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Budget-Friendly Back to School Wreath DIY

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

Is it back to school time already? It isn't even the end of July, but my daughter heads back to school in four weeks! 

Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here with an easy budget-friendly wreath to get your kids (and you) back in the mood for school!

When there is a holiday, or special occasions, I like to hang a wreath on our front door to celebrate an event. They’re easy to make, and are usually pretty inexpensive.

I’ve recently created a simple back to school wreath to get ready & welcome the new school year!

Budget friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

Supplies:

  • Wreath {can be a grapevine wreath like I used, pool noodle, styrofoam, etc.}
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • School related embellishments. {I chose paper apples, and paper rulers}
Directions:

Before I start attaching all my pieces to the wreath, I like to place them lightly on top of my wreath, to figure out where I’d like to glue everything down. Once you figure that out, start hot gluing your items to the wreath.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

I evenly spaced my paper apples, and started the hot gluing process.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

I continued gluing my items, until I had finished attaching them all the way around my wreath.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

I attached twine towards the top center of my wreath, to hang my paper rulers. I then glued them to the twine.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

This project was very inexpensive. I used one of my existing wreaths, spray painted it, and purchased my back to school embellishments from my local Dollar Tree store. The total amount spent for this project was $2!

 Amazing, Laura, $2??  I love budget crafts! To learn more about Laura, please find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

For more inspiration, check out these back to school parties from our site,  plus our free back to school printables, and our back to school Pinterest board.

Sequin Monogram Letter DIY

Glam Sequin Monogram Letter DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are here sharing an easy way to glam up a monogram letter by using sequins. How great would this look as party decor at a bridal shower, baby shower, 1st birthday, or even as some bingy room decor for a girl's bedroom.

Monograms are a classic trend that never go out of style! We decided to bring an element of glitz and glam to a traditional monogram by adding sequins. This quick and easy DIY will be sure to dazzle at your next event or bring a little fun to your home decor!

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:
  • Elastic sequin cording
  • Paper mache letter
  • Decorative flower
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

1.) We want to start by covering up the edges of the letter, so take a strand of your elastic sequin cording and carefully cut pieces to adhere to the edges of your paper mache letter that can not be wrapped with the elastic.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

2.) With hot glue, adhere the strands of your pre-cut elastic to any edging of the perimeter of your paper mache letter.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

3.) Starting at any edge of your paper mache letter, hot glue the end of your cording, starting on the back of your letter, and begin to carefully wrap the sequin band around the letter. Be sure as your wrap, there are no gaps between the layers of the cording. If you have some small gaps, you can easily fill them in with loose sequins.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

4.) As you get to a new edge of your letter, you may need to start wrapping the cording in the opposite direction (depending on your letter of choice).

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

5.) We wrapped our sequins vertically along the outer edge of our letter E to save on time and to give it a smoother look.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

6.) Finish wrapping any other areas of your letter. This should leave you with a fully covered letter!

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

7.) We wanted to add a little extra something to our monogram, so we decided to add a pretty coral colored silk flower for a fun detail!

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

8.) Carefully adhere your silk flower with a touch of hot glue.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

9.) Congratulations on creating your own beautiful and fun sequin monogram, suitable for any event or as a unique piece of home decor!

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

 

Thank you, Missy and Kristen, for once again sharing your boundless creativity! I would never have thought to use sequin cording... brilliant idea!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

For more glitzy inspiration, check out these glam parties from our site!

Fun Summer Crafting + Free Margarita Party Printables

Summer Jorts DIY | CatchMyParty.com

For this  post, we were asked by Sauza to design our own pair of summer jorts. Well, when the Crayola fabric markers arrived from Amazon in the mail, my daughter, Lainey, refused to let me do this project alone. She grabbed a pair of her jeans and started cutting off the legs. (I did had to come in and rescue the jeans a little.)

We decided she would design the front of the jorts and I would design the back.

I love the scene she created. She wanted it to feel very summery, which is why she added the palm tree and the big yellow sun. Summer Jorts DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I added a rainbow chevron pattern to the back. Rainbow chevron is a very popular pattern we see at summer parties on our site so I thought it only fit.

Summer Jorts DIY | CatchMyParty.com

To add to the feeling of summer (in addition to our cool jorts that my daughter won't stop wearing), I also wanted to give away something fun to help you (the adults in the room) celebrate.

To me, margaritas are such a perfect summer brunch drink, so I asked Michelle from Printabelle to design some free "margarita" printables straw flags and toppers that would work well at a summer brunch party.  Here you'll see I attached the straw flags to my papers straws, and stuck some toppers in some big yummy muffins. Brunch is served!

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Free summer margarita party printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free margarita party printables | CatchMyParty.com

For the margarita, my recipe of choice is always the "Sauza-rita." I love the way the light beer mellows the tequila so you get a more well-rounded drink. It definitely won't overpower your brunch. Here's how I make mine...

SAUZA-RITA RECIPE

Makes 9 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 can frozen limeade
  • 1 can Sauza Silver Tequila
  • 1 bottle light beer
  • 1 can water
Instructions:

Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher filled with ice. Fill limeade can with Sauza® Silver, pour into pitcher. Fill limeade can with water, pour into pitcher. Stir and enjoy.

Sausa-rita margarita recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These are seriously refreshing and not too strong. I recommend lots of ice!

Free margarita party printables | CatchMyParty.com

Now please enjoy some brunch in summer style, and maybe in a pair of jorts!

Free summer margarita party printables | CatchMyParty.com

There's nothing more macho than the Sauza tequila cowboy getting his DIY on! Take a look here...

Ever think you could make jorts with a cowboy? Here's your chance to meet a man who crafts his heart out. Okay, so maybe he's not the best DIY-er. But what he lacks in cutting skills, he more than makes up for when he makes the perfect Sauza-rita. Watch him in action for ideas for your next ladies' night in: http://bit.ly/1juaLln.

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Feminine Ribbon Chandelier DIY

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here today with a beautiful ribbon chandelier DIY that would look great at a girl birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, or even as room decor.

Nothing says "feminine" like delicate ribbon and lace, and a ribbon chandelier is an easy and beautiful way to add an ethereal, shabby chic feel to your next event!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:
  • Large embroidery hoop
  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Assortment of ribbon and lace
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • String

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial supplies | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

1.) Take your large embroidery hoop and hot glue a 12 inch strip of ribbon to the hoop, leaving a small amount of ribbon at the top to wrap over the top of the hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

2.) Now glue down the excess ribbon by wrapping it and securing it to the interior of the hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

3.) Repeat the first step, alternating ribbon colors and textures, creating a pattern, until the entire hoop is covered.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

4.) Secure a piece of ribbon around the inside perimeter of the hoop with hot glue, hiding any excess, uneven or frayed pieces.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

5.) Take your string and simply knot it onto the hoop in 3 even spaces locations at the height you prefer.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

6.) Pull the three pieces of string and knot them together, creating a perfect first layer to your chandelier!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

7.) Repeat the previous steps for your second, smaller hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

8.) This should leave you with two hoops. Carefully, evenly space and attach the strings from the smaller hoop to the large hoop. Be sure to adjust the distance between the two levels, determining the overall length you would like your chandelier to be.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

9.) Now you will have a lovely 2 tiered chandelier, perfect for your party. We chose to use our DIY ribbon chandelier to accent our Belle inspired princess party!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

 

Thank you Kristen and Missy for your beautiful DIY. I definitely want to make a ribbon chandelier for my daughter's room. She would love it hanging above her bed.

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram. Party photography by Expressions by Nicole Marie.

Waffle Iron Birthday Cake DIY

Waffle iron birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

Michelle from Michelle's Party Plan-It is here with a creative way to bake a birthday cake... using a waffle iron!

Looking for a fast and easy way to bake a birthday cake without using an oven? How about using a waffle iron? It’s hot here in Southern California and the last thing I want to do is fire up the oven to bake.

I recently baked some ready-made cinnamon rolls in my waffle iron and have since been on the hunt to find other items I can bake with my waffle iron. One of my friends shared how she baked a cake with a waffle iron and I knew I had to try it out for myself.

Supplies:

  • 1 box cake mix of your choice (plus ingredients as directed on the box)
  • Waffle iron
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Step 1.

Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box and turn on your waffle iron.

Step 2.

Spray the top and bottom waffle iron plates with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cake batter in the center of the waffle iron. The amount of cake batter will depend on the size and shape of your waffle iron. Just like when you make waffles, it may take some trial and error to determine the right amount of batter.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Step 3.

Cook until steaming stops, then carefully remove the cake waffle.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Step 4.

Once cooled, spread a thin layer of icing on top of the cake waffle and sprinkle some sprinkles on the edges. Stack another cake waffle and repeat.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

More ideas:
  • Use whipped cream instead of icing and add fresh fruit.
  • Serve vanilla ice cream between two layers to make ice cream sandwiches.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream and fudge sauce.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

 

This looks crazy delicious, Michelle, and so cool!

To learn more about Michelle, please visit her at Michelle's Party Plan-It, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Etsy!

Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner DIY

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Our super chic blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing an easy table runner made out of craft paper, perfect for a colorful summer party or baby shower!

A brightly colored table runner is a great way to take a party table from boring to beautiful, and with this table runner, there is no sewing involved because it's made from craft paper. This quick, easy, and inexpensive party DIY is a fun way to add a little color to your next event!

Supplies:

  • Roll of craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Assortment of acrylic paint
  • Wine cork
  • Paper towels

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Unroll your craft paper and cut it to the length of your table, adding a foot of length to each side. This will not only look nicer, but it also help to keep the runner in place.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Squeeze out a bit of paint onto a piece scrap of paper. You won't need much, as a little goes a long way for this project!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Next, gently dip your cork into the first paint color, only applying it to the very base of the cork.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Blot off any excess paint onto a paper towel, leaving enough paint to transfer a couple of polka dots onto your craft paper.

Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner DIY CatchMyParty.com

Carefully press the paint-coated cork straight down onto the craft paper and lift, leaving a perfect polka dot!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat the previous steps with your other paint colors, being careful to wipe the previous color from the cork with a paper towel.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Don't be concerned about perfectly spacing your dots, imperfections add to the charm! This should leave you with a fun polka doted pattern throughout the entire runner.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Add your new runner to your table and enjoy!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks so much, Missy and Kristen! This table runner would look great at a rustic brunch or as part of a shabby chic dessert table!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

We were asked by DiGiorno® to come up with a fun pizza design using their new DESIGN A PIZZA kit. The DESIGN A PIZZA kit comes with everything you need to create your own pizza masterpiece.

I knew my daughter, Lainey, would enjoy doing this. She loves creating any kind of masterpiece, especially one she can eat!

Lainey is a huge Minecraft fan, in fact she's going to Minecraft camp in a few weeks, so when we came up with the idea of making a Creeper pizza she was so excited!

The DESIGN A PIZZA kits come in three varieties:

  • Pepperoni and Sausage with Peppers & Onions
  • Spinach, Tomato & Red Onion with Pepperoni
  • Chicken, Green Peppers & Red Onions with Pepperoni.
For this project, we chose the kit with chicken, green peppers & onions, and pepperoni. Here's what this DESIGN A PIZZA kit looks like.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

Because we both love pepperoni, cheese, and seasonings, those were the toppings we chose to go with for our pizza. Here are all the toppings right out of the box:

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

First thing we did was add the extra cheese.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

Next, because everything in Minecraft comes in blocks, we had to make a block pizza. I used a square piece of  7.5" x 7.5" paper to cut it out.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

Next we cut the pepperoni into squares. We needed 4 square pieces of pepperoni and one additional square cut in half and then one half cut into quarters.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

Here the Minecraft design so you can see how the pepperonis are put together.

Minecraft Pizza Template CatchMyParty.com

And here's Lainey adjusting the pieces.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

Our finished pizza...

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And since the DESIGN A PIZZA kit comes with a pack of oregano, and Creepers are green, it was the perfect touch!

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

What did we do with the pizza edges? We sprinkled on a little extra cheese and... delicious!

Minecraft Creeper Pizza CatchMyParty.com

 Disclosure: Compensation was provided by DiGiorno. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DiGiorno.

July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY

July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake is here today with us to show us how to make a vintage-looking scrap fabric banner, which is perfect for the 4th of July!

This fabric garland is a fun and easy way to decorate for the 4th of July. I love its rustic look!

July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
Here is how to make it in a few simple steps:
July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
Supplies:
  • 1/4 yard fabric in assorted colors
  • Twine
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
Start by cutting the fabric in 1 inch wide strips. Using a rotary cutter makes this process super fast.
July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
1. Cut a length of twine and make loops at both ends for hanging later.

2. Knot a fabric strip around the twine.3. Pull both ends of the strip towards you.

4. Repeat in a pattern of your choice.

July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty

Thank you, Virginie, for sharing this awesome garland banner with us! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

For more party ideas, check out these incredible July 4th party ideas and free July 4th party printables from our site!

Candy Fruit Skewers DIY

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Get instructions for making these candy fruit skewers! These work great as party favors and can be made in colors to match your party, too!

Candy Fruit Skewer DIY | CatchMyParty.com

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Patriotic July 4th Paper Wreath DIY

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake is here with a fantastic paper wreath for July 4th. I love how she distressed the paper stars to make it look like an antique!

One of my little challenges for this year is to make a wreath for my front door for every season/holiday. I just love the welcoming feel a wreath provides.

So of course, I had to come up with a design for the 4th of July! I love the end result and I hope you will too. :)

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

The paper stars are really easy to make and here is a tutorial to recreate the wreath.

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Wreath (I used a wire wreath but took out the inner and outer rings to make it thinner)
  • Red, white, blue card stock (I found the lovely blue one at Michael's)
  • Star template download
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Optional: A scorer for easier folding
  • Optional: Distress Ink (I used the color Frayed Burlap)
July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Use the template to cut out stars in three different sizes. For each star, score from one point to opposite inner angle like shown by the line. Repeat for all 5 points. Fold on every line.

Pinch each point to get the 3D effect (it helps to pinch the points two by two).

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com
If you wish to distress the stars, simply use a small sponge or applicator to apply the Distress Ink. I started by making the fold lines dark and then applied some lighter stains in between the points.

Once you have a selection of stars ready, you can hot glue them to the wire frame. Use a ribbon to hang (I used red burlap).

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com
July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks, Virginie, for sharing how you made your awesome wreath! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

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