DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make Party Decorations with Festooning

by Jillian Leslie on

Have you heard of festooning? It's one of my new favorite party craft decorations. I first learned about it when I saw this photo on Jen Smith's Jilly Bean Kids Facebook page.

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In case you don't know, festooning is crepe paper fringed garlands that comes in 25' rolls in all these colors.

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So you can see why it's so great for decorating and crafting!

Now back to the craft... Jen had decorated a Styrofoam ball with festooning, and I needed to know how she did it, so she kindly put together this tutorial for us. Thank you, Jen!

Supplies:

  • Festooning 1 roll
  • Styrofoam ball or ring or anything else that can easily be wrapped (and be creative here, I didn’t have a Styrofoam ball the size I wanted so I used a round twig ornament I use for decor in my home)
  • Glue gun or Glue Dots (could even use straight pins)
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If you have worked with festooning before then you know it has a front and back. This is great for crafting.  The photo shows both the front and the back side.  The back side or working side of festooning, has a flat spine like look to it.  This is so helpful when attaching it to objects.  The fringe pieces from the front get in the way sometimes but just fluff, squeeze, or shape the festooning after you are done.

Now that we have our working side, find the beginning of your festooning garland roll. Apply your Glue Dots (2-4) to the back flat spine of the festooning roll.  Firmly apply the Glue Dots to the bottom of the Styrofoam ring. Now start winding the festooning around the Styrofoam ring.  This task is much easier if you do not unravel the roll of festooning. Keep it in the roll and just unwind as you go.

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Continue winding around shaping, aligning, fluffing and checking to make sure you have good coverage as you go.  Looking back, I would have used less festooning if my styrofoam ring was white instead of green, but again I love using items I have on hand and really loved the end results.

When your reach your starting point, double check your work.  Make sure you have the coverage you want before you cut your garland.  If you are happy with your results, cut your garland and apply (2-4) Glue Dots to the back flat spine of your festooning and firmly apply to the bottom of the Styrofoam ring.

Ta-da! We have created a beautiful centerpiece in minutes and under $5.00.  I have used this festooning centerpiece as a cake pop stand and have even glued photos of the birthday girl/boy on sucker sticks placed them in the Styrofoam ring for an easy and economical personalized photo center piece.

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Remember the round twig ornament from the first photo?  I covered it with festooning using the same method.  I was thrilled how it turned out.

You can even cover an inexpensive paper lantern.

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Festooning is my favorite decorating material, and so underused.  It is inexpensive, re-useable, easy to store and work with and comes in nearly any color you can think of.

Thank you for taking a moment to read my tutorial, I hope you have learned a little about festooning, and plan on making it a part of your next event. Trust me, you'll be hooked.

Also, to Jillian from Catch my Party, thank you for the opportunity and inspiration behind this tutorial....You have helped put festooning on the map!

Thank you, Jen!! If you'd like to try your hand at festooning some crafts, Jen sells it in her store Jilly Bean Kids for $3.45 a roll. Not bad...

And if you make something with it, please send photos, I'd love to show it off!!

GIVEAWAY: Win a $73 Halloween Party Package from Fun Favors

by Jillian Leslie on

Just in time for Halloween, my friend Dulce from FunFavors is giving away this amazing Halloween party package worth $73 to use at your upcoming Halloween party.

Here's what the party package includes: a dozen candy corn custom sugar cookies (winner gets to choose colors), a mini Halloween cake banner, and a "trick or treat" banner to hang over your sweets station (plus free shipping).


One dozen candy corn custom sugar cookies (winner can choose colors)

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A Halloween cake banner

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A "Trick or Treat" banner to hang over your sweets station

How impressed would your guests be at your fun Halloween party decor! Thanks, Dulce, for doing this giveaway with us.

To enter the giveaway, just “like” FunFavors on Facebook, then leave a comment at the end of this post saying you did it. Nice and easy!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Thursday, October 6th 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.

DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make a Cozy Fall Yarn Wreath

by Jillian Leslie on

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs makes some beautiful crafts. I love this fall wreath she created with chunky yarn, felt, and an old sweater.

How wonderful would this look at your Thanksgiving celebration or even decorating your front door. It's so warm and cozy and the little pinwheel flowers are just too sweet.

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Check out this simple tutorial to make your own. Thank you, Jo-Anna!

HALLOWEEN: Some of my Favorite Treat and Dessert Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

Halloween is right around the corner. We've got a ton of free printables for your Halloween parties, but how about dessert and treat ideas?

Here's a collection of my favorite Halloween desserts and treats from our main site. You will be blown away.

Click  on the photo to see the party the dessert is from.

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If you need more fun Halloween ideas, check out these amazing Halloween parties on our site.

DIY TUTORIAL: Homemade Play Dough

by Jillian Leslie on

I think homemade play dough is a great favor idea. It's cheap to make and you can pick your own colors.

I found this gorgeous and simple tutorial on adelynSTONE and thought it would be perfect to share.  Kristan, the woman behind adelynSTONE, says the secret to her recipe is cream of tarter and not a lot of salt.

Plus, I love how she packaged it in little plastic baby food containers. Great idea!

My husband and daughter made some yesterday to try it out. It was simple to make, and had a super smooth texture, better than any other homemade play dough we've tried. As you can see, my daughter loved it.

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Here's the full homemade play dough recipe. It's definitely worth a try, great for a rainy day activity or for some fun cheap party favors.

 

FREE PRINTABLES: Breast Cancer Awareness Party Labels

by Jillian Leslie on

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so when Jodie from Party NV contacted me about giving away on our site the breast cancer awareness printables she created I got very excited. You can use these as cupcake toppers, favor tags, food picks, or for any other sort of label you need.

For those of you that have been touched by breast cancer (as have we), you know how important it is to bring awareness to the cause so lives can be saved, survivors can be celebrated, and a cure can be found.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING

Thank you, Jodie, for letting us give these away!

To learn more about Jodie, see all her gorgeous parties, and learn about her custom party business, check out her Party NV page.

 

 

 

 

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

by Jillian Leslie on

This week's party photo comes from my friend, Lynlee's Come Fly Away Birthday Party. Lynlee threw this unbelievable party for her mother who used to work for Pan Am.

Lynlee is one of the best fondant cupcake topper designers there is and you can see why by looking at the intricate luggage toppers she made for the party.

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If you haven't seen the rest of the photos from this amazing party, please do.  You will be blown away!

Also, to learn more about Lynlee and her fondant topper business, and to check out her other gorgeous parties on our site, please take a look at her Lynlee's Petit Cakes vendor page.

Lynlee, this could be my favorite party you've done so far!!

DIY Tutorial -- How to Make a Candy Tree Topiary

by Jillian Leslie on

I can't say enough about Maria, Kristina, and Roxana, the women at MKR Creations.  I met two of them at the CPN So Cal meetup and they are lovely and so creative.

They created this adorable candy tree topiary for their Y's Diapers and Wipes Shower using Smarties Pops and marshmallow rope. I just love it.

Maria, Kristina, and Roxana were kind enough to put together this tutorial and wait until you see how easy it is...

Supplies:

  • Large foam ball
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Stick
  • Vase
  • Foam & artificial grass from Michaels
  • Poofy marshmallow rope or candy necklace from It'Sugar
  • Smarties Pops unwrapped from CandyDirect.com
 

Directions:

STEP 1 -- Cut half off the Smarties Pop sticks.

STEP 2 -- Start inserting the Smarties Pop sticks into the large foam ball.

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 STEP 3 -- After you are done filling the foam ball with Smarties Pops, add the stick to your vase and insert it in your large foam ball.

STEP 4 -- Tie the poofy marshmallow rope around the stick to cover it. You could use the candy necklace instead; if you use the candy necklace you will need a glue gun to glue it so it will stay in place.

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STEP 5 -- Add your ribbon and you're done!

Candy tree topiaries makes such a great addition to your party!

I couldn't agree more! Thank you, lovely ladies, for putting this tutorial together. To learn more about MKR Creations and see the other amazing parties they've styled, please check out their vendor page on our site.

The Creative Process in Blogging (and Life) - My Presentation from Bloggy Bootcamp Denver

by Jillian Leslie on

I just got back from Bloggy Bootcamp in Denver where I spoke about the "creative process."

Having been a writer all of my life, I understand the creative process from the inside out -- both how hard it is to create, but also how rewarding it can be.

Here's the presentation I put together with the tools I use everyday to get my work done. I hope you find this useful as part of your creative journey.

Also, if you are looking for a one-day conference with supportive women and lots of relevant information about taking your blog to the next level, I highly recommend Bloggy Bootcamp. Tiffany and Francesca, the women behind the conference, are both smart, engaging, warm, and know what they're doing. You will learn a ton and walk away with new friends, I promise.

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