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.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Handmade

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.

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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.

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Invert the ring as shown.

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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

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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!

5 Tips to Make Your Table Naturally Amazing

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, 5 Tips to Make Your Table Naturally Amazing, was brought to you by the makers of French’s Yellow Mustard. I received compensation to write this post through the French’s Naturally Amazing Program … all opinions expressed are my own.

Summer is the best time to enjoy nature and entertain both outside, and inside. Entertaining for friends and family is one of my favorite things to do. I thought I’d share a few entertaining tips with you today.

Tip #1: Support Local Farmers. In preparation, I love going to the local Farmer’s Market to buy locally grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables with the family. This last weekend I grabbed some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and watermelon to serve as appetizers for a small gathering I had.

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Tip: #2: Serve appetizers that do not require utensils. I made, one of our favorites deviled eggs with vinegar, light mayonnaise, and a little bit of salt, pepper, and onion powder, and of course French’s mustard.

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French’s 100% natural yellow mustard starts with farm-grown, whole mustard seeds. Yellow mustards may look the same on the outside, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Take a look inside French’s and you’ll discover 100% delicious, 100% natural mustard.

Tip #3: Use the best naturally amazing ingredients. Crafted with only the highest quality, stone ground, #1 grade, whole mustard seeds and select herbs and spices (including turmeric), French’s is 100% natural, gluten free and kosher … and it has 0 calories!!! Unlike some mustards, there’s nothing artificial. No preservatives, fillers or thickeners. Naturally amazing, French’s is the preferred mustard for your favorite summer foods. From flavorful marinades to tangy salad dressings, French’s yellow mustard brings wholesome goodness and fresh taste to your table.

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Tip #4: Decorate with fresh flowers. I also picked fresh flowers from my yard and placed them at each table setting.  I love the idea of creating a personal bouquet for each guest and then when it’s time to eat, I place the bouquets around the patio for extra decoration.

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Tip #5: During the summertime, keep your table bright and cheery. I chose colorful placemats, napkins, and accessories to brighten up the table.

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I hope you enjoyed my 5 Tips to Make Your Table Naturally Amazing! Be sure to check out the French’s Pinterest Page for a ton of tasty recipes like lip-smacking wings, kid-friendly food, cooking tips and other fun ideas. Find recipes for any occasion: graduation celebrations, picnics, summer BBQs, light lunches and more. Thank you to French’s for sponsoring this post!

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Easy Dollar Store DIY Photo Booth Props

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so excited to be celebrating my 20th High School reunion in a couple months! I am still GREAT friends with several people from High School and I just can’t wait to spend time with them again.  I volunteered to make some DIY photo booth props to send. Recently, I share some Mod Podge photo booth props I made. Today, I want to share some Easy Dollar Store DIY Photo Booth Props.

Materials I used:

  • Sun Hats
  • Wooden letters and numbers
  • Craft paint
  • Craft flowers
  • Craft Paint
  • Hot glue and glue gun

As usual, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so the Dollar store was my first stop. I found these great hats in our school colors. Can you believe they were each only .99???? Score!

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I went to Micheal’s Craft Stores and found these wooden letters and numbers for about .49 each. I also bought some craft flowers on clearance.

Dollar Store Photo Booth Props

I painted them blue and white, our school colors.

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Lastly, I hot glued them onto the hats!

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This is my Little Miss Mia and I messing around with all the props. We took a couple selfies!!

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You don’t have to spend a ton of money for fun things like this. Here are a few more photo booth prop ideas.

Other fun Dollar Store photo booth props:

  • Sun glasses
  • Bandanas
  • Hats

Don’t forget to check out the tutorial I did for some Mod Podge photo booth props I made! I can’t wait for the reunion!!

Mod Podge Photo Booth Props

by Dinah Wulf

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I volunteered to make some photo booth props for my 20 year high school reunion coming up. Yes… TWENTY years! Where does the time go??? Anyway, I have several ideas including these fun and simple Mod Podge Photo Booth Props that I made with some wooden props I found at Michael’s Craft Store.

Materials:

  • Wooden props
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Embellishments

Instructions:

These wooden photo booth props at Michael’s are so cool and inexpensive! There’s a decent variety to choose from as well.

Mod Podge Photo Booth Props

I began by tracing each prop. I chose some fun pattered blue scrapbook paper for our school colors, blue and white.  Who says a mustache has to be black???

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I cut them out with scissors. I did some difficult areas with a cutting mat and a craft knife. Personally, it was easier for me to just use scissors.  When cutting the paper, cut towards the inside of the line.

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Once they are all cut out, apply Mod Podge to the wooden area, and place your cut out on top. Take the time to rub over the entire area to avoid and bubbles. Next, apply another layer of Mod Podge on top and allow them to dry.

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I raided the clearance bin and found some blue craft flowers, so I embellished the bows a little.

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Here they are!

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I have a few other ideas for photo booth props I will share at a later date.  Let’s just say, I raided the dollar store too!

Easy DIY Hello Kitty Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Making your own decorations for a theme party doesn’t have to be hard.  One of my friends did a Hello Kitty Themed Party that has been a hit! She spent a lot of time and thought into making it absolutely fabulous! I thought I’d put together some easy DIY Hello Kitty Party ideas that you can do if you have little time and money. You can use these tips for any themed party as well!

Tip #1: Make your own garland.

You can make this adorable and sweet pompom garland by simply using a needle and thread! Just thread a needle and push it through the thickest part of the pompom and they won’t slide.

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Tip #2: Use what you already have.

Typically when you throw a Hello Kitty themed party for your little one, they already have some Hello Kitty toys.  Use them creatively as props to punch up your themed décor.

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Tip #3: Dollar bin bargains go a long way.

One pack of stickers will embellish cake toppers, favors, pinwheels. You can use ribbon and hair bows to place in existing flower arrangements and other things.

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Tip #4: Make your own favor boxes.

I made these using the Fuse Creativity System by Fiskars. Believe it or not was much cheaper than buying gift bags and it’s more fun! Here’s a tutorial on how to use the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System.

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Tip #5: Simple food is less stressful.

Serving simple and healthy finger foods makes it less stressful. Arrange a fruit platter in a colorful way.

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Place candies or other foods in small paper cups. This way, they are portioned and easy to grab.

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Simple recipes like potato salad are filling and tasty.  For this one I made it with red potatoes, salt, pepper, finely chopped sweet yellow onions and light mayonnaise. I garnished it with shredded cheese, green onions, and bacon.

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St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

I had some left over fabric from some St. Patrick’s Day no sew hand towels I made. I am lacking in my decorations this year so I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting. My leftovers were the perfect amount.

I had made a banner similar to this one for a Vintage Themed Baby Shower I did. You can see the full tutorial for it there. These two fabric quarters were perfect for making a hand towel and this bunting. Score! So cheap (less than $5 for both)!

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Anyway, the difference between this bunting and the scrap fabric bunting I made for the baby shower was this…

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I used this awesome Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler that pretty much cut my time in half when making this!  It was so ah-mazing and cut the lines perfectly clean. All you need is the cutter and a cutting mat and with one swipe you have a perfectly straight line.  No need for scissors! Oh… and so much easier to use this when cutting the burlap as well. I highly recommend it if you couldn’t tell.

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I cut my strips of fabric and burlap and then knotted them to some rope I had left over as well from these nautical inspired thrift store rope vases I made. I altered the two patterns and a burlap strip.

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I love the mix of fabric and burlap. As you may or may not know, crafting with burlap is messy! Make sure you have your garbage can handy!

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Pretty in Pink Playdate

by Dinah Wulf

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Two of my best friends and I all had little girls 30 days apart from each other. Needless to say, the three of them are now best friends just like their mommies. Two weeks ago, they started dance classes together. After dance class, all of us get together for a playdate. I just couldn’t help myself the night before our last one and made a special Pretty in Pink table setting for their lunch.

I had some left over plastic sparkling cider glasses from New Year’s and dressed them up with a little lace at the bottom.

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I couldn’t resist and added little name tags as well.

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I also printed their names and framed them in little frames from the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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For the centerpiece I simply chose a fun patterned scrapbook paper with a pink try, mercury glass vase, and burlap hydrangeas. I also added a little pink craft butterfly on top.

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I found some mini cupcakes from the grocery store and put little white pompoms on top.  I used a pedestal tray I made out of a glass candlestick and porcelain tray I found at Goodwill.

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I put some lace on little wooden baskets to match the glasses and put pink Sixlets candies inside.

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Here are a few more pictures.

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It only took a few minutes to do this out of items I already had in my craft room.  The girls were so excited when they saw it and it added a little special touch to their playdate. This would be cute for Mother’s day, a birthday party or Valentine’s Day as well.

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