Posts Tagged ‘Diy’

Sleepover Parties, Rainbow Easter Cupcakes, and Moss Covered Letter

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

Having a sleepover birthday party?  Get some great ideas for your party!

Sleepover Party Ideas |

Find a whole gallery of cupcake ideas for Easter!

Easter Cupcake Ideas |

Learn how to cover amonogram letter with moss for a lovely home decor look!

Moss covered letter DIY |

Learn to make these bright rainbow your cupcakes for Easter!

Easter Dyed Cupcakes |

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

Circus Party Ideas, Amazing Construction Parties, and How to Make a Paper Plate Backdrop

Circus parties are so popular these days. Check out some of the best new trends here.


Need construction party ideas? We've got them here!


How cool would a paper plate backdrop look at your next party? Learn how to make one.


Check out all the recent posts I've done on Spoonful!

{DIY} Decorative Wooden Box for Easter


I like to put out festive decorations during the different seasons, and what I love about Easter is the colors. Pastels make me happy and they definitely make me think of spring.

So when I was at Target a few days ago browsing through the $1 bins, I saw this wooden box ($3) and these rub-on transfers ($1). I decided to put the floral transfers on the box, hoping for a kind of shabby chic look and I love how it came out.



All you do is cut out the decorations...


Peel off the back and stick it to the box. Then using your fingernail, a spoon, or any other hard object, rub the transfer so it sticks to the box.


Peel it off and voila! This is seriously the easiest craft to make, and so much fun.


Now I've got some quick spring decor and a place to store my Easter chocolates! :)

For more Easter inspiration, check out these gorgeous Easter parties  and free Easter printables on our site.

How to Host A Pinterest Party

Here's a great idea for a girls night in... hosting a Pinterest party! It's a fun way to get friends together to eat, gab, and craft.

Who doesn't love Pinterest? And who doesn't pin crafts they'll probably never make? Well, here's a way to fix that!

So how do you throw a Pinterest party? Read on...


You and your friends create a group craft board on Pinterest, like these below, where everyone  adds pins of crafts they'd like to make.

You can do this part one of two ways...

OPTION 1 -- The host picks one or two simple crafts off of the group board and purchases the supplies so everyone can make them during the party.

OPTION 2 -- Each guest picks a craft off of the board she'd like to make, and brings enough supplies for 4 guests, including herself. Names are pulled out of a hat to decide which craft goes with which guest. By the end of the evening, every guest gets to make 4 crafts. **Remind your guests that the crafts they choose should not take more than a half hour to complete, or you'll be there all night. :)

Make the party a "Pinterest potluck" and asks your guest to bring a dish they found on Pinterest.


If the host is providing the craft supplies, I recommend each guest bring a bag filled with craft supplies and instructions for one craft. These bags are exchanged at the end of the night so everyone goes home with a new craft. Or if the host isn't providing the craft supplies for the party, I recommend the host pick a simple craft, buy supplies and wrap them up with instructions to send home with each guest .


Here's a simple craft I found on Pinterest (that I've just started), and that would make a perfect Pinterest party craft.

Using a Pebeo Porcelaine pen (they come in a bunch of colors), draw on a ceramic mug or plate with any design or text you'd like. Then bake for 30 minutes in a 300 degree oven, let cool, and the marker becomes permanent, even dishwasher safe.

If you throw a Pinterest party, please add it to our site. I'd love to show it off!

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{DIY} How to Make a Boy-Themed Photo Backdrop

Wanessa from WCC Designs is back with this boy-themed photo backdrop DIY. Take a look at how cool it is!

The idea behind these photo backdrops was to bring some element of skate parks to my big boy's skateboard party. The inspiration was the wired fences you see at skate parks, and I used it to hang pictures of his past birthdays. This photo backdrops got lots of attention at the party!

Here you can see how they looked in the top photo behind the dessert table...

And here's a closeup...


  • Foam board
  • Gutter guard I bought at Lowe's for $3.72 (Amerimax 20" roll vinyl)
  • Spray paint
  • Fishing line
  • Needle
  • Spray adhesive
  • Brown paper
  • Clothespins
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Picture hanger
  1. Spray paint the foam board. Make sure to apply two coats.
  2. With the foam board completely dry, start shaping the gutter guard onto the foam in zig zag waves. Secure the gutter guard by making stitches through the foam board with the fishing line and a needle.  Make a double knot on the back of the foam board and cut the line.
  3. When done shaping the gutter guard, cut off what is left, probably half of the roll
  4.  Spray adhesive the back of the foam board. Stick the brown paper on it, then trim around. This will cover the fishing line knots.

  5.  Place the picture hanger on the back side of the foam and you're done!

6.  Use mini clothespins to attach the pictures to the backdrop

Thanks Wanessa. What a great way to add some skate park ambiance to your party!

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

{DIY} How to Recycle Cardboard Boxes into Pretty Storage Boxes with Editable Labels

If you need to get organized, here's an easy recycling DIY project using cardboard boxes that our creative contributor Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations put together.

With this tutorial, you can take any box, make it beautiful, then add these free editable labels so you know exactly what's inside.

Wanessa used a small diaper's box and a Rice Crispie treats box to demonstrate.  Here's what she did...

Material needed:

  1. Boxes
  2. Gift wrap (I like to use those with a grid on the back, each square measures 1" so it's easier to measure and to cut)
  3. Spray adhesive
  4. Exacto knife
  5. Glue
  6. Ink pad
  7. Scissors
  8. Trash bag

Here are the boxes she used.

Instructions (Rice Krispies Treats box)

  • Unfold the box
  • Place the box over the gift wrap and cut the size you will need
  • Open the trash bag, place the box over it, and spray the adhesive on the outside of the box
  • With the back of the paper facing up, start placing the unfolded box on the paper. (Be careful with this step. Start with the lid first on the paper. Then fold the lid of the box before placing the body of the box down on the paper. And finally fold the other side of the box before covering that side with paper.  If you stick the whole box down all at once, when you fold the sides of the box back up, it will rip apart.)
  • Trim off the leftover paper
  • Working on the left or right side of the box, fold and stick each small side of the box on the paper, then trim the edge, keep doing that until the side is done
  • Do the same thing with the the other side of the box
  • With the box completely covered, start blotting the ink pad on the edges to give it a better finish. I used black ink. (This step is optional.)
  • Fold the sides of the box to reconstruct it and use the spray adhesive to stick the sides together
Instructions (Diaper box)
  • Start cutting off the lids with your exacto knife, save the bigger sides
  • Measure the paper you will need to cover the large sides and the bottom of the box, add 2" on each side. Do the same thing with the box top then cut off the paper
  • Do the same for the small sides and bottom of the box
  • Choose the side you will start working first (large or small side), spray adhesive on the respective paper. Place one side of the box onto the adhesived paper and leave 2" on each side and top, lay the bottom and then the last side
  • Fold over and stick the 2" of extra paper onto the box
  • Repeat the same steps to cover the other sides

  • With the box all covered, stick the left over paper on the top covering the edges, then using a exacto knife cut off the paper left on the sides.
  • To give a better finish inside, cut 4 stripes of paper, measuring 2" width and stick inside of the box on each side
  • With the lids you saved, start making a bottom to place inside of the box
  • Place both together on the paper and cut the size you will need (2 x);
  • Spray the adhesive on the paper, stick both lids together, do the same to cover the other side of the lids, for last trim the edges with a exacto knife and place inside of the box;
  • Now that you have your box nicely covered it's time to label.
Instructions for the Editable Labels

  • Download the labels here
  • Open the file using Adobe Reader, if you don't have you can download it here it's free
  • Just click on the label and type in any text you'd like
  • Print and cut out
  • I'm providing 5 pages in different colors and 1 page with multiple colors, for a total of 6 pages. Just choose the color / page you want, type in your text, then when you hit print, choose to print just the page you have used
Thank you, Wanessa, for this great way to reuse all those boxes you get in the mail and don't know what to do with. Now you can make your life a little more organized and pretty.

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

GIVEAWAY: Win a Cricut Expression 2 Worth $299.99

The day is finally here! We're giving away a Cricut Expression 2 worth $299.99!

I've been having so much fun with mine! To see what I've been up to, take a look at my recent Valentine's Day post and favor box post.

What's amazing about the Cricut is the variety of projects you can create. Here are some projects I hope to conquer in the coming months (I found all these images on the Circut blog).

It's super easy to enter the giveaway. Just “like” Cricut on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment saying you did just that.

We’ll pick a winner at random on Thursday, March 1st at 10:00PM (PST) and notify the winner by email.  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use to generate our winner and will notify you by email. Open to US residents only. 


What I've Been Up To With My Cricut

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was recently sent a Cricut Expression 2 by the nice folks at Cricut, and I've been busy.

I have to say, there is a learning curve to using your Cricut, so don't be surprised if it takes a little while to get the hang of it. That's what I discovered for myself, and is also why I recommend starting with some easy projects, like those found on the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2 cartridge. (Perfect cartridge for party people, btw.)

Look what I created with it! I can't wait to use these favor boxes and paper tea cups at the small tea party I'm throwing for my daughter next month.

They were so simple to cut out and put together. Plus, my daughter likes pushing the buttons and pealing the paper off the cutting mat once the machine does its magic. She now thinks we're crafting wizzes!

To do this project, I also used the Cricut Craft Room, which is an online resource that's free, and allows you to see the entire library of Cricut images, as well as lay out your projects on your computer screen. I found it of hugely helpful and a much easier way to make adjustments to my designs.

I've also been looking at Cricut videos on YouTube and there are some super helpful ones out there.

Now the good part... This Friday we will be giving away a Cricut Expression 2 worth $299. So stay tuned for my post on Friday, and thank you kind people at Cricut!

Where will my Cricut adventure take me next?





DIY: Caramel Tartlets

Rachel used our tutorial for making Mini Lemon Tartlets, and turned them into caramel tartlets. Love this idea. Thanks for sending in the photo, Rachel!


Does anyone else have a variation on mini tartlets? Please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

DIY TUTORIAL: Easy Framed Pine Cones

My daughter loves pine cones and always collects them, so when I saw this tutorial for a beautiful way to display them in a frame, I had to post about it. The tutorial was created by Linda of Craftaholics Anonymous.

How beautiful would these framed pine cones look as part of your fall or winter decor.

easy-framed-pine-conesCheck out the entire tutorial here!

Thank you, Linda for this easy craft. I might be making one this week with my daughter.

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