Baby Poncho for Cinco de Mayo

Baby Poncho out of a place mat for Cinco de Mayo.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYOU GUYS!  How rad is this little baby poncho!?!  Our friends threw their kid’s a fiesta themed party a month ago and I thought this was SO great and perfect for those of you that have babies or little kids and are planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!  They made this adorable little pullover out of a placemat!  Genius, right?!  They nailed this theme and the entire party was amazing.  I wish I had saved the invitation because it was adorable.  It was essentially 3 cards sewn together to look like papel picado.  Which really isn’t that surprising considering that our friends run a custom invitation company.  So if you have a little one, then you need to make them a poncho.  That is all there is to it!

 

DIY Minecraft Birthday Banner

A DIY Minecraft birthday banner.  That decidedly is not very Minecraft-y at all.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI freaking love those pre-made banners they sell in the stores.  You know, the ones with mostly primary colors and they say the generic terms like, “happy birthday” or “happy anniversary” and are held together with brads?  Urban Outfitters sometimes carries them that have profanity in them too, but my kids don’t know what all those words are yet and I’m not going to teach them on a special ocassion.  For years I have been making my own custom banners, using the same simple idea and brads.  I have no idea why I haven’t shared them before.  But you simply have to start making these for anything and everything.  My oldest son requested a Minecraft party this year.  I didn’t want to have a real party.  I billed it more as a playdate and invited just a few school friends over.  That being said, he still expected some decorating.  Turns out Party City doesn’t sell Minecraft stuff.  2 days before the party is not the time you want to be finding this out.  So I decided to make my own DIY Minecraft Birthday Banner.

Use online templates to create custom birthday banners.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI found Quality Kids Crafts around my youngest son’s 2nd birthday.  I made one of these brad banners that said “Miles is Awesome. And 2.”  To make it easy, this site has a few ready made sayings that you can just print out and cut.  But they also have each letter of the alphabet and numbers too.  Which is perfect for making your own signs.  I’m not going to lie.  These take some time.  Especially if you are crazy like I am and want to add your own patterns to the letters.  But if you are just printing and cutting, they really don’t take all that long.  Most of my crafts can be done while watching Naked and Afraid (my new favorite show) or another show of your choosing. [Read more...]

DIY Jewelry Organizer

Super easy DIY pegboard for your necklaces.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve been dying to share this super easy DIY Jewelry Organizer with you!  I’ve had it done for a few weeks now and I LOVE it.  Not only has it organized what used to be a super messy area in my walk in closet, but I also wear the jewelry more since it is so easy to see and get to.  Last month I came to the realization that I need to be offline more and actually living my life, not just posting about it.  So I decided to start on some projects that I have been wanting to do for a while.  This was the first one.  And I’m delighted with how it turned out.  And it is stupidly easy. [Read more...]

Large DIY Tassels Out of Mop Heads

DIY extra large tassels. I’m in love with these extra large DIY tassels.  Do you know why?  Because they look awesome and are made with mop heads!  It can’t get any easier than that.  These are the tassels I shared in my Easter inspiration last week.  So now you can make them too.  If you want.  I’m not going to force you.  I swear.

DIY tassel wall hanging out of mop heads. Are you thinking of all the cool ways you could use these?  You could totally make a cool 70′s inspired wall hanging to go with your macrame plant holder.  Or these would be super cool, in mass, for a party backdrop.  Or strung across a room sort or grouped together  like a chandelier.  I hung these very simply in the photo above but my heart really wanted to make more and go nuts on that wall, installation style.

This inexpensive mop head from Walmart is perfect for making in to extra large tassels. These mop heads have been in my garage for months.  I saw them at Wal-Mart and grabbed 3 knowing that I was going to figure out something to do with them.  They were about $3 a piece, so they are totally economical.  And while I could tell through the bag that they had a hard plastic piece at the top and a metal band around it, I decided to take a chance with them and see if I could manipulate them in some way.  And they were made in the USA.  Boom.  American mop heads are the finest in all the land, so I’ve heard.  Ok, I’ve never heard that but wouldn’t that be the best thing ever if we could travel abroad and when people ask us where we live we would say, “USA, you know, where the best mop heads come from?”

DIY extra large tassel with mop head and embroidery thread and yarn. For your extra large tassel you need one mop head and some embroidery thread or yarn.  Oh and scissors.  I always forget to put the scissors in the picture but I know you all would know to grab some scissors.  If I ever hear of someone trying to cut through yarn with their teeth because they weren’t instructed to use scissors is the day I quit blogging.  And start a commune of non-yarn biters.

Remove the metal band from the mop head to turn it in to a DIY tassel. This is the hardest part of the DIY and it isn’t really hard at all.  I sat down with one of these mop heads and figured out that if you started on one side and pulled the yarn strings out the top of the metal clamp that you could remove the metal clamp.  In fact, when you get about half way through, the metal clamp will slide right off the end of the mop head.  And as you move more of the long pieces through, you realize that there are short pieces in the middle of what was the underneath side of the mop!  What a fun discovery!  And those short pieces totally hide the plastic piece at the top of the head.

Use a little embroidery thread to turn a mop head in to a large tassel decoration. See!  How cute is that little puff at the top!  And you didn’t even have to do anything to get it!  The next part is purely decorative so go where your arty heart takes you.  Mine wanted them wrapped.  So I grabbed some embroidery thread and yarn and just wrapped a few inches near the top.

String up the mop head to hang it as a tassel. I was starting to think that the person who made this mop head was also a crafter when I noticed the plastic piece had a hole in it making it PERFECT for hanging!  So easy.

Large wrapped tassel DIY for home decor or party decorating.How would you use these tassels?

DIY wrapped tassels out of mop heads. I love to use yarn in my crafts so I may have nerded out over this peach yarn with little puffs on it.  I do just want to address the smell of these mop heads.  It makes me think of horses.  I’m not around horses, well, ever.  I don’t really know what they smell like but these reminded me of them.  Maybe a little bit of hay mixed with poo?  It really isn’t that bad.  I would certainly use them for a party or as home decor.  I may not hang them at nose level next to my bed, however.

Extra large tassels for home decor. Pretty excited about these tassels.  I’m trying to figure out how I can incorporate them in to my soon-to-be 8 year old’s birthday party.  But they really don’t scream ‘Minecraft’ do they?

Outdoor Entertaining : Easter Brunch

Easter brunch ideas.So I’m trying out a new idea.  I’ve been wanting to do a series of entertaining ideas shot at night.  I love to do things that are more conceptual and non-traditional and have always been afraid to do it because I didn’t know how you all would respond.  Also, I am an amateur photographer at best and I didn’t know if I’d be able to pull it off.  I think it turned out ok, but more importantly it was super fun and challenging to do.  I’d like to keep doing these and hopefully will get a better grip on how to produce these kinds of shoots.  I wanted it to come off more magazine like but I’m not sure that it did.  I did this the other night when my husband was not home so not only was I trying to shoot and style in the dark, I had one ear open trying to listen for the kids in the living room (or telling them to go back to the living room because they kept trying to steal the Peeps).  So here is what I think the perfect Easter brunch looks like.  I’m not suggesting you do it as a picnic I just thought grass was the perfect spring backdrop.  And I’m not suggesting you lay it out this way.  I am simply suggesting a few ideas in one place.

tulips and mini carnationsSo tulips are awesome.  And I was pleasantly surprised by the mini white carnations I found at the grocery.  For years I never used fresh flowers in any of my parties.  I felt like they were expensive and a cop-out.  Do you all see how I over think everything?  But I now realize that fresh flowers really do add something special to a table.  It has been really fun learning about and paying attention to flowers more lately.  Tulips in spring colors are the perfect accompaniment to your Easter brunch table.  And while usually the kids are sent home with Easter baskets, why not break the centerpiece up in to smaller bunches and send them home with all the ladies.

It isn't Easter without peeps. I can’t think of an easier way to make everyone at brunch happy than by serving Peeps.  They are nostalgic, fun and pumped full of sugar.  I can think of nothing better.  This season in particular I have been noticing an abundance of new Easter themed goodies like these swirly, fruit, egg-shaped marshmallows.  How darling would these large marshmallows look in a cup of hot chocolate for the kiddos?  I like to lay out some sweets so there are some fun nibbles while waiting for the full meal to get to the table.  I guarantee you will not just see kid’s hands reaching for those things.

large tassels for Easter Brunch decorI’ve got to say, I am NOT over tassels just yet.  But I wanted them to be a little different so I made these extra-large ones.  I will share the tutorial next week but I think they would be perfect for a really simple wall decor.  Add a little hand-cut Happy Easter sign and your ready for brunch.

pastels for Easter brunch decor.The basis for my overall color scheme was this rad scarf I found at Forever 21.  I am in love with scarves for entertaining.  They are super versatile and usually much less expensive than tablecloths.  I added some coordinating napkins and think it is the perfect color for a spring brunch.

Blood orange gin and tonic floats for Easter brunch.  Or anyime.For the drink I would serve a Blood Orange Gin and Tonic float.  What I love about this is that it provides a few options for drinks so your guests can fix a drink they truly like.  The blood orange sorbet adds a wonderful sweetness that women typically love.  But if you skip it, you’ve got your basic gin and tonic.  I’ll be sharing that recipe next week also.  And because the float tastes better as the sorbet melts, you don’t have to worry about keeping the container out of the freezer to long, it will only help the drinks.  Yeah!

Choose a basic idea for brunch and then look for a twist on the classic.My extended family likes to stick with their tried and true recipes.  I always try to do that but sometimes I want to find a a twist that I know they will still like.  You know your family best so think about the flavors they enjoy and see if you can introduce new dishes with those flavors.  For the frittata I would choose this one.  Doesn’t this french toast sound amazing?!  And of course bacon.  But I would also throw in some of this for a special treat.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new series or tips to shoot it better!  And while it is still a few weeks away, I’ll wish you a Happy Easter now in case I forget. :)