Monster First Birthday Party: DIY Monster Utensil Holders

Monster First Birthday Party: DIY Monster Utensil Holders

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One of the fun DIY projects I completed for Gavyn’s monster birthday party were some monster utensil holders, made out of tissue boxes. They were inexpensive, not very time-consuming and they added some fun flair to the food table!

Supplies Needed:

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  • Empty Tissue Box: I used Puffs boxes because I liked the openings of the box and didn’t have to do anything to change their configuration.
  • Acrylic Craft Paint in colors of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Round Sponge
  • Black and White Craft Foam
  • Scissors & Glue

Directions:

1) Paint your tissue box. Let the first coat dry and apply additional coats as needed, while allowing them to dry in between. This shows the boxes after one coat of paint. The orange took several coats of paint, while the blue only took a couple.

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2) Use the circular sponge to create little dots with the paint. Dip the sponge in the paint and just press down firmly enough to create a circle. Allow for this to fully dry.

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3) Cut out teeth from the sheet of white craft foam. Glue the teeth down inside of the box openings. I used a regular craft glue to do this and they held up great! Don’t worry about having perfectly cut teeth — these are monsters! They don’t need to be perfect looking (honestly, most of the DIY things I did for this party were slightly off in design on purpose because they are supposed to be monsters!).

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4) Create eyes using the black and white craft foam. I traced the whites of the eyes out, using a random toy food can. Just find something around you that is the size circle you want for the eyes and use that for tracing. Again, no need for perfection here either! Glue the black circles onto the white, using regular craft glue.

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5) Glue the eyes onto the back of the tissue box.

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6) Fill your boxes with the utensils of your choice and you are all set!

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Simple and fun! See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

xo,

Abby

 

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Monster First Birthday Party

Monster First Birthday Party

Little (well, I guess not so little anymore!) Gavyn had his first birthday party over the weekend, and it was a blast! I had been planning and preparing for his party for months so it was so fun to see everything all come together! We chose a “little monster” theme for his party and it was SO much fun to plan it all. This was the first party I had planned that didn’t involve the color pink in some way, but I loved it!

I wanted to do a quick post with some pictures, but I will be linking up tutorials as I write them for how to do some of the DIY projects I completed for his party, so make sure you check back for those.

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As you can see, the birthday boy loved his cake most of all! 🙂 Happy Birthday, Gavyn!

Sources:

Birthday Onesie: Etsy

Monster Jellos: DIY

Monster Treat Bags: DIY

Monster High Chair Garland: DIY

Adopt-A-Monster Printables: Etsy

Adopt-A-Monster “Monsters: Amazon

Monster Sippy Cups: DIY

Monster Water Bottle Labels: DIY & Etsy

First Birthday Sign: Etsy (printed at Costco)

Happy Birthday Sign & Monster Cut-Outs: Hobby Lobby

Monster Utensil Holders: DIY

Monster Suckers: Amazon

DIY Spring Yarn Wreath

DIY Spring Yarn Wreath

It is actually fairly comical to me that the day I finish my spring wreath, I am outside in my boots, in the recent snow taking pictures of the finished product on the front door. Oh yes, Wisconsin at its best! But, I am loving the added touch of spring to the front door and wanted to share the details of how I made it with you!

(This post specifically will address just the wreath itself, but stay tuned for two followup posts on how to make your own felt flowers and how to make a pretty bow to add when you hang your wreath!)

 

Supplies Needed:

  • A Foam Wreath: I used a 12″ wreath purchased from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 and used a 40% off coupon to get it for less.
  • Yarn: I used just a cheap grey yarn. You can use whatever style and color you would like!
  • Felt: This will be used to make the flowers on the wreath. You can use whichever colors you desire!
  • Ribbon: Used to hang the wreath. I used some that I found at Hobby Lobby to match the flowers I made.
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1) Wrap your wreath with the yarn. Begin by hot gluing down a piece to start it off. I chose to hot glue mine on the seam of the foam wreath, but it doesn’t really matter where you start. I found that the best technique for wrapping the wreath was to wrap it tightly each time but space out each wrap and then push them tightly together after you have it wrapped around a few times. This just made sure that there was no foam showing underneath the yarn. When the wreath is covered, you will hot glue the end piece down on the backside of the wreath.

I am not going to lie…this was slightly more tedious than I expected it to be. I wrapped mine around twice, tightly the first time and more loosely the second, and it took me probably 3 hours. Now, that isn’t really that long, but it was longer than I thought — so if you are mentally prepared for it to take a little bit of time, you will not be disappointed! It’s a great project to do while catching up on some T.V. shows or movies! It doesn’t require a lot of focus so it is easy to multitask.

2) Attach your flowers to the wreath. See the tutorial for the easy DIY felt flowers here. You can arrange the flowers however you like, and glue them down with your hot glue. I pinned mine in place before I glued them down permanently.

3) Hang your wreath. I used some ribbon and added a little bow on the top. (See the tutorial here!)

This was a really fun project that really will engage your creative side. There are so many options for colors, and type of flower, etc. that it will really be fun to make it match what you need it to! If you already have a spring wreath for your front door, this would be cute hanging on an empty wall in your home, too. Happy wreath-making!

xo,

Abby

 

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Valentine’s Day: Easy DIY Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day: Easy DIY Valentine’s

In an effort to be consistent, I am going to stick with my Valentine blogging theme today, and give you a simple, budget-friendly, DIY Valentine idea! I wanted to be creative with Valentine’s this year (trust me, it might be the store-bought ones next year!), and this is what I came up with. Hugs & Kisses from both of my little kiddos!

Supplies Needed:

Treat Bags: Hobby Lobby.

Card Stock/Paper for Label

Baker’s Twine: Dollar Spot Target score!

Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses

I used Photoshop to create the label and then used a paper punch to punch it into a 2″ circle. I then used red card stock and a scalloped edge paper punch (2.5″) to create the red background. I glued both pieces together and hole punched the label. I filled the bags with some Hugs & Kisses and tied them up with the twine and attached the label. SO simple! There are so many ways to vary this idea too — you could handwrite the label, you could use different shapes and colors, etc. So many options!

(And my PSA for the day: If you haven’t checked out Target’s Dollar Spot yet for Valentine’s crafts, etc… go do it now! They have so many cute, practical, Valentine’s things (like the baker’s twine I used here) and when I was there last the supply was already dwindling. So, check it out if you haven’t already!)

Happy February!

xo,

Abby

 

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Valentine’s Day: Painted Mason Jars

Valentine’s Day: Painted Mason Jars

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One of my Valentine’s Day decorating goals this year was to tackle our mantel. As I was picking and choosing what I wanted to do, I decided to try my hand at painting some mason jars. This is something I had wanted to try and just never made the time to do it! I am here to tell you today that this is probably the easiest project I have ever tackled and really truly takes minimal time and effort (outside of being patient and allowing the jars to dry in between coats). On top of being easy, it was so inexpensive too! And I love the idea of doing this again for centerpieces for parties or other holiday decor.

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I liked the idea of the jars having a “chalky” look to them, so I painted them first with chalk paint and then covered them with regular acrylic paint. I also slightly distressed the label on the front to the jar to give them more dimension, but you wouldn’t have to do this if you didn’t want that look.

Supplies Needed:

  • Mason Jars (I purchased mine at Target on sale, but you can find them pretty much anywhere!)
  • Chalk Paint for Glass (Hobby Lobby)
  • Acrylic Paint in colors of your choosing (Hobby Lobby)
  • Paintbrush/Sponge (Hobby Lobby)
  • Nail File

Instructions:

1.) Clean the outside of the mason jars with rubbing alcohol.

2.) Paint the jars with the chalk paint. I used chalk paint made specifically for glass, and I found a craft sponge to be the easiest way to paint for this step. The directions on the bottle said to allow the paint to dry for four days. Because I was not going to actually use the jars to write on with chalk, I allowed them to dry overnight and that was long enough.

3.) Once the jars are completely dry, (Again, I would recommend not rushing this! Let them dry overnight. If you don’t let them dry long enough the paint will just peel off and you will have to start over. Patience!) you can paint them with the colors of your choice. Start with one coat at a time, allowing to thoroughly dry in between.

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This is what the jars looked like after one coat of colored acrylic paint. I ended up doing three coats total on each jar. The amount you need will depend on how dark your colors are! You’ll know.

4.) Once the jars are dry, you can distress them however you would like. I found that a nail file worked really well and gave me enough control so I wasn’t scraping up parts of the jar that I didn’t want to.

5.) You can fill the jars with whatever you wish! I used flowers from the Dollar Tree because they were budget friendly, and actually cuter than what I could find at craft stores. You could leave them empty too, and they would look just as cute!

I am so happy with how these turned out and seriously, they were so cost effective! The mason jars were $0.75 each, the acrylic paints were $0.77 each and the chalk paint was $2.99 (less if you have a 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby) for the bottle. And you can’t beat $1.00 flower bunches!

Our mantle is now officially up to speed for Valentine’s Day, and not a moment too soon as it is really just a couple of weeks away! (How is it almost February!?)

XO Sign: Hobby Lobby

Hello, Love Sign: Hobby Lobby

Candlesticks: World Market

Floral Balls: TJ Maxx

Heart Banner: Target

xo,

Abby

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Valentine’s Day: Yarn Wrapped Letters

I don’t know exactly why, but I am really into decorating for all holidays lately. I am sure it is partially since I’m a stay-at-home-mom and I am home pretty much alllllll the time, but it is fun to “dress up” your house to match the season. All of our Christmas decorations came down and were packed away on January 1st and our house looked so bare! I decided we should put up some Valentine’s Day decor, since really, it is right around the corner and it helps bring me down gently from the Christmas decorating high I was on.

I have a few ideas to share with you all later, but I wanted to get this post out now in case some of you are looking for some relatively easy projects for Valentine’s Day decor! I saw this blog post on Pinterest from My Sister’s Suitcase, and I loved the idea and decided to give it a try. It was a fun project, and took a couple of nap time’s to complete, which wasn’t too bad from a timing perspective.

Supplies Needed:

Yarn: I used Crafter’s Secret from Hobby Lobby, but anything will work. You can do different colors like I did to create an ombre effect, or you could do the letters all one color.

Letters: I used wooden letters from Michael’s. You could use paper mache letters, as well.

Hot Glue Gun/Glue

Scissors & Tape

Instructions:

1. Pick a letter to start with. I went in order of the word, so I started with the “L”. The hardest part about this project is figuring out which way to wrap the yarn so that the entire letter gets covered. The “O” and the “V” are the simplest. The “L” and the “E” are more complicated. For the “L”, I cut small pieces of yarn to hot glue to the top and bottom of the letter.

2. You will glue those small pieces super tightly together at the top (or bottom depending on where you are starting). Once the ends are covered, you can trim off the excess and glue down the sides (shown in the second picture). Make sure you put them as close together as you can so it gives the appearance of being tightly wrapped.

3) For the “L”, I then wrapped the red vertically on the bottom first. Then, I wrapped horizontally on the side part of the “L” and the bottom to make sure it was fully covered.

4) To create the ombre effect, when I was getting close to switching colors, I left some space in between the wrap that I could fill in with the next color so it looked purposeful.

I taped down the end on the back.

5) The letter “O” and “V” are easy to wrap, and for the “E”, I wrapped vertically first, then horizontally, as you can see in the picture here. I know it seems kind of confusing, but once you start wrapping, you will get the hang of it.

Each letter probably took around an hour to complete, on average. But, I love how they turned out! The yarn gives them a cozy feel and they really brighten up the room.

Let me know if you decide to make these and how they turn out! These would be fun to do for other holidays, too — I’m thinking like a black and orange wrapped “BOO” for Halloween!

P.S. Thank you for all of the kinds words and encouragement about Gavyn’s DocBand — we are so appreciative of the support. We have his second appointment this week and I can post an update then!

xo,

Abby

 

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Minnie Mouse Centerpiece Decorations

Minnie Mouse Centerpiece Decorations

Well, I promise I have a good excuse for the lack of entries lately. Baby Gavyn made his appearance a couple of weeks early at the end of April, and we have been keeping busy adjusting to not only life with a newborn, but life with two little ones! I am happy to report that he is a happy, healthy, well-fed little boy, and his sister Maddy is really enjoying him!

In other news, Madalyn turned TWO (how did that happen?!) a couple of weeks ago and we celebrated her birthday this past weekend. I decided on a Minnie Mouse themed party because Maddy is a big Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fan! I spent a LOT of time planning and making things for Maddy’s first birthday (see her cake, sign, ruffle lanterns, monthly picture posts here), and I knew that I wouldn’t have that time this time around with a newborn by my side. So, I cut back and did just a few little things. The DIY project that I’m going to share here was so fun to do (and easy!).

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Items Needed:

1) Styrofoam. I made three centerpieces so I had the supplies for three. I used a 6-inch circle for the head and two 3-inch circles for the ears. I also bought a block of Styrofoam to put into the stand to hold the wooden dowel for the head.

2) Black spray paint and black acrylic paint. I used spray paint for the foam BUT it has to be spray paint that is made for craft foam. Regular spray paint melts Styrofoam. This is the paint that I found (at Michaels) and it worked really well. The acrylic paint is used to paint the wooden dowels black.

3) Wooden Dowels. I used 1/8 inch dowels to attach the ears and 1/4 inch dowels to hold the head up. You can cut down the dowels to be the sizes that you need.

4) Some sort of stand and filler. I used little planters I found on sale at Michaels that were perfect for this project. I then filled the pots with pink paper shred, also purchased at Michaels.

5) Ribbon. I used wire edged ribbon because it was easier to shape a bow.

6) Glue gun.

Directions:

1) Spray paint or paint the Styrofoam circles. I used extra wood from the wooden dowels to hold the ball out so I could spray all around it without having to touch it in the process. Allow to thoroughly dry. I let mine dry for 24 hours.

2) Attach the 1/4 wooden dowel to the larger circle and attach to the foam in the vase/pot you choose to display these in.

3) Attach the 1/8 inch dowels to the smaller circles and attach as ears to the head.

4) Paint the wooden dowels black.

5) Make the bow using the ribbon you have. Rather than recreate all the steps for you, see the tutorial I found here. Her directions are simple and easy to follow. When you have your bow made, use your hot glue gun to attach the bow to the head.

5) Fill your vase with whatever filler you have to hide the Styrofoam base. And you’re done!

These were so fun to make, and added just something a little special to the basic decorations!

Some other fun birthday highlights…

Birthday cake was from WalMart! For the price, I was really pleased and it tasted great!

We ordered these from the mom of a friend who makes these cookies as a hobby. We loved them!

I couldn’t get a clear picture of the birthday girl as she was running around all day! 🙂 But, her shirt is from Etsy and her skirt was from Nordstorm Rack. I love how her shirt turned out!

We had a blast at her party and while I can’t believe our little baby girl is two years old already, we are so, so, so blessed to have Madalyn Joy in our lives!

xo,

Abby