How to Make String Art for Home and Party Decor


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I love the fun look of string art.  Whether you are adding it to a child’s room or putting it above a tablescape for your next party, there is something creative and artistic about using string to create a design.

For my adult coloring party, I wanted a fun and colorful look to my backdrop.  So I made a string art sign and today, I am sharing the tutorial.  You will see how easy it is to create your own string art and learn what I wish I would have done differently.

Here is What You’ll Need:

  • Wood Sign Base
  • A Print-Out of Your Phrase or Design
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Nails (I used #17 x 1 inch)
  • Spray Paint
  • Embroidery Floss


To get started, you’ll need to pick your phrase or design.  If you are using text, play with different fonts on the computer until you get the look you want.  In actual size, print your phrase or design and cut close to the lines.  Leave yourself a little border of white paper around the letters.


Place the phrase or design on the wood.


Begin to hammer in nails on the lines of the letters.  I spaced my nails about 3/4″ on straight lines and fudged where I needed to.  I hammered the nails in, leaving about 5/8″ of nail exposed above the wood.  I didn’t measure each nail for height, just estimated.  Be as consistent and straight as possible.


Continue until all letters are complete and then, remove the paper.


Spray paint your backdrop and the nails.  I wanted the letters to disappear into the wood, causing my threaded letters to pop.  If you want your wood to be natural, you may choose to paint the nails in advance or leaving them as is.



Now, it is time to string your letters with embroidery thread.  Tie a knot around one of the nails and begin to wrap around the letter outline.  I started with the outline of the letter and then zig-zagged back and forth to fill the interior.  I really didn’t have much of a pattern but I wanted good coverage with strong lines.  Before finishing a letter, I went around the outline once again so that this thread would be strong and pronounced.


When you are done, tie off another knot, and snip the extra thread.



What I wish I would have done differently:  I liked the idea of cursive writing for the “and.”  However, I should not have used the embroidery thread that was multi-colored.  I should have used a solid color for the cursive.  It made it blur in all of my photos.  Know that it doesn’t look as bad in person.  🙂

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Have you created string art before?  Do you have any helpful tips to add?  Leave a comment and share below.    

Would you like to see what we did at our coloring party?  Click here.

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How to Make a No-Sew Jedi Robe

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Are you looking to make simple Jedi Robes but don’t want to pull out the sewing machine?  These no-sew Jedi Robes will be a big hit at your Star Wars Party or for everyday costume fun.

What You’ll Need:

  • thick felt or other fabric
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • thick jute

For our no-sew Jedi Robes, I chose a thick felt as my fabric.  Canvas would have been cool, but I didn’t want it to fray and require a hem.  Felt is less likely to fray and much less expensive, making it the perfect material for our robes.  When figuring out how much to buy, plan on 18″ of width per child (ages 6-10).

(Note:  We will be using the fabric length the way it came on the bolt.  When unfolded, it measures about 42″, making each Jedi Robe 18″ x 42″.)

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Once you have your fabric, keep it folded the way it came on the bolt.  Measure and cut the fabric every 18 inches.

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Your material should look like this once cut (and still folded over).

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Now, unfold the material.  The half closest to you will be the front of the Jedi Robe and the farther half will be the back.  Pay particular attention to the crease in the fabric from being folded on the bolt.  We will be measuring up and down from this crease later.

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Next, fold the fabric length-wise to the right to find the center.  We are going to cut the fabric to allow for a comfortable place for your child’s neck.

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Cut along the left-side fold to create the slit.  You will cut from the bottom of the fabric up to 1.5 inches above the crease.

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With the top of your cut 1.5 inches above the crease, measure about 5 inches down from the crease.  This becomes the length of your neck indentation.  Cut as shown in the picture above.

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When you unfold your fabric, it should look like this.

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Now, fold it from top to bottom and you are done creating the Jedi Robe.

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Add thick jute roping as a belt and your no-sew Jedi Robe is complete!

I made several robes and hung them up for my son’s guests to wear.    And can I just tell you how cute cool those boys looked in their Jedi Robes?  Priceless.  They were very excited to enter Jedi training, make their own light sabers and fight the storm troopers.

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Of course, my little Rey had to get in on the fun, too!

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Fun Football Party Decor: How to Make a Burlap Banner

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The big football game is getting close!  My husband is watching loads of football and I’m busy prepping for a little watch party.  Of course, my husband is in it for the game itself and the food.  But my fun is thinking through themed decor and easy snacks.  Today, I am sharing how to make a great burlap banner, strung on eyelets (grommets) that will add a touch of rustic decor to your football party.

And for this tutorial, I’ve made it super easy for you!  I have the templates all ready to go and I will be sharing my secret for burlap banners that don’t curl or fray.


Here is What You’ll Need to Make a TOUCHDOWN Burlap Banner:

  • Burlap Sheets (see below for explanation)
  • Printed Templates (for best results, print the pennant on card stock and the letters on copy paper)
  • Scissors
  • Pen and Pencil
  • 1/4 inch Large Eyelets & Eyelet Tool
  • Hammer
  • A Piece of Chalk
  • Black Acrylic Paint and Brush (a blunt, straight edge is easiest)
  • Jute

Download the FREE templates here:
Touchdown Banner Pennant Template
Touchdown Letters for Burlap Banner

To begin, print the templates and cut out the pennant template along the line.  Printing the pennant on card stock will allow your template to stand up to more use.  (Wait until later to cut the letters.)


My secret tip for burlap:  If you want pennants that hang well, forgo the bolt of traditional burlap.  Instead, pick up a pack of burlap reinforced sheets, which won’t curl or fray.  They are found in the scrapbook section of the craft store and can be bought as 12×12 sheets.

Trace the pennant template on the sheets of burlap and cut out nine pennants.  If you are using 12×12, you will be able to fit three flags on a page.


For the first pennant, you may wish to mark where you would like the eyelets to go.  I marked only the first one and eye-balled the rest.


With scissors, you will need to cut a small “X” where the eyelet belongs.  Do this by folding the burlap over in each direction and giving the material a little snip.

TIP:  Practice cutting and adding an eyelet to a scrap piece of burlap first.  You may find that to fit the eyelet properly, you may have to make larger snips.


Check the package instructions for adding the eyelet.  Basically, you will fit the two coordinating pieces of the eyelet on the top and bottom of the material at your cut hole.  Give it a little squeeze to know you have it in place.  Then, put the tool on the eyelet and hammer the eyelet closed.  (If you have a different type of tool, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.)

I LOVE doing this!  Be careful to watch the surface on which you are working.  Inserting eyelets with the tool and a hammer can crack tile and damage your favorite wood table.  And that would be so very sad.


This is what the pennant will look like when done.  Isn’t this the coolest?  Let’s be honest with each other . . . aren’t you asking yourself what else around your house could use an eyelet?


Now, you are ready to start with the letters.  Do not cut out the letters along the line.  Rather, give yourself as much border as the template allows.


Turn the letter over.  If you used copy paper for the letter template, you will be able to see through to the lines.  Chalk good coverage over the lines of each letter.


It is a bit challenging to see in the photo, but you may notice I gave the letter a thick outline of chalk.


Next, flip the letter over and place it on the pennant.  With a pencil, scribble over the outline of the letter.  Try to only scribble on the line itself and inward on the letter.  Why scribble?  If we were working with wood, drawing over the outline of the letter once would do the job.  But with burlap, it needs a little more love to make our chalk outline show up.

TIP:  If you want your letters to be in the same spot on each pennant, measure down from the top of the pennant to the top of the letter and do so consistently for each letter.



Voila!  Now, you are ready to paint.


Paint the border of your letter first and then focus on filling in the rest.  Be sure to cover the chalk with black paint.

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Last, string together your burlap banner with jute and place in a spot for all to see.


I hung my TOUCHDOWN banner from the mantel, right above my snacks and other football paraphernalia.  I wanted to keep my snacks simple, so while I was at Walmart, I picked up Cape Cod Potato Chips and Emerald Nuts.



These Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are delicious and crispy.  We couldn’t stop eating them!


For the Emerald Nuts, I bought the individual 100 Calorie Packs in Dry Roasted Almonds, Almonds & Walnuts, Cashew Halves & Pieces and Salt & Pepper Cashews.  Two things I love about individual servings as a party food:  there is something fun about grabbing a food that is all yours and I like that I can set it out well in advance of my guests’ arrival.  No spoiling!



I also served two kinds of cheese cubes and soda with fun, striped straws.  Easy peasy, right?



Here is where I found the chips and nuts at the store:



I am thrilled how everything looked.  This burlap banner may be hanging here for quite a while!

Will you be hosting for the big game?  What will you be serving to keep it simple?  Get more ideas here.


Pineapple Citrus Cooler for a New Year’s Brunch

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I love any reason to celebrate.  However, there is something uniquely special about throwing a New Year’s party.  Maybe I am just sentimental, but I love the idea of reflecting back over the previous year while at the same time feeling the excitement for new opportunities and adventures.

For this party, I hosted a little New Year’s Brunch.  I chose a color scheme of citrus-orange, white and gold.  I wanted that clean, fresh feeling to meet head on with the glitz and glimmer of a New Year’s celebration.  At many of my parties, I feature a fantastic drink that fits perfectly into my theme.  This year was no different.  I created a delicious and refreshing Pineapple Citrus Cooler that my guests loved.  The bonus?  It’s healthy.  What a great way to start off the new year!


I served the drinks on a beautiful gold tray (catch the DIY below) as my guests arrived.  I love putting something in my guests’ hands when they walk in the door.  For some people, having something to fidget with can make them feel more comfortable.  Plus, a fun drink at arrival is welcoming and hospitable.

Let me show you the WHOLE party . . . from the menu and how to make the buffet risers to the festive decor and this yummy pineapple citrus cooler recipe.


Planning a Tablescape

When I plan a tablescape, I purposely want my guests’ eyes to be drawn to different levels on the table top.  I will use cake plates, risers and other props to elevate my platters.  For this brunch, I wanted a clean look which would require simple risers or boxes to lift my food off the surface of the table.  No draping fabric or other flowing materials on this table!

In much of my party planning, spray paint is a frequent friend.  Last summer, I discovered gold spray paint.  It is ah-mazing!  I was so enthralled, I even painted some rocks in my yard and hid them in the woods to surprise my kids.  For this party, I used a combination of gold and orange for the risers on the buffet table.

The boxes came from a craft store (at 50% off which is always good when you know you are immediately going to change and repurpose the original product).



The boxes took several coats of paint but I was thrilled how they turned out.

HELPFUL TIP:  If you are struggling with coverage over certain colors (like orange spray paint over my chevron patterned box), throw a coat of white paint on the box.  I was having a difficult time getting my orange to hide the contrasting chevron lines, but once I put a coat of white over the entire thing, the orange took much better.


For a pretty tray to hold my festive drinks, I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.  So I spray painted this bamboo tray with my gold paint.  Can you see why I love spray paint for party decor?

HELPFUL TIP:  Be sure to add a coat of sealer on items that will hold drinks to avoid water marks.


Now, let’s take a look at how to make this delicious Pineapple Citrus Cooler:



I ran to Walmart to pick up the ingredients and I love that this recipe isn’t anything too difficult.  You’ll just need to chop some pineapple and squeeze an orange.  Everything else is super simple.

Pineapple Citrus Cooler Ingredients (1 Serving)

1.    1/2 Cup Pineapple Chunks
2.    1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
3.    1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
4.    The Juice of 1/2 an Orange
5.    One Packet of Emergen-C “Super Orange”

Fresh fruit garnish optional.


Put the pineapple chunks in a blender.


Add pineapple juice …


… the freshly squeezed orange juice …


… and ice.


Blend until smooth.


Then, add one packet of Emergen-C and stir by hand.  This will make the drink fizzy and add healthy vitamins, nutrients and electrolytes.  For years, I have had Emergen-C on hand in my pantry and love how it makes me feel refreshed and replenished . . . especially during the winter months, when staying healthy is important to me.

Plus, the B Vitamins enhance energy naturally* (and who wouldn’t appreciate that?).  Hooray for an easy and delicious way to take vitamins that are important to a healthy lifestyle.  There are several different flavors you can try.  They are all good, but Super Orange is my favorite!


I added a glittery gold stirrer and striped straw, along with fresh fruit garnish.  So pretty!

HELPFUL TIP:  When garnishing with orange slices, make sure your slice is not too thin.  If you cut the orange thin, the flesh of the orange will not be strong enough to hold your orange in place.  A little thicker of a garnish will do the trick!



New Year’s Brunch Menu

This menu was such fun to plan.  Here is what I served:

> Breakfast Casserole

> Fruit Kabobs (served on the same gold stirrers as in the drink)

> Yogurt & Granola Cups

>Tea Sandwiches

> Blueberry Muffins

> Cucumber Canapes

> Assorted Cheesecake

> Chocolate Cake















Our New Year’s Brunch was such fun.  Everyone stayed much longer than I expected, which only means one thing . . . a good time!


Here is where I found my items in the store:



Do you have a healthy drink recipe you like for parties?  Check out more from Emergen-C, including getting your own free sample.  


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How to Throw an AMAZING Coloring Party

This post was sponsored by Colorwear as part of an In-Home Party Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.


How to throw an AMAZING coloring party with Colorwear tshirts

Are you a bit stressed?  Do you need a little time to slow down and unwind with friends?

You all know I love any excuse to throw a party.  And today, I am sharing an amazing party that will have you and your guests relaxing and unwinding while getting your creative juices flowing.  Grab a pen and paper to start jotting down an invite list because we are gathering friends for a coloring party.  Not only will we come together for a time of creative fun, we will also be sharing lives, encouraging and inspiring one other.

Don’t we all need that?

So let’s get to it!  I have some great tips for throwing an amazing coloring party . . . from what to color and the food and drinks, to a thoughtful way to send the ladies off with their new artwork.

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First Things First:  Color Something Super Fun

I am new to the adult coloring craze and let me tell you, I had no idea what I was missing!  I loved coloring as a kid but now as an adult, I am finding coloring to be relaxing and satisfying.  Even after spending just 10 minutes adding colors to a series of lines and shapes, I find myself feeling more focused and my usual speed of go-go-go is slowed to a peaceful, unrushed pace.

In the midst of how busy we all are, I wanted this party to be a place where each of us could step out of our busy days and take a couple hours to unwind.

And that is what we did.  However, we did not color just a piece of paper from a book.

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No, we colored Colorwear t-shirts, a new product line released by The Mountain® that creates wearable art through personalized and colorable t-shirts.  And I love the assortment of shirts they offer!  They have 175 designs by popular adult coloring book artists such as Valentina Harper and Angelea Van Dam.

Some of the designs include Mandalas, animals and pets, aquatic scenes, gardens, holiday themes, inspirational quotes and fantasy scenes.  There really is something for everyone.  Plus, did I mention that the products are environmentally friendly?

One thing that I found challenging at first, but then completely loved once I let my imagination and creativity rule was that I could choose whatever colors I wanted to color my butterfly.  There were no rules.  It was fun and became a therapeutic escape from stress.

In addition, my guests and I enjoyed coloring something that wouldn’t sit in a book when finished.  This is artwork you can wear yourself or give as a gift.  It is practical, yet fun!

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To color our shirts, we used Tulip fabric markers and many of the ladies commented how much they liked the markers and how long they were lasting.

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Think about Party Set Up

When preparing for your coloring party, consider where you’ll set up a space for the ladies to color.  I hosted the party in my dining room.  There, I knew I could accommodate my guests, serve food and drinks and display the t-shirts for the ladies’ selection.

I organized the Colorwear T-shirts by size on a portable rack.  (I also think a laundry line strung across the room could be super cute!)  If you haven’t pre-arranged for your guests’ size and choice of design,  be sure to provide a nice assortment of sizes and images.

Even though I was fully aware that my friends wouldn’t be getting marker everywhere (unlike my kids), I still decided to cover my table with white craft paper.  It made me feel creative.  The white blank canvas across the table was undistracting for the fun we were about to have.

With the shirts, comes a mini shirtboard to be placed inside the t-shirt and used as the coloring surface.  It protects the fabric on the other side from fabric markers bleeding through.  It is reusable and can be wiped clean.  I placed the shirtboard at each place setting along with a set of markers for my guests.  And if you want to dress up the place setting, add coiled ribbon to the markers’ packaging.  It gave a more festive and playful look.

Don’t forget music in the background.  Create a playlist that is relaxing and inspiring.

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Serve Colorful Food & Drinks

When planning your menu, keep your foods simple and colorful!  Your guests will enjoy a little break to munch so be sure to offer a few healthy selections as well as something sweet.

Here is what I served:

  • a rainbow fruit platter with dip (cream cheese and marshmallow fluff)
  • a moist lemon bundt cake with lemon glaze drippings
  • cubed cheese with painted tip fancy toothpicks for added color
  • assorted mini-cupcakes
  • individual servings of colorful vegetables in ranch dressing

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My backdrop sign was string art that I had fun making before the party.  If you decide to recreate the sign, just know that using a varying color of embroidery thread on a cursive font will look blurry in all the photos you and your guests take.  Go with a single colored thread and consider skipping the cursive.  Just looking out for you, here!

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For the drinks, I wanted to serve fruit-infused water as well as sparkling beverages.  I chose a pink sparkling lemonade and tropical punch spritzer.  I also pulled out my stemmed water goblets instead of everyday glasses.  Fancy just makes it feel that much more special.

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Don’t Forget a Colorful Centerpiece

I didn’t want to pour big bucks into a centerpiece but I did want it to be colorful.  I cut daisies from the garden and simply arranged them in three vases (remember odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye).  The color came into play when I added drops of food coloring into the vases.

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Get the Coloring Party Started

Chat and relax.  Color.  Listen to great music.  Share stories.  Share lives.

We talked about work and family, about hilarious recent experiences, new apartments and kids harrowing weeks at camp.  It was very enjoyable to be spending time with each other and doing something tangible and relaxing.  The t-shirts were such fun to color . . . something different and unique.

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Send Your Guests Home With Some Love

When it was time to leave, I had a bag ready for the ladies to put their Colorwear shirts and markers in to take home.  The little note on the bag was just a little expression of how much I value these ladies and the color they add to my life.

My party was about two hours long.  In planning your own party, know that not all your guests will finish their designs.  One of the moms texted me the next day to tell me that she stayed up until 1am finishing her t-shirt.  Now that is coloring love!

After our party, my kids asked if they could color a few of the extra t-shirts as gifts for their Grandma’s birthday.  How could I refuse?  What a perfect gift idea from a child to have personalized coloring on something so practical!

Here is my finished design.  I love it!

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How to Make $2 Tassel Garland

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I love making my own party decorations.  But what I love it even more is when it costs a fraction of what you can buy it for in the store.  Today, I am showing you how to make a simple tassel garland for only $2.

How to Make $2 Tassel Garland

The secret that makes this tassel garland so inexpensive is that I used $1 plastic table cloths from Walmart.  Color 1 = $1.  Color 2 = $1.  You can get as creative as you want with colors and pattern of colors and you still won’t be spending a fortune.  Plus, you’ll be amazed how much you can get out of one table cloth.  To string everything together, use any ribbon, string or jute you already have at home.  My jute came straight from my craft cabinet.  It is my go-to string for most everything.

Important to Note:  I love the Dollar Tree and all their party supplies.  However, their plastic table cloths are thinner than Walmart’s.  I wanted a less transparent tassel for my garland.

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First, unfold your table cloths but don’t unravel.  Do not peel apart the layers to open the table cloth itself.  You need only to unfold the plastic cloth from being in the bag.

I wanted my tassels to be 1.5″ wide.  Measure the width of your preference and snip marks in the plastic.

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Then, cut the strands of the tassels.  Don’t worry about being perfect.  Just eye it up.

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Find the end that has one loop and two loose ends.  Snip the loop on this side.

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You should end up with two strands, banded at the top and loose at the bottom.

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Lay the tassel under the jute as shown above.

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Grab the tassel . . .

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. . . and pull the loose ends through.

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Hold the jute and gently pull on the ends of the plastic.

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Make the knot as tight as you like.

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Fluff the tassel.

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Continue in the colors and pattern of your choice.


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I used my tassel garland for this Coca-Cola beverage station.

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Tassel garland is a great party decoration for any celebration . . . whether graduation party (in school colors, of course), summer entertaining or other themed parties.  Use it outside and be mesmerized as it dances with the breeze.

Do you have a celebration coming up?  What colors will you make your tassel garland with?


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How to Make Simple, Yet Gorgeous Dollar Tree Luminaries

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Oh friends, when my eyes caught a glance of these decorative glass bottles, I knew I had to do something fun!  And with a quick little addition, for a whopping total of 2 bucks, I made Dollar Tree Luminaries.

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Not only are the luminaries ultra easy to make, the bottles are gorgeous and well, each luminary only costs $2.00!  You can bet I’ll be saving these bottles for a long time and using them for all sorts of things.  In fact . . . I think I need to buy more . . . sorry, honey.

The Dollar Tree luminaries are great for summer entertaining, nighttime fun for the family or any other time you want to create a special glow.  When we sleep in the tree house for the first time, I think they will be perfect along the path back to the house.  The glass reflects the light and makes the whole thing look super cool!

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Here is how to make the luminaries:  Buy the bottles and glow sticks from the Dollar Tree.  Open all packaging.  Crack the glow sticks and drop them in the bottles. . . . Yes, it is that easy.  I used one pack of 8 bracelet-size glow sticks for each bottle.

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Coordinate the glow sticks with your party theme.  Go red-white-blue for July 4th celebrations.  Choose team or school colors if possible or simply, mix and match for a festive feel.

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What will you use the luminaries for?  Do you have something special in mind?  

>> If you like to save money and you love entertaining, you may like to read my post on finding inexpensive table linens.

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How to Make Birds Nests for a Ladies Brunch

How to Make Sweet Birds Nests for a Ladies Lunch - tutorial

I have found a new little obsession this spring.  (Remember last summer’s obsession?)  Maybe my new preoccupation is because I have desperately waited for spring to actually arrive.  Or possibly, it is simply because these things are plain old sweet.  But I cannot seem to get enough of birds nests, as both home decor and party fun.

Today, I’ll be showing you how to make birds nests for a ladies brunch.  It was a win-win because the nests looked beautiful on the table and they served as place cards and favors for my guests to take home.  And with all the ladies attending being my sisters in Christ, I wanted to attach a Bible verse to the nests to encourage us all.

But before we get any further, let me share some of the many ways the nests can be used:  ladies’ brunch (obviously), Mother’s Day lunch, a woodland themed or little bird baby shower, spring decor around your house, gifts for teachers . . . there are so many possibilities!

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Getting Started Making the Nests:

I used three kinds of moss:  Spanish Moss (top), Floral Moss (bottom left) and Sheet Moss (bottom right).  I thought the combination looked great together, but if there is something else you’d rather use, go for it!

How to Make Sweet Birds Nests for a Ladies Brunch

The bulk of the nest is made with spanish moss.  Start by shaping the spanish moss into nest form.  For sizing reference, I made three nests from a 125 cubic feet bag of moss.

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Spray the formed nest with spray adhesive.  After each new addition of moss, add more adhesive to keep your nest together.  It will remain pliable, but this will keep it from falling apart.

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Next, add floral moss to the center of the nest and spray again.

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{My favorite part!}  Tear apart pieces of sheet moss, spray the back with adhesive and put in the nest.  I thought it looked most natural with the moss peaking up and over the side of the nests.  Add three pieces of sheet moss to each nest.  Remember:  odd numbers are most appealing.

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Add just a bit more floral moss on top and give it . . . yes, another spray of adhesive.

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Grab some sticks from the yard and put them into your nest.

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Continue to form the nest with your hands, creating a cavity for the eggs.

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Don’t forget to flip your nests over and spray the bottom to help prevent the moss from falling everywhere.

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I was hoping the spray adhesive would eventually dry out and not be tacky on the nest.  But no such luck.  You’ll need to add a coat of clear acrylic sealer over the entire nest (including the bottom).

Getting Started Making the Eggs Buying the Eggs:

I would like to tell you that I made the sweetest looking sparrow eggs for my little nests.  I even made salt dough (which became a quick fail – click here to see why).

Do you know how difficult it is to form dough into a consistent egg shape?  Nice round balls, sure I could probably do that.  Egg shape?  Another fail.

But in the hope that some off-white paint and brown speckles would magically make the eggs look . . . like eggs, I gave it a go.  After all, I have all the time in the world.  😉


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So in desperation, I ordered cute plastic speckled eggs off Amazon.  They are perfectly shaped and look like little eggs.  Go figure.

Thank you, Prime, for 2-day shipping!

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My other challenge in this project was to find sweet little feathers.  I was out of time, however for more shopping.  So I picked up a bag of white feathers, mixed a bit of brown acrylic paint with water and yes, painted my feathers.

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Once they were dry, I gave them a little snip and tucked them into my nests.  Hopefully, you will have the chance to get to a craft store and buy a bag of cute feathers.

Making the Tags:

Your next task is to think about what you want to write on the tags.

I decided to create two tags.  One that read, “NAME, a Child of God,” that would serve as the place card.

The second tag would share this Bible verse:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31.

It is a precious verse to remind us how much we are loved by the Heavenly Father.  We are His children.  He knows the very details of our lives and promises to take care of us.

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Once you have decided what you will put on the tags, print and cut them out.  I used my Cameo to cut the card stock into little flag-style tags.

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Grab a marker or highlighter and begin to curl the paper.

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I curled over in the center and then flipped the ends up.

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With corsage pins, pierce your tags and stick into the nests.

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I kept the table on the simple side.  No place mats.  Napkins tri-folded and draped over the table edge.  A bird cage centerpiece that echoed the sheet moss.

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So, now you know how to make birds nests that look as good as the ones in the store.  How will you use them?