Thursday, September 8, 2016

Anthropologie Knock-off Plate


The thing I love most in stores like Anthropologie and World Market, is their dishes and their dishtowels. I have loved the recent trend of insects in decor. I didn't want to spend money on something that was so trendy, and I would likely be tired of in 6 months, but still wanted to bring the look into my home for a fraction of the cost.



You cannot eat on these. They are decorative only. They are beautiful for plate walls, could be darling in a nursery, with a date, or picture. They would be awesome to display at Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas... any holiday, really. I love the insects for summer. They are very unexpected, and a fun conversation piece. They would be fun for a child, teenage, or adult craft night to make a jewelry dish. They are super customizable!



You will need (affiliate links):

Dishes (most of mine were thrifted)
Scissors
Water


Find the images you want to use. I prefer getting my images from Etsy, because they come with clear backgrounds if you use a png file, so you can cram more on your page. You can search any image you want. (You can also follow me there, to see what I am favoriting.) I used picmonkey to creamy collages. If you are unsure how to create a collage sheet, you can use THIS TUTORIAL. I tried to fit as many as I could on each page. Print your images onto your Water Slide sheets.


Wait for the ink to dry.

Spray each sheet with 3-4 coats of the acrylic spray, waiting 20 minutes, or until dry between each coat. This step is very important, probably the most important. If you don't do it, your image will not stay intact enough to transfer to your plate.


Cut the image you plan to use out of your sheet.


Place it in water for 30-60 seconds.  It will curl a little. That's okay.


After the allotted time, simply slide the paper off the back. The acrylic coating is what makes the decal stay intact.


Place your decal on your plate, and smooth it to get the excess water and bubbles out.


You are left with a beautiful and totally custom plate! These are example of plates I made. Some of the plates I used already had flowers on them, and others were plain. 








Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa










Friday, August 5, 2016

DIY Marquee Sign


My daughter is getting home from girls camp today, and boy am I excited! I thought I'd greet her with this yard sign.



I wanted to buy a Light up marquee sign, and could find the sign, but no letters anywhere! I didn't have time to wait for them to come in the mail. So, out of desperation, I made one. It was easier that I expected, and 95% of my supplies came from Home Depot. 

You will need:

You won't need the metal base, unless you choose to display it outside.





I chose 3 inch. You could do whatever you want to customize your sign to your needs.


I went to the Staples nearly home, and picked up clear Binder Cover Sheets. There were $.11 each. You can get a large pack online for less per sheet. This is my Amazon affiliate link.


A glue gun, scissors, and a paper cutter.

Cut your J-Trim to the width of the sign. I just made the basic marks with scissors, and broke it from there. 

Decide what height you want your letters to be, and where your stickers will be on your binder cover sheets. Make sure you place the stickers in the middle, so they won't be covered by the lip of the J-trim. I ended up cutting my binder sheets in half long way, hotdog style. 

I used my clear sheets cut in half, as markers, and glued the J-trim strips on with my hot glue gun. I butted two together for the middle pieces, where it would need a top lip and a bottom lip.

Cut the clear sheets in the length you want for the letters. I made mine all the same width, and made them able to accommodate the widest letters. 


Hook your stickers on, and you are set!



Your sign can be customized to any need. 


Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa










Friday, July 29, 2016

Flamingo Party for Teens!

My cute teenage daughter started talking about having a flamingo party, snd showing me pins. She wanted to have a couple girls over, and do flamingo themed crafts, and play a flamingo themed games. There are lots of Flamingo themed parties out there that are beautifully styled. If you have been with me for long, you know I love a pretty party as much as the next girl, but I am all about party activities. Pretty parties are fun, and a beautiful atmosphere makes the party all that much better. The games and activities are what makes the party memorable. That being said, I still like a pretty backdrop for my parties!

INDOOR DECOR

My Teen Flamingo Party atmosphere was beautiful! We had a display of the games and activities for the night inside the house, in our family room.
The tropical banner is a show stopper! I made the large leaves with butcher paper from the craft store. You can fold it to the size you like, and cut them out, the way you do a paper heart. I like doing this, because the fold makes them look more real. I cut out 6 at a time. It actually went pretty fast!
I made the small leaves using my Cricut. The layering of the smaller leaves in different colors, is what really makes it pop! I pulled pictures of actual leaves from google images into my Cricut, and cut them out very easily! It was so easy, I almost felt guilty! I stapled the whole thing together, to a thick piece of yarn. It's so pretty. I plan to use it for other parties as well.
I pulled plants from my front room, and small tables from around my house into the display. I stuck different sized flamingos into the plants. 
The marquee board is cute right? I made it for around $15, including the interghangeable letters. The tutorial is coming!
I am going to share the teen flamingo party activities in the bottom of this post, but had to share the pretty decor first!
I had the rest of the teen flamingo party crafts and activities set up on the coffee table in my family room. I had planned to set it all up outside, but it was so very hot, and I thought it looked pretty cute in there, so I decided to leave it.

The girls checked everything out when they got here, and It was fun to have it all sitting out on display so they were able to know what was coming during the party!


OUTDOOR DECOR
The dinner setup was outside, and it was lovely! 
I used additional leaves that I cut from butcher paper, over a vinyl lace tablecloth.


I felt like the color scheme really needed blue.
view was so pretty, no matter the angle! The cute girls were so excited when they saw it!
I stuck small flamingos in plants from my home, and in a thrifted leaf bowl topped with white sand.
I made a place-card for each guest out of disposable gold ashtrays, white sand and rocks, a piece of moss, and a small flamingo game piece. The girls died over this!
Personal touches are always a must wherever possible!
Notice the little pink flamingo ice cubes?

The beautiful gold dishes really make the party feel fancy!
I love that vinyl lace tablecloth. Its so pretty, and perfect for outside. I cut a hole in the center of it for when we use our umbrella.
The setup was perfect!

DINNER
We had Hawaiian Haystacks for dinner. These are always a crowd pleaser, because they are totally customizable for most teenagers.
Aren't these just the cutest girls?
The great thing about teenage girls is they are so chatty. I didn't have to do any entertaining.
They each put a cute flamingo pick on the top of their plate of food.

CRAFTS & GAMES
After dinner, it was time for games!
We started with this cute game where the girls got to wear flamingo glasses. They each drew a name of a person at the party out of a bowl, and had to draw a picture of that person, and put the picture they drew in the frame. 
All the girls had to guess who was in the hand drawn picture. They then got to keep the picture of themselves, drawn by a friend.
This was the game I was a little worried about, but they actually really liked it! It was a fun game. The pictures were cute! We played it first, so we could give them their glasses.
Then pictures back at the main party display, because those glasses are seriously SO CUTE!
Good lil' posers!
Next, they made flamingo bracelets.
These were easy to make. the girls bent one end of the wire into a circle to make it so the beads wouldn't fall off. They then strung the beads on, and then the flamingo charm was strung on the wire, and the wire bent to hold it on the end. They are made with memory wire, and totally in style right now. The girls loved them!
Next was Flamingo Bingo. We really like to say it! Flamingo Bingo! Flamingo Bingo!
This game was so fun, because it was customizable. The girls filled out the cards with the names of 5 friends, 5 crushes, 5 summer activities, 5 favorite summer foods, 5 favorite songs, and wrote them on the grid as well. We cut the grid apart, and the drew the squares out of a bowl to play the game. The girls had a great time hearing what each other wrote about crushes ,and favorite songs, etc.
I loved the little tiny flamingo bird playing pieces!
They each got to pick flamingo themed prizes that I picked up at Michael's.
Next we played Flamingo Croquet! This was a blast! 
The goal was to hit the balls under the flamingo legs. I had cards next to each flamingo stating the way to hit the ball like, "Swing while standing on one leg."
This game was really fun! The girls had a blast, and it was also very interactive.



I purchased a cornhole set, that was pretty unattractive, and circus themed. I ended up painting it to match the party.
The game came with red and blue beanbags, and I made pocket folded covers for them out of tropical fabric. They were much more cute, and this glasses, cutest?!?

After the outside games, the girls came in for Orange Julius, and the last craft.
They, of course, had a flamingo straw, and flamingo stirrer!

The last craft was the one the girls were the most excited about! They each got to make a Flamingo Terrarium! I packaged them each in their own box, and it looked like a store bought kit!

The girls were so cute with each of these activities! They would get out their phones, and take pictures of everything! It was the cutest!
We all loaded our photos to the cloud. These are a few of their photos of the terrarium process. I have not edited any of them.








They LOVED these so much! One girl could barely stop looking at hers!
I think they they loved that these were grown up crafts. They were all talking about how they were going to put them in their bedrooms at home.
The night ended with a trip to the pool, and giving each girl a blow up flamingo float. As the girls were gathering their things, they were so cute! Some took everything with them, from the things they had made, to the name cards, mini flamingo, and sand! It made me happy to see how much they loved it all! This was a very rewarding party for me, because they were so appreciative, and seemed to genuinely LOVE everything!

I am already looking forward to the next party!

SOURCING
(Afflilate Links - If you click on my links, and happen to buy anything, I get a little monetary credit, and it makes it worth my time to blog!)

Pink Eyelash Glasses - I got mine at Zurchers
Pink Picture Frames - I got mine from the dollar bin at Michael's.

Good news is, I am going to offer all the printables I created for this party in my Etsy Shop! I am thrilled about this, and will be back with details soon!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa


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