DIY Circus and Carnival Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Circus and Carnival Party Ideas

I love a great theme party! Last year my for my daughter’s birthday, instead of having a big party, we invited two of her best friends to the circus and ha a little sleepover.  I thought I’d recap some things I made as well as some of the DIY Circus and Carnival Party Ideas my best friend, Jenny did for her daughter a few years ago. Just click the links for even more ideas and tutorials.

Make this easy DIY Cake Topper out of paper straws.

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If you are having cupcakes, these DIY carousel cupcake toppers make ordinary cupcakes much cuter!

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These are the ultimate carnival prize or party favors for a colorful circus themed party.

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Is a whole box of goodies too much? Make these simple animal cracker favors.

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These fun DIY Popcorn Centerpieces are inexpensive and easy to make and will sure be a great conversation starter for your guests.

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No carnival is fun without carnival games! Make your own balloon dart board and bottle ring toss for the party.

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This headband made out of a repurposed paper cup is the perfect party hat for a carnival.

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In case you missed them, here are some other fun DIY theme parties we have done in the past! Just a heads up, these may seem elaborate, but they were all pulled off with a small budget and a ton of creativity! It’s all about repurposing and reuse!

More DIY Theme Party Ideas:

Couples Olympics Party DIY Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

Couples Olympics Party DIY Tutorials

I was so excited to share our Couples Olympics party the other day that I didn’t get a chance to write out the tutorials for how to make the inexpensive decorations I had. So, today I thought I’d share some Couples Olympics Party DIY Tutorials including how to make the medals, trophy, and signs. I’m also including the Couples Olympics logo I designed so that you can use and print it out as you need it for your own party.

Giant Olympics Logo

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Materials:

  • Cardboard Box
  • 2 Bowls in 2 Sizes (or other circular object to trace)
  • Multimedia Scissors
  • Paint (Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, and Red)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

Instructions:

I made this out of cardboard because it’s sturdy and I plan to keep it for future Couples Olympics parties. Can you believe I have a bin dedicated to it in the garage?? Anyway, the instructions are pretty self-explanatory. I traced two different sized bowls, cut them out, and painted it. I cut one slit in each ring so that they will interlink and hot glues them together. I can easily disassemble them to store and glue them again in the same spot for the next year.

DIY Couples Olympics Medals

DIY Olympic Medals

Materials:

Instructions:

The cheap party store medals are perfect for this. Re-size and print and cut out the Couples Olympics logo on cardstock and glue it to the top of the plastic medal. It is OK if the plastic medal is not flat or smooth. Allow the glue to dry. Place it on a flat surface and slowly add the 3 dimensional Mod Podge under and over the logo. Gently smooth out any bubbles with the tip of the bottle. Allow it to dry for a minimum of three hours.

Couples Olympics Trophy

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This trophy is passed on to the new winning couple each year. I made this one last year. Here are the instructions on how to make it.

Couples Olympics Signs

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Print out the Couples Olympics Commission and the Couples Olympics logos I made an place them all over the venue! Make it more official by adding a black cardstock border.

Couples Olympics Official Seal

Couples Olympics Seal

If you get as crazy as I did and send out a welcome packet invitation, I printed out the Couples Olympics Committee logo I made on adhesive paper and punched them out with a circle punch.

In case you missed them:

…And in case you are wondering, we skipped 2014 because we had it in December of 2013 and January of 2015!

Couples Olympics Party

by Dinah Wulf

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Oh. My. Gosh. What a weekend! We had a blast at our second annual Couples Olympics Party on Saturday. Last year I shared our first annual Couples Olympics. It was so much fun that we amplified it for this year. You’ll see what I mean!

Couples Olympics Party Ideas

Invitations

The first thing I did differently this year was send out Welcome Packages a week in advance. Each team received an official package from the Couples Olympics Committee (my husband and I aka the Blue Team). These doubled as invitations and instructions. I included an official Couples Olympics logo and header on each of the pages. We emailed it with some fun face paint, party mustaches, and glittered body stickers to each team which were assigned colors. They were all encouraged to dress in their team color as well.

Couples Olympics Welcome Packet

Trophy and Medals

Last year I made this awesome Couples Olympics Trophy. You can get the tutorial here. This trophy is passed on each year, and the winning couple gets to sign it and keep it and retain bragging rights until the next Olympics. Last year’s winners even made a velvet lined box to safely transport the trophy in!!

Olympic Medal DIY Trophy

The winning couple also received medals. These are much better than the ones I made last year. I will post a tutorial later.

DIY Olympic Medals

Scoreboard

I also made the scoreboard more official this year.

Couples Olympics Scoreboard

Decorations

Couples Olympics Decorations

As far as decorations go, I wanted it to be budget friendly, so I was able to do a lot with some streamers and tissue paper.

Olympics Decoration Ideas with Streamers

 

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I also printed out signs and put them everywhere including the bar and in the bathroom.

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I made giant Olympic rings out of cardboard.

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I also made Olympic torches using my friend’s metal cups and urn. I stuffed orange tissue paper in it and cut out red flames out of cardstock.

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Party Favors

Each team also received a swag bag in their designated color like they did last year, but we added a few more goodies inside.

Couples Olympics Swag Bags

Event Table

I showcased each event as part of the decorations as well and created an event table. I printed out signs and displayed the “official” even equipment for each event.

Couples Olympics Events Table

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As you can see, we did A LOT more this year!

Here is a picture of all of us.

Couples Olympics Participants

I also made a YouTube video. In this four minute video, you’ll see all of us having fun including our opening ceremonies which was also new this year.

I already can’t wait for next year! 

Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date

by Dinah Wulf

Last year, Valentine’s Day fell on a Friday.  At that time, every Friday, my daughter had dance class with her two best friends. After class, sometimes we would continue the fun at my house and the girls would play. Since it was Valentine’s Day, and the girls LOVE making crafts, I decided to make our play date extra special and make it a Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date. It didn’t take too much time to set up and I used what I already had in the craft room. It turned out so cute!

I set up a special table for three. I honestly didn’t really go out of my way because I already had everything in the craft room. It didn’t take me long to set up. I added a few extra touches like Plastic glasses with lace for their juice.

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Pink candies in little baskets that I also added lace to (thanks to my trusty glue gun)!

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I even made them name place settings because I always keep these dollar bin frames handy for dinner parties. It only took a second to print their names.

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The centerpiece was simple too. I just took an existing arrangement and put it on top of a piece of scrapbook paper and then laid a little pink craft butterfly on top for some added girly-ness!

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I set out some foam crafts that I got on sale and the girls made Valentine’s for their families to take home.

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For dessert I simply went to the local grocery store bakery and added a little pompom toothpick on top.

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It was such a special day for the girls and it really took little effort. They had such a great time! I hope you enjoyed my super easy Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date!

More Valentine’s Day Inspiration:

New Years Decorations on a Dollar Store Budget

by Dinah Wulf

New Years Christmas Tree on a Budget

Let’s face it, after Christmas many of us don’t have a budget to spend on New Year’s decorations, especially if you are hosting a party. We started a tradition a few years ago, where a few families with kids get together to ring in the New Year. I wanted to make it a little special this year so I started with making a New Year’s Countdown Tree for the kids. I also went to the 99 cent store to see what I could drum up for decorations.  I only spent $8.00! Here are my New Years decorations on a dollar store budget!

Decorate your Christmas Tress for a New Year's Party

For $8.00 I bought 3 packs of metallic party hats, two packs of noise makers, two packs of New Year’s cut outs, and one pack of poppers. I took down all the decorations from my Christmas tree and put them away. The only thing I left up was the burlap ribbon and white feathers.

I decorated the tree with all my 99 cent store finds. Some hats…

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…some poppers and noise makers…

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…and some metallic cut outs.

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I also added some left over hats to the mantle.

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Not bad for $7.00!

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In case you missed it, check out the New Year’s countdown tree I did for the kiddos. I marked the time on several envelopes and the kids take turns opening up each one at the specified time. Inside are dares, activities, game ideas, tasty treats, and sweet gestures for them to complete until they open up the next envelope!

New Years Eve Countdown Idea for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

New Year Countdown Party Idea

Ever since my friends and I had kids, we have been staying in on New Year’s Eve and celebrating with our families at my house. This year, I thought it’d be fun to do a little countdown activity for kids. It’s simple and easy and hopefully, will keep the kids entertained and awake until the New Year. Here is my New Years Eve countdown idea for kids.

Materials:

  • Small bags or envelopes
  • Felt Numbers
  • Cardstock
  • Tape or glue
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Circle punch

I had these felt numbers collecting dust in my craft closet. You don’t have to use these; in fact, it’s easier to just write the numbers on an envelope!

New Year Countdown Idea

I cut out circles with a circle pinch and then put the time in the middle. I started at 6:30 and made a bag for every half hour until midnight.

New Years Eve Countdown Idea for Kids

Then I brainstormed fun, dares/activities/instructions, for all the kids to follow when they take turns opening the bag at the designated time. Some things I wrote are:

  • Go outside and hula hoop.
  • Sing “Jingle Bells” as loud as possible.
  • Play a game of hide and seek.
  • Give your parents a big hug and kiss.
  • Take one piece of candy from the candy jar.
  • Share a pack of candy with the other kids.
  • Do your favorite dance.

New Year Countdown Party Idea for Kids

You get the idea. We will have about seven kids at our party and I’ll let them take turns opening them and the older kids can help the younger kids read them.

New Years Eve Countdown Party Idea

I took down the decorations from Christmas on one of my trees and added the envelopes on the tree.

New Years Countdown Idea

This would be fun to do at any party as well, or for the adults to do dares. I hope the kids enjoy it!

 

Beanie Baby Party Ideas with Printables

by Dinah Wulf

Beanie Baby Birthday Party

One of my childhood friends messaged me on Facebook not long ago looking for Beanie Baby party ideas for her son’s birthday coming up. She had mentioned that she had searched the internet and couldn’t find anything. I was delighted by the challenge of creating something she could use. My first thought was to do printables; that way she could just download them and make as many as she needed for the party. So, with the help of my brother, this is what we came up with.

Beanie Baby Party Hat

These cute little hats come in four different color combinations.  You can print and cut them out and use them as decorations for the party.  Another option is to just print a few out and (depending on the age of the kids) let the kids cut them out, tape them together, and use them for their own Beanie babies.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Printable Party Hats

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Hat Printables

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Hats

Beanie Baby Cupcake Toppers

These were designed to look like the iconic Ty tag that comes with each Beanie Baby. The front says, “Beanie Cakies” and the back says “Cupcake sweet, yummy, beanie-cakey, goodness!” The back represents the inside of the Ty tags that come with an original Beanie baby’s name and description.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Printables

Simply print and cut them out, tape them to a toothpick, and insert them into the cupcakes.  I added some colorful baker’s twine to each tag.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Ideas

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Cupcake Topper Printables

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers

Beanie Baby Party Favors

Lastly, my brother designed a “thank you” tag that says “Beanie Beans” on them. You can make the tag any size you wish. I filled small party bags with colorful chocolate candies.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Favors

You can download your Beanie baby party printables here:

FREE Beanie Baby Party Printables

My brother has helped me with some pretty cool printables in the past. In case you missed them, here they are:

 

Upcycled Milk Bottles Dollar Bin Challenge

by Dinah Wulf

Milk Glass Crafts

A few of my friends and I got together to do a Dollar Bin Challenge. This is where we choose the same dollar bin object and each upcycle it and put our own creative spin on it.  None of us know what the others are doing until the night before our posts are published. For this challenge, we chose milk bottles. These were found in the dollar bin section at Target, two for $3.00. My upcycled milk bottles turned into fall turkeys!

Materials:

  • Milk Bottles
  • Scrap Paper in Fall Colors
  • Circle Craft Punch
  • Scissors
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Tape (double-sided works best)

These are the milk bottles I used.

Upcycled Milk Bottle Dollar Bin Challenge

First, I dug into my paper scraps bin. Yes I have a paper scraps bin in my craft room.  It comes in handy for SO many projects, plus I don’t waste a lot of paper! I found these great colors.  I liked that some had patterns.

Fall Paper Crafts

I folded each piece of paper in half and made paper feathers. If you need tips on how to make paper feathers, I wrote a post on it!

Paper Feather Crafts

Aren’t they pretty? To save time, I cut two at a time and it worked beautifully.

Glass Milk Bottle Turkey Feathers

Using a craft punch I cut out three circles per turkey. I also cut out yellow beaks and red turkey wattles.

Paper Turkey Craft

I spread out the feathers and taped them together with two circles (front and back).

Glass Milk Bottle Fall Craft

For the turkey’s face I attached the beak and wattle and also added two wiggly eyes.

Glass Milk Bottle Turkey

I taped it all together!

Glass Milk Bottle Crafts for Fall

For a brown turkey you can fill your bottle with chocolate milk! My daughter drank the milk and thought it was the coolest thing ever! These would be great for a fall party or for the kid’s table at Thanksgiving!

Upcycle Milk Bottle Turkey

Now let’s see what the other Bloggers came up with for our Upcycled Milk Bottles Dollar Bin Challenge! Be sure to check them all out!

Barbara from Chase the Star made this adorable milk bottle kids table centerpiece.

Kids Table Milk Bottles

 Make homemade Candy Corn Scrub from Loren at Pandora’s Craft Box!

Candy Corn Sugar Scrub

Fun and festive Halloween Milk Bottles by Jenny from Simply Creative Ways!

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Rapunzel Birthday Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

I have been a busy girl helping one of my best friends with her daughter’s 4th birthday party. I had the honor of attending the party last weekend and we had so much fun! I wanted to share some photos and put together an ultimate guide of Rapunzel birthday party ideas.

Invitations

Of course we have to start with the invitations!  I made these per the request of the birthday girl. Here is my step by step tutorial for handmade Rapunzel invitations along with helpful measurements.

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Tangled Party Decorations

I made a “T” for Taylor or Tangled out of yarn to look like a Rapunzel Hair Monogram.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Braided Hair

My best friend, Jenny from Simply Creative Ways made this amazing repurposed Rapunzel Tower out of two bird houses and an orange juice container! Isn’t it beautiful???

Rapunzel Birthday Party Repurposed Tower

Rapunzel Birthday Party Tower Centerpiece

I also made some Flynn Rider Wanted Posters that you can download and print for free.  We hung them on several trees.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Wanted Poster

Rapunzel Birthday Party Poster

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

For the food table, I cut up a plastic table cloth from the 99 cent store in three pieces, and zigged-zagged it to look like Rapunzel’s hair.  I also put purple ribbon and flowers in it.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Hair Decoration

I made these purples felt sun banners as well. You can download a free sun printable as well.

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Rapunzel Party Food

I made a little menu from the Snuggly Duckling Pub. On the menu we had:

  • Paint Pallet Pizza
  • Mother Gothel Guacamole
  • Tangled Tortilla Chips
  • Pascal Pretzels
  • Frying Pan Fruit

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food Menu

We even put the Frying Pan Fruit in iron clad frying pans!

Rapunzel Birthday Party Frying Pan Food

This was the food table that was filled with goodies!

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food Table

Rapunzel Party Favors

I made each girl a Rapunzel Braid party favor.  They ended up putting them on right away and wearing them throughout the party, It was adorable. At the beginning of the party we used them as part of the decorations.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Favors

Rapunzel Birthday Party Decorating Ideas

Rapunzel Birthday Party Decor

What Tangled party would be complete without Rapunzel herself!! If I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was really her.  She was amazing and in character the entire time.  She played “Hide Pascal” with the girls, put makeup on all of them, opened presents with the birthday girl, and stayed to sing Happy Birthday.

Rapunzel Birthday Party

It was a fabulous party!

Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram Sign How To

I first saw this Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram on Honeybee Vintage and thought it was an absolutely adorable idea to do for my best friend’s daughter’s fourth birthday party coming up.  I had already made her Rapunzel invitations, Flynn Rider Wanted posters, and sun bunting, but thought this would be a great addition. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Canvas
  • Purple Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Yellow Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

I started out by painting my canvas lavender.

Rapunzel Monogram Sign

While it was drying, I made two large braids with yarn. The braid for the top of the “T” is longer than the bottom of the “T”. Your length will depend on the size canvas you choose. I tied each end with ribbon. I played around with the positioning of the braid and each flower before I broke out my glue gun. I changed my mind SO many times.

Rapunzel Monogram Braided Hair

By the way, I purchased the flowers from the dollar store. They were hair accessories that I took the clip off of and the best deal I could find. The small flowers came in sets of two with extra bobby pins. Once I finally decided on where the braid and each flower and leaf went, I hot glued it all together.

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

Here are some photos. I hope Taylor likes it! She can even hang it in her room after the party.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

Rapunzel DIY Party Decorations

Thank you to Honeybee Vintage for the original inspiration! Be sure to stop by and see all of her other amazing creations!

Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

 

Iron-On Rapunzel Sun Bunting with Printables

by Dinah Wulf

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There is probably an easier way to do this, but when I decided to make these 1) I had a particular style of sun in mind and 2) I wanted to be inexpensive to make. I was originally going to try my Silhouette Cameo however I read that it may or may not cut felt, SO this is what I ended up doing instead. Here is how to make a Rapunzel sun bunting for a birthday party decoration.

Materials:

I decided to make two different flags; a flag bunting and hanging flags. First, print out the desired printables on iron-on transfer paper. For the 2.5” suns, I just trimmed the sheet and iron on the whole thing and for the 5” suns I trimmed close to the edges.

Lay a freshly ironed pillow case on a hard service, not an ironing board.  I used my granite counter tops in the kitchen. Next, lay the white felt on top and then the printables faced down. Set the iron to the cotton setting and be sure to turn off the steam.

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Apply pressure with the iron and iron for approximately 20 seconds pressing firmly.

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Allow the suns to cool and then peel off the paper. Cut out each sun close to the edges. I left a white boarder.

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Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Printable

I cut one 12”X18” piece of purple felt into 8 equal pieces and then trimmed them as shown to make the bunting.

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Glue the suns on with fabric glue.

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For the larger flags, I scored and found these pre-made purple flags on sale for $1.99 each from $7.99. I glued the 5” suns on them.

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For the bunting, I hot glued twine on the back top. Here are some after photos.

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Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post, Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am honored to be working with UncommonGoods, a New York based company that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Most of the products they carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials… right up my alley!

I received these beautiful set of six floral Italian-style wine glasses and thought they would be perfect for hosting my next wine tasting party. I mean really, how cute it the packaging?

Wine Score Card Printable

Here are a few close ups of the glasses. They are absolutely gorgeous, small, and perfect for wine tasting or even juice or mimosas.

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I had thrown a wine tasting party before and I have actually gotten a few emails asking for a copy of the wine tasting score card I used, so I decided to make a free printable available today! The score card has instructions and a rating system for five different wines.  There were five categories including, appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish. You can list the wines you are tasting if you wish, and there is a section for notes. You can add a boarder like I did to fit any party décor as well.

Wine Score Card Free Printable

Download your free Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable here.

Wine Tasting Score Card Printable

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These glasses, wine tasting score cards, and a bottle of wine would make a lovely gift basket as a hostess gift, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day gift too! If you’d like more gift ideas, be sure to check out UncommonGoods for several beautifully crafted and handmade gifts!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY with Yarn Hair

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Handmade

One of my best friend’s daughters is turning four! So many soon-to-be four year olds love Disney Princesses. Recently I made a Little Mermaid clam shell birthday card for our other bestie and this time, I volunteered to make a Rapunzel invitation for a Tangled themed party. I perused Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration and I found some great ones, but ended up making a version of my own. Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Purple cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Stone printed scrapbook paper
  • Purple ribbon
  • Craft roses
  • Paper cutter
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Instructions:

Rapunzel Invitation DIY

Prepare your pieces as shown. These are the measurements amounts per one Rapunzel invitation. Keep in mind that my friends did not need envelopes because she was hand delivering each invite, so measurements will differ in order to fit inside envelopes.

  • 2 – 8” Long Purple Ribbon
  • 9 – 8” Long Yellow Yarn
  • 1 – 2.5” X 6” Stone Tower
  • 1 – 3” X 4.25” Yellow Background
  • 1 – 3” X 2.5” Purple Rectangle
  • 1 – 3” X 4.25” Purple Rectangle
  • 1 – 2” X 1.75” Black Rectangle

Next, cut the purple rectangles into triangles, and the black rectangles into windows, using a pencil and ruler to measure.

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I designed printed out my message on 2.5” X 4.25” paper. It says, “Come let your hair down. We are celebrating Taylor’s birthday!”

I assembled the invitation as shown with a glue stick, using the small purple triangle.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Castle

Next, I bunched 9 pieces of yarn and 1 purple ribbon and taped it to the larger triangle.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Tower

I braided the hair and then hot glued the black window on top.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Invitation DIY

I hot glued three ribbon craft flowers onto the hair.

Rapunzel Yarn Hair Invitation DIY

Lastly, I hot glued the hair falling out of the window onto the invitation. Here it is!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Tutorial

I also made a little castle out of left overs to make some unique gift wrapping for her gift. We can’t wait to give it to her!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Gift Wrapping

Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

Felt Photo Booth Props

by Dinah Wulf

Felt Reunion Photo Booth Props

I totally cheated… on this craft, that is! My intentions were to walk into the craft store and buy some felt to make fun photo booth props for my high school reunion coming up in a couple of weeks.  But as I was walking through the aisles of Michael’s Craft Store I found these pre-cut felt pennants and letters on sale for 70% off! I couldn’t resist.  How much time does this save me?? So I bought them, which made making these felt photo booth props much easier than I was anticipating.

I had already made some easy dollar bin photo booth props and I even made some Mod Podge photo booth props too.

This is Mia and I messing around in the craft room with both!

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I chose AHS for Allegany high School, my alma mater, and ALCO for Allegany County.  I recall chanting “Go ALCO!” at every football and basketball game.

Felt Photo Booth Props

I hot glued the letters on. They even had little footballs and basketballs too. I strung each one with ribbon.

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So the banners would be easy to hold, I tied them onto chopsticks. I put a spot of hot glue on the knot of the ribbon to prevent sliding on the sticks.

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Here is what they look like!

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Be sure to check out the other things I made for this reunion. I can’t believe it’s been twenty years. I’m really looking forward to spending time with my friends and reconnecting with others.

High School Class Reunion Video

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

by Dinah Wulf

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

Ah! There is nothing more relaxing to me than spending summer vacation on the beach. OK, well, maybe there is ONE thing more relaxing. That would be spending summer vacation on the beach with a margarita in hand. Lucky me; I had the privilege of spending four days and three nights at the gorgeous Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto resort and spa. I can’t wait to tell you about it all including hiking, paddle boarding, the amazing food and staff, my incredible private suite, and my clam diving excursion. But first, I just wanted to share a little Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to. My friend Sharon and I had a special tutorial by our bartender, Jorge, on the beach when he made us some tasty and refreshing cucumber margaritas with a chili lime rim.

You only need three things:

  • Sharp Knife
  • Key Lime
  • Cutting Board

OK, well you also need a margarita of course! First, slice the end off of the key lime and discard.

Sun Lime Garnish How to

Cut a thin slice saving the rest of the lime for later and follow the lines of the flesh and cut, stopping at the inside of the rind.

Sun Key Lime Garnish How to

Invert the ring as shown.

Margarita Sun Lime Garnish

Margarita Sun Lime Garnish How to

Use the remaining part of the key lime, and maneuver the ring onto the edge of the lime forming a sun.

Sun Key Lime Garnish Tutorial

Lay the sun flat onto the cutting board and cut a slit into the rounded end.

Sun Lime Garnish Tutorial

If desired, groom the sun with your knife to shape the perfect sun.

How to Make a Sun Shaped Lime Garnish

Place it on the edge of a salted margarita glass using the slit on the body of the lime.

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

Isn’t it adorable? It was such a beautiful and thoughtful touch to help make our sun bathing THAT much more special. Jorge went over and above for us, especially taking the extra time to show us how to make this unique margarita garnish.

Here are more of my adventures in Loreto!

 

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY (7)

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.

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY (1)

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

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY (2)

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

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY (3)

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

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY (4)

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

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY (5)

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

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY (7)

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

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY (6)

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

P.S. Happy Birthday, Daddy!

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