DIY Art Deco Headpiece

The past couple weeks have been so busy, we haven’t really gotten to post any DIY posts.  Now I have time to post a few DIYs I did for the wedding.  This DIY I actually made for my bridal portraits.  Since these were for fun, I wanted to create a few fun headpieces to wear for variety.  I am constantly looking at different sites, like Etsy, for ideas.  That is when I came across the beauty.  An art deco tulle headpiece with crystal embellishments.  The price tag… $500.  I simply could not and would not ever pay that much for something made of tulle and rhinestones.  So, if you can buy, DIY.  Tulle is next to nothing (about $3.00/yard, I bought 1/2 yard and didn’t use most of it) and I bought the rhinestones in 3 different sizes at Michael’s for under $10 total.

Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece

 WillowMoone – $500

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Tulle
  • Glue ( I used E6000)
  • Rhinestones (I used 5mm, 7mm, 10mm)
  • Paper plate
  • Cardboard
  • Toothpick
  • Patience

I don’t have the step by step pictures, but, it really is not too difficult.  I first cut the size of the tulle; I made it 2 ply by folding over the tulle and started the design from the folded over bottom.  Once the tulle is folded in half (hotdog or hamburger will work) then take the fold and place it across you forehead.  Then wrap the tulle around the circumference of you head and gather it in the back with a rubber band or ponytail holder.  Once it is secured.  cut it so that there is enough to still rubber band and fold under (inside the “cap).  This is how the rubber band and excess tulle will be hidden in the back.  After the size is cut, take out the rubber band and unfold the tulle.  This is where you can be creative with you design.  I laid out the rhinestones where I wanted them first to get a visual and to know how many rhinestones would need to fit and the I glued.  Before gluing, be sure to put cardboard between the tulle and whatever surface you are gluing on.  Pour out a little glue onto the paper plate and use the toothpick to transfer the glue onto the rhinestones and then stick.  Note:  When you have place the rhinestone, do not pick up and try to move because the glue does not dry completely clear.  As you are working through the project, pick up the tulle headpiece from time to time.  Tulle does have pores for the glue to go through and can get stuck to the cardboard if not removed periodically.  Once all the rhinestones are glued on, let the piece dry for an hour or so before wearing.

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Looks pretty darn close and you can save yourself about $485.

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You can check out this post to see how I turned my grandmother’s bracelet into a fun, one of a kind head piece.

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Fantasy Football – Adult Beverage Edition

Football season is well under way. The pre-season games have begun, facebook statuses are inundated with comments about this player and that team, and my man is preparing for his Fantasy Football leagues. Yes, plural. So whether I’m hosting a Fantasy Football event, having people over for Sunday Night Football, or going to someone else’s get together, it’s an opportunity for me to get crafty. I think in general, guys don’t really care about the presentation of food and drinks, even though I think that’s just as important as how it tastes! So, with that in mind, I suggest keeping your decorations and crafty creations low-key and simplistic.

Today’s Fantasy Football Adult Beverage is perfect for football season. It’s a spiked apple cider, which I have dubbed “Mock Moonshine”; while it’s not the real deal (unfortunately I don’t have gallons of moonshine in my cellar just waiting to be enjoyed), it’s got the flair and look of authentic moonshine. I found a few different recipes online; they all sound delish!

Apple Brandy and Cider

Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

Spiked Apple Cider

The Mocktail wouldn’t be complete without a fancy, football-themed container! It is simple and can be transformed into a theme, EASILY! I chose to buy a few Mason Jars for the event.

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Mason Jars ($1.49 each)

Gift Tags ($4.99 pack of 20)

Football Stickers ($2.79 pack of 5)

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This DIY is super easy and fun.  It adds a very “put together” presentation of a drink and the appearance.

August ’13 Bucket List

Although we’re almost a week into August, we still have the rest of the month to squeeze in any last-minute summertime activities. Once September rolls around, I immediately get sucked into the “Halloween/crisp air/layers of clothing/new Fall tv shows/Pumpkin Spice Latte” mode that I am really starting to love. BUT, before this mode shift occurs, I’ve decided to make a short and sweet (and realistic) bucket list to wrap up the month of August and Summer 2013!

1. Hiking, Yikes

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I wouldn’t consider myself super “outdoorsy”, but I think it’s good for the mind, body and soul to spend a day hiking. Get outside, sweat a little, swat a few bugs, and reach a point and feeling of accomplishment.  Go with the first outfit for a beginner’s hike on a not-so-treacherous route.  If you plan on getting down and dirty on a real-deal mountain, you will definitely need to invest in some hiking boots.

Check out these 6 hiking tips for beginners!

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2. Dinnertime Grillin’

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Grilling is a must in the summertime and I’ve been wanting to have a Kabob-a-palooza all summer now.  Slapping this on the bucket list seems silly but these recipes require a little more effort than your average dinner planning.  I’d love to make all 3 version and pair it with a side salad for a fresh and light meal on a Friday night with my honey or a small group of friends.  And you better believe I’ll be sippin’ on a margarita (salt, on the rocks) while I’m grilling!

Kalyn’s Kitchen – Steak and Mushroom Kabobs

Skinny Taste – Lime Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs

Betty Crocker – Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

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3. Pool Party

I don’t have a pool in my backyard and unfortunately I don’t know anyone who has one, where I could just show up and plop myself in their water.  That’s when you have to make do with what you’ve got.  Be it the neighborhood community pool, or a local pool in your area, pack a small cooler (check the pool’s regulations, some don’t allow any outside food OR drinks in), a book, music, and most importantly, FRIENDS, and make a day of it. 

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4. DIY Project

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A great way to keep the summertime vibe alive during the transition into fall is your decor.  I wanted to find a DIY project that was “beachy”, yet not typical.  I have seen on various blogs and websites a a super easy and inexpensive way to jazz up seashells.  Using spray paint, you can transform a typical seashell into a work of art. This blogger gave a great tutorial on chroming shells she found on the beach.  My plan is to do the same, but use a matte black spray paint instead to give it a very unique and funky look.  If you’re unable to collect your own beach shells, Michael’s has a great variety of cheap shells you can decorate yourself!

5. Circufairnival (Circus + Fair + Carnival) 

I NEED to go to a circus, or a fair, or a carnival–BADLY!  I love the atmosphere of a the lights, the smell of the food, the animals, people watching, the shows, etc. These events can be pricey, so be aware of the money you’ll be forking over!  This is also a great opportunity to wear something fun and festive! 

Golf Themed Birthday Card

My nephew is a sports fanatic.  If you let him, he would play outside all day long, non-stop.  His most recent obsession is golf so I made that the theme for his card on his 7th birthday.

Check out the YouTube clip to see the “making of the card”!

I kept it simple and full of color. 

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I used 5 different pieces of cardstock: green grass, blue clouds, bright white (pole), red glitter (flag), and black for the hole. 

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On the backside of the green grass cardstock, I simply sketched quick “grassy” looking lines and cut along those lines to give it a realistic grass effect.  I placed the grass over a piece of blue clouds cardstock and then attached that to the actual card.  The rest of the card was very simple.  I cut out out a long rectangle as the pole, a small circle for the hole, and a glittery triangle for the flag.  Finally, I added a fun little #7 to the flag and used my own handwriting for the message.

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Baseball Themed Birthday Party

For my nephew’s 1st birthday, my sister and I threw a baseball themed birthday party.  There were a few other small children in attendance for the big bash, but this party was mainly for the adults and of course to get a few cute pics of the birthday boy shoving cake in his face.

 Most of the decorations were, with no surprise, DIY.  Just as explained in the Rock N Roll themed Baby Shower post, having a main table as the focal point is very effective and appealing.

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The photo above represents the main attraction table. 

  • Banner (Party City)
  •  Cupcake Stand (DIY)
  • Poster Collage (DIY/Walmart)
  • Quote game for the adults
  • Baseball for guests to sign with a message for the little slugger

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My sister had a fun idea for the adults.  She typed and printed quotes from different baseball movies and attached onto different patterned cardstock.  She simply taped these quotes on top of framed photos around the kitchen and living area.  She provided a little “quiz” sheet on clipboards; the adults wrote their answers on their quiz.  Later in the party, the answers were revealed and the winner received a little prize. 

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The cupcakes were homemade and the toppers were photos of the birthday boy on one side, with his “stats” on the other side. 

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On oversized baseball posters on the kitchen wall, we wrote what was being served at the “Concession Stand”.  Basically just a quick menu of the food at the party.

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In the entrance of the house, we had a little table setup for the kiddies; there were traditional birthday hats, goodie bags, and little games they could play.

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I hope this helped spark some ideas for you.  While this theme is baseball, these ideas can be translated for any type of themed party.

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Framed Poster Collage

My nephew’s first birthday was in April, so my sister went ALL OUT for his first birthday bash.  For the main decoration she created a simple and modern photo collage of all his first, super important events that took place during the past year: first happy bath, first photoshoot, first wedgie, etc.

She went to Walmart.com, photo section, and selected the poster option.  Then, followed the simple uploading instructions-you can select up to 30 photos!  

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 The poster allows for a caption to be displayed on the poster, as you see here “Miles’ Year of Firsts”.  

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Once she uploaded the photos (she had HUNDREDS to choose from) and got the poster printed at Walmart, she simply wrote a short caption next to each photo using a Sharpie pen.

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The end product was a hit!  She included both sentimental events and silly ones: first ride in the car, first photo with his Great Grammy, first wedgie, first photo with Santa (he was scared for his life). 

This project can be used for any special event; wedding, milestone birthday, graduation.  The frame was $12.99 at Walmart and the poster cost less than $13.  If you’re really trying to be frugal, get a poster board from a craft store and attach printed photos using a tape runner.

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DIY Onesie Makeover

I didn’t think it was possible to make onesies any cuter, but I’m here to tell you it is!  Last week, Kristin jazzed up a onesie using a patterned fabric and a sewing machine.  This week, I’ll show you how to jazz up a onesie using little pom pom balls and a needle and thread.

You will need:

  • onesie
  • needle and thread
  • pom pom balls
  • scissors

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I recommend washing the onesie in baby safe detergent prior to giving it away as a gift.

Pick out the colored pom pom balls you want to use.  Thread your needle by placing one end of thread through the eye of the needle (the hole).  Pull the thread through for about 6-8 inches of thread.  Cut thread and tie the ends together in a knot.

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I chose to place the pom pom balls near the neckline of the onesie.  I see it as the baby version of studs or spikes on a woman’s blouse. Starting INSIDE the onesie, push the needle through the material and then through the center of the ball and pull firmly.

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Then, take the needle and push back through the center of the ball and through the material again.  Repeat this process several times until the ball is securely attached to the onesie.  You should secure the thread on the inside of the material by knotting the ends as close to the fabric as possible.  Trim the ends of the any loosely hanging threads.

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Repeat this process for the other pom pom balls.

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This is very simple for those who don’t have the patience to learn how to use a sewing machine (ME).  Another idea is outlining the shape of a heart with buttons or pom pom balls.

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