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DIY Hanging Floral Installation

Last week we talked all about how to incorporate this year’s wedding trends into your home parties.  You can see all about how to do living backdrops and potted plants, lucite, and saturated colors .  Another trend I keep seeing is a large over the top hanging floral installation.

But, they seem difficult to do, expensive, and a little impractical for a party at home.  However, today, I made a smaller DIY version and I’m loving it!  It’s definitely something anyone can do and still have the same kind of impact of a large floral installation.

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Hanging Floral Installation Inspiration

Here are just a few floral installation inspiration images.  I love how grand they all are and the flowers and greenery are gorgeous.

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via Brides

DIY Hanging Floral Installation Supplies

Without spending a fortune on flowers and a lot of time building something just like the inspiration above, I was able to make my own version.  It’s much smaller, but it still gives the same feeling as the larger versions above.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own hanging floral installation.

  • a stick, branch, or dowell rod
  • flowers, garlands, or greenery
  • string or twine
  • floral wire
  • scissors

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You first have to think about where you’re going to hang your installation.  I wanted to have the same feeling of an installation above a table like the pictures above, so I hung mine over the dining room table.  To do this I just hung the twine over our dining room chandelier.

If you want your installation above a table, but don’t have a chandelier, there are tons of ways to make that happen.  You can screw a small hook into the ceiling over your table.  Or try tying your string onto a small nail in your ceiling.  If your installation isn’t very heavy you could even try to use a 3M Command Hook attached to the ceiling so it would be easy to remove after the party.

DIY Hanging Floral Installation How To

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It’s not difficult to make this installation at all.  I basically just wrapped the garland around the stick and secured it using floral wire.  As I went I adjusted the garland to get the look I was going for.  To do this I had to stop and hold the garland up to see what it would look like once hung.

You will also have to tie your string or twine to either end of the stick so you are able to hang the installation once it’s done.

I was going for a full look with some greenery hanging down from the stick.  Thanks to a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I was able to use two garlands for the price of one to achieve the fullness I was looking for.

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Another way to hang it would be to tie each end of string or twine to the chandelier individually.  Having the glow of the light above could make the installation look even better at night.

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I kept my table centerpiece super simple because of the impact of the hanging installation.  A collection of lit candles would make a very romantic “in the garden” kind of experience.

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So what do you think?  Is this something you’d like to try at home?  Do you think it resembles the inspiration at all?  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I was able to make this installation, thanks to that sale, for less than $20!  I also had all the other supplies on hand already.

Plus now I have some great spring decor over our dining room bar!  And it would be really easy to change this up with the seasons by sticking in different flowers or leaves for each season.

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That one piece of floral wire is glaring at me! I’ll have to hide that one.

Have a great weekend friends!

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An Easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland

Is it starting to feel like spring where you live yet?  It’s definitely starting to where I live in Colorado.  It’s getting me so excited for warmer weather and all the celebrating and entertaining that comes along with it.

Today I have such an easy DIY, that I kind of feel silly even posting about it.  But, I just want to show you that party decor, or seasonal decor for that matter, don’t have to be difficult or time consuming.

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I wanted to do  a little something for St. Patrick’s day, but green decor is not something I have on hand.  So I decided to make my own.  Thanks to some after Christmas sales, I found this great solid green wrapping paper.  Knowing I had that, I figured I could make my own St. Patrick’s Day Garland.

I took a tip from the wrapping paper itself and decided to do something with circles, since the paper has polka dots.  Once I had my idea, I knew I only needed a few items to make the garland.

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland Supplies

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  • Green Wrapping Paper
  • Glue (I used a glue stick, and so far is holding up great)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Not pictured: pencil and something circular to trace around

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland Tutorial

Like I said at the beginning of this post, this is a really easy DIY.  I knew I wanted to make a bunch of circles and fold them in half over string to make my garland.  It’s really simple.

Step 1: Make Circles

I used the bottom of a vase to trace circles on the wrapping paper.  There are so many things around your house that could be used to trace.  Plates, pot lids, vases, a kid’s toy, bowls, really anything that’s circular and the size you’re looking for.

Next, you’ll want to cut the circles out.  I just freehanded cutting them.  And I didn’t take any pictures of this part, but you get the idea right.

Step 2: String up the Circles

After I had cut out my circles, I started adding them onto the string.  I did this by folding them in half, then gluing them onto the string.

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That’s pretty much it.  I did these same couple of steps for all of the circles and just eye-balled the distance between the circles on the garland.

Once all the circles were on the string I hung them up on my mantle.

DIY St. Patrick's Day garland, easy diy wrapping paper garland, green garland, St. Patrick's day decorI would recommend that once they are hung up to do a little trimming.  Because I just cut the circles out myself, they weren’t perfect.  Some of the white inside of the wrapping paper was showing through, you can see it below.  I just trimmed it off after I had hung it up.

DIY St. Patrick's Day garland, easy diy wrapping paper garland, green garland, St. Patrick's day decorOnce that was done, I feel like it’s a pretty cute little garland!  The best part was that it took me practically no time at all to make.  Which is why I think it’s so easy to make parties a little extra fancy and pretty.

It doesn’t take much time to make your own party decor.  Your party will look so much more cohesive it you make themed decor and try to make everything looked tied in together through the decor.

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10 Easy Party Backdrop Ideas

Howdy folks!  Happy Friday and cheers to the weekend.  I wanted to pop in today and give you some really great, easy ideas on how to make a party backdrop.

I feel like there’s nothing that ties a party together than a centralized focal area that has a great backdrop.  I’m sure you can feel intimidated when you search for something like that on Pinterest.  But I’m here to tell you there are a ton of ways to make a really amazing party backdrop that’s really easy.  Let’s get started!

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10 Easy DIY Party Backdrop Ideas

1. Wall of Balloons

If you were around during my series on balloons, then you know how versatile they can be.  I love the idea of using balloons as a backdrop and making them into a wall.  You can do that by tying their strings at different lengths or just taping them to the wall.  These glue dots work best if you plan on taping them to the wall or each other.

2. Shower Curtains

After the most recent baby shower I planned, I fell in love with using shower curtains as a quick and easy backdrop.  I used some command hooks to hold mine up.  Here are a few shower curtains that would be so cute as party backdrops.


Three of them are from the same company, they have the cutest designs. *Affiliate Links used above

3. Flowers

I love a good large paper flower and use them for a lot of different parties.  They add so much dimension and interest to a party.  The tutorial above uses foam as a backing which I think it pretty clever.  The best way to make a statement with a flower backdrop is by using a large number of them.

4. Crepe Paper Garlands

I’ve made these large fringed garlands several times for different parties.  You can see them here and here.  They are pretty quick to make and cover a large area.  I love the color combination of the ones in the picture above.

5. Tassel Garland

Tassel garlands have been all the rage for awhile now and you can find a bazillion tutorials on how to make them on Pinterest.  For a backdrop though, I love the idea of layering each garland over another to make a bigger statement.

6. Pinwheels

Paper pinwheels are another easy, inexpensive, way to make a large party backdrop.  Layering them over one another in a range of colors that match your party theme looks awesome.  You can typically buy packs of pinwheels at party stores for not very much, so just a few different packs and you’ll be in business.

7. Wrapping Paper

This one is so easy, just find a wrapping paper that ties into your party theme and tape it to the wall behind a dessert table, gift table, or food buffet.  One thing to use and your done!  You could always add other things to it, but it’s great by itself too.

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8. Paper Plates

Probably one of the easiest backdrops you could ever do is to use paper plates.  I’m over here, like why didn’t i think of that?  So easy to just tape them up, and so cheap to make a big statement with them.  Love all of these bright colors!

9. Cups on a String

Another way to make your party backdrop tie into your party is to make a wall hanging out of paper cups.  The picture below is just for inspiration.  It’s a similar concept but using a string of lights.

To make a cup backdrop without the lights, just poke a hole in the bottom of your themed cups, run a string through the hole and then tie a knot in the string on the inside of the cup.  Tie the cups at different lengths to add dimension and interest.

10. Letters

I’m loving the new trend of letter balloons, but they are kind of expensive.  So if you want a cheaper alternative, try inexpensive block letters from a craft store to spell out a fun phrase that ties into your party.  Or you could even just make your own out of cardboard or fun scrapbook paper.  The key with a letter backdrop is the bigger the better!

I hope you feel inspired to add a large focal point to your next party with one of these easy DIY party backdrops.  Using a little creativity and supplies you already have on hand for your party is all you need to amp up your party backdrop.

Have a great weekend friends, come back next week as we start to gear up for St. Patrick’s day, Easter, and all things Spring!

 

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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

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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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