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New Year’s Eve Hats – DIY

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

We don’t typically do anything wild and crazy for New Year’s Eve.  We eat something unhealthy, like nachos or more fudge, watch a movie, and nod to each other at midnight…if we’re awake.  Nevertheless, I walked past an end cap at Target with celebratory hats, looked at the discount tinsel in my shopping cart, and decided to make a few New Year’s Eve hats to throw a little extra fun into our quiet festivities.

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Making these New Year’s Eve hats is quick and easy and probably requires no explanation, but I’ll do a quick walk through just in case.

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Basically, you

  • print and cut out the template – click here for template
  • trace the template onto cardstock,
  • cut it out,
  • gently wrap into a cone, insert the tabs into the slit, and hot glue for extra security.
  • Add a 15-inch piece of tinsel around the base of the hat with hot glue
  • Add a small fluff of tinsel to the top of the hat with hot glue
  • Cut an elastic cord or ribbon to hold the hat on – 15 inches for children, 18 inches for adult
  • Hot glue each end of the elastic cord on each inner side of the hat.
  • Add glittered letters or signs if you like (I didn’t have glittery letters, so I mod podged some glitter onto other letter stickers)

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Presto!!  Now you’re ready to party!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

DIY Temporary Tattoos

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I ‘ve just about wrapped up all of my Halloween projects for this year.  It’s time to set down the crafting and do a little more enjoying of the festivities.  Today, I’m off helping my daughter’s class build a scarecrow for their school’s fall festival.  Not sure how I got roped into the scarecrow creation – I’ve never built one in my life, wish us luck.  At least I’m bringing candy popcorn to distract the students from my obvious lack of experience with the scarecrow.  hahaha!

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

I did want to share these tattoos that I made with my Silhouette last week.  I cannot get over that you can make custom tattoos – DIY Temporary Tattoos – what??!!  Did you know about this?    You can purchase the tattoo paper and then create your layout using the Silhouette software.  I purchased several designs (for 99cents each) that are “print and cut”,  and arranged them in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ space.  Then you put the sheet of printable tattoo paper in your home printer and print the designs along with the register marks.

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

Once the designs are done printing, you add the included adhesive sheet over the page and place it on the cutting mat.  Once you hit “cut”, the machine scans the sheet to find the register marks so that it knows exactly where to cut out the designs.  I haven’t used this function before and I didn’t think it could possibly work out accurately - but it did!   It cuts around each design perfectly, you peel off the excess paper, and the tattoos are ready to use!

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

Sooooo cool!  I was a little eager to try these out and maximize my space and some of the designs ended up kind of small – good to know for next time.

 
DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!
I think it would be so fun to use these as an alternate to candy for trick or treaters or to hand out in goody bags at a party.  My girls love temporary tattoos.  Oh!  And I have a tip for getting off some of those tattoos that last through several baths – rubbing alcohol – takes ‘em right off.

 

The tattoo paper kit is included in the Silhouette October special bundle.  More on the bundle when I shared the Black Cat Treat Boxes.

Knot Headbands DIY

Knot Headbands DIY - EASY tutorial

Making a quick headband to coordinate with an outfit adds just a little extra something.  I whipped out a few of these knit knot headbands the other day to give a little motivation to my straggly haired girls as the new school year approaches.  They are super easy and super quick to sew!

Knot Headbands DIY

Grab some knit fabric – you’re going to cut two pieces into long oval shapes.  With your fabric folded, cut two rectangles 13″ long (along the stretch) and 2 1/2″ wide.  Use a rounded object to trace a half circle on the open end (opposite the fold) of the rectangle and cut.

Knot Headbands DIY

Now, you’ll have two long ovals.  Place them right sides together, press a little with some steam if the knit starts rolling over on itself.  Use a serger or a zigzag stitch to sew all the way around the ovals – you want the knit to maintain its stretch, so don’t use a regular straight stitch.  Leave a 1-2″ opening at the center along one side only for turning the headband right side out.

Knot Headbands DIY

Turn the headband right side out and reshape.  Press.  Now, you’ll need to close up your opening.  You can just zigzag stitch on the outside of the fabric since this spot will be at the nape of the neck and won’t show OR you can slipstitch it closed so it doesn’t show.

Knot Headbands DIY

Now, wrap that headband around your girl’s head and tie into a double knot!  That’s it!

Knot Headbands DIY with knit fabric

Knot Headbands DIY - EASY tutorial

I previously made a similar headband out of quilting cotton to match one of the dresses for Five and Ten Designs.

Knot Headbands - Easy Tutorial

 I used almost the same method, but lengthened the starting rectangle measurement to about 17″ each (on the fold, so 34″ long each).  Then, I followed the same steps to round the edges, sew the two pieces together and turn right side out.  Then, I topstitched around the entire headband, closing the opening in the process.  Since the quilting cotton doesn’t have the stretch that the knit does, I added some elasticity to the center of the headband, which is then worn at the back of the neck.

Knot Headbands DIY

Knot Headbands DIY

To do this, I marked the center of the headband and then marked about 2.5″ to each side of the center.  With elastic thread in my bobbin, I stitched rows back and forth between each marked line, making about a 5″ elasticized chunk at the center of the headband.  Press and steam this area from the top of the fabric to give it all that great stretchiness.

Knot Headbands DIY

Next, I placed the headband around my daughter’s head and pulled it tight, marking where the two sides meet at the center front.  I stitched the two sides together there, forming the headband circle, and then tied it into a knot.

Knot Headbands DIY with quilting cotton

Done!!

Knot Headbands DIY with quilting cotton

The girls were very excited to model the new knit headbands all together.

Knot Headbands DIY

They thought it was hysterical how I was barking out for them to squish together, and stop standing in front of one another, and lay with their heads all together on a blanket.  They thought it was SO hysterical in fact, they couldn’t keep a straight smile for anything!  Enjoy!

Knot Headbands DIY

DIY Disco Ball Pinata

how to make a Disco Ball Pinata

No doubt that a DIY disco ball pinata is an essential at any dance/popstar super cool type party, right?  I felt the same way when we went to the birthday party of our favorite preschool teacher’s little gal!  Dorothy had a dance party with two awesome disco balls, so after scouting out the uber cool aunt that made the pinatas, I slid into the seat next to her to get the full scoop.  She was so sweet to tell me how to make them and even sweeter to let me share her secrets with you!  So, here you are – the DIY Disco Ball Pinata instructions.

You start with a cheapy beach ball from the drugstore and blow it up nice and full.  Then, paper mache your heart out.  I used strips of newspaper dipped in a flour, water, Mod Podge mixture (just dump a little of each in a bowl and mix it up – I think the ratio’s pretty flexible, but maybe a cup of water, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup Mod Podge).  I did three layer of paper mache over the beach ball – letting each layer dry completely between.  It held quite a bit of weight in toys/candy and the kids got several turns each before it finally came open, so don’t go too crazy with a million paper mache layers.  Leave a hole for deflating and removing the beach ball and filling with goodies (if you dare let the kids break it open).  Once the ball has been removed and you’ve filled the pinata, insert a hanging device – I lucked out by having a child’s skirt hanger – one of the kind with the circular hook at the top that goes over another hanger – know what I’m talking about?  I gently bent the ends to get it in the hole and then that circular hook at the top was perfect for tying the rope to later to hang the whole thing.  So, once you have your hanging device, lay a little plastic wrap over the opening and then add a few more layers of paper mache around the opening to seal it up.

how to make a Disco Ball Pinata

Now, it’s ready to be transformed into a disco ball.  The special trick is stainless steel-look contact paper – I used less than one roll and got the contact paper from Home Depot.  I’m not going to lie – this is a total pain and took a solid four hours of continuous work with the help of two kids (who actually were quite a big help on this one!!)  The back of the contact paper has gridlines which made it easy to cut 1″x 1″ squares – a zillion of them!  

how to make a Disco Ball Pinata

Balance the ball on its end and draw a horizontal line all the way around the center of the pinata.  Begin in the center and peel and stick your contact paper squares all the way around.  The contact paper has little brush strokes on it, so I rotated these every other square.  With your first line in place, work up and down from the center until you cover the entire ball.  And that’s it!  When you finish, you’ll beg your child not to break the thing open, but seeing as how they helped you pick out and stuff all the toys and candy inside, they will say no, and you’ll cry a little.  But it WILL be super cool and all the kids will love it, so there’s that.  

how to make a Disco Ball Pinata

Princess and the PopStar Birthday Party

disco ball pinata

It’s been over a week since the party and the shell is still sitting on my desk – can’t bring myself to toss all that flashy work!!  Think you’ll make one?

For more paper mache pinata ideas, you might enjoy this tutorial for Flower Pinatas.

Stamped Tile Coasters – DIY

Last year, I made these pretty, stamped tile coasters for a baby shower and I thought that with Mother’s Day coming up, this project would make a lovely little gift!

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

These stamped coasters are so simple and inexpensive to make!  You can grab the materials from your local home improvement store and put together a set in no time!  Add some to a food or drink basket for your mom or grandmother.  And make a set for yourself, too!  I seriously use mine all. the.time.

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

For these stamped tile coasters, you will need:

SUPPLIES

4×4 square tiles – mine came in an 8-pack for just a few dollars from Home Depot

satin or gloss indoor latex paint (I’m sure outdoor would work fine, too)

rubber mounted stamp

foam brush

thin adhesive-backed cork sticker-thingies ;)

Now you’re ready to make your coasters!  Simply choose a rubber stamp, apply a coat of latex paint on to the stamp using a foam brush.  Carefully press the stamp down onto the tile and lift straight off.  Allow to dry completely.  

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

Place cork backing stickers on each corner of the coaster.  That is it!!

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

The coasters dry completely waterproof.  I did apply a spray polyurethane to one of the tiles as an experiment and it discolored the tile.  Without it, there has been absolutely no wear on the paint even with long hours of water/dampness sitting on them.

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

So now you’re set!  Stack those stamped tile coasters and share them with someone special!  Have fun!

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

Lip Gloss DIY and Printable Labels

I came across a multitude of DIY lip gloss recipes on Pinterest and dedicated an afternoon to make some of my own.  I was intrigued by the idea that I could make lip gloss with just petroleum jelly and a single additive, things I had on hand.  But, after experimenting for a bit, I found myself curious about other additives and ingredients, and ultimately, I ran out to purchase just a couple ingredients to make some awesome all-natural lip balm.  Today, I’m sharing some of the lip gloss variations that I tried!

In the suppy list above, you’ll see a variety of supplies and ingredients you can use to make a VARIETY of recipes.      So, let’s talk about some of the recipes.
Using Petroleum Jelly (or Vaseline) as lip gloss base:  I loved how quick and easy it was to use Vaseline right out of my cabinet.  And the finished lip gloss is shiny and looks beautiful in the little pots.  I actually do not love how Vaseline feels on my lips, though, so this was a drawback.  The texture doesn’t change when making lip gloss – you basically end up with Vaseline that looks pretty in the containers.  Instructions:  Heat a dollop of Vaseline in a heatproof bowl (I used a tea cup) in the microwave in 30 second increments.  Stir after each 30-second interval until the Vaseline is completely liquified.  Stir in additives (see below), pour into lip balm pots and allow to cool.
Additives:
  • Kool-Aid method – stir in packaged Kool-Aid powder – I had NO success with this method.  The Kool-Aid would not dissolve no matter how I tried it and I didn’t think it smelled very good either.
  • Powdered Makeup method – stir in a little powdered makeup, I made a lot of these!  They looked beautiful and the color blended easily.  I used a couple shades of blush and bronzer of my bare Minerals makeup.  It didn’t take very much.
  • Glitter – cosmetic grade – yes!!  very pretty in those pots, so fine that you can’t feel it on your lips.
  • Coconut Oil – I found that you can add a very small amount of coconut oil (let’s say no more than 1/4 tsp. per 2 Tbs. Vaseline) to the petroleum jelly base without changing the consistency too much.  More than a few drops though, and the coconut oil separates from the petroleum jelly and changes the texture to more of a liquid.  Adds a nice scent!
  • Cocoa powder – this adds color, scent, and not really enough flavor to notice.  I added a little coconut oil to this batch, too, and it came out pretty fun!
  • Peppermint extract – similar to the coconut oil, you can add just a touch of extract to scent your lip gloss – one of my favorites is a peppermint extract, coconut oil, petroleum jelly, glitter combo!
In the above picture, you can see a good variety of the finished lip gloss/lip balms.  I wanted to point out the two glosses at the bottom right of the picture.  These glosses were the result of mixing powdered makeup and glitter with room temperature petroleum jelly – I “piped” the gloss into the jars with a plastic bag.  You can definitely see the difference in the finished presentation between these and the glosses that were melted, mixed, and poured (“pink lemonade,” “peppermint sparkle,” “shimmer and shine,” “foxy kisses”).
Next, let’s talk about making lip balm without using petroleum jelly as a base.
Beeswax lip balm!!  There are endless recipes for all-natural lip balms and lip glosses out there.  So, I just barely grazed the surface here.  I had to purchase two ingredients to make this beeswax lip balm:  beeswax and sweet almond oil.  Both ingredients were really inexpensive and just a little goes a long way.  Many of the other natural recipes out there call for ingredients that are harder to find and/or are pretty expensive (e.g., shea butter, cocoa butter).  What I love about the beeswax lip balm:  it feels amazing on my lips!  it stays soft and nourishing for hours, even with eating and drinking.  it cools quickly and nice and thick – great for little pots and it also worked great in chapstick tubes (not shown).  it’s actually good for your skin!!  This balm doesn’t produce a nice gloss like the petroleum-based glosses, as you can see in the pictures.  The color is substantially muted.
Recipe
I started with this recipe from Brambleberry.  And modified as follows:
1 part olive oil
2 parts beeswax
2 parts coconut oil
2 parts sweet almond oil
In a double boiler (I use a ceramic bowl over a simmering pot of water), stir beeswax and coconut oil until completely melted (for each batch, I used 1 part = 1 teaspoon).  Remove from heat.  Immediately whisk in olive oil and then sweet almond oil.  Whisk in additives and quickly pour into pots or tubes – mixture cools quickly, but can be reheated over the simmering water if needed.
I made just a couple batches of the beeswax balm – some of the additives I used included:  peppermint extract, powdered makeup for color, honey (just a drop), and beet juice.  The extract smelled great, the powdered makeup worked fine, the honey smelled bad and I couldn’t actually taste it.  The beet juice was an attempt for a completely all-natural balm – I pressed chunks of beet and added the juice into the olive oil before mixing with the balm mixture.  You can see the slight color variation this produced in the “can’t be beet lip balm.”
Okay!!  So are you ready to make a couple batches of your own?  I have a set of lip gloss/lip balm labels that you can print out on sticker paper if you don’t want to make your own labels- I used some nice, cheesy names that ought to cover just about anything you decide to make!  hee hee!
Other information and supplies:  
cosmetic sample jars/lip balm pots – 3 grams – I got mine on etsy at Beauty Makeup Supply
Lots of natural lip balm/gloss recipes:  Brambleberry 
Easiest DIY lip gloss (adding powdered makeup to petroleum jelly)