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?

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?

 

Stay Wild Mini Party at Alt Summit

My team for our urban jungle themed mini party at #altsummitI was super lucky to get to decorate one of the mini parties at Alt Summit this year!  And I had a fabulous team of ladies to work with.  I always love to collaborate with Lauren but was super excited to get to create something fun with Jenny and Alexandra as well.  Aside from the fun (and immense stress) of planning the party, I am so grateful for the quality time that I got to spend with this rad group of ladies.  Jenny and I have been online pals for ever but getting to hang out with her (and room with her for the second year in a row) was so much fun.  And while I met Alexandra last year, I truly loved getting to know her better during party set up.

cool concrete centerpieces and custom calligraphy panels at our min party at #altsummitWe couldn’t have pulled off this party without the help of Holly of Paisley Petal Events.  She is a local SLC gal who I had met at a blogger event years ago.  She was more than willing to help us in any way we needed.  We shipped tons of stuff to her house including the neon sign (that got damaged in shipping and needed to be fixed – she handled all of that like a pro!).  She also made the concrete block table centerpieces for us.  There is no way we could have shipped those without it costing a million dollars.  She also came by to drop it all off to us at the hotel and then spent ALL day Friday with us setting up.  She even recruited Toni to help us out on Friday too.  I can’t thank her enough for her generosity.  She’s amazing!  See that rad lettered banner?  That is all Lauren’s handwriting.  My favorite printer, Direct Edge Media, printed a few of those out for us and they turned out SO amazing don’t you think?

diamond honeycomb with moss on chain link fence from stay wild mini party #altsummitGiven that our theme was urban jungle, we wanted to take it a little bit to the streets.  Make it a little gritty.  We HAD to have chain link fence.  And I blew my own mind when I added the moss to the honeycomb diamonds.  You may remember from my list of goals for the year that I mentioned that when I am around other creative ladies I sometimes get really self-conscious and implode.  I get paralyzed and can’t make decisions.  This totally happened here.  I was able to shake it off a little bit after the moss.  I loved how it looked and felt like it was a small victory for myself.

Stay Wild - custom suckers and prints for our party guestsWe were super lucky to have a few amazing vendors on our side who were beyond generous with their product and time.  See my full post on Lollipics here - but how freaking cool are those suckers?!  And the mini Stay Wild art prints feature more of Lauren’s handwriting and were very popular.  These were printed by Stationery HQ.  Email Chris Hernandez if you want to know more about having your own prints done! (chernandez@printhq.com).

Custom neon sign by Endevour Neon for our #AltSummit partyOh yeah.  And we had this custom neon sign made.  The coolest ever.  I’ve always loved neon signs and after seeing how easy it was to order something custom, I am certain I will have one in my house some day.  And when you check out all the other amazing work by Endeavour Neon you will want one too!  Their customer service was BEYOND!  We held a contest during our party and the very lucky Allison ended up with it.  I’d like her to know that if she needs me to take care of it while she’s whenever she vacations, I would be happy to.  And if you want to order one for yourself, just email Andrew at endeavourneonsigns@gmail.com.

Top your own cheesecake bar at our urban jungle mini party #altsummitI wish we could take credit for this fun cheesecake bar idea but it was decided on by the Alt team.  The mini cheesecakes were just several bites in size and there were a ton of toppings to choose from including a salted caramel sauce.  AMAZING!  I love interactive food displays and the fact that this was dessert related made it even better!  None of my photos really show the amazing hand made paper garland that Jenny made by hand.  There is a very small section attached to the cheesecake bar sign.  Isn’t it the coolest?!  I don’t know how she managed to get it all done.  It was magnificent.  It went across one whole wall in the room!

DIY animal keychains at our urban jungle mini party #altsummitWe also provided an easy craft for the party guests to do.  Since we were the “wild” room, we knew that mini animals were a must.  I didn’t end up with one of these keychains and I’m pretty bummed out about it.

Alexandra Hedin and me at our mini party #altsumitSo yesterday I mentioned a lot of other gals that I adored.  But today I need to pay a little attention to Alexandra.  She’s amazing.  Not only is she one of the most enjoyable people that I have ever met, she is smart and witty and ambitious.  She’s always put together but ain’t afraid to get down and dirty.  I love her sense of humor and am lucky to know her.  SO glad that we did this party together.

Lauren and I enjoy our wine, this party was no exception.If you look past our heads, you can see more of Lauren’s amazing calligraphy skills.  We had these prints printed by Direct Edge Media also and then just popped them in gold frames to hang at the party.  If you don’t follow Lauren you simply must.  She’s got the most amazing styling talent I have ever seen.  You know those people who’s instagrams you just don’t believe because they are too perfect?  She is not that person.  She has a natural talent for surrounding herself with beauty and finds it in the little things.  I am lucky to have found her online.  She has become a trusted friend and I wish her all the success she can dream of.  She’s going places you guys.

Alexandra Hedin and Jenny Batt at our mini party #altsummitWe did a lot of laughing before, during and after the party.  How darling is Jenny?! (on the right).  Jenny works harder than anyone I know.  She is ridiculously creative and business savvy at the same time.  I look to her for advice all the time and trust her immensely.  She creates content that makes the entire internet community gasp with awe.  She is the nicest person, funny and crazy supportive.  This is just a nutshell.  I could go on about Jenny for days.  In a nutshell she is “crazy awesome” (I’m pretty sure Jenny coined that phrase).

My urban jungle mini party decorating team at #altsummitThis party was an amazing opportunity to create a fun atmosphere for Alt goers.  It was a lot of work but a great exercise in collaboration from afar (2 of us in SoCal, 2 in Seattle and the party was in SLC).  I couldn’t have asked for a better team and hope we all get the chance to play together in the future.  I’m sure that I can get the band back together for the right price. ;)

December Loves

mozza newport beachSorry for the terrible iPhone pic, but we tried out a new restaurant a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING!  If you are in Orange County and haven’t tried Pizzeria Mozza yet, you HAVE to.  It was phenomenal.  We tried a bunch of different things and all of it was perfection.  And this cocktail, the Holiday Garland I think it was called, was sensational!  A spiced cranberry reduction with bourbon and a cranberry gelee garnish.  FTW!  I had 3 of them!  3!! I never have three cocktails when I’m out.  And I was able to walk myself out so they may have been light on the liquor.  Or my belly was THAT full of delicious yumminess.  We also spotted a celeb chef eating there.  That is always a good sign.

k-and-i-at-microsoft-p.s.-i-made-this-partyKristin and I attended a party thrown by Microsoft hosted by Erica of P.S. I Made This to showcase holiday gift DIYS that can be done with their products.  We got to take home these awesome plastic ornaments that were printed on a 3D printer! (image via Getty Images for Microsoft)

fresh-paint-custom-wrapping-paperWe also got to create our own wrapping paper.  Using the Fresh Paint program, Kristin drew a Christmas tree pattern and then it was printed out for her!  SO cool!  I’m dying to play with Fresh Paint some more.

custom-thank-you-noteIt is rare that a company sends out a thank you note after working with you on a project.  It makes sense, you sometimes are working with a PR company and not the actual brand.  And some of their campaigns include a huge number of bloggers.  But I got this thank you note from Chinet (remember this post?) and thought it was super cool.  Not only was the message very nice but it was personalized with the name of my blog right on the front.  I thought it was a really nice touch.

abe-lincoln-sweatshirtYou all know that I love U.S. President’s right?  I saw a girl wearing this sweatshirt when we were at Disneyland and I almost stopped her to ask her where it was from.  I googled it once we got home and found out it was from Forever 21 (says no longer available but they have this version too)!  Sold!  It’s my fave.

hooray-cake-topperI can’t wait to use this cake topper from Little Cat Design Co. available at Sweet and Saucy Shop!  My youngest is turning 5 a few days after Christmas and this will be coolin’ out on top of his cake.  They come in a bunch of colors and phrases and if you live in Orange County, you can order over the phone/email and then pick it up in one of their stores (I went to the Newport Beach location).  That way you save on shipping AND since you are in the bakery, you might as well pick yourself up some delightful treats.

What did you love  this month?

Mini Mylar Alphabet Balloon Reusable Garland

mylar letter balloon garlandYOU GUYS!! I have found the coolest balloons ever!!  We all know how rad the large mylar letter balloons are, but awhile ago I did some searching to see what I could find in the way of smaller letter balloons.  I found some and used them at Lauren’s bridal shower.  But they had to be heat sealed.

 

balloon-packagesThen as I was researching using those balloons for a mini mylar balloon word garland I came across these babies!  They are 16 inch mylar balloons (they come in gold, silver, blue and pink) but you blow them up and close with an “easy” seal.  They are totally reusable too!  Genius!!!!!!!!!!  Can you tell I’m excited?!

stripes-and-balloonsI’m obsessed.  These will make another appearance at my son’s upcoming birthday party.  And probably every other party I throw for the rest of my life.

easy-to-string-balloon-garlandThe balloons come with tabs already punched with holes for easy stringing.

reusable balloon garlandDo you love them?!  Best.  Balloons.  Ever.  Buy them from Balloons Fast (they have numbers too!).  I’ve ordered a few times now and they really do get them to you fast!