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How to Make a Quick Photo Backdrop

I recently celebrated one year in business and I threw a girls night party with a fun photo backdrop.  There were also lots of cupcakes, mini cheesecakes and cookies. Plus, I mixed up a delicious, spring time, strawberry rose sangria.  There was also a non-alcoholic drink that was equally delicious.  A cucumber orange sparkling lemonade, yum!

Here are a few pictures from the party, then we’ll get into all the details for a simple diy photo backdrop.

Cupcakes and cocktails party, with a simple DIY photo backdrop, photo booth how toCupcakes and cocktails party, with a simple DIY photo backdrop, photo booth how toCupcakes and cocktails party, with a simple DIY photo backdrop, photo booth how toCupcakes and cocktails party, with a simple DIY photo backdrop, photo booth how toSo, this may be the simplest photo backdrop ever, but I thought I’d share it with all of you.  It’s basically four easy steps.

First, find a doorway you want to use as your backdrop area.  The area should be well lit so the pictures turn out great.

Second, find the fabric you’d like to use for your backdrop.  I highly recommend getting fabric that is thick and not sheer.  It will work best for your backdrop.  Be sure to measure your doorway so you know how large of a piece of fabric to get.

Here are the supplies that you’ll need for the next step in this simple process.

  • Hole Punch
  • Grommets
  • Grommet Tool
  • Hammer (not pictured)

Then, add grommets to the corners of the fabric at the top.  This is the hardest part of the process, but it’s not actually that bad.  Use a hole punch or even just scissors to cut a small hole in your fabric where you want the grommets.  Then following the instructions on the grommet package add the front and back pieces of the grommets. When you’re done you should have a nice sturdy hole to hang the fabric on.

Lastly, pop a small nail above the doorway you’re using for your backdrop, then just hang your fabric photo backdrop on the nails.  Ta-da!  Super easy!  And the best part is that it’s not going to fall down throughout your event, like if you used tape.

Now, don’t be worried about putting a hole in your wall.  Use a small nail, and you’ll never even notice a hole when you take the backdrop down.  Plus, if you do notice the hole, a tiny amount of nail filler is all that’s needed.

I love having a dedicated space for guests to take fun pictures while they’re at your party.  Be sure to supply fun props like silly masks, necklaces, hats, or sunglasses.  If you don’t have a dedicated photographer to take everyone’s picture all night, use a selfie stick at your photo booth for everyone to take their own.

Now, who is going to use this simple DIY and create a photo booth at your next event?  I’m sure it will be a fun place to get guests involved in the party and definitely some fun photos!  I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

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Celebrate Easter with a Kid’s Craft

Happy Good Friday!  If you haven’t gotten enough of Easter egg hunts, dyeing Easter eggs, or Easter baskets, then try giving this kids craft a try.  It’s super easy and doesn’t take long at all.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.All you need to complete this craft is a few supplies:

  • An aluminum foil covered cookie sheet
  • Easter eggs cut out of paper
  • Paint
  • A shower squeegee

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.I know that a shower squeegee may sound weird but I promise it makes this craft fun, not messy, and kind of cool to see.  I first saw this craft on one of those Facebook videos that are always floating around my news feed.

So the first step is to put dots of paint onto your paper eggs.  I didn’t take a picture of that part, but just imagine paint polka dots.  I will say that you will need a hefty amount of paint to be able to spread out across the whole egg.

Then get your kids to help you run the shower squeegee from one side of the egg to the other, spreading out the paint dots.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.As you run the squeegee across the egg, it spreads the paint out and lets it kind of run together.  It’s a great way to talk about how to mix colors with your kids if you want to turn this into a learning activity.  My daughter learned that mixing red and blue turned into purple.  She was pretty excited.

After all of your paint spreading you get some really fun, almost stained glass looking Easter eggs.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Once all of our eggs were painted I wanted to actually use them for something so I just punched some holes in them and strung them together to make a banner.  Of course I hung the banner on our mantle because I just love that thing and decorating it is basically my part-time job.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.There are a ton of fun uses for these eggs though.  Use them as a place mat on the kids Easter table.  Or fold them to make an Easter card for someone special.

Wasn’t that a fun, easy craft?  Do you think you’ll give it a try this weekend?  If not, just change the shape of the paper for another holiday and follow the same method.  This may be kind of a regular craft around our house.

I hope you have a great Easter weekend and reflect on the reason for the holiday.  See you all again next week!

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DIY Spring Wreath with a Tutorial

I know part of the country is still digging out from a blizzard, so sorry to brag.  It’s been 65-80 degrees in Denver for the past few days!  This weather is getting me sooooo ready for spring and summer.  With yesterday being the first day of Spring this week is all about spring. Hopefully these posts get you in the mood too!  First up is a DIY spring wreath.

I’ve realized that I didn’t have much spring decor, so I decided to use things I already had to try and make it springy around here.  I started with our front door.  Which thinking about it, is there a better place to start?  It’s the entry to your home and the first thing guests see when they arrive.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring. springLooking through my stash of goodies, I knew I had some wire wreath forms and burlap.  The perfect start to making a wreath.  I used this tutorial to help me make the base of my burlap wreath.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring. springA few pointers/opinions of this tutorial:

  • It definitely took way longer than 10 minutes
  • The twist method is great, but it didn’t hold much in place for me.  I had to twist and then wrap the burlap around the wire wreath form to get it to be secure.
  • I’m not sure how she was able to “cover” the wire wreath form so much.  Could be the burlap material she used.  It looked much more “bunchy” than the fabric I had.
  • This was a messy project!  I had burlap fibers everywhere!

Because I was using a large piece of burlap, I had to cut it into strips first.  Using a bunch of different strips meant I had to use a lot more wire to secure each strip to the wire wreath frame.  I also only had green floral wire, so it was a little tricky hiding all of that on the back side.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.Here’s the final version of my wreath.  Not as pretty as the one in the tutorial, but I was happy with how it turned out.  Especially since I used some things that had just been sitting around, and it only cost me about an hour one morning this weekend. I made sure to trim off the excess burlap strings before putting it on my front door.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.Now onto the spring portion of this wreath.  I wanted to decorate the wreath in light, bright colors and add a few things that would work with the season.  Blue satin ribbon was the perfect way to hang my wreath.  I also had a bunch of moss left over from making these moss balls, so I thought I could use that to make a little nest to add to the wreath.

A quick trip to Hobby Lobby, armed with my 40% off coupon, and I had exactly what I wanted to put in the nest.  How cute is this little gold bird?  It was originally an ornament, but I just clipped off the hanger part and hot glued it into my nest.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.To make the nest, I used a small circular piece of cardboard and hot glued the heck out of the moss to get it to pile up and stay put.  Just arrange it to make it look like a nest.  In the words of The Nester, “it doesn’t have to be perfect, to be beautiful.”

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.After the nest was done, I hot glued it to the wreath in a spot that I felt needed to be covered up.  Find a spot where the burlap isn’t laying the way you’d like or you need to cover up some of the exposed wire.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how the finished product looks.  And I love that it screams spring right when you walk in the front door!

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.Happy Spring everyone!  Be sure to come back this week to see the rest of the front porch for spring. Plus you won’t want to miss my spring home tour where I almost redecorated for about $100!

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3 Simple Ways to Wrap Pretty Gifts

Cheers friends, it’s Friday!!  I hope you have awesome plans for the weekend!  If you have any events this weekend that require you to take a gift, be sure to check this post out.  I’m giving you three easy ways to wrap gifts and make them pretty.

Fringed Bow

First up, is this fringed tissue paper bow.  It’s super easy to make and I’m sure you already have all the supplies you need.  It’s great for any last minute gifts or if you run out of bows and ribbon.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorTo make this fringed bow, all you need are tissue paper, scissors, and tape.  First, cut your tissue paper into long strips.  Then, cut fringe into the long strip about 2/3 of the way across the strip.  Next, lay the fringed strip out flat and start rolling it from one end to the other.  It will make a rolled up “wand” type of shape.

The shape isn’t too important, so just play around with rolling it to get the desired shape you want.  I taped about four fringed “wands” to the corner of the gift and called it good.

You could also put them on the gift in a different pattern to cover up your taped areas, or hot glue them to the gift in a fun pattern.  Think pinwheels, stars, or a leaf pattern.

Pom Pom Package

The next super easy gift wrapping idea is to use pom poms for a fun addition to your gifts.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorUsing simple brown kraft paper, I wrapped my gift then simply hot glued some colorful pom poms to the top of the gift.  I love the fun and unexpected addition of the pom poms, and how they stand out against the brown paper.

Add them to your gifts in a pattern or pile them up to make a big bow.  This method is great if you have to pack or travel with a gift because you don’t have to worry about bows or ribbon getting smashed.  The pom poms are really forgiving so they’ll bounce back after traveling.

Satin Ribbon

You can literally never go wrong wrapping gifts with some pretty paper and adding a big satin ribbon bow.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorI love this hot pink satin ribbon.  The color is so vibrant.  I loved it so much I didn’t want to trim the ends of the ribbon because I didn’t want to lose any of the ribbon.

It would look amazing to wrap a bunch of packages in coordinating colors of your party and stack them up as party decor or use them to denote where the gift table is located.

Here are some great resources for satin ribbon.  Paper Mart has an amazing selection of colors and different satin fabrics.  Plus 25 yards per roll is a great quantity. Joann’s is another great craft store to purchase satin ribbon and there are probably one or two near you.  You can never fail with a quick search on Amazon either.  Get this highly reviewed ribbon collection in two days with Amazon Prime for a really reasonable price.

Which is your favorite wrapping technique?  Shout it out in the comments by clicking on that talking bubble at the bottom of this post.  I hope you have a great weekend and get to celebrate something fun!

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How to DIY Coat Closet Shelves and Decrease Clutter

Happy Thursday friends!  We’re over halfway done with this week!  I’m super excited for a fun party I’m hosting this weekend.  You’ll get to see all about it in a few weeks!  Today, though we’re talking about the coat closet.  It may not sound that exciting, but it is, at least for my husband.

Recently he’s been getting super frustrated with all of the shoes that were piling up in our mudroom.  I’m grateful that we have a little place right off of the garage to take our coats and shoes off. However, with winter weather and the myriad of footwear, it was getting a little out of control.  Here’s the before of our coat closet.  Nothing special, just a rod of hanging coats and one shelf.  This left the bottom of the closet as fair game to throw anything and everything in there.

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.I mean there were shoes, bags, vacuum cleaner parts at one point, hats, Christmas gifts received and to be given.  Crazy!

So with Pinterest to the rescue, and my annoyance of hearing my husband say repeatedly that he hated all the shoes in the mudroom, we came up with a pretty easy solution.  Here’s how we DIYed some easy shelves that solved all of our problems.  We had this super organized coat closet as our inspiration.

First, we cleared everything out and did some measuring.  Using our most used shoes we got measurements of how far apart the shelves needed to be and figured out how many shelves we could squeeze into the bottom of the closet.

We decided to add two shelves in the bottom of the closet and an extra shelf above the existing shelf at the top of the closet.  Our house has pretty high ceilings so I wanted to make use of the vertical space at the top of the closet.

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.List of Materials for One Shelf

  • 2- 1″x8″ boards to create the horizontal shelf
  • 3- 1″x4″ boards to create the bracket under the shelf.  One longer bracket in the back of the closet and two shorter brackets on either side of the shelf.
  • A handful of screws to attach brackets to the walls
  • Leftover paint
  • Possibly caulking if there are any gaps that need to be filled

Instructions to Create Coat Closet Shelves

  • Clear everything out of your closet
  • Measure where you want your shelves to go
  • Create a board list using the materials above and what the measurement of each board will be
  • Begin by screwing in the long bracket of your first shelf on the back wall of your closet
  • Then add the side brackets by screwing into the side wall of the closet
  • Paint/caulk the brackets
  • While paint is drying, cut your shelves using the 1″x8″ boards listed above in the materials.  You’ll need two boards per shelf depending on how deep you want your shelves to be.  We needed two boards to accommodate the depth of our closet and shoes.
  • Paint shelves
  • When all paint is dry, lay your shelves on top of the brackets
  • If there are any gaps add a bit of caulking, or screw shelves into the brackets from the top of the shelf.  We didn’t do this, but you can for extra stability
  • Repeat the process for all the shelves you’re adding
Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.

Bottom Shelf Brackets

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.

Progress shot of brackets

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.

Brackets for the shelf at the top of the closet

Overall, I think we achieved a similar look to the inspiration photo.  The process was pretty easy too.  It can totally be completed in a weekend and we were able to add these shelves (plus three more to my daughter’s closet) for under $100.  Totally worth it to get more organized.

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Now that there is so much more room in this coat closet, it’s going to be working triple duty for us.  Holding coats, bags, shoes, and even storing hats, gloves, scarves, we’ve eliminated the mountain of shoes in our mudroom.  I do plan to add hooks to the inside of the door for purses and bags to free up shelf space.

Having these shelves has also helped to teach my daughter where to go to get ready to leave, and to put her shoes back when we get home.  An unexpected bonus of a little more organization and having a spot for everything.

If you have a coat closet that is being under utilized or not serving you well, I highly encourage you to add a few shelves.  It will give you so many options to organize all of your things and probably end up creating more space.  Let me know if you were inspired or plan to give this method a try.

 

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Celebrating everyday!