Monday, August 27, 2012

Party Crafts!

As most of you already know, I am a huge fan of DIY & just craftiness in general. Not only do I love any opportunity to get my creative juices flowing, but in most cases I save a whole lot of money too, so double plus! When it came to getting ready for Madeline's first birthday celebration, I had a lot in mind-- not necessarily the time and energy to do it all--but I am always full of the most elaborate crafty intentions, ha!

I wanted to share three of the main projects that I worked on. I always appreciate & frequently use craft tutorials, and would like to exchange the favor to the blog universe! I will be showing how to make an invitation pennant banner, a unique cake stand with vase, and a ribbon topiary.

The first two are fairly quick and easy crafts, and the instructions are listed below. The ribbon topiary takes a little more time and effort, so I've included it on a separate page. Click here for that tutorial.

Although I stick mostly to digital invitation design, I just love adding a 3-D aspect to my personal's that love for all things scrapbook-y that needs to come out!! I also have a secret obsessment with banners/pennants/bunting that has to be addressed every so often. This invitation design was basically a little piece of heaven for me.

Since I digitally designed the invitations first, I made sure to leave a nice, wide open space in the top corner-- and a right angle corner is a real must for this kind of banner too. 

Here are all of the materials I used:

-your choice of cardstock paper
-sharp scissors
-your choice of string/baker's twine (I used Doodle Twine in Limeade :)
-elmer's clear glue (white glue would work on a white invite)
-glue pen (optional)
-stamps & ink pad (optional) 

Although you could easily leave the pennants blank, I wanted to stamp the date of the party onto mine, so that's why I needed the number stamps and ink pad!

First, you will need to cut out a template triangle in order to decide how big you want the pennant to be. I wanted to fit three across the corner, so I tried different sizes to see what worked. When you have decided on the size, take the piece of cardstock you are using & **fold it in half** so there is plenty of room to trace your template triangle on to one side.

after tracing, cut out with your scissors & you should get a little folded pennant like this:
this is when I stamped my pennants with number stamps;
also time to measure out your twine & tie it in a loop to fit over the invite;
I measured mine so that it would be two inches from each corner

I used a dab of elmer's clear glue on my finger to attach the twine to each edge of the invite,
it dried quickly and stayed well attached--- then it's time to attach the pennants:
slip the pennant over the string & use a glue pen/dot of elmer's
to glue the pennant sides together; press the pennant down firmly so it dries & 
lays flat over the twine; pennants should still be able to move along the twine
The back of my invitation had a design as well, so I added
another larger pennant to the back, using a different cardstock pattern:
They turned out so cute! I got tons of compliments.
Here are two copies of the invite to show you the front & the back sides.

This has got to be the easiest way to update a cake stand! I wanted to display my cupcakes on two tiers, but add something a little special to the top. This round, glass cake stand was an awesome, cheap find at a garage sale.

I grabbed a small, clear vase from my overflowing flower vase cabinet (y'all have that cabinet too, right!?) & my Elmer's China & Glass Cement, & then glued these two together....seriously, I did this the night before the party & just let it set overnight. The next morning I wrapped & secured some of my party ribbon around the middle, just in case any dried glue tried to peek out!

I added two pretty Gerber daisies in water to the vase & voilà! Super cute DIY cake stand with vase! I set the finished product on top of a square, white cake stand for the total effect. I think it really added a little something special!

Hope this inspires you to get crafty too!!



  1. Hi! Your little girl party was so cute. I loved the invitation. I am planning my daughter's first birthday party. How did you digitally the design in the invitation? Did you use a special software?

    1. Thanks Diana! I used Photoshop to design my invite. I also have the Bug Party invite available in my Etsy store:

      I sell it as a printable design, but can also do printing. Thanks for reading the blog :)


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