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 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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DIY Potted Gold Succulent in Geometric Origami Planter for Domestic Slice

diypottedgoldsucculent_chicsteals_done1Hello all! I am so thrilled to be guest posting today over on Domestic Slice. As you may have seen, Kate from Domestic Slice kindly contributed a guest tutorial for a DIY Raffia Wrapped Necklace here on Chic Steals while I was in Tokyo for a month, and I’m reciprocating today. My tutorial is for a (faux) gold-leafed succulent in a handmade origami planter – kind of no-fuss gardening meets home decor.diypottedgoldsucculent_chicsteals_done3

Click on over to Domestic Slice to see the full tutorial!

And please let me know what you think!

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Carly

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DIY Paper Glitter Diamond Duo Paperweights

0.diyglitterdiamond_introI am just in love with Minieco‘s website – it’s so colorful and fun, my day is instantly brightened. Plus the author offers tons of downloadable paper templates and the origami-lover in me just can’t stay away. I particularly am drawn to the paper gemstone templates since they seem such a paradox. Precious gemstones! Made of cheap materials! By your own two hands! I needed some accent pieces for my seemingly-unending home office makeover, and so immediately decided to bump up the glam factor by using a glitter cardstock and making 2 coordinating gemstones for my desk. Here’s how:

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Finals Time for Me! What I’ve Been Working On…

I created this in record time, spending both yesterday and this morning doing it.  A 3-story Haunted House with a mummy and a Frankenstein to play with, 2 beds, a sofa, 2 ladders, an open chimney, and removable log fire.  The architecture is based off an existing piece, though I modified the shape of some of the furniture and the house structure.  Tracing, colors, details, characters, layout, printing, cutting out, and assembly all by me.  (Though some of the texture patterns were downloaded from the Internet.)

Hi everyone!

I’m slammed.

I have no less than FOUR final projects for my classes due this week (three due at 5:00 PM tomorrow, and the last one due at 5:00 PM on Tuesday).  Plus I just made a couple of portfolio pieces to apply for an internship.

I’ve had about four hours’ sleep for the last 3 nights – at 20 yrs old, no prob, but at 30, it’s rough!!¬† I feel like a zombie.;-)

So I’m probably not going to be able to blog about DIY stuff at any great length until after I hand in everything and can breathe a little easier.

Just to let you know – I’m still around and in front of the computer, though editing and animating and drawing like crazy and barely able to answer email/formspring questions/respond to comments etc.

Oh, and I also made a gun out of paper that shoots wadded-up tissues.¬† (It took a little longer than the house since there’s so many moving parts.)¬† It uses 2 rubber bands to sling an internal “bullet casing” forward and launch whatever’s sitting against it into the air (well, sort of towards the floor really).

My son really likes playing with the haunted house.

You’ve all been so kind in sending me your fabulous DIY projects – and I’ll be sharing them all in a big DIY Links of the Week coming soon.¬† Thanks so much for letting me know about your creativity!

xoxox
Carly

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