Purple Princess Party

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Purple Princess Party! Try saying that 3 times fast!

My daughter turned one and I had the hardest time deciding what to do for her party theme. After much debate I decided to to create my own purple princess party. Here is how it turned out!
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One of my favorite decor items was the chalk board I made with all of her stats. I included height and weight, her words, likes, and number of teeth. I used my chalk method to easily transfer the wording to my board.
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I LOVE the fan and tissue puff decor posts I have seen on Pinterest and had to do one for this party. I was going to make my own tissue puffs, but decided that I needed to spend my time elsewhere, so I purchased these great white and silver puffs and purple chevron fans from Oriental Trading. My table cloths and runner were also from Oriental Trading.

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I also found purple hand held collapsable fans in their “Less than perfect” sale section. They were perfect and the price was even better! Always check this section!
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Most of my time went into making my cake. I found a pin for an ombre cake from Passion for Parties. It turned out ok…I think with a bit more practice it could be great. But for my first time, it looked good and tasted great! Plus I got to set it on my new cake stand that I made previously!
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Of course, I made her a tutu, that you can find here, and a matching tutu wreath to welcome our guests! For the crown on the wreath I traced the outline onto silver sparkle paper with this image:crown5
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Making a custom candle is easy too! I spray painted a cheap dollar store candle silver and then added my purple scroll work by hand with a sharpie.

Sada candle

 

 

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DIY Tutu & Tutu Wreath!

 

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I know, I know. The items in this “how to” are probably old news to everyone. But this is new to me!
So my baby girl is about to turn one. ONE! Where has the time gone? We had planned just a small “cake only” party and I was keeping it simple…then I caught the tutu bug.

I wasn’t going to do one at all. How overrated, right? But then I thought, what if this is my only chance to have her sweet self in a tutu of my choosing for a party only I will remember? What if she is a total tomboy, which is fine as was her mama, but I just had to get these sweet pictures for myself, right?

Since you agree, I reached out and my wonderful neighbor pointed me to a pin on how to make your own tutu. that lead me to a video you will find if you click here. Below you will find my step by step as well as a super cute wreath I made to further her birthday decor!

Ahh, I’m TUTU crazy about this post!

After a trip to Hobby Lobby, I came home with an assortment of spools of tulle, purple, lilac, silver, and a few glitter ribbons and lace.

For the waist, I used elastic as that was what I already owned (but love the idea for the other band used in the pin). I measured it around my daughters waist and then “sewed” it together. Let’s be honest, I used needle and thread to make sure it wouldn’t move, ha ha ha.

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I found a piece of card board that was about the right length (for the tulle when cut in half) to wrap my tulle around. THIS IS THE BEST METHOD! I attached an end of my tulle with a little tape and then wrapped the tulle around the board again and again  until I reached the end.

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Then I wrapped a rubber band around each end of the cardboard just to keep the tulle in a nice, neat, easy to cut stack. You make cuts at each end, then remove the rubber bands and tulle. Continue with each color of tulle.

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Once everything was cut, I stretched my elastic band around the cardboard and used this looping method, watch the video, to attach the tulle. I alternated colors, purple, lilac, silver, until it was a full skirt.

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I even finished it up with the sleeping future birthday girl in my arms!

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The tulle just wasn’t enough for me. I decided to add purple lace and silver glitter ribbon to the tutu.

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I simply wove it in to the loops of the tulle. I know this isn’t a super secure method, but for the length of time my daughter will have it on it will probably be ok. For a tutu for dress up play, I might hot glue the extra ribbon and lace in to the elastic.

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Finally it’s complete and is so cute. Can’t wait to try it on her.
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and now…the Tutu Wreath!

I had extra tulle and I’m not one to let good supplies go to waste so I thought I’d add to my All Holidays Wreath, and make a birthday wreath! Everything I added can easily be removed.

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I used the same idea with the tulle  only I tied and then knotted the tulle. I followed the same color pattern I did with the tutu.

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Once all the tulle was used I used my purple glitter ribbon to cover the top half, held in place with the finishing nails I use for other holiday decorations. Just wrap the ribbon tightly around the wreath.

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LOVE the results! I can’t wait for her birthday to roll out the rest. Stay tuned for more Pinterest tries I’m using for her birthday!
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Easy Every Holiday Wreath!

DIY One Wreath

 

In Bismarck, companies started holding “Pinterest” nights where you get together with friends and do a prepared craft. Super fun,  right?

One night we were doing wreaths. I love this because I ended up combining a couple pins into a wreath I can use year round. The best part is that my son and I do it together. We with make or buy the decor to go on our wreath. We’ve even gotten Hubby’s expertise involved!  Check it out!

St. Patrick’s Day

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This is my St. Patrick’s day wreath. Felt hearts held together with beautiful nail heads and an origami bow!
For the base wreath, I started with a green foam floral circle you can pick up at any craft store but I’ve seen them at Walmart and Target too. Then pick a neutral ribbon to tightly wrap around it. This one is a canvas ribbon. I think it’s better not to use ribbon with wire and definitely use something wide.

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Just wrap around tightly and secure with pins. Easy peasy. You’ll want to wrap at a bit of an angle to keep it flat.
After that,  it’s a free for all!  I’ve gone from a wreath once or twice a year to all the time with a quick switch of decor.
This one we simply cut out small heart shapes from green felt and grouped them into fours and held it together with a nail head to make out four leaf clovers.

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The origami bow was a pin I found from How About Orange, complete with instructions. My husband loves to do origami so I knew this would be an easy request. After a practice bow I got this perfect finished product and pinned it on. I had him make me one for Easter,  since it’s right around the corner,  and 4th of July since I was on a roll!
The possibilities are endless. We’ve cut shapes from felt,  bought the foam cutouts from the store. Last easter we added eggs from Joann’s that Danny and I found. Sometimes I do a ribbon bow or no bow! You can also check out The Crafty Mummy for a great felt flower tutorial!
Today we found rabbit cutouts in the Target dollar section so we are ready to make our next holiday wreath! I’ll post more as we decorate for the holidays and seasons!

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Easter

*UPDATE*
Here is our Easter wreath! My son was so proud of his creation.
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Birthday

This I created for my daughter’s birthday, her Purple Princess Party. Full instructions for the wreath HERE.

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Derby Party

For my Kentucky Derby Party, this wreath adorned our door:

Derby Wreath DIY

4th of July

The 4th of July is headed our way, so we took advantage of the roses on the Derby wreath and carried it over on our red, white, & blue wreath!

Felt cut into strips (held on with straight pins) and felt star stickers is all you need for this patriotic wreath.