DIY Round-Up

It’s been a while since my last DIY post, so I apologize. In case you’re dying for a new project to do, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite DIYs from around the blogosphere.

DIY mini vase using a balloon! Ingenious. And only takes 30 seconds. From Curbly.

DIY geometric paperweight from DotComsForMoms.

Awesome woven paper hot air balloons found at PaperMatrix via HowAbout Orange.

DIY vintage movie marquee at Oh Happy Day.

And a recipe to make your own chalkboard paint over at Martha Stewart. 

DIY Pie Wedge Box + Free Printable

One of my friends had a birthday last week and I wanted to gift her a little treat, so I thought this flourless chocolate Nutella cake was just the thing to make. To present it to her, I put it into this little mini pie box and finished it off with a doily and twine. Perfect!  Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Supplies: Pie Wedge Box template (available for download at end of post), doily, twine, scissors, double-sided tape

Step 1: Print and cut out template.

Step 2: Fold along dotted lines.

Step 3: Put double-sided tape on tabs and attach to sides.

Step 4: Repeat with another copy of the template to make your top and bottom.

Step 5: Fill with cake or pie!


DIY Mini Paper Sacks (from Large Paper Sacks!)

For Dean’s birthday party a while back, I wanted some mini paper sacks to hold the popcorn. I wasn’t able to find any on the island, so I decided to make my own using regular-sized paper sacks that I had on hand. Keep reading for the full tutorial!

Here’s everything you’ll need:

Materials: ruler, regular-sized paper sack (any size will do, just as long as you can cut out an 8.25″ x 6″ rectangle from it), scissors, pinking scissors, tape

Step 1. Fold down the bottom flap of the paper bag and then cut off the tops and bottoms, leaving a length of paper bag that is 8.25″ long.

Step 2. Carefully peel open the bag and lay it out flat.

Step 3. Cut the bag into 6″ increments. With a sack this size, you should have 2 complete sections and some extra paper left over. Set one of the pieces aside for now.

Step 4. With the paper oriented landscape, fold the two sides into the middle until they meet. Crease firmly.

Step 5. Get a piece of tape the length of the bag and tape down the middle. You may want to overlap the two flaps a little so that the tape doesn’t touch the back of the bag.

Step 6. Make a fold 1.5″ from the bottom.

Step 7. Open up the fold and press down on either side to create two triangles.

Step 8. Fold down the tops and bottoms of the triangles.

Step 9. Affix with tape.

Step 10. Fold the two sides in and crease firmly.

Step 11. Open up the bag and crease the edges again to make it really sharp.

 Step 12. Trim the top edge with pinking scissors. You can also use scalloped scissors or whatever decorative scissors you prefer.

Fill with your favorite treat and enjoy!



DIY Toilet Paper Ruffle Wreath

Like I’ve said before, I don’t have too many craft materials available to me here on the island. Rather than spend money on expensive, second-rate materials that they sell at the craft stores, I’ve been looking instead for recycled and/or cheap, local materials to use for my projects. To spruce up our apartment a little, I decided to make a ruffle wreath using cardboard and toilet paper! Normally, I’d use felt, fabric, or even tissue paper, but given the circumstances, I thought toilet paper would be a perfect substitute. :)

Here’s everything you’ll need:

toilet paper
2 round objects in different sizes to trace
scissors or Xacto knife
hot glue gun

Step 1: Trace your large round onto the cardboard and cut out. Repeat with the smaller object.

Step 2: Roll out a long length of toilet paper and slowly fold it accordion-style until you have a nice stack. Cut the entire stack into a circle shape. Separate the pieces.

Step 3: Gather the toilet paper circle into a ruffled bunch.

Step 4: Use hot glue to attach the ruffle to the cardboard cutout.

Step 5: Repeat until the entire cutout is completely covered with toilet paper.

Step 6: Attach a ribbon to the wreath and hang to display.


DIY Confetti System Garland

I’ve seen these confetti system garlands popping up everywhere, but at $130 each, they’re a bit out of my price range (and I’m not even sure if they ship to Grenada!). I decided to try my hand at making them for Dean and Jade’s party using what was available to me here on the island. You’ll only need two things – streamers and scissors. Oh, and maybe some hot glue that you don’t see here…

hot glue

Step 1: Grab a length of streamer twice the length of your final tassel. Continue doing this, overlapping until you have a stack about 6 layers thick.

Step 2: Cut the ends so that you end up with six separate pieces. Keep them stacked.

Step 3: Fold all six pieces in half lengthwise.

Step 4: Starting at the open end (not the folded end), cut thin strips all the way across.

Step 5: Open up the layers and roll them up in the middle. Twist the middle tightly.

Step 6: Fold the twist in half to create a loop and continue twisting. Put a dab of hot glue in the twists to hold in place.

Step 7: Pull apart the fringes and fluff up your tassels. Make a bunch, loop them onto string, and hang.

(Don’t they look like jellyfish here?)


DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Felt Book + Free Printable

I promised you a free printable from Emmett’s Very Hungry Caterpillar party, so here it is! If you’re looking to make your own Very Hungry Caterpillar felt book like Emmett’s, I’ve got just the thing for you. I think this would make a perfect gift for a young child or even a teacher. You could even enlarge all the pieces and use it in the classroom with a felt board. You can use any felt, but I like to use wool felt blends because the quality of the felt is higher and it comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors. I purchased mine here (if you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a discount code too).

different colored felt
Very Hungry Caterpillar printout (at the end of this post)

Go ahead and cut out each object, leaving a generous amount of space around the outline. Next, pin it to the appropriate colored felt.

After that, simply cut out the felt pieces along the lines and then remove the pins and discard the paper. At this point, several of the pieces will already be done! A few of the more complicated pieces may need to be glued together, either with white glue, fabric glue, or a few dots of hot glue.

For the actual felt book, I bought some grey felt by the yard at the fabric store, and then cut them down to size. I sewed them down the middle to hold the pieces together, and that was it!

Here’s a look at each of the pages:

1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, and 5 oranges

cupcake, ice cream cone, pie, watermelon, lollipop, cake, cheese, salami, pickle, sausage

1 green leaf, the cocoon, and the final butterfly

See Emmett’s Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday party here and invitations here.


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