I had some cloths-pins and leftover black washi tape so I put the tape on the pins and created a little banner for the table using the "cute boo" tags . . .
It's Halloween week! And around here, I'm doing some last minute flairing (as usual :| - one day I'll plan ahead)! So, all week I'll be showing different ways I'm using the Free Halloween Printables I featured yesterday.
Today's feature is all about cupcakes. If you don't have time to make your own (like me!), just snag some cupcakes or cookies to go from your local store and add flair with these little toppers. (p.s. - the super cute chevron cups are from one of my favorite party supply shops - The TomKat Studio.)
Yesterday, Macy had her weekly choir practice with Outside Voices (a volunteer singing group here in Austin). Lately, the kids have been working so hard preparing for holiday season performances, so Macy and I took the gang these special treats to celebrate their effort.
What I love about this printable collection, is that it works for both young and older kids. Outside Voices has Kindergarten to high school age kids, so it wasn't too scary for the littles and the bigger kids can still appreciate cute characters. Macy still appreciates Kawaii type cartoon characters and I think these kinda have that vibe.
I wish I would have snagged some photos of the kids with cupcakes, but you can imagine the craziness of 20 kids in line for cupcakes, so I'll leave you with a few pics I grabbed at the house before we left ...
Hello and thanks for visiting! Download my 2 "Keep Calm" Halloween signs for FREE here ... Download Cute Boo_Keep Calm Printables
You most likely found us from an old Pinterest Pin that's still in circulation. Lots has changed around here. We have renamed Flairy Tales and you can now find us over at www.partyandflair.com
We also now have an Etsy Shop dedicated to all things party and (you guessed it!) flair!!
My apologies that the Pinterest Pin you have still has the full collection of Cute Boo labeled as "FREE". While two of the party signs are indeed available for free (see link above), we have started selling the full collection in our Etsy Shop. One of the new items we've added to the collection since we've started selling Cute Boo, is the cute mini-pennant banner that you can mix and match to make it your own . . .
We also now sell the tabletop banner holders you see pictured above to drape across a plate of goodies, a photo, or bowl of halloween candy :)
Again - thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you join the Party and Flair community.
To wrap-up this week's series on Wood Letter Decorations, I've got one last method to share - distressed wood.
There are several ways to distress wood, but I used the Vaseline method.
Here’s the supplies you’ll need: Vaseline, steel wool or sandpaper, paint brushes and 2 colors of paint (I used a brown acrylic paint for the base coat and blue latex for the top coat. Also, be sure to cover your work surface with newspaper or an old towel because it will get a little messy.
Step 1: Paint the letter with your base coat and let it dry completely. I used Liquitex Basics in Burnt Umber . . .
I actually think just the base coat looks good on its own as a stained letter! . . .
Step 2: Apply Vaseline any place where you want the base coat to show-through. This is where you can really experiment in terms of how much or little you want to distress. I wanted a distressed look around the edges of the letter (kind of like an old metal sign that’s been outside in the elements), so I only applied Vaseline around the edges . . .
Step 3: Using latex paint, add a coat and wait for it to dry completely (on the non-Vaseline areas) . . .
Step 4: Once your paint is dry, use steel wool or sand paper/sand pad and start “scrubbing” the Vaseline areas . . .
Make sure the non-Vaseline areas are completely dry or you could get paint that smears and rubs off in places where you don’t want it to look distressed.
And that’s it! You’re done. This technique may be a little messy, but it’s very easy and doesn’t take that much time. I did this over the course of a few hours (mainly just waiting for the top coat of paint to dry)
You can see my other ideas for decorating letters, as well as a bunch of fall recipes, DIY crafts and projects from other bloggers in this season's "Kreative Living"magazine. It's FREE and you can download the whole e-zine!
I love it when my dad-in-law experiments in his wood-shop because we usually reap the rewards of his handy work - like this super cute monogram he made for Macy . . .
I wanted to make the "M" and the "G" standout so I did some experiementing of my own by using scrapbook paper to define the smaller letters. I f you can paint, trace, cut and glue - you can do this! Here's more on how it all came together...
I first painted the whole monogram in Macy’s favorite color … bright blue (I used latex paint which covered the wood beautifully). Then, I traced the M and the G on the back of the scrapbook paper, cut it out and glued it to the front. This took less than 30 minutes. It was super simple! Just 4 easy steps:
Here's a little TIP: Rather than buy a big can of latex paint, I get the $2.50 sample paints at Home Depot. You can cover a lot of letters with this little jar of paint! P.S. I used the color “placid sea” . . .
In case you missed yesterday's post on Wood Letter Decorations, you can see my other ideas for decorating letters, as well as a bunch of fall recipes, DIY crafts and projects from other bloggers in this season's "Kreative Living"magazine. It's FREE and you can download the whole e-zine!
I'm SO excited to share this post with you! Since September I've been working on a variety of different projects for adding flair to wood letters (You may have noticed the R letter on our wreath from the Fall Decorating Post) . . .
I've been wanting to do something with all the wood letters my dad-in-law made for me (checkout my Woodshop Party post to learn more about my dad-in-law's woodworking talent!). So, this was the perfect time to put all those letters to good use. With the holidays coming up, I think these would make cute personalized gifts for friends and family.
Throughout the week, I'll be sharing tutorials for how I made each of the letters, but if you'd like to go ahead and see all the tutorials at once, be sure to check-out page 29 of "Kreative Living"
WEEKLY WRAPUP: FALL DECORATING IDEAS
I've had so much fun this past week sharing fun ways to turn ordinary items into extraordinary flair for Fall decorating. In case you missed posts from this week, here's the weekly wrap-up . . .
1. We used plain tacks and pretty pushpins to make Push Pin Pumpkins.
2. Because all pretty pumpkins should be on a pedestal, I shared ideas for turning everyday pots into Pumpkin Pedestals to use around the house, as well the front porch.
3. I featured an easy Pumpkin Pedestal tutorial
What I love about the pumpkins and the pedestals is that both will last well into Thanksgiving (and not just for Halloween). Also - the pedestals could even be used during Christmas and even all year round!
Enjoy and Happy FLAIRing!
Yesterday I shared my Pumpkin Pedestals post with different ways I'm using DIY pedestals to display pretty pumpkins this fall.
Today, I'm posting the super simple way I used to make these very dramatic stands (see tutorial below).
But first, here's a few more reasons why I love these pedestals:
1. Re-purpose: You can use them for SO many things beyond Fall - cake stand, cupcake stand, flower stands or reuse again during the holidays to display decorations (think mini Christmas trees, poinsettia plants or even Santa's cookie plate!)
2. The cost: I got all the pots and platters for under $15! I would have been lucky to buy just one pedestal for that price!
3. A dramatic effect: I think adding height always amps-up decorative vignettes. Plus - the unique and chunky shape of these pedestals really help the pumpkins stand-out.
4. Personalization: The different color and pattern combos are endless. I chose white and gold because it's flexible and fresh. And, you can pair almost any other color with it.
Now - on with the tutorial! Here's what you'll need:
- Varying sizes of Terracotta pots, platters
- Paint brushes
- Circle stickers or painters tape cut into whatever shape you like
- Industrial strength adhesive. I used E6000
Here's how I did it:
1. Make sure and cover your work surface (this is going to be messy). First, paint a base coat on the pots that will get a pattern treatment. For mine, I used gold. Don't worry about it being perfect because only small portions are going to show through (if you do a dot design like mine). Also - I only used one coat for the base.
2. Wait for the base coat to dry and then add your circle stickers or any design you chose. TIP: I punched circles from painters tape. I'm sure it's not necessary to use painters tape, but I didn't have any circle stickers! ...
3. Now, paint the top coat on using your other color (I used white). I did 2 coats for most and 3 coats for some that still had streaks.
4. Remove the tape/stickers after the paint is thourly dry. Don't worry if there are mess-ups - I'll show you how to fix it in the next step...
5. If you have any mess-ups, simply use a small brush to fill-in the dots with your paint. I just free-handed it and it came out just fine! ...
5. If you want, you can add painter's tape to the rim and paint a gold ring around the smaller pots ...
6. The last step - glue your pots and platters together! So easy!!
I'd love to see pics of your pedestals! You can always email me at email@example.com
Here in Austin, we really don't have pretty Autumn leaves to signal Fall weather. For me, pumpkins have always been my first sign that fall has arrived. So when it comes to fall decorating, pumpkins are the stars of the show around our home. And, just like anything special, these little lovelies deserve to be put on a pedestal!
Given the amount of pumpkins I like to keep around, I couldn't possibly afford to buy a pedestal for each one. Instead, I recently used cheap, terracotta pots to make a bunch of different stands for all my pumpkins! . . .
Stay tuned tomorrow for a complete tutorial. Meanwhile, here's some more pics of how I'm using these cute stands both inside and outside of the house . . .
(BTW - read my Push Pin Pumpkins post for more on using pins to decorate pumpkins - like the ones above and below)
Around our house, the theme for Halloween this year is "tacky" - Literally. I suppose tacky could have a double meaning if you don't like how these lil pumpkins turned-out (LOL). But, for the price and quick turnaround, you can't beat this fun fall decroating project!
No tutorial needed, but I'll offer a few tips in case you decide to make your own . . .
1. Use a variety of different pins and tacks: I first started this project thinking I'd just use simple silver and gold tacks. But, then I found all these super cute pushpins at Target! ....
2. Don't worry about measuring: Let the lines of your pumpkin be your guide. You can see below that for my "knobby pumpkin" the lines aren't exactly perfect, but the natural lines of a pumpkin aren't exactly perfect either, so I like the fact that it exaggerates each pumpkin's unique lines...
3. Use washi tape for extra flair: I added some washi tape and it made such a huge difference! It not only acted as filler between the pins, but it helped amp up color and pattern . . .
4. Use typography: Have fun pinning phrases or names. I think it would be cute to personalize with kid's names or inititals. Also - would be fun to do other phrases like "RIP", "Trick" and "Treat" . . .
And the most important piece of advice is to HAVE FUN! I love projects that are both easy and full of ways to make it your own. So have fun and get pinning (literally!).