The craft kits from Crafting it Forward aren’t like the rest of the kits out there. Sure, they’re branding is perfection. Their crafts are expertly curated. Your kids will be kept busy for a nice chunk of time. But there is so much more than just easy kids crafts.
You guys! One of my most very favorite people, Melissa, just had her first baby! How exciting is that?! I couldn’t be happier for her and her husband. They are going to make the best parents. Since she is on maternity leave, I’m helping her out with a contributing post. I’m sharing a tutorial for these super simple fabric drink markers.
If you have a minute, pop over to Babyshower.com to see my latest contributor post for a cute fabric letter sign.
And if you need more cocktail inspiration for the weekend, here are some of my favorite links.
Make these gorgeous flower ice cubes for your next party.
You should totally infuse your own vodka with yummy flavors.
Hello summer! (wait, it’s not summer!) But it can taste like it is with this Aguas de Frutas cocktail bar.
How stinking GORGEOUS are these floral drink stirrers?!
And if you are looking for more recipes, follow my cocktails and beverages board on Pinterest!
Oh hey there. I’m going to come right out and say that I don’t love things that aren’t entirely useful. And this one is not 100 % useful in my opinion. But like Kristen on RHONY, it sure is pretty (if you don’t get that reference, you don’t watch enough television). So anywho, these are DIY painted cutting boards. But the paint is not food safe. So you would have to sort of hand wash this. So I would really only serve things on it that aren’t super greasy etc. So see, it’s kind of dumb. But I just couldn’t take the plain wood. Something had to be done.
I picked up a two pack of these cutting boards from HomeGoods and LOVED that they were two different sizes. But they were so gosh darn plain. It’s like the little black dress that needs some accessories. As is, these serving platters would have bored my guests to death. And I would feel really bad about that.
So much better, right?! I’m thinking that I could use some sort of sealer over the painted area to make it more hand-wash friendly. Not sure if Mod Podge or anyone else for that matter makes something that is food safe but as long as I aim to place food on the center section I am certain I will not poison any guests. DISCLAIMER: If you make this you assume all risk for your guests, family and anyone else you feed off this hand-painted board. Poisoning people is not cool so use caution when painting anything that will be used in conjunction with food.
Dang, look how cool that fruit looks now that it is served on these hand painted cutting boards. I mean, I totally want to hang out with that fruit don’t you? Need to see how these fit in to an entertaining set up? See them here.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m going to be honest with you. I am not a huge fan of St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t need my beer colored green and I hate that if you don’t wear green (look, that color doesn’t work for everyone) you will get pinched. So I have figured out the absolutely easiest way to wear green on St. Patrick’s day without having to dress any differently than you do every other day. Isn’t decorative tape the best? And while these pins are reading very blue in the photos, this is the cutest mint green in all the land. All you need is decorative tape (I used this Scotch masking tape which is my new favorite thing) and some safety pins in just about any size, although these work perfectly with the width of the tape.
*This post is sponsored by Rich’s Products as part of the Bakery Because “Give the gift of deliciousness” campaign.
If you know me well, you know that I over think everything. Often, I get an idea and it spirals out of control until it is so big, and such a production that I don’t have the energy to do it anymore. But if I can get out of my own head, I can simplify things and not lose the intention behind it. Take for instance, sweet treats. I love sugar. And most other people do too. But I don’t need to spend days baking special treats to show someone my appreciation or love. Store bought treats are there for me, ready to use. While they might be a little plain for my liking, all it takes is a moment to jazz them up and put a little “me” in it.
Your local grocery store’s bakery section is an untapped resource. For real. Mine has a crazy amount of baked goods, decorated cakes, cookies, and even accessories (the coolest candles and sprinkles!) So why not embrace it and take some of the stress off of yourself. And guess what else? These things taste amazing!
I decided to pick up some goodies and give them a little repacking makeover. All I needed was some cardstock and Duck tape to get me started. Super easy.
I used plain cookies and then picked up other supplies at the store to create individual cookie decorating gifts. For no other reason than to make someone’s day. But of course these would work as Valentine’s too. But guess what? The store also has frosted cookies! Instead of these kits, you could just pop the pre-decorated cookies in clear cello bags – letting their cuteness show through. Even easier.