Monthly Archives: May 2013

Crafty Friday – DIY Confetti Cupcake Toppers – soooooooooooooo cute


cupcake toppers

One of our favorite party decorations are cupcake toppers. They make cupcakes or other food “instant-party ready”. Most of the parties we do, have a theme and the cupcake toppers are like the extra cherry on top…. Most of the time, we design the cupcake toppers and wrappers to go along with the theme. They just need to be cut out, glued together and they are ready to party….


Not all of our toppers are round, we like to use shapes, glitter and embellishments too. There are so many options. Some of my most favorite toppers we made are the ones for the French Chic Elegant wedding set. The way they sparkle, I love it….
Available in our etsy store:
Our next wedding set will be a pink rose set, which is already in the works. We have been busy creating and crafting things that go along with the theme…. One of the crafts, are coffee filter roses, which will also be featured in one of the next crafty Fridays. Because we had some dyed coffee filters leftovers in all hues of pink and some orang that we didn’t want to throw away, we came up with the confetti cupcake toppers. essentially it could be also done with tissue paper or any other kind of paper, but we wanted to use our leftovers.
You need:
– dyed and colored paper or dyed coffee filters
– scissors
– construction paper
– glue
– toothpicks
– glitter
– stencils or circle punch
– embellishments like tulle, diamonds, crepe paper, lace, feathers etc.
This is a pretty fast craft, which is perfect for making with kids. It would be lovely to make some toppers for a birthday of someone special and to involve the kids this way.
We folded several layers (three) of coffee filters 3 times (as many times as you want to still be able to cut through) and fringed one end. The next step was to cut the fringes off to make small confetti pieces. The more shades of color, the prettier the confetti….
We started by adding glitter to the confetti to give it extra sparkle. Punch out circles with the circle punch or use a stencil and cut them out. Spread a thin layer of glue and dip the circle into the confetti. After the circles have dried, you might need to cut some extra confetti off. Glue the sticks on the back and let dry completely.
Voila, you just made a cupcake topper. They are pretty awesome like this, but we do like to embellish them even more and used crepe paper, diamonds, glitter, tulle and feathers to make them even more spectacular.  We also wrapped the cupcakes in crepe paper for a quick and cute wrapper.
Do you like them, but don’t want to have the time or patience,  we do sell these cupcake toppers here:
And what is better than a cupcake with a cupcake topper? A cupcake with THREE cupcake toppers. It was a joke, but it actually looks AWESOME. So now, let me have a cupcake….
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DIY Tulle Pom Pom Garland, (they were featured in our Valentine’s Love photo booth props shoot) perfect for a birthday backdrop


We wanted to feature this craft on the blog already for soooooooo long. We used several of the pom-pom garlands as backdrop for our Love and Hearts photo props and several birthday tables we did, like the girl birthday on the picture below…. one of my most favorite backdrops EVER!!!!!! So pretty…

pink lemonade garland collage

Here is also the link to the Love props  (red and pink pom-pom garland only):

They would be so awesome for any kind of girl birthday party, but especially if you have a little princess or you are one yourself.

pompom overviewWe also have the garlands for sale on our etsy page (limited quantity left) in four different shades, if you don’t have the time to make them:


Ok, enough pictures of the finished pom poms, let’s make them….

You need:

tulle rolls in different shades and colors

a cardboard template – we used free paint chip samples from home depot


twine and/or ribbons


 We need to go to home depot quite often to buy colors for backdrops and other supplies. Most of the times with my children and they love the free paint chip samples. Even though they only get a few each time, we managed to have quite a collection, because I don’t to just throw them away. We came up with some crafts for them, but they can be used (and reused) for the pom poms as well. We just wrapped the tulle rolls around the paint chip samples about 15- 20 times (keep wrapping for a fuller pom-pom 🙂 )

pom pom step 1

Cut the end off and remove the cardboard carefully. If you make a bunch of pom poms, I suggest making each step together for all the pom poms rather than going back and forth and finishing each pom-pom one by one. We had quite a stack of cardboard-tulle squares at one time… Pinch the sides together and tie with a ribbon or twine to make little bow ties.

pom pom step 2

Now cut the sides with a scissor and fluff to get the pom poms. We tied 10 different shades of colored pom poms to a ribbon to make a garland. The great thing about it, is that you can adjust the spacing of the pom poms in the end and voila, there is your finished garland.

pom pom step 3


Sorry, for the bad lighting of the pictures, but of course we did this project when it was dark and light was not great 🙂

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Crafty Friday – our new series First Project – Toilet paper roll pencil organizer


We are always busy crafting together with and without kids, but I never take the time to actually post our creations. My kids already love crafting and making stuff as much as my sister and I do, so I decided it was about time to share it more regularly. When starting this blog, I wanted to write about everything we do, not just the photo props and lately (as I said before) this was the only topic we were posting about. Photo props are still our number one topic or bestseller and we will continue to post our latest creations, but crafty Fridays start NOW….

( It will be a challenge for me to post it on time, but I will try my best. )

Colored Pencil Organizer made from toilet paper rolls



We are using our colored pencils literally every day. Eva is drawing and coloring the props with her pencils (the first stage of our props) and Luca and Giorgio have a crafty corner in the living room with all their pencils, crayons, scissors and more.  So we both were looking for a new way to organize them, because Eva’s were stored in the original box, since she is using a better quality of colored pencils (prisma) while ours were originally mixed up altogether in a plastic bin, but because Luca could never find the correct color, we sorted them in plastic cups. Not very pretty, but better.


Giorgio is 2 1/2 right now and he loves to take the cups and mix all the pencils together. We always had a mess and that’s when we decided it was time for a new solution and because Eva needed one two, we decided to make them all together.

You need:

A container to hold the toilet paper rolls, we used a plastic bin (from Ikea) and a shoebox

toilet paper rolls and/or any other rolls like empty tape rolls for crayons, empty bubble wrap rolls or paper towel rolls

acrylic colors/ paint brush

hot glue


colored pencils


We started coloring all of our toilet paper rolls in different colors outside and about half way inside and let them dry. Luca did the first coat, while we made touch ups and second coats. I wanted to have separate compartments for the crayons, so we also colored the tape rolls. Because they are pretty big, I had the idea to use a different color inside and store red/purple, yellow/orange, dark green/light green, dark blue/light blue crayons together. It also looks pretty nice….


Neither Eva nor I measured the boxes or checked beforehand how many rolls we needed. When fitting the rolls, we had some extra space.


I decided to use a bigger roll for the regular pencils, because we have tons of them. We also both needed a compartment for erasers, sharpeners, scissors and other stuff, so we cut some paper towel rolls and bubble wrap rolls to fit the boxes. While Eva and I were busy with the new rolls, Giorgio took the plastic bin and started working too…

He had other plans with the colored rolls and sorted, stacked and organized them. The tape rolls for the crayons work also perfect as bracelets. He spent a good hour playing with the rolls, so we might paint some more for playing only…


We cut them in the desired length and started painting. I painted the outside of the new rolls in grey and inside in turquoise, while Eva used the color of the shoebox – lilac and a powder blue


After the other rolls dried, we tried several different layouts and this was the final result.


While Eva started to embellish the shoe box, I glued the circles with hot glue to the bottom of the box to avoid Giorgio from dumping all pencils together. I guess this would be optional, but it helps making the rolls sturdy.


The box for the boys was basically finished with that. I might make a sign that says “Color Corner of Luca and Giorgio” or something similar. To match the rolls in the middle of the box, Eva painted blue stripes on the shoebox and finished the design with a black fleur-de-lis and black borders.

Both the boxes look so different, but equally wonderful. I am really happy we did the project. It was easy, great to do with the kids and it is actually very useful in both of our houses. My kind of project:

box1finished and here:


Let us know your craft ideas for toilet paper rolls?

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First draft of the Summer Bucket List 2013

bucket list summer2013

Wow, how is it possible to already talk about the summer bucket list 2013? Last summer lasted forever, but I couldn’t believe how fast the rest of the year flew by….  and here we are again. I am so excited….

Here is the 2012 list:

It was the first summer bucket list, we actually wrote down and I have to admit it, it was a little too ambitious. This year, I would like to include some of the things we didn’t do last year and I have already soooooooooooo many new ideas, but it needs to be manageable. Also I want to have it printed out in some way, so Luca and Giorgio can mark what we have already done…. maybe actually use a bucket…. Because I haven’t figured out everything, I called the post the first draft.

– beach/swimming pool time – Luca learns to swim

– go to the zoo

– have a picnic on the beach

– pick berries at u pick farm – I think we might be too late again

– nature walk summer funny faces

– do a mini family vacation

– do a road trip

– go to Legoland Florida

go kayaking

– go to the water park

– do family bicycle tour with a family bike

– bicycle tour to the beach (dare I say, we never made it this far)

Luca wants to add bowling, going to the circus and traveling to Germany, but we will see about this


– have an Italian Day (because my husband is from Italy)

– have a German Day (because I am from Germany)

– make a beach/sand dinosaur

have a teddy bear picnic                                                                                                                   

– make fizzing sidewalk paint

– have an ice party – freeze toys in ice – color ice – eat ice cream

– make a shaving cream slide/parcour

– dig for treasure

Art and Crafts

– build a boat or raft and let it float

– water balloon craft

– make a bubble painting

– make a garden stone

– make a shell craft, maybe shell masks or necklaces

– make a 4th of July craft

– paint with rocks like here


– make popsicle

– make smores

– make frozen raspberry lemonade

– make homemade pasta for Italian day

– make German pancakes or pretzels for German Day


try a new fruit or a new food

– see an outdoor movie

– play in the sprinklers/ have a splashpad in the backyard

– do a scavenger hunt

have a bond fire

Never mind about the smaller list… there we go again and we already removed several things. I think we also need to start a fall, winter and spring bucket list to get all the ideas accomplished. Did I mention, how excited I am…. 🙂 I want to start right now!

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