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DIY From A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Pom Pom Backdrop

I saw this pom pom backdrop Sarah Y of Sheek Shindigs made for her Hello Kitty Inspired Birthday Party and I loved it!!  What a fuffy, colorful way to make a statement! I asked Sarah if she would put together a tutorial and she so graciously said yes. Thank you, Sarah!

Pom pom backdrops are super easy, very inexpensive, and so versatile. These can be used as a backdrop for a dessert table, art on the wall to add to your parties decor, or as a "photo booth" backdrop.

Supplies:

  • 1 large piece of foam board or several smaller pieces of foam board, depending on what size you want the backdrop to be
  • Tissue paper, in assorted colors of your choice
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
If you are using several pieces of foam board, begin by taping your foam board pieces together to create the overall backdrop size you want.

Sarah suggests using a heavy tape, such as duck tape or packaging tape. Simply run tape along the seams of two pieces of foam board (on the backside).

Now you are ready to start making your tissue paper pom poms. Martha Stewart provides an excellent tutorial on how to do this below. (Pictures from Martha Stewart).

Step 1 -- Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inch-wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.

Step 2 -- Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.

Step 3 -- Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.

Now that your pom poms are made, begin gluing rows of pom poms onto your foam board backdrop using a hot glue gun.

Sarah suggests laying the board flat during this process and applying the glue at the center of the pom pom, where the wire has been wrapped. She chose to alternate colors but your backdrop design is only limited by your imagination. "Have fun!" Sarah says!

Thank you, Sarah, for this quick and easy tutorial!

To learn more about Sarah and read all her party inspirations and ideas, please visit her blog, Sheek Shindigs. Also, take a look at Sarah's gorgeous parties on our site.

If you make a pom pom backdrop like this, we'd love to see it. Please email your photos to jillian@catchmyparty.com so I can show them off.

 

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - How to Make Cake Bunting

Anyone who has read my blog or my posts knows I am a huge fan of cake bunting. What is cake bunting, you ask? Mini banners you stick into cakes. Like this adorable one Carey B made for her Teddy Bear Picnic.

I asked Carey if she would put together a tutorial for us, and she so sweetly said yes. So without further ado, here is Carey's cake bunting tutorial...

Cake bunting is such an adorable touch to your cakes. There are so many variations on the concept it is hard to pick just one. Here are directions for the one I made for my Teddy Bear Picnic.

Supplies:
2 Wooden skewers
Ribbon (3/16" width)
Cardstock in color of choice
Coordinating ribbon
Glue Gun
Scissors
Needle
Fishing line
Double sided tape
Scallop punch or die cut machine.

Step One:  Punch or cut your scallops. You will need two sizes. I used a 1 and a 1 1/4 on my Cricut. You will need 3 cut scallops for each 3-D scallop you are making for the bunting.

Step Two: Take 3 scallops of the same size and fold in half. Using double sided tape (my best friend) and stick your scallops halves together. One side will be left unstuck.

Step Three: Thread your needle with fishing line and begin "sewing" your scallops together. You will poke the needle through the top center of each scallop. KEY: Once the needle is through DOUBLE knot the top of each scallop so that it stays in place. *You can also use thread I just like the floating in air look that fishing line or invisible thread achieves.

Step Four: Double knot the end of your fishing line, with the scallops on it, to the top of a skewer. Place a dot of hot glue on the knot to hold it in place. While the glue is still hot place the end of your ribbon there and begin wrapping the skewer. I left some of the natural part of the skewer showing to bring out those tones we were using throughout the party. But, I think it would be nice with a fully wrapped skewer too.

Step Five:  Repeat step four on the other skewer. I use glasses filled with rice to hold my skewers up and help with with spacing.

Step Six:  Finish off the top of the skewer with trailing ribbons or a bow.

Step Seven:  Top your cake, step back and ENJOY your creation!

Thank you so much, Carey, for putting this tutorial together! If anyone makes cake bunting, please send us a photo so we can post it.

To learn more about Carey and read about all her crafting and party planning adventures please check out her blog, With Joy, and also check out her other gorgeous parties on our site.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.  I’d love to show it off!)

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member: How to Make Gorgeous DIY Fairy Wands

We get so many fairy parties on our site, it's definitely a top theme.  So when I saw these gorgeous fairy wands Candace M made for her daughter, Janelle's Pixie Hollow Party, I had to ask her how she made them.

She graciously put together this tutorial. Thank you Candace!

These fairy wands were a big hit at my daughter's pixie hollow party. They were used in the fairy tag game and then taken home as favors. Supplies Needed:

  • 7/16 inch wooden dowels that are 12 inches long
  • 5/8 inch ribbon in color of choice
  • A bunch of artificial roses with leaves
  • 1/8 inch ribbon in 3 or 4 different colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

Take a wooden dowel and apply hot glue to the side of the dowel and wind the ribbon tightly around the dowel working your way down to where the glue stops. Continue adding glue and winding ribbon around the dowel.

Once the dowel is covered in ribbon, take a rose from rose bunch and cut the top close to the stem.

Hot glue the rose top to the top of the dowel holding for about a minute.

Using the rose leaves from the rose bunch, hot glue the leaves around the top of the dowel just under the rose.

Tie the 1/8 inch ribbon strips around the top of the dowel to finish off the fairy wand.  You can add a tiny amount of hot glue to make sure the ribbons do not slide down the wand.

Let the magic begin!

Thank you, Candice, for this easy tutorial. The end product is so beautiful!

To learn more about Candace, visit her blog Candy and Cake and also check out her gorgeous parties on our site.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.  I’d love to show it off!)

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