DIY New Year’s Eve Shooting Stars Holiday Party Hats

It’s officially Party Season (TM) – and that means glittery, festive, fun, loud, joyful celebrations!

I really love making my own party hats (or putting children to work making party hats ūüėČ ) because they’re easy, cheap, and I can make them to completely coordinate with the party theme. Plus I can make them from scraps lying around! Perhaps you’ve never tried making your own, maybe because you don’t have time or it seems like a pain. But you may find that once you get [that party] started…you can’t stop! Now, let’s all hum that tune as we head on down to the how to…

How to Make a DIY Party Hat from Cardstock and Ribbon

You Need:

8.5″ x 11″ cardstock¬† //¬† Party Hat Template (click to download the PDF)¬† //¬† tinsel garland (I found this star version at Michael’s)¬† //¬† ribbon (not pictured – I used silver curling foil wrapping ribbon)¬† //¬† pen¬† //¬† scissors¬† //¬† stapler¬† //¬† box cutter¬† //¬† tape (not pictured)

How To Make a DIY Shooting Stars Party Hat:

1. Trace Party Hat Template onto the back of your cardstock.

2. Cut out the template from the cardstock. Use the box cutter to slice where indicated.

3. Curl the cardstock into a cone shape, and slip the edge tab into the slit you cut. Secure with some tape on the inside.

4. Thread one end of the ribbon into one of the small slits at the base of the hat.

5. Secure with tape, and then cut to desired length. (Make sure that it’s long enough to tie under your chin!) Do the same for another piece of ribbon and the other side of the hat.

6. Now the fun part: decoration! Staple the garland to the bottom of the hat.

7. Twirl the garland around the cone hat, securing with staples if necessary. At the top, twist downwards and tuck into the hole at the top of the hat. Secure with more tape on the inside.

And that’s it! It will take you less than 5 minutes tops – with a fun and unique party hat!

Have a Happy New Year’s, everyone! I just love a glittery beginning!

xo

Carly

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DIY Sparkling Holiday Mocktail Recipe


Interesting fact about me: I don’t drink alcohol. Period. I have many reasons why, though one of the simplest to explain is that I hate the taste. I think the last time I even tried a tiny sip of alcohol was back in 2012 (peer pressure: not wanting to disappoint a neighbor who was begging me to try some sak√© she had just bought and I just didn’t feel comfortable saying no). But it’s just not something that I enjoy, and as a result I have to be super-picky at parties when there are alcoholic beverages around. So I’ve started playing with my own versions of alcoholic drinks – mocktails so to speak – to see if I could come up with some fun, festive nonalcoholic drinks that are just as delish (and I would argue even more so) than their alcoholic counterparts.

What is a Mocktail?

A mocktail is a “mock” cocktail – i.e., a cocktail without the alcohol. Perfect for those who don’t or can’t drink (and kids too!) it’s a great way to celebrate special occasions without feeling “left out.”

This particular mocktail takes a cue from a Fuzzy Navel (which I’ve never had) – but instead of orange juice it uses guava juice for sugary sweetness, tempered by lemon-lime soda to add some sour depth. The kids will love this drink because the presentation of it will make them feel oh-so-grownup…and the mocktail I staged for all these photos was promptly snapped up by my 12-year-old son the moment I was done (whose mouth was watering the whole time as he watched!).

Recipe for Nonalcoholic Sparkling Mocktail Holiday Drink

How to make the sparkling mocktail:

1. Pour colored sprinkles onto a plate wider than the rim of your glass.

2. Wet a paper towel generously, and wipe around the rim of the glass to moisten. Make sure you wipe up any water drips before the next step.

3. Turn the glass upside-down onto the plate, coating the rim with sprinkles. Turn right-side-up again and shake gently to get rid of any sprinkles that aren’t attached to the rim.

4. Use a measuring cup to mix the Sprite and guava juice in the right ratio. It may fizz a lot – and you may need to taste test to make sure you like the mix! More guava = sweeter, more Sprite = tangy-er.

5. Place a stirrer stick on top of the glass as a festive topper. (The kids will also like dunking it in the glass and licking the sweet juice off it!)

Celebrate your special occasion in sparkling, nonalcoholic style!

xo

Carly

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Buy or DIY: Loeffler Randall Tassel Clutch

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Lately there’s been a plethora of crafty accessories all over the stores. Colorful tassels, fringe, pompons, and embroidery evoke a 70’s Summer with an 80’s pop flair. This means that any wily DIY’er can easily create the look for less and craft up accessories that look fresh, fun, fantastic, and on-trend this Summer without breaking the bank.

Take this Loeffler Randall Tassel Pouch – a big, trendy investment at $225. (And now totally sold out – for good reason! Similar in beige with silver tassels here.)

Why not be inspired to create your own fun version at a fraction of the cost?

BUY – Original

Loeffler Randall Tassel Pouch, $225 (similar here)

DIY – Your Own Version

 

YOUNA Small Leather Crossbody Purse, $15.99

1/10yd Custume DIY Craft Leather Fringe Tassel trims, $0.99 per 1 yard piece

Loctite Vinyl, Fabric, and Plastic Adhesive, $10.50 for 2

Pick up some suede tassel trim from your local crafts, notions, or leather working store – or from eBay here. (At $0.99/yard – plus a little wait for shipping – eBay is definitely the most affordable options_though if you can buy local, go for it!) If you’re buying on eBay I recommend these colors from the seller to truly recreate the Loeffler Randall look: Yellow, Watermelon Red, Blue, Orange, Purple, Dark Purple, Pink, and Beige.

Use a plain black zip pouch as your base (or try my DIY Leather Laptop Sleeve to make from scratch – just add a zipper closure to the top instead of an elastic!)

Roll up the tassel trims, spreading some Loctite Adhesive at the base to hold the rolls. When you feel the roll is full enough, cut off the remainder. Allow to dry, holding closed with a piece of tape.

One dry, fan out the pompons (you may need to trim the end of the tassels shorter) and use a generous dab of Loctite on the base to secure to the pouch. If you’re worried about adhesion, a hand-stitch using black polyester waxed thread and a leather hand-sewing needle will secure those suckers on there!

Pair with some natural wedges, some washed skinny jeans, and a wrap top make of striped shirting – and you have yourself a foolproof day-to-night Summer outfit!

Happy DIY’ing!

xo

Carly

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DIY Gemstone-Topped Jewelry Boxes

DIY Gemstone Topped Jewelry Box craft

I was beyond thrilled to be invited back to Oregon’s KATU Afternoon Live show last month – to demonstrate how to make these beautiful DIY gemstone-topped jewelry boxes (for Valentine’s Day…or any other gift-giving occasion really!)

Watch below as I demonstrate with host Tra-Renee how to make your own to rival those $45+ boxes you see at the home decor stores!

How to DIY Your Own Gemstone- (or Agate, or Geode) Topped Jewelry Box

DIY Supplies for Making Your Own Agate Jewelry Box That I Mentioned in the Video:

Boxes: unfinished wooden boxes found at Michael’s. You could also buy them online here.
Paint for Inside and Outside of Boxes: I used Martha Stewart Crafts line of acrylic paints
Sliced Agate: Ed’s House of Gems (store on Sandy Blvd. in NE Portland, OR to buy lovely rocks and sliced agate pieces) // Amazon.com
Silver Titanium Heart Crystal: (I mistakenly called it “hematite” in the video, oops) Etsy.com (search results for heart crystal since the exact one I featured is no longer available)
Gold Calligraphy Pen: this is the type I used for painting the raw edges of the boxes; it creates a lovely metallic finish
2-Part Epoxy: you can use any kind as long as it’s clear, I used this one and it’s never EVER coming off that box!
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (for a glossy, resin-like finish): Michael’s, Jo-Ann Crafts, or online here
Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly

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3 DIY Ideas for Valentine’s Day Projects (That You Don’t Have to Only Use for Valentine’s Day!)

3 DIY Valentine's Day Projects You Could Make Anytime round-up graphic

In the past couple days I’ve shared some fun projects with Paper Mart and I wanted to combine them all into one round-up in case you missed any. Instead of the typical candy or chocolates, use your creativity and surprise your honey (or make some pretty decor!) with these ideas:

DIY Valentine’s Day Jeweled Wreath

DIY Valentine’s Day Labeled Glass Bottles

DIY Valentine’s Day Crepe Paper Peony Flowers

Thank you to Paper Mart for supplying the materials to make these projects!

Happy DIY’ing – and Happy Valentine’s Day!
xo
Carly

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DIY Valentine’s Day Crepe Paper Peony Flowers with Paper Mart

This project is in collaboration with Paper Mart. I was provided supplies to create a Valentine’s Day tutorial. All opinions are my own. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

No matter how beautiful real flowers are…sometimes you want something that can last forever…and can be the exact colors and style you’re looking for. I understand. We all want this.

Enter the DIY floral craft: the crepe paper peony, a pretty layered flower that can be any beautiful color scheme you wish…and will last no matter the occasion. For this tutorial I’ve teamed up with Paper Mart again to bring you a fun DIY right in time for Valentine’s Day. Here’s how to make it:

How to Make Your Own DIY Paper Flowers (Crepe Paper Peonies)

You Need:

choose your favorite colors: ivory crepe paper / rose crepe paper / pink crepe paper / hot pink crepe paper / light green cloth-wrapped floral stem wire / round ball or ornament / scissors / hot glue & glue gun

How To:

1. Tear a long strip of crepe paper (perpendiular to the grain) along the top edge of one of the colored rolls of crepe paper. Tear another similar length from the white crepe paper.

2. Start rolling up the crepe paper into a bundle, folding back on itself and crumpling the folds here and there for a more natural look.

3. Use hot glue to glue down the folds into a roll.

4. Keep adding layers of white and colored crepe paper ripped edges until you have built up a nice thick roll.

5. Use scissors to snip the top edges and distress them.

6. Cut a long piece of colored crepe paper about 2″ wide, parallel to the grain.

7. Fold the paper on itself to create a stacked accordion.

8. Cut a petal shape in the stack, with the bottom of the petal at where the folds are in the stack.

9. Separate and spread each petal pair over a round ball, stretching and shaping the paper to the ball.

 

10. Glue the center roll to the middle of one of the rounded petal pairs you just made.

11. Glue another petal pair onto the bottom of that, at a 90-degree angle to the previous petals, and fold the petals up around the center, cupping it.

12. Keep gluing on more petals, making more from different colors of paper, and cupping around the center as you go.

13. For a more rounded shape, overlap slightly and glue the edges of petals together.

14. Cut small notches in the edges of the large petals to look like a real peony.

15. Cut a 1.5″ wide piece from the white crepe paper (parallel to the grain) like in Step 6, accordion fold it, and cut joined leaf-like shapes from it.

16. Glue the white leaf-like shapes in an X to the bottom of the flower.

17. Stab the floral wire into the center of the X, pushing through several layers deep into the flower center. Hot glue around the hole in the bottom to secure.

And you’re done!

These flowers are kind of fiddly to make, so I recommend having something to watch on TV whilst doing it…but the results are so satisfyingly worth it!

 

Pretty, unique to you, and everlasting…what’s not to love?

So some of you may also be wondering…why are we using crepe paper for this when regular paper could work just fine too?√•√ä Well here’s why…

Why You Should Use Crepe Paper for Floral Crafts and Flower DIYs

Crepe paper lends itself really well to creating petals and leaves, because of its natural texture. If you look closely, although the petals of some flowers may appear smooth, many have a slightly wrinkled or puckered texture that is well-mimicked by the crinkles in crepe paper. Got a leaf or a petal with a a veiny, ribbed texture you want to recreate in a realistic floral craft? It’s very easy to duplicate using crepe paper…whereas a regular un-textured paper will look flat and unnatural compared to the real thing. The problem is that crepe paper can be too crinkly overall, so stretching the crepe paper out when making flower petals will produce a texture that is smooth, curved, and stretched out in one area, and tapering down to an area that is crinkled and puckered. This looks very realistic! (This technique works great for roses, plumeria, or peonies that have smoother petals, whereas stretching may not be necessary for daisies, cosmos, zinnias, or other varieties.) Try it sometime to see how much more realistic your fake flowers look when you use crepe paper for your floral crafts!

Happy DIY’ing!

xo

Carly

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