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….
Monthly Archives: May 2013
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…
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.
We 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….
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 🙂 )
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.
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.
Sorry, for the bad lighting of the pictures, but of course we did this project when it was dark and light was not great 🙂
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.
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
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:
Let us know your craft ideas for toilet paper rolls?
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: https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/summer-bucket-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
– 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!