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22nd Apr2014

Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be in charge of the decorations for one of my great friends baby shower for her twins! The theme the hosts decided on was a vintage inspired Mad Hatter Tea Party. I thought it’d be fun to make little Mad Hatter hats as part of the centerpieces decorations.

Materials:

  • Top hat wood cut-outs
  • Green craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon (green and black)
  • Scissors
  • Feathers
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pen
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Craft glue
  • Wire hanger
  • Wire cutter
  • Craft beads

I found these fun top hat cut-outs at Michael’s craft stores. They were only .49 and I had a coupon for 30% off! Score! They were practically free!

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I painted both sides green.

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While I waited for them to dry, I cut two wire hangers in approximately two inch pieces.

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I hot glued beads to the tips of each wire piece. Some of the beads I took from an old necklace (I save everything)! I also gathered some other embellishments for the hat. I cut out small squares out of scrapbook paper scraps and wrote the iconic Mad Hatter price of 10/6 on it.

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I assembled each trim with glue.

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Lastly, I hot glued it to my painted top hats. They turned out so cute!

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I am going to group them in various cages, apothecary jars, and glass domes with vintage books, tea cups, glass white rabbits and mini clocks. I can’t wait to show you some of the centerpieces I’ve put together!

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

 

24th Mar2014

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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24th Feb2014

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.

20th Feb2014

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I am on a treat box roll! I know I just posted how to make Candy Box Treat Boxes the other day, but I couldn’t help myself and just HAD to make some St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes since Valentine’s Day is officially over. I made these with my Fuse Creativity System from Fiskars. Here’s how I made them.

Materials:

Instructions:

Place your treat box design set on the machine. I put the plates on top so that the design on the box would be plain.

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Place your desired 12X12 scrapbook paper on top of the design set.

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Note: I used regular scrapbook paper which worked nicely; however card stock scrapbook paper is a little sturdier. It depends on what you are putting inside. For example, temporary tattoos, stickers, plastic toys, some candy will work great in these.

Place your cutting plate on top of the scrapbook paper. You are basically creating a craft sandwich. Next, push the plate through the machine while cranking the handle.

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The box cut out will look like this.

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Fold the paper in the indicated areas.

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Tape or glue your treat box together.

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I embellished these boxes with shamrock stickers and I made a leprechaun buckle out of paper scraps for one of them. You can fill them with whatever your heart desires, like chocolate coins, play gold coins, small toys, or candy.

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These treat boxes are addicting to make! I want to make them for every party and holiday. I will more then likely make an Easter themed treat box soon!

If  this post is your style, you may also like my post on Boarder Punch Gift Wrapping!

18th Feb2014

Dr. Seuss Inspired Party: FREE PRINTABLES

by Dinah Wulf

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Geesh! It helps when you have a super talented, even craftier, older brother! My brother from, Figure Ground Graphics, designed these AWESOME Dr. Seuss Inspired Party printables and is offing them to DIY Inspired readers for FREE! Woot woot! They take just a few minutes to download and print and can be used for cupcake and food toppers, favor bags, or signs.  This is great because I am honored to share this Sweet Things Are Treat Things party for a Dr. Seuss edition of Craft Lightening!

Here is what they look like when you print them.

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I cut and folded the balloons and cakes and put them on straws for food toppers.

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Here are a few close ups.

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I also used them to embellish some treat boxes that I made.  I will have a tutorial for these boxes coming up this week!

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The sign can be used in different ways as well. You can simply fold it and display it.

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You can use a photo holder to display it. OR…wait for it… they are the perfect size to fit in a Ziploc bag for party favors!

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Now for the FREE Printables! Download them here:

Sweet Things Are Treat Things Party Printables

I hope you enjoyed this Dr. Seuss Inspired Party!  Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  Be sure to stop by their blogs for more Dr. Seuss inspired crafty goodness!

 If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

17th Feb2014

A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I have to say, my best friend Jenny and I can throw a mean party! Ha! We collaborated recently on an Angry Birds Themed Party for one of our favorite five year olds. I wanted to put together an ULTIMATE guide of tutorials that the two of us created to help you throw a great DIY Angry Birds Party. Here are seven ideas for you to consider.

#1 Themed Gift Wrapping

Just say no to gift bags! You can’t attend a birthday party for your favorite five year old without a gift! I wrapped this gift and made a little tag on my computer that said, “Happy Angry Birthday, Adrian”. It took me less than ten minutes and added a personal touch.

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#2 Angry Birds Pinata

Trina, Adrian’s Mom and one of my Besties, bought a King Pig Pinata but it was missing a crown! So I made a King Pig Crown for her out of an old cottage cheese container. You can use this idea for making any type of crown you’d like.

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#3 Bird Cage Centerpieces

This is a quick and easy centerpiece idea, Simply place a stuffed Angry Bird character in a bird cage.  You can buy these at any craft store and it seems like they are always on sale!

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#4 The Golden Egg

To be honest, I’m not too familiar with the Angry Bird game but apparently the golden egg is a VERY important element. Trina spray painted plastic Easter eggs and placed them in little nests. It turned out so cute!

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#5 Sweets and Treats

What’s a birthday party without plenty of treats??? Trina displayed colorful cupcakes on a DIY wooden structure that Jenny made.

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She also had a candy table with favor bags for the kids to fill and take home.

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I also made some super easy Angry Bird Dropping favors that we placed on the party tables.

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Trina also bought this fun Angry Bird cupcake birthday cake.

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#6 Upcycled Cardboard Box Decorations

Both Jenny and I saved our cardboard boxes to create a fun decoration.  Jenny painted hers to look like wooden boxes.

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I hand drew mine to look like wooden crates. I also made some points and TNT signs in a FREE printable download for you to use.

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#7 Life Sized Angry Bird Launcher and Party Game

Lastly, and DEFINITEY not least, Jenny and her husband made a life sized Angry Bird Launcher to launch the painted Angry Bird Balls she made into the boxes.  This was the BEST GAME EVER and was fun for both the kids and adults.

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There you have it… A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party! I hope you enjoyed and are inspired to use these ideas too!

Quick Links for Step by Step Tutorials:

14th Feb2014

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

10th Feb2014

Angry Birds Party Decoration with FREE Printables

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my Besties had a fifth birthday party for her son this past weekend.  It was an Angry Birds Party theme and of course I HAD to help.  Since I have a very girly girl, this was an opportunity to help with a party that is more for boys. Last week I shared some Angry Bird party favors I made and on Inheriting Our Planet I shared a recycled crown I made for a King Pig piñata. Today, I want to share an easy Angry Birds party decoration I made out of shipping boxes I saved.

The materials I used were:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Sharpie
  • Printables
  • Paper cutter
  • Colorful Card stock
  • Double-sided tape or glue

I made some numbers to represent scores, 500, 1000, and 5000.

Angry Bird Scores Printable

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I also made some black and red TNT signs.

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I added some bright and bold colorful backings with card stock to make them stand out more.

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I wanted to free hand on the boxes with a black marker to give the boxes a more cartoon-like feel.  I drew on boards and nails so that they looked like wooden crates… all of which were not perfect, rather imperfect on purpose!

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I then randomly placed the signs on the boxes with double-sided tape.

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Here are some AFTER photos!

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In case you missed it, be sure to check out my Angry Bird Droppings party favors and my recycled King Pig CrownHere is the rest of the party! Oh! Enjoy the free printables too!

04th Feb2014

Easy DIY Angry Birds Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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Today is my birthday! Nah nah nah nah! And I’m gonna have a good time! Nah nah nah nah! Noooo! I’m not having an Angry Birds party for my birthday, BUT my best friend’s son is turning the big 5 and I wanted to make these easy DIY Angry Birds Party Favors for his party coming up this weekend. I know nothing about Angry Birds but I thought, hey, all birds have droppings, so why not make them edible (ew). I’m such a Dork…moving on…

Here’s what you need:

  • Computer and printer
  • Colorful card stock
  • White paper
  • Circle punch
  • Glue or tape
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Stapler
  • Small treat bags
  • Tasty treats for inside

At first I was going to buy Angry Birds stickers to put on the favors but then I didn’t want to get ready, get my daughter ready, get in my car, and go to the store… oh AND spend money. So instead, I opened my computer and searched Google images for “Angry Birds characters” and made my own “stickers”. I printed them out and cut them with a circle punch.  I also cut out colorful larger circles to use as a border.

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I also printed out tags that said, “Angry Bird Droppings” (yes, I think I’m funny), cut some card stock to size, and assembled each favor to look like this.

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I filled the plastic treat bags with SweetWorks candies and stapled them together.

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Tah dah!! Aren’t they cute? I thought they’d be a fun and tasty addition to the party that the kids could take home.

02nd Jan2014

Couples Olympics Games and Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy New Year! Oh my! We had the BEST TIME this year when we decided to turn our annual Christmas party with my best friends into the first annual Couples Olympics. Of COURSE I had to get creative with it so I wanted to share my Couples Olympics Games and Ideas.

First of all, what would an Olympics be without a trophy and medals??? I had to make my own. I found a make your own medal kit at a teacher supply store to make these for the winning couple.

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For the trophy I used a wedding cake topper, a can of garbanzo beans, and a candle stick and glued them together with E6000.

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I let it set over night and then spray painted it gold.

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Tah dah!!! Instant Couples Olympics Trophy!

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Then, my husband said we needed an orientation packet. I decided to make these bags up for each team.

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Here’s a close up.                        

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I filled it with a team wig, two sets of headbands, two sets of wrist bands, a horn, and pompom.

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We also put in the rules and regulations (which I’ll share below).

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We had six events including cup stacking.  

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It was SO MUCH FUN!!!! Here is a photo of the couples that participated.

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Here is what we wrote for the rules and events to help you with some Couples Olympics Games and Ideas:

Rules:

  1. One team member from each team will participate in each game.
  2. Each team member must participate in three of the six events.
  3. Any derogatory statements about the amount of Chicago Bears paraphernalia in the home team’s house will results in -2 pts.
  4. The winning team of each event will receive 3 pts., second place 2 pts., third place 1 pt. and fourth place -1 pt.
  5. Each team must wear all pieces of the team gear provided at sign-in throughout the Olympics. There is a two piece minimum per Olympian. If at any time the team gear is not worn during the competition, the team will receive -1 pt. for each infraction.
  6. In the event of a tie for total points across all Couples Olympiad events, the name of a team member from each of the winning teams will be drawn from a hat to determine the players in a one round playoff.  The event will also be pulled from a hat. The winners of that event will be crowned the first annual Couples Olympiad Winners and will retain bragging rights for approximately one calendar year.

6 Events:

  1. Bean Bag Toss
    1. Two teams (one member from each team) will play against each other in 3 rounds of bean bag toss. The total points of each round will be added up to give the team a total score. The team with the highest score wins.
    2. Bean bags that go through the hole are with 3 pts. Bean Bags on the board are worth 1 pt.
    3. Bean bags that hit the ground before hitting the board do not count.
  2. Washers
    1. Two teams (one member from each team) will compete against each other in 3 rounds of washers. The total points of each round will be added up to give the team a total score. The team with the highest score wins.
    2. Washers that go into the hole are worth 3 pts. Washers in the box are worth 1 pt.
    3. Washers that bounce on the ground before going into the box or hole do not count.
  3. Football Toss
    1. Two teams (one member from each team) will compete against each other in 3 rounds of football toss. The total points of each round will be added up to give the team a total score. The team with the highest score wins.
    2. Football that land on the top row are worth 1 pt, 2 pts for the middle row and 3 pts for the bottom row.
    3. Footballs that bounce on the ground before hitting a row do not count.
  4. Cup Stacking
    1. Each team (one member from each team) will have 16 cups. Build a 10 cup pyramid and two 3 cup pyramids and then take them down. When you end you must have all cups in one stack.
    2. All teams will compete against each other in a round robin competition.
  5. Christmas Trivia
    1. Each team (one member from each team) will have to answer five Christmas trivia questions. You receive 1 pt for each right answer and -1 pt for each wrong answer.
  6. Black Jack
    1. Each team (one member from each team) will play against the other players in a round robin style game of Black Jack. Each player is playing against the house. The house will play typical Black Jack rules. i.e. – Dealer must hit on a value under 17, dealer will stay on 17 only if they have a face card and stay on anything over 17. 
03rd Oct2013

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!

17th Sep2013

Vintage Baby Shower Free Printables

by Dinah Wulf

I am honored to have Jill Parkin Designs design a set of beautiful free printables for a vintage inspired baby shower.

Jill is the owner and designer for Popsicle Blog and is no stranger to clever, colorful, and creative printables.  She designs them for holidays, teacher appreciation gifts, and parties. Two of my favorites are her “Daddy’s Stache” mustache inspired Father’s day jars and her paper doll Peeps banner for Easter.

Today she is sharing some pretty light pink and baby blue Vintage Baby Shower Printables made exclusively for DIY Inspired!  They are sweet and whimsical.  This FREE package includes:

Menu Board

Vintage Baby Shower Menu

Pink or Blue Invitations or Thank You Cards

Vintage Baby Shower Invites

Pink or Blue Words of Advice Cards

Vintage Baby Shower Words of Advice

Pink or Blue Welcome Signs

Vintage Baby Shower Welcome Sign

You can print these fantastic printables {HERE}.

These were perfect for the baby shower I helped with this weekend since I decided to use several different colors inspired by some vintage handkerchiefs I bought.  Here are some decorations I made in case you missed it {vases and scrap fabric banner} and {framed baby clothes and doily banners}.

I’ll be posting the entire baby shower soon!

Be sure to stop by and see Jill!  You can also follow her of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thank you so much, Jill! You are the best!

In the meantime, here are some other fun parties I helped decorate:

16th Sep2013

Fun and Easy Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

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There is so much that goes into decorating a baby shower…well, at least when I decorate for one!  Last week, I shared a couple decorations I made; a fabric scrap bunting and recycled jar flower vases I made for a vintage inspired party. I’ve been on a roll with making these fun and easy baby shower decorations, and sometimes some of the work and details are missed when you only show the final product, so I thought I’d share a few more.

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I bought these wooden frames from Michael’s and Mia and I painted them different colors.  I bought some onesies and baby socks and hung them from twine.  I embellished each end with lace and ribbon in different colors and textures. They turned out so cute.

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Here’s another tiny flag banner made out of scrapbook card stock, twine, and mini clothes hangers. I will string this inside a vintage suitcase as part of one of the center pieces (I think… We’ll see how it actually turns out the day I decorate. I always end up moving things around).

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I made this banner using doilies I found in the dollar bin. I simply folded them in half and secured it with double sided tape.

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I’m getting really excited for this shower! I’ve pulled a bunch of thing together that I already have, I’m just going to bring it all and wing it that day. I think I’ll bring my up cycled blue thrift store shelf to put the drinks on. We’ll see! The shower isn’t for a couple weeks. Can’t wait to show you!

04th Sep2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

I have been working on this vintage themed baby shower that I have coming up for a friend and I just wanted to share a couple of the decoration ideas I have already started. You know how I love upcycling so I started saving sauce and dressing jars to use as flower vases. I also had some fun vintage inspired baby fabric from my swag bag from the SoCal Social event I went to last year… I knew it would eventually come in handy!

Here are the materials I used:

  • Recycled Jars and Bottles
  • Fabric
  • Lace ribbon
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Craft Flowers
  • Burlap
  • Pearl Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Double sided tape

Here are a couple more pictures.  I will use them for the flower arrangements for the shower.

I also used the scrap fabric to make a banner.  My daughter, Mia helped with this one! I cut all the fabric I had into strips.

I also cut a few pieces of left over lace ribbon.

One by one I tied on each strip, alternating the colors and patterns to some rope that I had left over from some thrift store rope vases I made a long time ago.

It turned out so cute!

I can’t wait to show you the shower.  It’s coming up soon!  I’m never sure exactly how things will turn out until the day of the event but I know I am using some things I already have for decorations like vintage suitcases, antique books, vintage handkerchiefs and baby books I bought while antique shopping, and some other things! Until then!

UPDATE! Here are some more fun decorations I made!  Oh! And also some free Vintage inspired printables!

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