Make Mini Tissue Tassels with Holly!

Post by Holly Moeller of Paper Crush

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I’m loving the tissue tassel trend for party accessories right now – there are so many fun ways to use them and dress up your parties! I finally sat down and made some large ones; they were pretty easy and I got the hang of it after a couple of tries.

Then I thought to myself…boy these sure would be cute in a mini version, wouldn’t they??!!

And thus the mini tissue tassels were born. I quickly added them to some long skewers to easily dress up a simple white cake.Mini-Tissue-Tassel-Supplies

Supplies:

  • Tissue paper
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Straight Edge/Craft Ruler
  • Twine

One piece of tissue paper will make 4 mini tissue tassels.Mini-Tissue-Tassels-Steps-1

1. Start with a piece of tissue paper (mine was 20″ x 20″)

2. Fold the paper in half from top to bottom

3. Fold in half the other way (from left to right)

4. Fold in half again from left to right. You should now have a piece folded tissue paper that measures 5″ wide by 10″ long.Mini-Tissue-Tassels-Steps-2

5. With folds on the left and bottom, cut your paper to 4 inches

6. Rotate paper so that folds are at the top and left. Start on the right side and cut 1/4″ sections from the bottom up, leaving approx. 1 inch uncut at the top

7. Cut entire width of paper from right to left in 1/4″ sectionsMini-Tissue-Tassels-Steps-3

8. Unfold cut paper one time.

9. Cut down the middle of your paper all the way through to the top, giving you two sections.

10. One section will remain folded. Unfold this section and cut down the middle all the way through.

11. Now you will have 4 sections of paper.Mini-Tissue-Tassel-Steps-4

12. Unfold one section and open so that fringe is on the outside.

13. Start at the bottom of your section and roll up to the top, untangling fringe as you go, if needed.

14. Once at the top, this is what your tassel will look like.Mini-Tissue-Tassel-Steps-5

15. Find the center of your tassel and twist the tassel around the skinny end of a pen to form your loop.

16. Continue twisting

17. Twist tassel around the pen approximately 2-3 times.

18. The finished product.

I know this seems like a lot of steps, but once you do it a couple of times, it will seriously only take you about 5 minutes to make 4 mini garlands.Pretty-Mini-Tissue-TasselsThis poof of pretty mini tissue tassels makes me smile!Circle-of-Pretty-DIY-Mini-Tissue-TasselsThe last step to create a garland is to tie your tassels onto a piece of twine or string.Mini-Tissue-Tassel-Garland-CloseupTo add to a cake for a sweet topper, simply tie your twine onto 2 bamboo skewers and insert into cake.Mini-Tissue-Tassel-Garland-2To create a similar cake using the colors of your party, I purchased a plain white 8″ cake from Walmart. Then I added pearl sixlets around the top and alternated sixlets with sour balls around the base of the cake. This is a simple and inexpensive cake that anyone can easily make.Mini-Tissue-Tassel-Garland-Cake Mini-Tissue-Tassel-Garland-Cake-Top-View


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With a passion for party and event planning, Holly Moeller started Paper Crush to share ideas and projects, and to inspire others when planning their next event.

DIY Stuffed Bunnies by Anders Ruff!

Post by Adria Ruff of Anders Ruff

andersruff-diy.stuffed.easter.bunny-07I don’t know about you, but my girls are getting super excited for the Easter Bunny to arrive in a couple weeks. We have been decorating at my house and to get ready for this Easter season, I decided to make DIY Stuffed Easter Bunnies with scrap fabric and ribbon I had laying around the house. I’ve created a tradition that every Easter I give the girls some sort of Easter Bunny. Now that the girls are older, I like coming up with more creative bunnies – ones that we can make together and create memories along the way. I’ve seen several ways to make your own stuffed bunnies and this particular style caught my eye. I designed an Anders Ruff FREE PRINTABLE Stuffed Easter Bunny  to share with you, so you can make some too!


Supplies needed:

Anders Ruff FREE PRINTABLE Stuffed Easter Bunny
Scrap Fabric
Scrap Ribbon
Sewing Machine
Needle & Thread
Pinking Scissors
Sewing Pins
2.5″ – 3″ Yarn Poms – Tutorial Here
Pillow Stuffing
Wooden skewer/dowel rod  *helpful to poke stuffing in the corners


Directions:

1. Print template on 8.5×11 cardstock.
2. Trim along line.
3. Cut two pieces of fabric, allowing 1/4” extra all the way around template. Fabric will be approximately 7“ x 11.5”.
4.  Trace bunny on reverse side of fabric, 1/4” outside of the template line (draw it freehand, so the bunny is bigger than template). If you don’t want bunny to be bigger, that is fine too… but this gives you a larger size option.
5.  Pin both pieces of fabric together, (right side to right side) and cut both at once with pinking scissors.
6.  Flip fabric and place together (wrong side to wrong side), so right sides are exposed. Repin together.
7.  Starting at the bottom left foot, sew 1/4” along the entire edge until you reach the right foot.

andersruff-diy.stuffed.easter.bunny-039. Leave 2” opening at the bottom for stuffing.
10.  Stuff bunny. A wooden skewer or dowel rod comes in handy, when trying to get the stuffing in the bunny and feet corners.  You have to poke it in to fill the corners.
11.  Hand stitch bottom to close.
12. Tie ribbon around neck. (I used 3/4″ ribbons in different colors – I tied in a knot and trimmed off the edges to create little bow-ties)

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13.  Sew on a 2.5” – 3” yarn pom for bunny tail. Tutorial Here
14. Tails will create a way for bunnies to stand upright.
15. Create several bunnies with various shades & colors!andersruff-diy.stuffed.easter.bunny-05

Are these bunnies cute or what??  Brynne helped me pick out color combos and Graycie helped me stuff the bunnies and also helped me make the yarn pom bunny tails.  The girls and I loved them so much, that we decided to put them on our mantel display this year!  And the best part… I didn’t spend a dime like I have on several other Easters – all my supplies were found right here, in my house!!!andersruff-diy.stuffed.easter.bunny-06

How fun would these be in your kids’ Easter Baskets? Or pass them out as favor gifts if you are hosting an Easter dinner at your home. You can even make adult versions by making them in neutral colored fabrics such as linens & burlap with twine neck ties.

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Even my husband commented on how much he liked these festive little bunnies… and we didn’t even prompt him to say it! Have fun creating new Easter Memories for your family – We would love to hear what Easter traditions your family does each year!  Feel free to share with us your family favorites!

Valentine's Day Printables!

Post by Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff

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Last year, we were pretty giddy about this idea we came up with for teacher valentines, which can sometimes be cheesy. My friend, Shana, told me to design a label for hand sanitizer for teachers and so we racked our brains thinking of cute phrases. I thought of “love bug” and my husband helped with the wording and together we came up with “I’ve heard there is a love bug going around!” So cute, right!?

So, for $1 each at Dollar Tree, we bought big bottles of hand sanitizer (which all teachers love and need, especially this time of year!). We also got the mini bottles for $1 for a pack of 2. It was the perfect pair!

andersruff-Valentines-LoveBug-02The backside for the printable labels have a space to write a “to” and “from,” so the teachers will remember your little one!andersruff-Valentines-LoveBug-06 andersruff-Valentines-LoveBugWhat do you think of this Valentine’s Day gift for teachers? Fun, right!? And super practical! You can find these printable Love Bug labels in the Anders Ruff shop here.

Meet Lauren of A Lovely Lark!

A-Lovely-Lark-HeaderNAME: Lauren

WEBSITE/BLOG: A Lovely Lark

HOMETOWN/CURRENT CITY/TOWN: Central Pennsylvania

FAVE FOOD: Chocolate

FAVE HOLIDAY: Halloween

FAVE COLOR: Pink

FAVE MOVIE: Love Actually

FAVE TV SHOW: The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey!

FAVE WEEKEND ACTIVITY: Going on adventures with my three favorite people – my husband, Kevin, and my two daughters, Violet (4) and Lucy (1)

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What inspired you to create A Lovely Lark?

After having my first daughter, Violet, I fell in love with children’s design and decor. I love that it’s all so fun and whimsical. There are really no rules – the sky’s the limit! While I was already admittedly a bit of a blog addict, there weren’t many resources out there for cute/modern kids’ design, so I decided to start my own!

Your home is gorgeous! What was your favorite room to makeover and why?

Thank you! My favorite rooms to makeover have definitely been my girls’ rooms. I felt like there were really no rules – I could really get creative and play with color, pattern, and all of those sweet, whimsical elements that really make a child’s room feel special. Plus I loved adding personal touches like the tree mural in Violet’s nursery and the cloud mural in Violet’s big girl room.

A-Lovely-Lark-Violet's-Room-Update-6A-Lovely-Lark-Living-Room-Family-Room-Art-Wall-15A-Lovely-Lark-Wood-Floors-Kitchen-RenovationWhat has been your favorite DIY project? Tell us about it!

My favorite recent DIY Project was the water table that I created for the girls this summer. They are both obsessed with water and I wanted to give them a fun, but safe place to play outside while I was pulling weeds or doing other not-so-fun outdoor chores. At the same time I didn’t want a plastic monstrosity that would sit on my patio for a few years and then be shipped off to the donation pile or a landfill somewhere. So instead I created a DIY water table out of a thrifted side table and a deep metal tray. It took a little elbow grease, but they love it. We can also use it as a sensory table with sand or rocks in the cooler fall months, and I love that when they outgrow it it could take on a new purpose as a pretty outdoor planter.

DIY-Water-Table-A-Lovely-Lark-3What do you like best about your work? What is the most challenging?

I love having a creative outlet. While I absolutely love and cherish my role as a mother, since having children I’ve sometimes felt like I lost a piece of myself. My needs are no longer first and finding time for those things that were previously my hobbies and interests can be very difficult. Blogging has helped me to hold onto a little piece of myself that I otherwise feel like would be completely swept away in the crazy ride that is motherhood. I also love that I have a way to support my family that allows me to spend more time with my girls. My writing has allowed me to take over a year of unpaid maternity leave and to recently return to work part-time rather than full-time. I’ve also met some really amazing people through the blogging world. The thing I’m currently finding the most challenging is just having the time and energy to write after a long day of work, making meals, giving baths, romping around the yard, playing princesses, reading books, and you know, just being a human being. The most important thing for me is being present for my girls and maintaining a strong and healthy relationship with my husband. My family comes first, and finding a balance between work, motherhood, marriage, and writing has been especially challenging.

photo 1How would you describe your style?

I would definitely describe it as happy and whimsical, with a mix of both traditional and modern elements. I have an equal love of the bright, clean feeling of white and bold, vibrant color, so I love creating rooms with a very light overall palette that have pops of color throughout. I also enjoy playing with pattern and texture, so I’ve used a lot of wallpaper, playful fabrics, and patterned rugs throughout my home.

IMG_2660 A-Lovely-Lark-DIY-Banner-5If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

I’m kind of obsessed with Peter Walsh and would be insanely thrilled to have him work with me on organizing my home. Back in the Oprah days I used to dream that he would – Surprise! – show up at my door. Unfortunately, (considering that I’m not a hoarder) I knew that it would never happen, but a girl can dream, right?! While I do my best with keeping the toys and general clutter under control, I just know that there are all sorts of tips and tricks that he could teach me for making the most of our tiny home.

Do you have advice for other working moms?

You’re doing okay, ma. When you start to feel that mom guilt creeping in or those feelings that you aren’t enough, remember that you’re doing the very best you can for your kids and you’re enough. I love the saying, “You can do anything, but not everything.” It’s helped me to remember to choose what I’m going to make a priority in my life and I try to do my very best at those few things. I may have a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, I might not craft up Martha Stewart-worthy Halloween costumes, or create perfectly styled Bento-box lunches, but do you know what? That’s okay. If you’re keeping your kids safe and making them feel loved, then you’re doing it right, period.

A Lovely Lark AboutIf you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

I absolutely loved our honeymoon to Germany and Austria and would go back in a heartbeat. I’d also love to visit more European countries – they’re just so different from our young country. I’ve visited Australia a few times now (my sister and her family live there), and while it’s so unique and beautiful in its own way, there’s nothing quite like the sense of history and depth that you experience in Europe.

What are your 3 favorite Rosenberry Rooms products?

1. Aden + Anais swaddle blankets

2. Blabla Knit Dolls (Love Wooly the Sheep!)

3. Little Auggie’s Pretty With Pink collection

Laurens-PicksWhat’s next for A Lovely Lark (upcoming events, projects, etc.)?

I’m so excited to be putting the finishing touches (finally) on Lucy’s nursery! I’m currently working with Restoration Hardware to finish off the space and I’m thrilled with how it’s all coming together. I’m also working on my annual holiday gift guides, which are always super fun to put together!DSC05693Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog, A Lovely Lark, for beautiful inspiration and fun DIY projects!

 

Melon Skewers from Pizzazzerie!

Summer is a magnetic season! It draws everyone out of their homes and brings us together for fun and festive events! So this summer, why not contribute to a summer party or backyard shindig in style with this simple Melon Skewer DIY from Pizzazzerie!

From the grill to the glass, skewers just say “summertime”! Even these colors are festive for the season! Visit Pizzazzerie for full details on how to get the look!
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Photography & Styling by Courtney Whitmore

Anders Ruff: End of the Year Teacher Gift!

teacher-gift-end-of-year-favor-tags-free-printable-02-640x352Summer is almost here and soon the kiddos will be out of school! Let their teacher know just how much they are appreciated for all of their hard work and guidance throughout the past school year with an easy and adorable DIY gift from Anders Ruff! Here are FREE PRINTABLE THANK YOU TAGS to add to a potted plant of your choice (used in this example for popular and easy to care for succulents).  There are also easy steps on how to dress up inexpensive terra cotta pots so your gorgeous plant has an equally adorable pot! Let’s dig in!
teacher-gift-end-of-year.hang_.tags-02-640x494Supplies Needed:
FREE PRINTABLE THANK YOU TAGS (printed on paper of your choice)
Terra Cotta Pots
Succulent plants (or plants of your choice)
Spray Paint
Burlap
Twine
Scissors/tape/hole punch
Hot Glue
Needle & Thread
teacher-gift-end-of-year-favor-tags-free-printable-01-604x1024Directions For Painted Pot with Burlap Flower and Twine:
1. Print and cut out your “Thank you for helping me Grow” printable tags
2. Tape to sticks (wooden skewers) or punch a hole and string twine through it to hang from pots
3. Spray paint your terra cotta pots
4. In the meantime, cut four  3″ squares out of burlap
5. Fold each one in half and trim out flower petals (they don’t have to be perfect)
6. Rotate four of them and stack together.
7. Sew them in place
8. Using hot glue, put dabs in between layers and pinch the layers up.  I put dabs of glue in all kinds of places to pinch the flower into the shape I liked.  (you basically are molding it with glue until you get the shape you want).
9. Once pots are dry, transplant succulents (I used rocks along with soil).
10. Hot glue twine along rim of pots and then glue on burlap flower.
11. Add Thank You tag on a wooden stick and place in pot for final touch.
teacher-gift-end-of-year-favor-tags-free-printable-03-478x1024If you want a less elaborate pot (or run out of time) you can always just tie the hang tag along the side of the pot.  You can also use bigger pots and plants – If you have a bigger container, you can print the design on full sheet label paper to create a sticker and adhere to the front of your pot.  Any way you do it, your teacher will know how much they are loved.
teacher-gift-end-of-year-favor-tags-free-printable-04-640x364teacher-gift-end-of-year-favor-tags-free-printable-05-640x721We cannot get over how cute and simple this craft from Anders Ruff is! Any teacher is sure to love the thought and time that went into their special gift!

A Sweet Giveaway from Lynlee!

Are you always seeing amazing cupcake designs, but not sure how to do create them yourself? Well now you can make sure your cupcakes are show-stopping works of art for your next celebration with our sweetest giveaway ever!
BookCoverIn her new book, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers, you will learn to re-create thematic fondant decorations for birthdays, holidays, seasons and commemorative events from fondant artist and party stylist, Lynlee North Beckett. With over 80 tutorials, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers will help you take your cupcakes to the next level with exceptional and creative fondant decorations!
BinkieIncluded within the book are:
· Over 80 step-by-step written tutorials with accompanying photographs for fun and festive fondant cupcake toppers.
· Detailed instructions to cater to varying difficulty levels, allowing you to simplify or modify accordingly to your skill and expertise level.
· Suggestions for pairing topper designs with different themes in the book.
· Tips and tricks for working with fondant, as well as descriptions of tools and materials and their uses.
· Ideas to enhance your displays and to package your fondant toppers.
ParisLynlee will be traveling to several U.S. cities for book signing events, along with some fellow sweet authors! Visit Lynlee’s website for the most up-to-date book tour information.

The book can currently be purchased at the following links:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Also available in book stores!SideBySideLynlee’s links:
Website: http://www.lynlees.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LynleesPetiteCakes
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LynleesPetite
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lynleespetitecakes

To win, please enter using Rafflecopter below. The contest ends Tuesday, April 29. On Wednesday, April 30 the winner will be selected using a random number generator and announced on our Facebook page and in the comments below. The winner’s shipping address must be located within the 48 contiguous United States.

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Win a PSA Essentials Gift Pack!

It’s time for our first giveaway of the new year! Enter to WIN a gift pack from PSA Essentials!

LindsayThe gift pack includes 1 Personalized Stamp of the winner’s choice, 1 royal blue ink or 1 grapefruit pink ink, & 1 Carriage Peel & Stick pack, plus an alignment tool plus FREE shipping to the winner! Entry details below!

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008 To win, please enter using Rafflecopter below. The contest ends January 12. A winner will be selected using a random number generator and announced on our Facebook page and in the comments below. The winner’s shipping address must be located within the 48 contiguous United States.

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Quick and Easy Halloween DIY Projects

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Halloween is the perfect season to get a little silly and a little spooky. If you’re a mom on the go, we understand that you may not have a lot of free time (who are we kidding, we know you have zero free time), but you still want to get into the Halloween spirit. No worries! We’ve picked 3 super simple and insanely quick DIY crafts that are easy to do with the kids and will also give your home that hint of Halloween you’ve been searching for!

These Mummy Jars are easy as 1,2,3!

IMG_8807Take the lid off of the jars and being by wrapping the gauze around the base of the jar. We put a few drops of craft glue at the beginning of our roll, just to make sure it would stay in place. Roll the gauze all the way up to the top and back down again, depending on how long your roll is. Placement is not a huge factor because some uneven edges make the jar look more mummy-ish!

Mummy-SideBySideAdd another drop of glue at the end of the roll to make sure it stays together and finish by gluing two eyes to the exterior. You can easily fill the jars with candy or use a battery-operated tealight candle to transform the jar into a luminary. Seriously… it’s that easy and absolutely adorable!

Mummy-SideBySide2Our next project is just as simple! This Googly Eyed Frame is sure to attract some eyes!

IMG_8819This project is great for a toddler because it is as simple as glue… and glue… and glue some more! One tip we suggest is putting the picture inside the frame before you begin, just so you won’t have to worry about taking the back off while the glue is drying.

Frame-SideBySide IMG_8842Last, but certainly not least are these effortless Ghost Suckers!

IMG_88052Begin by cutting white fabric into 8 inch squares. Place the fabric over the top of the sucker and tie a ribbon where the sucker meets the stick. All that’s left is giving your ghoul a cute face and just like magic, you are finished!

Ghost-SideBySideIMG_8837Your home will be decorated for Halloween in no time with DIY crafts this easy! Just remember to have fun and enjoy the season’s tricks and treats!

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DIY – Upcycled Menagerie!

For all you DIY-ers, we’ve got a really fun project for you and your little one to work on together provided by one of our Creative Contributors, Aaron Christensen of Embellishments Kids! Aaron shows us how to create charming animal sculptures for your child’s room using recyclables you already have at home. These are perfect for the little animal lover or safari themed kid’s room and offer a creative and crafty project for you and your son or daughter to do together! Check out the details from Aaron below and be sure to visit his blog, Embellishments Kids, for an awesome giveaway announcement!

Create fun fauna with everyday recyclables.

Take a long hard look in your recycling bin. It’s crawling with creatures great and small!  Hopefully, not real ones, but fun future faux ones.  Utilizing a few inexpensive supplies and some easy to follow instructions, you and your kiddies can imagine and create artistic fauna decor for their rooms.

As a kid space designer, it is my goal is to have every child’s room be an expression of their personality, creativity and uniqueness.  Quite often, I’ll have the child work with me on a craft project or an art assignment that we will use as decor, in the room.  Kids love to have their art and handicraft on their own walls.  To inspire you, here’s a collection of animal sculptures I created using readily available recyclables.

Taking cues from the kid’s modern movement, your animals can be painted simply, monochromatic or decoupaged with colorful tissue or patterned fabric.  An artistic zoo of animal sculptures would make a great party craft idea, school auction project or make for a fun room decoration.

A wide array of animals can be created with a little ingenuity and an eye for utilizing or altering the shapes of containers.  For something different, cover them with old maps, dictionary pages, clip art or paint them with fun patterns.

Exploring a theme, for your menagerie, can enhance your existing room design or add an eclectic and artistic feel to the space.  Ideas inspired by the a jungle, farm, forest or the sea can offer unlimited animal possibilities. Or, for something different, you can consider making robots, friendly monsters or aliens.

Step-by-step instructions, downloadable templates for the wall mounts and a supply list are provided on my blog found here.

Get your hands dirty, get crafty!

Aaron Christensen is an artist, designer and father of two.  Through his company Embellishments Kids, he designs children’s rooms and spaces, products and creates art in his Portland, Oregon based studio.

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