DIY Derby Trophy Decor

 

DIY Derby Trophy Centerpiece

So if you are looking for a last minute centerpiece, look no further than your local dollar store! All you need are a few items to make your very own Kentucky Derby Trophies! Easy and cheap DIY trophy centerpieces!

You’ll need:

Dollar store items:

Candlesticks, bowl, vase, gardening pots (plastic or ceramic), a glass

Other items:

Spray paint

Hot glue gun and glue

Optional: Pipe clamps (got these in the plumbing section of a home improvement store)

Here’s how:

While you are at the dollar store, stack the items you find until you find one that is pleasing and looks balanced. You don’t want it to topple over at the first bump of the table. Also think about height. Are you doing a grouping? Vary the sizes and styles. Here are my combos:

  1. The tallest is a plastic gardening pot with a tall vase (upside down) as the base. This one also has the pipe clamps I molded to make handles.
  2. The middle size is a ceramic pot with a drinking glass as the base. This one was a trial as far as the handles go. I used pipe cleaners wrapped in washi tape and then spray painted and glued on.
  3. The shortest is a ceramic bowl on a candlestick.

Once I figured out my combos I started my spray painting. I painted first because I hadn’t quite figured out how I was going to add handles or if at all. However, doing this allowed me to get the perfect color with multiple coats.

I got my first coats finished and then hot glued the parts together. This is where I would suggest taking your time. Keep the glue lines smooth and even so you can paint over them. I had most trouble adding the handles but was able to add some layers of glue to smooth out the look and even trim up any drips with scissors after it was dry.

Spray paint again. I used several paints, seen below. I just lightly dusted the trophies again paying special attention to cover the glued areas. Mix and mix until you find a color you like. I wanted a vintage tarnished silver look.

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Layer. Layer. Spray again…and again.

Last but not least I added roses to the centers. Bouquets and foam circles & squares from the dollar store of course.

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So for about $10 I made 3 “Trophies” for my table. Then, I found a white ceramic “trophy” complete with gold roses from a local consignment shop! What a find! Follow my blog for final pictures of my party. I can’t wait to put it all together!

Here are a few more links to make your Derby party a WINNER!

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Derby Hats 101: Making a Hat

 

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So now, you’ve read part one and have decided between a hat or fascinator. I’m sure you also might have an idea of what colors you will look for. Annnd we’re off! (Derby joke)

Step one, find a hat. I’ve gotten hats everywhere. Dee’s Crafts in Louisville, KY, is my go-to when I’m there. And if you’re in the area after Derby, you can get a hat for the next Derby at a huge discount!!

But just about any hat can become a Derby hat. My hat for this year I got a Target! It’s just a large brim sunhat but it fit well and has so much potential. If you are going the fascinator route, I suggest a wider headband in the base color you want. (The best headband that I used was wrapped in ribbon so I could just pin my fabric flowers on)

Step two, is heading to the craft store and looking around for something that jumps at you. Sometimes I go thinking I want flowers, then I see feathers I can’t do without or vice versa. Decide if you want to permanently attach things to your hat or headband or maybe look for things that you can attach with pins so you can remove it later.

Once you have everything you think you’ll want, do a mock set up to make sure you like it all together and the placement of items before you go gluing and possibly permanently create something you don’t like.

Below are a couple of my hats and how I put them together.

Derby Hat 2010

This hat above is one of my favorites. I spent countless hours on this one. I tacked the ribbon to the crown and then hot glued all of the feathers and silk flowers to the hat. The hat, in plain black, I had purchased the previous year after Derby and got it for next to nothing. I usually try to include a peacock feather whenever I can since they are thought to be lucky. I also wanted a signature theme for my hats.

h1.jpgThese feathers are my favorite to work with and are featured in the 2010 hat. The small ones on the left are individual strands that come in a bunch. They stand straight and you can manipulate them fairly easily.

The other, on the right, you can build off of and lay it flat on the brim of the hat as I did or even on the side of the hat so they stand up. The one on the right has a felt half moon that you could glue more feathers or flowers to and then add a pin to the back so you could make a removable hat clip or fascinator.

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Derby 2012 I decided on the fascinator. This was the only year that I bought a dress first. Let me tell you, never again! Finally, I did find a white tulle flower clip (also with pin) at Hobby Lobby and hot glued white and green feathers to to make it more extravagant. The feathers were straight so I followed this tutorial from Dee’s Crafts on how to curl feathers! It’s much easier than you’d think!

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Last, but certainly not least, Derby 2014. This is another hat that I was lucky to find at Dee’s after the 2013 Derby. I really liked it because it was more of a sheer fabric, but had a great wire brim so I could mold it to fit how I wanted. It also has a drawstring at the crown so you can adjust the size!

It came with the white and black sheer bow and band already attached. I found the two pink fabric flowers at a craft store for 50% off! They have a pin and clip on the back so reusing them (or the hat) will be really easy.

If you’re getting ready for the 142nd Run for the Roses, visit Kentucky Derby Party DIY for some easy crafts and foods to make your party a winner! For more ideas and hat etiquette for ladies and gents check out my post Etiquette & Style. Or you can see a full Tutorial for my 2016 Derby Hat!

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Kentucky Derby Party

Derby party cover

This is one of the best times of the year for this Kentucky girl. I love that I get to share a bit of home with people no matter where we roam. This year Bismarck  will get the full effect of big hats and southern fare!

I’m working on some new decor and food for this year, but here is a look at past parties. Everything, of course, made by yours truly!

Decor

So I based my primary decorations on a design by Hostess with the Mostess. She used real roses, but I wanted to make something I could store and use again, so silk roses made the cut. I did use real roses in a few other decorations including filling for our best hat contest!

These are just foam blocks that I found at the dollar store covered in black construction paper. I covered the top in green moss, from the craft store, and then just poked my silk roses (trim the stems) into the block. To make the words I put letter stickers on cardstock, lightly painted over them with red pain then peeled the stickers off when it was dry. The horses are from the dollar store too! Further down you’ll see I spray painted a few horses silver and they turned out great!

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This trophy for best hat was an easy make with a cheap “gold” one from the party store that I dressed up with spray paint, real roses, and added a Pegasus Pin that my mama was nice enough to send me!

I found some great old horseshoes at an antique mall and spray painted a couple and left the others dirty. The fleur-de-lis is from a great find from The Urban Farmhouse in Louisville, KY. Click  here to head to their Pinterest page of Derby goodies. All of their rustic farmhouse style decor/clothing/accessories are also on their Pinterest site.

Southern Fare

Let’s talk food! This is one of my favorite parts! I like to make everything myself for any party. But the key to good party food is to know your limitations. I can make good cupcakes, but decorating them is a no go for me. I leave that to the professionals. I usually order cupcakes with frosting roses for the simple ease factor. Plus they make for great decoration.

Hot Browns (this is the link for the original REAL DEAL) are a must and Benedictine sandwiches are one of my favorites. One year we even did Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)! As always, like any good Kentuckian, we always have Derby Pie. Featured below in the top left pic, are mini Derby pies.

You can make a great punch from a couple cans of concentrate, I prefer raspberry lemonade, mixed with about 3 liters of Sprite. It’s delicious and a nice compliment to all of your southern foods.

Dinnerware

You always need plates and cups and the red and black are my favorite. I hope that one year I’ll be able to get out of my comfort zone for something different but until then, these are what I love:

You can find these many places, online party stores, ebay, or Oriental Trading, which is where I got my labels for my water bottles!

You can also check out my posts on Derby Hat Etiquette, Making a Hat, and a full hat making Tutorial!

Last but not least is to get some great printables that you can put in a spray painted (to upgrade) dollar store frame or maybe even transfer to canvas. I can’t wait to show you what I’m working on for this year, but until then here are a few cute ones you can print for free now!

Derby red horse

Hostess with the Mostess

 

 

 

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Here is more help to make your party a WINNER!

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