Fabric Hanging Lights DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

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 Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a fabric hanging lights DIY that can beautifully illuminate to any holiday or room.  

I first saw these fabric lights on the Land of Nod blog and fell in love. I wanted to create a mini version for my daughter’s bedrooms, the perfect night lights for bedtime: pretty, fun and enchanting.

They would add an extra special touch to your outdoor porch, balcony, or even fireplace mantel! Simple supplies, affordable to create, and fun for you and the kids! The fabric you choose can change with the seasons or coordinate with your home decor.

Supplies:

  • Set of 50 mini LED lights (this is 12.5 ft, but you can make as long as you like)
  • 5 oz clear white plastic cups ( I got the great value brand at Walmart, set of 80)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam paint brush
  • Template
  • Fabric
  • Drill
  • Template
Directions:

Supplies for Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies for Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Begin by printing the template. Cut template out and trace onto fabric. I use pencil and trace lightly the shape of the template. Depending on how many lights you bought that will be how many fabric shapes you cut out. I believe you can buy a strand of as little as 25 lights. I bought 50 which will be about 12 ½ feet of lights. Trim one end of each fabric piece with pinking shears. This will prevent the fabric from fraying.

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cut out desired amount of fabric shapes. Set aside. Grab your drill. Using a drill bit slightly smaller than the light, drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the cups. I stacked 10 + cups at a time and then drilled through the stack. See video:

Separate cups. Using foam paint brush. Brush the Mod Podge onto the entire cup except for rim and bottom. Working quickly apply first fabric piece, slowly working your way around cup. Wipe off excess glue. See video

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat with all cups and fabric pieces. Allow fabric to dry at least 20-30 minutes.

Attach lights to cups. Place one hand inside of cup for resistance. Gently twist light through drill hole being careful not to crack the cups. See video:

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Note: if you make your drill holes too large the cups will just fall off. If you make the drill holes too small the lights will crack the cups.

Now hang those beautiful lights!

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Thanks, Shauna, for such a sweet craft! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Please Note: Do not leave the lights unattended or on for extended use. All children should be supervised in the crafting process and when lights are in use. Best to have an adult do the drilling step in the process.

 

Fall Monogram Wreath DIY

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Fall Monogram Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here with a beautiful fall monogram wreath DIY. It's such a beautiful way to decorate for Thanksgiving.

We just love everything about fall; the crisp air, the changing leaves and of course, all the fabulous seasonal decor! And what better way to greet the season and your guests than with a new, stylish fall wreath!

With this simple tutorial and a few fantastic supplies, you will be on your way to welcoming the harvest with a little bit of glitz and glam!

Fall Monogram Wreath DIY

Supplies:
  • Wooden monogram (we used one by Ten23Designs but you can find a variety at your local craft store)
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Miniature craft pumpkins & gourds
  • Artificial flowers
  • Hot glue gun
DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

1. Gather your foam brush, your paint, and your monogram.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

2. Carefully apply your paint to your monogram, being careful to coat well.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

2. Using a small amount of hot glue, adhere your wooden monogram to your grapevine wreath.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

3. Next, gather your accent details, we started with a few gold gourds and pumpkins.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

4. Feel free to add an array of coordinating artificial flowers and a feather or two to add a bit of glam to your fall project!

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

5. Begin arranging and adhering your pumpkins, gourds, and florals with a touch of hot glue.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

6. Continue arranging your festive decor until your wreath is complete.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

You now have a fabulous piece of fall decor that will perfectly accentuate the coming season and all the fantastic things it has to offer!

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

A special thanks to Ten23Designs for supplying us with this custom monogram!

And thank you Missy and Kristen for sharing your stylish wreath DIY with us! To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

For more inspiration, check out all the pretty wreath tutorials on our site.

Hipster Halloween Party and more!

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Hipster Halloween party and more! | CatchMyParty.com

I wanted to show you my four favorite parties from this week, including an awesome hipster Halloween party!

A very cool hipster themed Halloween spooky soiree, a glam dress up Mommy and Me Disney Villains party, an outdoor wooded dreamy Navajo first birthday party, and a gorgeous party celebrating the Day of the Dead! Check them out below.

Clockwise from top left:

Happy Halloween, everyone! My daughter, Lainey, is planning to be a candy fairy. She loves candy and fairies so it fits. What about your kids?

Cookie Mix Party Favor DIY

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 Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with her easy holiday cookie mix party favor DIY. What a great way to give something special to your holiday guests and friends! 

I learned young the art of homemade gifts from my mothers. Maybe there is some misconception about homemade gifts. You often feel you’re being cheap, right? Well I want to stop you right there!

Cheap is far from homemade. Homemade to me, means love, time, and energy. Homemade is unique. Your family and friends will not receive another gift like yours. These gifts are affordable, easy, and yummy to say the least!

What you need: (note: 2 jars, split recipe in half when adding to jars and make sure to cut butter and eggs in half when adding recipe tag to jars).

  • 2 16 oz. mason jars or one 32 oz large jar
  • Fabric scraps cut
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Cookie recipe
  • Recipe card template
Directions:

Start by cutting your fabric scraps into 5x5 or 6x6” squares (depending on size of jars you use). Set aside.

Cookie Jar Favors DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 

Decide how many jars you are making and in what sizes. Clean and dry thoroughly the jars.

Recipe: (adapted from Nestle)

  • 2 1⁄4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp powdered vanilla (like vanilla extract in powder form)
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 12 oz bag of your favorite chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, vanilla chips etc. I used butterscotch.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped nuts ( optional )
Cookie Mix Party Favors DIY | CatchMyParty.com

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and powdered vanilla. Mix. In a separate bowl combine sugars and mix. Tip: mix sugar with hands to remove any lumps.

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Begin to layer ingredients. Start with flour. If using two jars make sure to cut ingredients in half. Next, add the sugar mixture on top of the flour. Lastly, add chocolate chips, nuts, etc.

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Place the jars round lid on top. Cover with your pre-cut fabric square ( I also used pinking shears to give a pretty edge on the fabric and prevent fraying ) and screw on the cap over the fabric. Add ribbon or twine to attach the recipe card or create a pretty finished look!

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Mix Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Mix Party Favors DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Mix Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Thanks, Shauna, what a great way to give something homemade at the holidays! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

10 Ways to Decorate your Party with Cardboard Letters

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10 great ideas for decorating your parties with cardboard letters | CatchMyParty.com

Cardboard letters are a super popular DIY trend on our site. The best part of using letters is you can spell anything you like, and it's a great way to personalize your party.

Below are 10 ways to decorate your party with cardboard letters by using glitter, paint, sequins and more!

1. Sequin Monogram Letter

This gorgeous monogram letter uses gold sequins to embellish it. See the tutorial...

Sequin Monogram Letter | CatchMyParty.com

2. Pink and Gold Polka Dot Glitter Letters

Glitter and pink paint are a sweet way to decorate these letters for a first birthday.

Pink and Gold Polka Dot Glitter Letters | CatchMyParty.com

3. Monogram Floral Centerpiece

Fresh flowers and floral foam make these letters look amazing. See the tutorial...

Monogram Floral Centerpiece | CatchMyParty.com

4. Yarn Wrapped "Love" Letters

Several colors of chenille yarn look great decorating these Love letters. Just wrap them up!

Yarn Wrapped "Love" Letters | CatchMyParty.com

5. Ombre DIY Piñata

Colored tissue paper turns a simple letter into a fun piñata party game! See the tutorial...

Ombre DIY Pinata | CatchMyParty.com

6. Blue Tissue Paper Letters

Scrunch up colored tissue paper and attach it with glue to letters for this striking look.

Blue Tissue Paper Letters | CatchMyParty.com

7. Glittery Gold Letters

The front of these letters spelling "dance" are completely covered in gold glitter. Just cover the front of the letters with glue and dust with glitter.

Glittery Gold Letters | CatchMyParty.com

8. Purple "Frozen" Glitter Letters

Using colored glitter to match your party is a perfect party decoration, like with these "Frozen" letters.

Purple "Frozen" Glitter Letters | CatchMyParty.com

9. Cardboard "Milk" Marquee Letters

White lights added to the inside of the cardboard letters creates "milk" marquee letters.

Cardboard "Milk" Letters | CatchMyParty.com

10. Floral "Mom" Letters

Mod Podge or glue and your favorite fabric transform cardboard letters into a beautiful centerpiece.

Floral "Mom" Letters | CatchMyParty.com

If you need cardboard letters, we just started selling them in our store! They're 12" and $3.85 each. Have fun creating!

If you need cardboard letters, we sell them! | CatchMyParty.com

Cute Halloween Treats

by Jillian Leslie on

Cute Halloween Treats! | CatchMyParty.comI'm always looking for cute Halloween treats to serve my little guests (read: daughter and friends). So here's a roundup of some of the things I've made. I kept them all very simple so anyone (including kids) can make them. I've got cookies, pretzels, and even ice cream sandwiches all dressed up for the holiday!

Candy Corn Halloween Cookies

Candy Corn Halloween Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Halloween Ice Cream Sandwich Spiders

Halloween Ice Cream Sandwich Spiders | CatchMyParty.com

Easy Mummy Cookie Pops

Easy Mummy Cookie Pops | CatchMyParty.com

Halloween White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Halloween White Chocolate Covered Pretzels | CatchMyParty.com

Aside from my cute Halloween treats, if you need more inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY

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Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Shauna Krantz, our new contributor, and the brains behind the beautiful Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a great shabby chic ruffled wreath DIY for fall. Take it away, Shauna...

I am so excited to have created this ruffled wreath tutorial for Catch My Party! The original inspiration came from the AO at Home blog. Beautiful tutorial, however, I like a few more step-by-step details when I’m following a tutorial, so I thought I would create my own for you!

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Materials:

  • 2 yards of fabric, 36-44” wide ( I used unbleached muslin)
  • 12” wooden embroidery hoop
  • Ribbon (I used a glittered ribbon with wire from Offray, found at Joann’s)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors
Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY materials | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Note: on the finished sides of fabric cut the very edges and tear down sides. This way all edges of fabric have a unfinished looked.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

 

Take your fabric and fold lengthwise in half. Do this two more times until you have 8 layers of fabric.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

They will be about 4.5” wide and 72” long. On the fold cut 1⁄2”.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Begin to rip your first strip.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

 

Take a quick look at this video to get a better idea of how to tear your layers.

Continue to tear layers until all 8 strips are complete.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Set aside 4 of your strips. With the remaining 4 we will now mark where you will sew. Take one strip and fold in half lengthwise. Use your fingernail to make a crease down the fold or you can iron the fold.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Unfold. The crease should be the middle of your strip. Using a ruler mark a half inch on each side of the crease. You do not need a special fabric pencil for this. To be honest, I always use a real pencil! Don’t use pen or marker though. Marke every few inches down the center of fabric.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat for three additional strips.

Take one of the marked strips and place on top of one of the unmarked strips. Using sewing machine (faster) or needle and thread, sew in a straight line following the guides you have made. Repeat on second half of strip. You have now created a tubing for the wooden hoop. You will repeat this process until you have 4 strips with tubing.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Only using the outer hoop, slide your first set of strips onto the hoop.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

It is difficult at first because of the metal piece that secures the hoop, but once you get the hang of it, they slide on super easy. Repeat with all four sets of strips.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Fasten the hoop together with provided screw.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Disperse the fabric evenly throughout the wreath.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Cut ribbon and loop around wreath. Hang your beautiful work of art! I love this wreath. It is timeless and easy, and can be made with a variety of fabric to pair with each season.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Thanks, Shauna, it looks so beautiful on your door! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

A Confetti Party and More!

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A gorgeous confetti party and more! | CatchMyParty.com

I wanted to show you my four favorite parties from this week (including an amazing confetti party!) ...

A fun mad scientist boy birthday party, a gorgeous confetti birthday party in black, white, teal and pink, an outdoor camping boy birthday party and a spooky Frankenweenie Halloween party.

Clockwise from top left:

Wishing you a great week ahead! I'm heading to a startup conference in SF this week that I'm excited about.

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party

Gemma Touchstone from Gemma's Party Style is here with a fun and yummy Halloween hot cocoa recipe that's will definitely entertain your guests.

This is my favorite Halloween treat for the kids and their friends. It's so easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser. I start by taking plain large jet puff marshmallows and black edible pen, and color fun ghost faces and spooky Halloween words.
Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party
Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party

Then I make my favorite hot cocoa recipe.

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe

Ingredients:
        2 tablespoons sugar
        2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
        2 1/2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
        1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
        1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 oz)
        1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

In your 2 quart saucepan, mix sugar and cocoa. Stir in the whole milk and half-and-half until completely blended.

Cook and stir over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat. Then add your chocolate chips; stir constantly with wire whisk if you have one until chips are melted and mixture is smooth and tempting. Stir in the vanilla. Then it's ready to pour and add your spooky ghost marshmallows!

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party

And voila! Enjoy your spooky treat.

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party

Thanks, Gemma. What a great idea! For fun party ideas & product reviews visit Gemma at Gemma's Party Style and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

How to Throw a Toddler Halloween Party

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Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.comLaura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here to share her adorable toddler Halloween party and to show up how she put it together!

Halloween time is one of our favorite times of the year! My family looks forward to dreaming up fun costumes, carving pumpkins, and of course, Halloween parties! Because my youngest two children are toddlers, I feel the need to keep the spooky decor to a minimum. But that doesn’t stop us from having a great time with our party treats & decor!

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I love having parties outside. And the gloomy weather made it more fun.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

This year I created a festive Halloween spread that included spooky-fun chocolate caramel apples, tasty Oreo cookies, delectable caramel pretzels, cupcakes, and popcorn. I opted to keep the candy scarce, in preparation for the buckets of candy the kids will bring home after they trick-or-treat!

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I picked out a cute Halloween free printable party set designed by Printbelle for Catch My Party. I printed, cut, and attached the printables to treat boxes, the tops of cupcakes, napkins, and snack cups.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Along with a colorful trick-or-treat banner, I created another banner, using different sizes of circle tags.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Our party table wasn’t very hard to create. I like to buy store-bought treats, and mix them with special ordered treats, such as the candy apples, chocolate covered oreos, and caramel pretzels. I also enjoy doing a few DIY projects, whenever I get the chance.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I spray painted a few of my cake stands, to match the party decor. I even added some tissue festooning around the edge to give it a more festive look.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I also created a faux cake! This is something I’ve wanted to do, and I’m so happy I did. It was easy to create, inexpensive, and added a bit of whimsy to our party table. For the faux cake, you can use various shapes & sizes of styrofoam. (different sized boxes will also work). I picked up a few 2” styrofoam rounds from Dollar Tree.

I stacked the rounds to the desired height for my cake, covered them with polka dotted wrapping paper, and attached with tape. Because the top of the cake round was exposed, I cut out a circle piece of wrapping paper, and attached it to the top. To disguise the “seam” of the paper, I attached black tissue festooning, and voila! You’ve got a fun, festive, and inexpensive cake for your party table!

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I used striped fabric for a table cover, and added a spooky spiderweb runner that I found at HomeGoods. I picked up some cute spider cupcake holders, and placed them on a cake stand. Paper plates, striped napkins, and fun Frankenstein head cups were a fun touch. Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

And I couldn’t forget the bubbling cauldrons. I used a package of mini black cauldrons from Party City, and filled them with white gum balls that served as the “bubbles” of a boiling witch’s brew.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I hope my Halloween party will help inspire you to throw something spooky-cool for your little Monsters. Happy Halloween!

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Thank you, Laura for all your creative ideas! I'm hoping lots of toddlers will get to enjoy parties because of your inspirations.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

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To learn more about Laura, please find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

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