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DIY Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Holder

It’s the month of love and all things red and pink.  If you’ve checked out my Instagram lately you’ll see lots of shots with those colors.  And a few sneak peaks of what’s to come on the blog.  But today I’ve got a great kid friendly, read the kids can help you, DIY Valentine’s Day valentine’s holder.

We are going to be out of town with family for Valentine’s day so my daughter is going to be missing her preschool Valentine’s Day party.  You know how much I love a party, and I think I passed it on to my kids, because she was very disappointed to miss it.  So I decided to throw her her own little Valentine’s Day party.

I went through what I already had at home and found some cute pink and turquoise plates which jumpstarted the color scheme of the party.  Plus I saw a cute valentine’s holder at the Target Dollar Spot and knew I could just make them myself. So after digging through my stash of paper I found perfectly matched paper to the plates I wanted to use.

Here’s everything you’ll need to make a valentine’s holder.  Plus all the simple steps to do it yourself.  I love the little hands in these photos that helped me make these.

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  • Scrapbook paper, or any 12×12 paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue, Elmer’s and/or hot glue
  • Name cards
  • Trim, pom poms, glitter, markers, washi tape, anything to decorate with
  • Scotch tape (not pictured)

DIY Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Holder

Step 1

kids diy valentine's day craft, kids craft, valentine's day placemat, how to make a valentine's envelopeFold the bottom two corners into the center of the paper as shown in the photo above.

Step 2

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Fold the paper in half, then draw a semi-circle towards the top of the paper so you can cut out a heart shape.  Just think back to third grade art class when you learned how to cut out a heart.

Step 3

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Cut the heart shape out.  Just follow the line you drew in Step 2.  We used fun wiggly scissors, but regular straight line scissors works just as well.  And can I just add that my three and a half year old daughter is all about cutting right now.  She loves to just cut anything.  So she gets all of our junk mail, haha!

Step 4

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Add a name tag to your placemat.  We used some leftover food labels from a baby shower I hosted.  Just write the names on the labels then glue them over the “flaps” you folded to hold them together.  You may need a piece of tape on the back of the “flaps” to hold them together.  Just line the tape up over the seam on the inside.

Step 5

This is the most fun step.  All you have to do now is decorate your placemat. We added fun trim I picked up from the Dollar Spot at Target, pom poms, washi tape, and glitter.  Whatever craft supplies you have on had works great.

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Here’s how they turned out.

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There’s a nice pocket that will hold all of your child’s Valentine’s.  I think this is a much nicer version than that aluminum foil covered shoe box I always used to make growing up.  Plus, sometimes you couldn’t find a shoe box.

I’m going to be using these as placemats on our fun Valentine’s play date party table.  You can see that later this week.  I also love the idea of punching a couple holes in the top and using yarn or pretty ribbon to hang them from a chair to collect Valentine’s.  Or if you want to spoil your kids, hang them from their bedroom door and fill it with fun surprises for them to wake up to on Valentine’s day.

This is an easy, do it with your kids craft that will be perfect for Valentine’s Day!  Did you ever make those aluminum foil covered shoe box Valentine’s holders as a kid?

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DIY 5 Minute Party Banner

Welcome back from Thanksgiving friends!  I hope you had a great day filled with family and food!  Now it’s on to Christmas!

This time of year is so busy with holiday parties, seasonal to dos, and getting ready for Christmas.  So, if you have something else to celebrate, a birthday perhaps, but no time to prepare for it, today’s post is just for you.  How would you like to learn how to make a party perfect banner in about 5 minutes or less?

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5 Minute Party Banner Supply List

It’s so simple and you probably already have all of the materials on hand at home.  Here’s what you’ll need to make this 5 minute cocktail napkin party banner.

  • Cocktail Napkins
  • Twine
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors

how to make a diy party banner, easy party banner, party banner with cocktail napkinsTry picking cocktail napkins that match your party.  Either use some in the color scheme of your party or with pictures, patterns, or words that go with your theme.  I love finding super cheap and fun cocktail napkins at places like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods.  They always get me in the check out line by putting the cute, inexpensive stuff there, so it usually ends up in my cart.

5 Minute Party Banner How To

First you’ll need to punch holes in your cocktail napkins.  There are several ways to to this depending on how you want your napkins to “lay” when hung up.  I’ve done it at the corner and across the top to get different looks to the banner.

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how to make a diy party banner, easy party banner, party banner with cocktail napkinsNext, you can cut the napkin to make it into a pennant shape if you want.  To make the green pennant above I folded the napkin in half and cut on the non-folded side.  I just cut a diagonal and it makes a symmetrical cut out on the bottom of the napkin.

Then, just string the napkins onto twine, string, or ribbon through the holes you punched out and hang up your banner!

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Party Banner Ideas

This party banner is so versatile too!  Mix it up with different cocktail napkins, different colors, or fun sayings.  I’m loving those “Eat. Drink. Mingle” napkins!  It would be really fun to mix up the pattern of the napkins as well.  Alternate two or three different colors or patterns for your party.

Try using this quick banner to help someone celebrate all kinds of things.  Hang it in your teenagers car for their birthday.  Use it to decorate your co-workers cubicle when they do a great job at work or get a promotion.  Welcome home celebrations, a birthday party banner for Jesus on Christmas, the options are endless.

Use white cocktail napkins and have your party guests decorate each napkin with drawings, notes, or signatures.  Kind of like a party guest book.  This would be a great idea for a going away party, graduation party, or retirement party.  Instead of storing the napkins and notes after the party, just take a picture of each napkin note and compile the pictures into a photo book.

So many uses for this simple party decor.  Party banners are definitely one of the things that I think are essential for any party!

 

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5 Must Have Party Decor Items

There are a few things that are always in stock in my craft cabinet and party supply bin.  I’m going over my top five must have party decor items today.  The best part is you probably already have these at home.  If you don’t already have them they are very inexpensive to purchase.

1. Tissue Paper

The easiest supply to make a variety of party decor from is tissue paper.  It is very inexpensive, but can be made into so many things you really get your money’s worth.  Or if you’re like me, you save tissue paper from every gift you get and then you have a free supply of tissue paper.

My favorite way to use tissue paper for party decor is to make tissue paper tassel garlands.  There are about a million tutorials on Pinterest, but this one is really easy to follow.  I’ve used these kinds of garlands for everything from birthdays to baby showers.  I even reused them as home decor in our playroom.

how to reuse party supplies, reuseable party decor, party decor as home decorIt’s nice that the garlands pack up and store well too.  Just bundle them up with all of the tassels in the same direction and you can use them again and again.

Another easy way to use tissue paper as party decor is to make tissue paper poms.  Or you can use tissue paper to make large paper flowers as decor.  Again, with either of these decor items scrunching them up to store away is simple and it doesn’t matter if it gets wrinkled.

2. Crepe Paper

Another really inexpensive party decor item that can be used in so many different ways is crepe paper.  Until recently I strayed away from using it, but there are so many ways to dress it up.

If you’re using standard sized crepe paper try using this tutorial from Made Everyday with Dana to make ruffled streamers.  I recently took a little sewing class from my neighbor and think I’m minimally skilled enough to try these myself.  How hard could it be to sew a straight line?  The colors and ruffles are so cute.  I love the idea of packaging it up and sending it for a birthday gift!

If you don’t want to bust out a sewing machine to dress up crepe paper, using it as a large installation or backdrop is much easier and makes a big impact.

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I also like using this wider and thicker crepe paper to make fringed garland as a back drop like I did for our gender reveal party.

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Another multi-purpose party decor item is wrapping paper.  Obviously it’s used to wrap party gifts.  But I love to use it in so many other ways.  It’s the perfect table runner or backdrop. See how I use wrapping paper in all of these past parties.  I also think it’s a great idea to wrap boxes in coordinating paper to use throughout your party as height variations on a buffet table or sitting out as decor.

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4.  Vases and Vessels

This category is so broad because so many different kinds of vessels can be used as party decor.  I love using little buckets to hold flatware and napkins on a buffet table.  Obviously vases are great for floral arrangements.  But thinking outside the box is great too.

Try using a crate as a centerpiece or to hold party favors.  This old whiskey crate was a big part of the Bourbon and BBQ themed birthday party I hosted for my husband.

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Now, you need something to hold up all of these simple party decor items.  Twine of all sizes is my go to when I need to string a garland or tie a bow around a package.  I use a variety of twine.  Rustic burlap twine for heavier projects, red and white baker’s twine for things in the kitchen, and a thinner white twine for all kinds of decor.

There you have it five must have party decor items that you probably already have at home.  Do you have any of these lying around you could whip into a fun garland or banner to celebrate it being the weekend? I hope you have a great weekend, see you back here next week!

 

 

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How to Create an Organized Garage Mudroom

The simplest answer to the title question of this post is to have a baby.  Specifically have a baby with a husband who can’t sit still for too long. Within the two weeks after having our new baby three major house projects got completed.  Whohoo!  I’m going to show you how we created more space and storage in our garage by making a garage mudroom.

The first thing that was done, thanks to my husband and Father-in-law, was putting up hanging storage shelves above the garage door.  These allowed us to get a lot of things off the floor and make room for a new mud room area.

Once things were a little more cleared out, work got started on the garage mudroom area.  I used a variety of inspiration pictures from Pinterest to create a seating area, shoe storage, and a place to quickly put coats. Another main reason for our garage mudroom, especially since we have one inside also, is to keep the winter nastiness outside.  I don’t want wet snow, dirty snow, or frozen snow in my house.

Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomWe used some adjustable shelves for shoe storage.  The best part is that we can move the shelves to fit whatever types of shoes we’re wearing for the season.Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomThe bench is completely custom with my husband and Father-in-law practically making a puzzle to fill in the awkward space next to the stairs.  It’s great to have a place to sit down to be able to put shoes and boots on and off.  The cubbies underneath give us a space to put those random things that collect in places like this.  I also plan to put a boot tray in the larger cubby to contain that winter nastiness I talked about before.  A cozy rug dresses up the space as well.

Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomI think my favorite part of the garage mudroom are the hooks.  I love how the black, chunky hooks pop off the white wall.  Surprisingly we found the hooks at Home Depot.  We were able to use some leftover wood and added the hooks onto them.  They are at the perfect height to throw your coat over as you’re going up the stairs into the house.

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Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomThere are still a few things I may add to the garage mudroom to dress it up and make it cozier.  I’m thinking a pillow or two might make the bench even better.  Is it weird to have throw pillows in your garage?  I need to get that boot tray and figure out exactly what is going in the bins under the bench.  Labeling those bins will make it much more likely that they’ll be used appropriately.

This project also spurred the repainting of all the concrete skirting in the garage and the stairs into the house.  It looks so much cleaner and crisper now.  Plus, I won’t have to worry about the dark colored stairs looking dirty.  Now to figure out what color to paint the door.  I want something dark that will help to camouflage dirt, but black isn’t going to work with the stair color.  Maybe a fun color like a dark teal?

Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomI’m so grateful that the project got done and I’m anxious to see how we put it to use this winter.  Three cheers for my husband and Father-in-law working so hard to get it done while I was in baby-ville.  Stay tuned because the other project they completed will be in an updated room tour of our Master bedroom.  It’s a good one, so you don’t want to miss that.

 

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Pinterest Trial: Glitter Ice Cubes

Welcome back from the weekend!  I hope you were able to celebrate something!  My husband had a big birthday and it was a lot of fun setting up his party!  You’ll get to see it soon.  Today though I’m trying out something I saw on Pinterest.  You can tell me if you think it was a success or fail.

I recently saw some super cute glitter ice cubes on Pinterest and wanted to give them a try myself.  See the inspiration photo here. I’ll be showing you how I made mine, tips, tricks, and ways to make it better.

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Supplies Needed for Glitter Ice Cubes

  • Distilled water
  • Chunky glitter
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Small cup with a spout (not pictured)

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesYou only need a few things to make these glitter ice cubes which is nice.  The distilled water is supposed to give you clearer ice cubes.  That helps the glitter stand out, but I didn’t notice much of a difference in my ice cubes versus regular water.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesI would recommend getting the chunkiest glitter you can find.  Fine, small glitter won’t show up as well in the ice cubes.  My glitter was on the smaller size, but all I could find in a pinch.

Glitter Ice Cube Instructions

This DIY can’t really get any easier.  Just fill your ice cube trays with glitter.  I enlisted my three year old assistant and surprisingly didn’t have a huge mess to clean up afterwards.

Another tip I have is to make sure you put quite a bit of glitter in each ice cube.  The more you use, the more it will show up, especially if you are using smaller glitter.  Also, use glitter that is fairly pigmented.  Lighter colors won’t show up as well.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesOnce you’ve filled your cubes with glitter, carefully fill with distilled water.  This is where a measuring cup or something similar with a spout comes in very handy.

I’d also recommend stirring your glitter around in the ice cube trays.  Otherwise the glitter just kind of sits in the bottom of the tray.  Or you could try filling with water first, then adding the glitter.

Next, pop them in the freezer until they’re frozen.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesDisregard my messy freezer!  Once they’re frozen pop the cubes out of the trays and using them to decorate an ice bucket.  Be sure not to use them in drinks because it’s not safe to drink distilled water or glitter.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesI used my glitter ice cubes in a clear vase to dress up a bottle of champagne.  There are so many ways to use these though.  I love the pink and blue glitter we used because it would be perfect for a gender reveal party.  Surprise a new mom with a bucket of glitter ice cubes and a celebratory bottle of champagne after the birth of a baby.  I know I’d love some champagne after 9+ months of no drinking, haha!

Mix up the colors of glitter to coordinate with whatever kind of party you’re hosting.  It would be so cool to make a ton of them to fill a cooler or trough where beverages are located.  Your party guests will think it’s so fun!

Glitter Ice Cube Tips

  • The more glitter the better!
  • The bigger glitter the better!
  • Make more ice cubes than you think you’ll need
  • Stir glitter into the water
  • Don’t use them in drinks!

So do you think this was a fail or a success?  Overall I was happy with how they turned out given it was so easy to make them.  Do you see yourself making glitter ice cubes for one of your parties?  Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see a ton of party related pins and inspiration.

 

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Celebrating everyday!