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{TRENDS} Circle Fan Rosette Backdrops on Catch My Party

If you read my Facebook page you know I'm always showing off circle fan rosette backdrops. What I love about them is they're easy to make (you just fold paper like a fan and pinch in the middle, then attach a couple fans together) and they add dimension to a wall or dessert table. Here are some of my favorite circle fan rosettes from our site.

(Click on the photo to see what party they're from.)

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We've also got a tutorial in case your interested in making your own circle fan rosette backdrop.

{DIY} How to Make A Beautiful Paper Flower Centerpiece

How gorgeous are these paper flower centerpieces Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations created, and how beautiful would these look on a table or mantle.

We'll, thanks to this tutorial Wanessa put together, here's how you can make one, too...

To put together these paper flower centerpieces, all you need is a tall glass cylinder or a large vase, a spray painted wine bottle, some pretty paper flowers, and voilà!

I wanted to make 3 centerpieces so I chose one color for each bottle. You can see how I clean the wine bottles here.

The cylinder glass and the large vases I found at Walmart for less than $20.00 each.

First, I customized the vases by gluing rope to the bottom.

To make the paper flower bouquet I used two different techniques.

For the rolled flowers you can find the tutorial here. You just have to start rolling tight from the end to the center, then release the paper, and glue the bottom.

For the petals flower here is a step-by-step:

Materials:
  • Scrapbook or wrapping paper
  • Spray adhesive (to stick the papers together)
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Scissors
  • 3 sizes of hand punches
  • Floral wire

I always like to double side my paper to make these flowers. I chose a plain color for one side, and a patterned one for the other side ,and attached them with spray adhesive.

Directions:

  • Cut out 7 pieces from a scalloped (or a 1 3/4"  round) paper punch, cut out 5 pieces from a 1 1/2" paper punch, and cut out 4 pieces from a smaller round paper punch (see image 1)
  • Cut a slit in each piece from the edge of the cutout to the midpoint (see image 2)
  • Fold one flap over the other to make a small cone and glue (see image 3)
  • Glue the 7 scalloped (or the 1 3/4") pieces together, glue 5 of the 1 1/2" pieces together, and glue 4 of the smallest pieces together (image 4)
  • Place one bunch inside the other, biggest to smallest, and glue (image 5)
  • Cut out some leaves (image 6)
  • Pinch and glue the bottom edge of the leaves to give them dimension (image 7)
  • Fold the end of a piece of floral wire into a small "L" and hot glue the leaves and flower to it 
  • Place in your flowers in your wine bottle and arrange

Just gorgeous, Wanessa, thank you for sharing! To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

And if you make a paper flower centerpiece, please send photos. I'd love to see how yours turned out.

{DIY} How to Make a Paper Flower Backdrop

I had to share this paper flower backdrop tutorial created by Ellinée because I think it is so beautiful and original. I love the 3D nature of it. How amazing would this look behind a dessert table!

The tutorial comes with the paper flower garland templates and instructions. You just need to download the templates, cut out the flowers, attach the flowers to baker's twine using an embroidery needle, and tie the twine to a pretty branch.

Head to Ellinée to see the whole tutorial, and while you're there, check out their other incredible paper crafts like the Mother's Day paper bouquet.

FREE Kentucky Derby Party Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

I've been wanting to give away a set of Kentucky Derby printables, and finally I get my chance thanks to Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations who designed this terrifically fun collection! Now on May 5th, you can serve up your mint juleps, put on your fancy hats, and watch "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" in style!

The collection includes: drink wraps, mini party logos (with the names of all the horses), favor tags, patterned paper, invitations, cupcake wrappers, tented cards, and a "138th Derby" banner. Just perfect!!

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

If you use these printables at your Kentucky Derby party, please add your party to our site. I'd love to show off what you do!

Thank you, Wanessa. I always love your bold and vibrant designs!

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

 

{DIY} How to Make Colored Paper Spheres

Here's the latest DIY Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations 

came up with and it's incredible! Instead of pom poms or paper lanterns, how about dressing up your party with some of these paper spheres?

Take it away, Wanessa, and show us how...

Back in the day, one of my stores in Brazil had a spherical lamp shade made out of plastic module pieces like this.

The original design, called an IQ Light, was done over 30 years ago by Holger Strom and what is amazing about this design is you can make up to 22 diferent shapes using the same module pieces.

I wanted to use the same design to make paper spheres.

Since I wanted to use bold and trendy colors, first I thought of making them with colored cardstock, but then realized that would be expensive. So here what I did...

First I attached wrapping paper to brown paper with spray adhesive. Then I traced the module pieces using a module template and cut them out. At first it seemed like a lot of work but I can tell you it was worth it!

I bought the roll of brown paper at Walmart for $6.50 and the wrapping paper for $5.00. With the length of the wrapping paper I could trace up to 100 modules!

But here is what I figured out. This method just works for the round shapes, to make the oval, diamond, and the other shapes you will need the module to be colored on both sides, so you might want to try cardstock.

Materials:

  1. Brown paper
  2. Colored wrapping paper (about 8 feet)
  3. Spray adhesive
  4. Scissors
  5. Damp cloth
*If you don't want to do this process, just use colored cardstock
Instructions:
  • Lay down the brown paper and spray the adhesive covering about 12" (it is better to do this little by little)
  • Lay the back of the wrapping paper on the brown paper over the spray adhesive, and rub the surface using a damp cloth to attach (using a damp cloth will avoid scratching the paper)
  • Spray more adhesive and continue the process of adhering the wrapping paper to the brown craft paper
  • Once both papers are attached, trace out 30 modules and cut them out. Download the module template here.
  • As you start putting the pieces together, you will make something looking like a flower at the bottom, using 5 module pieces to start. Here you can see the beginning of the process of putting them together.
  • Here's the middle of the process.
  • Here's the end of the process.
  • To hang the sphere I cut out some circles (cereal box cardboard) using a scrapbook punch, made a hole in the middle of the circle and the module using a needle, passed through the holes a fish line (made a triple knot an burned the end).
  • These are the different shapes you can make using the same module.

Here's the finished product again!

Thank you, Wanessa, these are incredible!!

If you end up making paper spheres, please email me a photo at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to show off what you did.

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

{DIY} How to Make Vintage Paint Wine Bottles

Here's the latest DIY Wanessa of Wanessa Carolina Creations came up with. It's a great way to turn old wine bottles into beautiful conversation pieces! Wouldn't these be perfect as vases, centerpieces, or even to serve wine out of? 

Supplies
  1. Glass bottle
  2. Metalic spray paint (Krylon)
  3. Water spray bottle
  4. Twine
  5. Hot glue gun and glue

Instructions

  • First scrub off the labels. (My method is simple. I put the bottle under running water and scrape the label off with the back of a knife. Then I scrub the bottle with a sponge to get the rest of the glue and paper off.)
  • Dry the bottle and spray some water all over the bottle (not to much, just enough to look like sweat)
  • Spray the bottle with the first coat of paint, wait at least 30 minutes, and apply a second coat

The bottle will look like this!

  • When the paint is completely dry, start to wrap the twine around the middle of the bottle. To fasten, glue the twine with hot glue (just a little), then do the same on the bottle neck.
 

Your bottle will look like these, beautiful!

To add the monograms, I used this Martha Stewart Fancy Script Stencil Set, some black paint and done!
The Favor tags are part of the FREE Paisley Bridal Shower Printables I designed exclusively for Catch my Party!
Thank you, Wanessa. What I love about your crafts is how beautiful and unique they are.
To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop. Also, if you haven't entered Wanessa's $120 custom party printable giveaway, head over and do so now, it's easy to enter!

{GIVEAWAY} Win a $120 Collection of Custom Party Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

Wanessa of Wanessa Carolina Creations, our creative contributor and an incredibly talented designer, is giving to one of our lucky readers, a custom party printables package where you come up with the theme, and she designs the collection. She'll create everything (24 pages of designs) you'll ever need to throw an amazing party. This package is worth $120. Thank you, Wanessa, for giving this away!

If you've never seen her designs, Wanessa just created this gorgeous collection of free bridal shower printables for us.

She also designs amazingly beautiful printables like these, perfect for a girl...

Plus she designs fun boy-themed parties like this airplane, golf, and nautical package. Adorable!

To enter the giveaway, just “like” Wanessa Carolina Creations on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so at the end of this post. Also, include the theme you'd like her to create for you.

For 2 additional ways to enter:

  • Follow Wanessa on Pinterest and leave a separate comment saying you did it.
  • Follow Wanessa on Twitter and leave a separate comment saying you did it.
You won't want to miss this giveaway. Good luck, everyone!!
We’ll pick three winners at random on Thursday, April 19th at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.

 

 

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} Pirate Party

Melissa N from My Party Passion is a party aficionado. She's added thirty three parties to our site! The best thing about Melissa is she knows how to throw a great party on the tiniest of budgets.

She just recently threw her daughter a Pirate Party and made it look so easy.

I asked Melissa to share her best kept secrets, and here's what she said...

Ahoy Buckeneers!  I love a good challenge!  Don't you?!   My "challenge" on this Pirate Party was the fact that I needed to STICK to a strict budget (not easy to do with my creative mind).  

My daughter is a lover of pirates, Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates to be specific.   I knew that I wanted to have a quality party and less quantity (of children) which is something "we" don't do that often!  I told our daughter that she could invite 5 other girls (besides herself and her sister).  What I would love to share with you today are my top 5 Pirate Party Budget Challenges and their solutions!

1.  Challenge:  Cover the white plastic outdoor chairs for the party table

HIGH END:  White fabric pre-made chair covers (not in the budget).

BUDGET:    White plastic rectangle tablecloths from the Dollar Store (didn't break the bank). You only need 1 tablecloth per 2 chairs - cutting them in 1/2 - Solution! (I also splurged on 2 rolls of black crepe paper at the same store to tie around them.)

 

2.   Challenge - Venue drapery covering  to cover the green tents we had up
HIGH END:  Fabric Curtains or other fabric to use as curtains around the tents.
BUDGET:    Again using Dollar store tablecloths for the curtain effect.  Solution!
3.  Challenge - Find a cake the guests will eat and not waste

HIGH END:  Bakery made cake (my opinion  - so much cake gets wasted as the children really only eat the frosting).

BUDGET:   Store bought 1 layer cake used to make into Cannonball Cake Balls - sticking with a pirate theme, cannonballs seemed appropriate.  Chocolate and red chocolate melts. I used reusable Push Up Pop containers to showcase them.  Solution!

4.  Challenge - Quality goody bag items that will not be lost in the bottom of the Mini Van! 

HIGH END:  Fill with a lot of little trinkets that somehow end up at the bottom of the minivan never to be seen again - money wasted.

BUDGET:    I try to find something that goes with the theme that the guest will keep for a while. In this case I found bottlecap Izzy necklaces with the chain on Etzy - less than $ 3.00 per necklace.  The bags themselves I found at Hobby Lobby's after Christmas sale (red & white polka dots) for 80% off, less than $2.00 for 10 of them!  I would have spent more than that on little trinket stuff that would never be seen again.  Solution!

I also found the black medium size handled bags after Halloween for $0.28 each. Slap on a skull and crossbones sticker and you have a goody bag, or in my case a bag for the kids to put all their loot in (crafts, etc.).
5 Challenge - Craft that are higher end for less price

My advice on crafts, find something that can be showcased in your guests' own homes or something that they can keep and use to remember the party.  In this case, I rummaged thru the clearance rack at Michael's  and found these good sized pirate banks to be painted for $0.77 each!  They were behind a lot of other items and I had to search to find 8 that were not broken.  Success!  

In short, don't be afraid to search out deals, bargains, clearance items, and Etsy for some great goody bag ideas! Use your local Dollar Store and find the after-holiday sales at the party stores to pick up generic colored items to be used for other parties!  

Thank you, Melissa, for these smart tips. A little common sense and ingenuity go a long way to throwing a great party.

Do check out Melissa's other fantastic parties on our site and her new blog, My Party Passion.

{DIY} How to Make a Moss Covered Monogrammed Letter

I saw these moss covered letters Raychel from Kush Event Planning made for the Black and White Damask Wedding she styled and I loved how rustic and classic they looked.

Raychel generously offered to put together a DIY on how she made them, so please, Raychel, take it away...

Hi all you Catch My Party readers! I’m Raychel from Kush Event Planning. There is no way I can describe my excitement over being asked by Jillian to do a DIY feature for them! So here it is.

I am partial to making parties, weddings, and events very personal. What better way than displaying the guest of honor or host’s initial. First initial, last initial, even a monogram would be super cute!

I have made these letters covered in many mediums, but one of my favorites is moss. It gives such an earthy feeling. I love this look for country/homespun weddings, but if done right can work so nicely with an upscale/elegant scheme too. Even better – great for your front door to welcome SPRING! (I’m sure you’re all as ready for that as I am!)

MATERIALS: 

  • Cardboard letter
  • Spray adhesive (this gets messy so I suggest you do this project outdoors, with newspaper, and if you have rubber gloves it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wear them)
  • Moss sheets -- (I use this Super Moss it’s on a mesh mat and sometimes has a brown paper backing)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (optional-- if you choose to hang it you will need about a yard of ribbon depending on how you want to hang it. Otherwise you can just stand it up on a table, shelf, mantel, etc.)
I purchased all of my supplies at Joann Fabrics and Crafts. And if you use coupons you can get all of the supplies (not including the scissors) for about $11. A little craft buying tip: Joann Fabrics (at least ours) lets you use as many coupons as you want! Including competitors coupons (as long as it’s something they also sell). That has saved me SO much moolah!
Step One

Step one is a bit tricky. Figuring out how to cut and glue your moss. It varies with each letter since each one has a completely different shape. It also depends on if you want to cover both sides, or just the front. If you’re hanging it on a wall or door you really don’t need to cover the back.  For the “W” (and quite a few others) I find it easiest to completely cover the front and outer sides of the letter, then cut away the excess. I started with one side and sprayed as I went while pulling the moss somewhat tight so it lays flat on the cardboard. 

And if it’s an extremely windy day you might need some help holding down your newspaper.

(My son, Jackson and my niece, Sophie were perfect for the job.)

Step Two

To make the corners, fold up the sides and glue. You will get a little “tail”. Just cut it off right up against the cardboard to make it flush. The moss is so forgiving that you will hardly be able to tell there is a seam there, and if you do see a seam just pick up some of the moss pieces that have fallen on your paper (or all over your clothes—but don’t worry it brushes right off) and spray a tiny bit of adhesive to cover up the seam. 

Step Three

Cut strips of moss to fit into spaces that are not covered and fill in gaps. You can either cut and then glue or glue and then trim along the edges. 

Step Four

Add ribbon. Just cut the length of ribbon you want and spray the adhesive to the tops of the back of the letter. This will take some adjusting considering the different shapes of the different letters. I planned to hang it with two ribbons with two bows and two hooks, but changed my mind and tied the two ribbon ends together to hang it by one. 

Step Five

Viola! You have a hanging (or not) moss covered letter! I decided last minute to add a silk flower to mine. Hope you all like it! Our door is ready for SPRING!!!

How gorgeous, Raychel, thank you. And how great would a letter like this be as part of your Easter decor!

To learn more about Raychel, visit her at Kush Event Planning.

 

 

DIY -- How to Make a Hanging Easter Garland

Here's a great DIY! Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations designed these beautiful "bunnies and birds" Easter printables. Then she turned her banner into a beautiful hanging garland. Take a look at how she did it...

Materials

  1. Banner template you can download here
  2. Twine
  3. Hot glue / gun
  4. Plastic eggs (approximately 24 units)
  5. Ribbo;
  6. Wire or any kind of stems
  7. Small screw driver (to make holes on the eggs) and lighter
  8. Spray adhesive

Instructions

  •  Print out two copies of the Easter banner and cut it out

  • If your eggs don't have holes in them, heat a screw driver and make a hole in the bottom and another in the top of each egg
  • Attach the twine to the wire (I didn't have a wire, so I used a Chenille stem) using a little bit of hot glue. This will make the "sewing" easy.
  • For the word "Happy" cut approximately 60" of twine. Starting  from the top, pass the twine through the first egg and make a knot very close to the top of the egg so the egg won't slip
  • Glue the twine to the middle of the H letter (make sure the letter it's not upside down)
  • Apply spray adhesive to the other H letter and stick them both together
  • Add another egg to the garland, then glue the next letter
 

 

  • Repeat these steps until you are done.
  • To finish, use 2 eggs on the bottom to make the garland heavier. You can also alternate the letters using ribbons instead of eggs.
  • For the word "Easter" use approximately 70" of twine
  • For the "Bunny/Bird" garlands, use 42"-48" of twine
Thank you Wanessa, what a great new way to make a banner! To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

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