s Fabric and Crafts for around $3.00 each. One roll of ribbon works well for three letters and costs approximately $2.50 per roll. The total cost for this projects was less than $30.00 for all six letters!