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Tablescape Tuesday: Easter Floral Hoop Wreath

Happy Holy Week!  Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  Mostly because the weather is starting to get nice, the kids have fun activities to do and we always do a big brunch.

Brunch is probably my favorite meal of all time.  Do you love brunch?

You can’t have brunch without a table to sit around, so today I’m sharing my Easter tablescape with you.

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You (at least if you follow me on Instagram) actually helped me put this tablescape together.

Easter Tablescape Poll

Recently I asked on my Instagram stories for some help deciding on how to put my Easter table together.  I was having a hard time deciding on what to include on my table.

I broke it down into little categories then asked my followers to vote.  Do you love that little poll option on Instagram?  I think it’s pretty fun.

I asked if I should go with a neutral or colorful color scheme and the votes were basically split.

Then I asked if I should go with a floral centerpiece or something unique.  This option leaned more in favor of something unique.

So I threw out a bunch of ideas to my husband who is so lucky to get to be my sounding board on things like this, haha.  I thought of using an umbrella, because it’s springy or a wheel barrow.

But I ultimately decided on combining something unique with some flowers.  So I made a floral hoop wreath.

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Although these hoop wreaths are kind of all the rage right now, I decided not to hang it, which is how it’s most often displayed in parties or home decor, and instead propped it up right in the middle of my table.

It makes a fun statement and is a little different but still has that classic floral centerpiece vibe to it.

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Floral Hoop Wreath DIY

Like I said before these floral hoop wreaths are pretty popular right now.  And for good reason they are super versatile.  They work great for a boho themed baby or bridal shower, a fairy birthday party, or wedding backdrop.

You can even make them unconventional and instead of using flowers use things like dinosaurs, balloons, or seashells depending on what type of party you’re hosting.

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So I’ll do my best to break down how I made this hoop wreath although I didn’t take any pictures during the process.  I did do a time lapse video of me making the wreath.  Over all it too just over 15 minutes to make it.  So not long at all.  Scroll down to see that video.

DIY Hoop Wreath Supplies

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • Embroidery Hoop (Always use your Hobby Lobby coupon!)
  • Artificial Flowers and Greenery
  • Floral Tape
  • Scissors, Wire Cutters, and Floral Scissors

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DIY Hoop Wreath Tutorial

This how to is pretty easy.  I started with the part of the embroidery hoop that had the block and screw on it in order to stand it up on that.  But if you’re hanging your wreath, I’d used the simple hoop without the block on it.

Then I started by adding my greenery to the hoop first.  I secured it in place by wrapping floral tape around the stem of the greenery and the hoop.

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If necessary you may need to use wire cutters to shorten the stem of your artificial flowers or greenery.  I did that to all of the flowers I used on my wreath.

Then I used my floral scissors to cut the flowers off of the longer stem and tucked them into the greenery on the hoop.  There were a few pieces that needed floral tape to secure the flowers into the greenery.

As I built the wreath I would add flowers, turn the hoop around and check it from all angles to make sure it looked full enough on all sides of the hoop.

Once I felt it was full enough I just propped it in the middle of the table and used some moss covered bunnies to help hold it up.

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That last part sounds like a no brainer.  However, you should have seen how much time I wasted and frustration was had by trying to figure out how to get the hoop to stand up.

After adding the flowers and greenery, one side of the hoop was a lot heavier and kept making the hoop fall down.  I mean there was nuts, washers, play doh and boxes involved.

After lots of failed attempts I got so frustrated I just propped it up on the bunnies while I tried to figure out another way and it stayed upright.  Then I thought to myself “what an idiot.” Why didn’t I try the simplest, most common sense way the first time, haha!

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Anyway, it’s still standing up even after kids have bumped into the table during dinner, so it’s a pretty sturdy (yet simple) solution.

Watch below to see a sped up version of me making the floral hoop wreath.  I cut a few boring parts out and you might see me chatting with my husband while I was making this.

Easter Table Scape Details

Other parts of the table scape are made up of things I already had on hand.

I wanted to appease those Instagram voters and went with a more colorful pink table runner.  Whicker chargers add some much needed texture.

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And moss covered bunnies do the same, not just hold up my hoop.

I incorporated some pink and gold lanterns in the table scape as well and plan to add some fresh flowers to them closer to Easter.

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Plus, I rarely style a table scape without my gold flatware anymore.  I just love the richness it gives to practically every table design.

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To add a little more color and fun I picked up some inexpensive “Happy Easter” paper napkins at Homegoods.  I just plopped them on top of the plates, but thought it could be fun to use a gold Sharpie to write names on them for place cards.

What do you think of wrapping the cloth napkin around the charger under the plate.  I think it breaks up the visual in a good way.  Ideally I’d use pink napkins, but you can only do so much with what you have on hand.

Shop This Tablescape

If you’d like to recreate a similar look for your own Easter table, just click on any of the images below to get similar products to the ones I used.

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What’s the most inspiring part of this table scape for you? Do you think you want to try your hand at making your own floral wreath?  If I can do it in about 15 minutes, I know you can too!
Happy Easter!  And may you be surrounding a beautiful table this Sunday with family and friends celebrating that we are saved and loved!

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How to DIY Signature Greeting Cards for Valentine’s Day

We’re exactly one week away from Valentine’s Day today!  If you want to share your love for a special someone you should definitely see how I diyed my own Valentine’s Day greeting cards.

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I recently had to wait for some photos to be printed at Walgreens and while I was waiting I checked out the greeting card aisle.

I was blown away by how beautiful so many of the cards were.  The Signature line from Hallmark was especially gorgeous.

But you know what I wasn’t blown away by?

The price.  Most of the cards were over $5 and some were up to $12.  Crazy!

It’s a funny story because I always go back and forth with one of my neighbors about greeting cards.  She always ensures to attach a card to a gift.  I’m that person that will save the $5 from a card and spend it on the gift.

If I don’t include a card I usually just make my own or attach a simple to and from tag.

Well I got inspired in that Walgreens aisle to make my own “signature” greeting cards.

I took a lot of ideas from the types of cards below and tried to recreate them.

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Here’s the two main take aways I have for diying these kinds of greeting cards.

Layers, Layers, Layers

I noticed that most of the cards at Walgreens had lots of layers.

Layers add dimension, interest, and more to look at.

For the cards I made, I layered different colored paper on top of each other.

You can add more dimension by layering paper with different textures.

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Try glitter paper like I did.  Or linen paper, burlap, or metallic.

To make your layers even more fancy try cutting out shapes in the top layers to let the bottom layer shine through.  Simple shapes like hearts, squares, and circles work best.

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Because let’s be honest.  As much as I’d love a Cricut (especially this champagne colored one), I’m doing all of my cutting out by hand.  If I’m trying to save $5 on a card you can bet I haven’t bought an expensive machine to do the cutting for me.  Although if Santa is reading……next year!

3D Add Ons

The other theme that those expensive cards had were lots of 3D elements.

Some had flowers, pinwheels, fabric, all kinds of things sticking out from the paper.

Well, I can do that too, for a lot cheaper.  I just searched my house for dimensional things.

Cupcake liners, pom poms, tissue paper, and more paper were what I used.

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DIY Valentine's day greeting cards, look a like Hallmark Signature cards, how to make cute valentine's day cardsDIY Valentine's day greeting cards, look a like Hallmark Signature cards, how to make cute valentine's day cardsTo make these glitter hearts more 3D, I layered them with contrasting colored paper and then folded them in half.

I only glued the “spine” of the fold to the card so that the hearts would be able to fold out away from the card.

You could do this same concept with other shapes, flowers, or even letters.

Greeting Card Supplies

Here are some of the things I used to make my greeting cards.

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Other things I used to accent the cards:

  • pom poms
  • pom pom trim
  • washi tape
  • tissue paper
  • cupcake liners (not pictures)

How to Make Your Own Signature Greeting Cards

Here are a few general steps to take when making your own signature cards.

The biggest thing is just being creative with it and using the inspiration cards to guide what you want to recreate.

  1. Cut scrapbook paper into card sized pieces
  2. Add greeting card supplies to the cards with hot glue keeping in mind how to make layers and 3D elements.
  3. Write a message inside and deliver to the recipient!

DIY Valentine's day greeting cards, look a like Hallmark Signature cards, how to make cute valentine's day cardsNow I have some very unique greeting cards to give for Valentine’s Day or birthdays.

I’m pretty proud to say that all of these cards cost me $0!  So much better than spending $8 at the store. For ONE card!

If you don’t have a lot of these things on hand, you can still make these inexpensively.

I recommend starting with paper.  If you get four or five pieces of scrapbook paper from the craft store, you’ll only spend a few dollars.

Try layering the papers, folding them to make things pop off the paper and add other 3D elements from around your house to make the cards.

With just a few pieces of paper you can make at least three or four cards.

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What do you think?  Are you inspired to make your own cards?  Or would you rather just pay for pretty cards at the store?

Do you also agree that $6 for a greeting card is crazy expensive?

No matter how you get cards, I hope you’re able to send a greeting card to someone you love for Valentine’s Day next week!

 

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DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland with a Video Tutorial

I’m so excited to bring you this DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland today.  It’s been a long time in the making, and I’m not even sure why.

I wanted to feature it in this post about decorating your party chairs, but it just didn’t happen.   But, these would be adorable on the back of any chair at your next party.

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Do you ever put something off for a long time, then when you do it, it only takes you like 5 minutes to complete it?  Yep, that’s what happened with this ribbon garland.

Once I started doing it, it was so quick.  I’m not sure why I put it off for so long.  It was so quick I even had time to do a video tutorial, edit it, and figure out how to get it to post here.

There’s no excuse to not be sure how to do this because the video walks you through every quick step.

And there’s no excuse for me not to just get things done when I want to because they probably aren’t going to take as long as you think they will.  Maybe not procrastinating should be my New Year’s resolution?

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland

So, these DIY ribbon hoops are super easy to make yourself and they make a huge impact.

I love the versatility of them.  You can hang them in a dessert backdrop, from the ceiling, or use them as a wreath for the entrance to your party.

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If you want, you don’t even have to use them for a party at all.  Try them as home decor.  How sweet would they be in a nursery or playroom?

I love the softness of the satin and grosgrain ribbon, the vibrant colors, but mostly how easy they are to do.

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Hoop decor is all the rage right now, especially for parties.  Decorating hoops with flowers, balloons, or fabric.

These would be so fun to incorporate into upcoming Thanksgiving or Christmas decor don’t you think?

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland Supplies

You don’t need a whole lot to make this hoop garland.  You may even be able to find what you need from around your house.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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I love that I don’t need any special tools for this DIY.  No glue gun or sewing involved.  Just your fingers and about 5 minutes of time!

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland Tutorial

Here are the steps you’ll need to take to make this yourself.

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  2. To loop your ribbon over the hoop, first join the two free ends together and find the middle of the ribbon.
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  5. Wiggle the hanging ends of the ribbon to tighten the knot that you created.
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I hung my ribbon hoop garlands over my bar area.  They make a cute, and easy decoration for that area.

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These would be quick and inexpensive decor to incorporate into your party in areas that aren’t your main focal point.  Just use colors that coordinate with your party.

And clear 3M hooks would work perfectly to hang them temporarily where you’d like them.  I only had white ones on hand.

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All together I only spent about $11 on this DIY.  I already had the embroidery hoops so all I purchased was the ribbon.  I bought four rolls at about $2-3 each.

Video Tutorial of DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland

 

I highly recommend watching this quick video tutorial.  Not because I am great on camera, haha, but because the process makes a little more sense when you see it being done.

And now for me to try and remember how to speak 🙂

Is this a DIY you could see yourself tackling?  Where would you use it?  A party, home decor, or somewhere else?

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Thanks for stopping by!  We’re going full swing into Thanksgiving in the next week.  If you need Thanksgiving hosting help, this is the right place to be!

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An Easy Tutorial for DIY Confetti Poppers

Need a quick burst of fun and celebration this morning after a long weekend?  You’re in the right place today! Bonus, this diy is so easy! I am realizing more and more that confetti just makes me so happy.  So, these DIY confetti poppers are the perfect dose of happy when you’re having a down day!

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In the past year I’ve seen a confetti cannon at a concert and now absolutely must have one.  I’ve also done a confetti throwing photo booth at my other company’s convention and it was so fun.  I’m tempted to build my own and put it in my basement.  Or make it a traveling confetti booth for parties, like a photo booth, but with confetti.

For all of you out there that are like, “no way, I don’t want to clean up confetti, that sounds horrible.” Well, let me introduce you to the best confetti cleaner upper, right here.  Especially when you use the wand adapter!

Materials Needed for Confetti Poppers

So to make your own confetti poppers you’ll only need a few things, some of which you probably already have at home.

  • Tissue Paper
  • Confetti
  • Washi Tape (or any small tape)
  • Optional Items:
    • Scissors
    • Twine for a garland
    • Place Cards

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DIY Confetti Popper Tutorial

  1. Cut tissue paper into squares about 6″ x 6″ and add confetti to the middle of the squarediy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

2. Roll tissue paper up like a tootsie roll, pinching the ends together so the confetti doesn’t come out.

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3. Use washi tape to secure the twisted ends.

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That’s it!  Three steps to fun!

Now that you’ve made confetti poppers, what should you do with them?  Well, I literally just went outside and popped them open and had my daughter do it too.  So this would make a fun and easy craft to do with kids when they’re bored.

To pop the poppers you just have to twist and rip, then all the confetti will come flying out!  Check my Instagram to see me in slow mo popping these!

You can also use them to make fun, interactive party decor.  I made a quick confetti popper garland that can then be taken down and used to pop.

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Just wrap twine around each popper and they’ll be able to slide out of the twine and handed out to guests for popping.

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppersJust wrap the twine around the end of the confetti popper.  If you wrap it around the middle you run the risk of inadvertently popping them when you’re trying to take them off the garland.

You can also use them for a fun place setting to any dinner party.  Just stick a name card into the popper or tie it to the end of the popper.

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Wouldn’t that make for a fun start or end to your dinner?  I’d actually recommend doing it at the end of the meal so you aren’t getting confetti into any food!

Wasn’t that super easy?  Did I get you as excited about confetti as I am?  If not, come into my confetti photo booth and see if tossing some confetti makes you a little happier.

 

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The Power of Cute Details: A Lemonade Stand Story

This week at our house is quite busy!  Between work events and one little girls fourth birthday, we also have our community garage sale.  And along with garage sales comes the childhood summer tradition of running a lemonade stand.

I remember setting one up at my mom’s garage sale when I was little and made a whooping $45!!!  I’m still blown away by that amount of money.  So to carry on the tradition, and teach our daughter a lesson in entrepreneurship, we diyed a super cute lemonade stand for her.

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Ok, now that I’m off the entrepreneurship soap box, let’s get back to the lemonade stand.  I’m always a champion of opening your home and inviting others in, without being fancy and even if you aren’t the most confident host.  However, there are times when adding some cute details, really makes the event extra special.

In this case, adding cute details to the lemonade stand can really drive interest and sales.  Adding a few extra things really made the lemonade stand stand out.  It didn’t take a lot of extra time or effort either which is the best part.

Lemonade Stand DIY

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We used this diy tutorial to make the lemonade stand.  It’s pretty easy with just a few crates you can get at any craft store or even Wal-Mart.  We made a sign for the top too, but it’s not necessary.

My recommendation for painting your stand is to use spray paint on the crates instead of rolling the paint.  The spray paint can get into all the nooks and crannies of the crates a lot better.

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Lemonade Stand Details

Now as far as adding cute details goes, you really just have to think of things that you’d like to see at a lemonade stand and then add them.  So a simple bowl of lemons and fun straws for the cups were easy.

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You’ll obviously need a sign so everyone knows how much to pay.  This was a quick, handwritten sign put into a picture frame to keep it displayed nicely.

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I also made a quick little bouquet of flowers out of tissue paper.  This took maybe 3 minutes with a few pieces of square tissue paper.  I just wrapped a craft pipe cleaner around the tissue paper and made a stem with it.  Then just shape the tissue paper into a flower shape.  Super easy for any kind of party or event.

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I also added some quick party decor.  Cutting triangles out of color coordinated paper and stringing them along the top of the stand really added a little extra pizzazz.

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Other great party decor options to dress up a lemonade stand are large paper flowers, tissue paper poms, or lanterns.

Even if you don’t use party decor, other small additions will make your lemonade stand stand out too.  Cookies or cupcakes, potted flowers on either side of the stand, fun cups or cup labels, or flavored lemonade are great additions.

We’ll be adding a platter of cookies when we are open for business and a pink lemonade option. One thing I still need to figure out is a simple way for my daughter to collect money. Drop your ideas in the comments!

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Hopefully these extra details and neighborhood advertising will be able to drive in more sales and help her reach more people.  A portion of her proceeds are going to go back to a local charity.  This should help her to understand that there are others that aren’t as fortunate as she is.

This little girl is pretty excited to start her first business!  But mostly I think she’s in it for the lemonade!

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I hope this encourages you to take a few minutes to add some extra details to whatever it is you do today.  Whether it be a party, just making dinner a little more special tonight, or even taking the time to chat with an old friend, adding special touches really can make an impact in someone’s life.

Be sure to check out my Instagram stories to see real time how she does running her business this weekend!  And check back next week for a recap of her flamingo themed birthday party!

 

 

 

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