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.

Use downloadable Minecraft digital papers to customize kid party decor //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBecause I needed to inject a little bit of Minecraft flavor in to the decor, I bought these Minecraft digital papers.  And with my very basic knowledge of Illustrator I was able to use clipping masks to create each letter.  You could also just print and cut out the letters as is and then trace them on to patterned paper.  I’ve also done this where I print the letter on cardstock in reverse.  Then I used spray adhesive and stuck fabric to the back.  Then cut out the letter so that it was the correct way when the fabric side was facing forward.

DIY brad banners can say ANYTHING you want them to  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comTo save paper, I put two letters on a page.  I found these great small black brads from Michaels, which also happened to be on sale.  Yeah!

Super easy customizable kid's birthday banner.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy mother-in-law helped me cut these out and then we punched a hole in each side of the tab across the top.

Super easy DIY birthday banner for kid's partiesAnd then you just put the letters together.  DIY Minecraft birthday banner.  So easy.

A not very MInecraft, Minecraft birthday banner  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis worked like a charm.  My kid was stoked that he had a Minecraft banner.  It was super easy to make and looked more like I wanted the party to look.  Two birds.  One stone.

May I also just add that I recently added a blog plug in to help with SEO and the mo fo took away my spell check?  So…just keep that in mind if you see spelling errors.  Yes, I fully rely on spell check to keep me looking smart.

 

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.

Ugh! The before of my jewelry area.  \\   www.cupcakesandcutlery.comTo give you some reference, this is what the area looked like before.  It is as if burglars came in to my house and ransacked just this one area.  I can tell you one thing positive I’ve learned in all of this, I excel at stacking.  That has got to come in handy at some point in my life, right?

Easy DIY pegboard for organizing jewelry.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere are no real steps to this DIY and I’ll tell you why.  I went to Home Depot for supplies. First I hit the paint area.  I got some spray primer in white, some gloves and a drop cloth.  Next I headed to the wood area. I found the peg board and to my absolute excitement, found that one side of the peg board was already white!  No painting required.  So I put all the paint stuff back.  And the kind fellow at Home Depot cut the board to size for me.  I knew it needed a pop of color to make it less boring and to frame it out in my closet.  I quickly painted the edges with a neon paint.  I was careful to try to keep it fairly straight the whole way around but I didn’t tape it off or anything.  That is it!  Rad, right?!

Gorgeous necklaces from my grandma's collection.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI picked up a large pack of “s” hooks at Home Depot, as well.  They really are the perfect thing to hang the necklaces from.  For the long, dainty chains, I hung two to a hook.  For the larger, bulkier necklaces I hung them across two hooks, but still stacked them to utilize the space.  What really prompted the need to organize was that my mom brought over all of my grandmother’s old costume jewelry to go through.  There are some amazing pieces in there.  And I really wanted to be able to see them and wear them.

Use fun bowls to organize jewelry.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFor the bracelets and watches I used different bowls.  My watches are in a really awesome old ashtray of my grandmothers.  And my dainty bracelets are in a cute little hand painted dish that I picked up in Cabo last year on my anniversary trip.  Great memories!

Voluspa candles add an amazing ambiance to a dressing area.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI picked up two acrylic storage boxes for some of my other bracelets that I do not wear as much, as well as a few pair of earrings that I have.  I’m not really an earring gal.  I’m partial to the little diamond studs my husband gave me while we were dating.  And while I don’t burn it in there, this Voluspa candle makes it smell so pretty in here!

Knitted beer cozies and other family momentos go great in a dressing area.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI have two storage boxes, one with the rest of my grandmother’s pieces and one with sunglasses.  And created a little vignette on top of things that make me smile.  I think a dressing room is the perfect place for putting treasured family pieces that might not otherwise work elsewhere in your home.  Take the knitted beer cozy for instance. :)  That was by my grandfather’s side of the bed at their home and brings such happy memories when I look at it.  And the apple frame was by my grandmother’s side of the bed.  The photo is of their dog, Hildy, who was their dog when my sister and I were little girls.  And do you see that blue striped shirt there all the way to the left of this photo?  That is a vintage Hang Ten shirt of my dad’s that I stole from him in high school.  I no longer wear it but I love that I can see it when accessorizing in the morning.  This has become one of my favorite areas of my home.  And it took me about one hour total to paint and organize.  My heart is happy.

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?

Spring Pinterest Party #SpringMakes

#springmakes Pinterest Party! You guys!  I’m hosting a Pinterest party tonight with some fab ladies.  You won’t want to miss it.  We are talking all things spring! There are a few prizes up for grabs and a whole heck of a lot of fun inspiration.  I’ve been addicted to Pinterest lately!  So come play with me!  6 – 7 pm Pacific Time!  Feel free to pin away!  Just make sure to use the #SpringMakes hashtag.  Read all the details over on Melissa Creates!  She also has links to all the co-hosts pages so you can check them out!  I hope to see you on Pinterest tonight!  Big ups to Melissa for putting this all together!  She’s the best.

 

Straw Garland Party Decor Kids Can Help With

Easy and inexpensive party decor!Do your kids always want to help you when you are in DIY crunch time leading up to a party?  Mine do.  And while I love that they want to spend time with me and be part of it, it sometimes slows me down.  So I came up with the idea to have them make these super easy straw and knot garlands.  You can pretty much find straws in every color so it will easily coordinate with the rest of the party decor.  And these are super inexpensive to make.  Another plus.  As for how many you will end up, well, that is totally dependent on their attention span.  I’m not saying these have to be the focal point of the party, but you won’t need to hide it somewhere either.

Super easy straw garland party decorThese straw and knot garlands are also a great way to put up some last-minute decor for a teacher’s birthday, kid’s birthday or a holiday where you want to add something to make your house more festive.

Straw garland suppliesI found a bag of sommarfints at Ikea.  Does anyone else think their word for straw is super crazy?  I do.  And are you also now going to only refer to straws as sommarfints?  I am.  This bag of straws probably cost around a dollar.  And I still have a bunch left.  I love using different kinds of ropes in crafts and this one is a cloth laundry rope I think.  But you could easily use yarn or some other kind of string you have on hand.  And then you just need scissors.  Super simple stuff.

A fun party decor DIY that kids can help with.Have the kid decide what length they want the straws to be and have them start cutting.  When cutting the straws, the unheld end will fly thus leaving the room riddled with straw parts.  This will make the kids laugh like crazy.  Just know you will most likely have to gather the pieces off the floor before you string them.

A fun party decor item kids can help with.Have the kids string on the straw parts one at a time.  And they can choose to add the knots wherever they want.  It is a great way to talk about patterns and symmetry, etc.  Once they figure out where they want it, you can show them how to knot the rope.

Just use a simple knot between the straws for a fun look.No need in making super difficult macrame type knots.  A simple knot is all you need.  Tip:  If you hold the rope where you want the knot to be and then pull the free end with your other hand you can guide where the finished knot sits.  Reading that back, it makes no sense so play around with it, but you can get the knot to sit where you want it.  And there we go, I’ve increased the difficulty of this tutorial on tying simple knots by trying to be helpful.  Never ask me for driving directions anywhere…

Straw and knot garlands are party decor kids can help with.  A good way to help them learn to knot and also good for hand eye coordination.After you tie the knot, add more straws.  Repeat for the desired length of the garland.

A simple garland of sting, straws and knots.Super easy.  Super colorful.  Super kid friendly.

Inexpensive and easy party decorHang them wherever you feel a knot garland should go.

Add some straw heart pizzaz to your garlandAnd did you see my straw heart tutorial?  These won’t be right for everyone’s party decor needs but it is another craft you can have your kids do to keep them busy.  And who doesn’t love hearts?