Mini Spring Floral Bouquet

March 28, 2014  |  DIY  |  8 Comments

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Isn’t it sweet? A mini spring floral bouquet is a perfect way to tell someone special in your life “You Are Awesome”. I have a serious case of spring fever. It’s been a long winter in our neck of the woods. Lots of snow (awesome) with very cold temperatures (not so awesome) and we still have a couple of feet of snow in our yard. I am starting to really (really) look forward to some spring-like weather. One of my favorite things about spring is all the spring flowers. I just love them.

I’ve also been thinking about all the awesome people in our lives. Like the kids school teachers, coaches and instructors. Or the friends that are always there for us no matter what. Sometimes it’s nice to say a little thank you, at non-traditional times, just to show how much you appreciate their efforts and friendship throughout the whole year.

I love getting flowers, especially in the spring. Having flowers by the sink in my kitchen just brightens my day. So I’m putting together some mini spring floral bouquets for some of the special people in our lives, to say thank you for all they do for us and our kids, and hopefully to brighten their day too.

You can make these mini bouquets by picking up a couple of bunches of flowers the next time you are at the grocery store. Your local florist or market are also great places to get a wonderful selection of flowers but don’t discount the value and ease of those bunches at the grocery store. That’s where I picked up these…One bunch each of tulips, freesia, poms and pussy willow.

Mini Spring Floral Bouquet | diyPaperJoy.com

Flowers go a long way when making mini bouquets. You will need roughly 1 bunch of flowers for two – three mini bouquets. So, that means if you want four varieties of flowers and pick up one bunch of each you will be able to surprise about 10 people with a little bit of spring. If you don’t need to make that many then you can use the extra flowers to make some arrangements for your own home.

Mini Spring Floral Bouquet | diyPaperJoy.com

Along with the flowers I used washi tape, burlap and some jute to tie it all together.

Mini Spring Floral Bouquet | diyPaperJoy.com

I used one stem of each flower starting with the freesia. Then I added a cluster of poms, a stem of pussy willow and finally a single tulip.

Mini Spring Floral Bouquet | diyPaperJoy.com

Then I wrapped washi tape around the stems to hold them together.

Mini Spring Floral Bouquet | diyPaperJoy.com

Mini Spring Floral Bouquet | diyPaperJoy.com

The mini bouquets look lovely in a small jar or vase.

Mini Spring Floral Bouquet | diyPaperJoy.com

I wrapped mine in a 4″ x 6″ piece of burlap, tied some jute around it and added a tag that says it all.

So simple to make. So fun to receive.

I’m sure you have awesome people in your life who would love to receive these too.

Debbie

St. Patrick’s Day Party Favor

March 15, 2014  |  DIY  |  No Comments

St. Patrick's Day Party Favor | diyPaperJoy.com

Here’s a cute little St. Patrick’s Day party favor that your guests will love. After all who wouldn’t want their very own pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Whether you hand them out for guests to take away or set them around the party for guests to help themselves to a little chocolaty treat, these little pots of gold – complete with their own rain cloud and rainbow, are a great way to add some charm to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

To make the rain cloud add blue confetti (the rain) to a white/clear helium balloon (the cloud). I made the confetti by punching blue cardstock with a standard hole punch. Then I used a funnel to add the confetti to the balloon and filled the balloon with helium using a home helium tank and tied them off. I picked up the home helium tank at Walmart but have also seen them at Micheal’s. I love mine – so fun, but you could also add the confetti to the balloons and have a party shop fill the balloons with helium for you (some grocery stores and dollar stores also fill up balloons with helium).

After you have your balloons it’s time to make your rainbows.

St. Patrick's Day Party Favor | diyPaperJoy.com

1. Gather 1 sheet of cardstock for each of the colours in the rainbow.  2. Cut each sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in half lengthwise creating 4 1/4″ x 11″ strips.  3. Then cut the 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardstock width-wise into 1/2″ strips, creating 4 1/4″ x 1/2″ strips. You will need two of these strips, in each colour, for every party favor you want to make.  4. Lay out the strips in rainbow colour order and add a piece of double sided tape to each strip.  5. Cut a length of ribbon about 30″ long and lay it on top of the double sided tape, down the center of the rainbow strips, leaving about 10″ of ribbon above the rainbow.
6. Top with another strip of cardstock in the same colour.

Once you have finished the rainbow, tie the top of the ribbon to the balloon and the bottom of the ribbon to a bucket filled with gold chocolate coins.

St. Patrick's Day Party Favor | diyPaperJoy.com

I plan on handing mine out to a few kiddos who are near and dear to me this St. Patrick’s Day. Their own little pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day is a happy one.

xo Debbie

Gold Confetti Garland DIY

March 4, 2014  |  DIY  |  No Comments

DIY Gold Confetti Garland | diyPaperJoy.com

I’m getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day with this super easy, super glitzy gold confetti garland diy. We don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big way, but when we have guests over around St. Patrick’s Day it’s nice to get in the spirit of things.

I’m excited about this garland because it could not be more simple (punch, sew, hang), I can make it ahead (awesome) and it is so versatile that I can use it over and over again (thinking Easter & Mother’s Day just for starters).  Also, the gold metallic cardstock looks gorgeous and it reminds me of those gold coins at the end of the rainbow.

Gold Confetti Garland DIY | diyPaperJoy.com

I ordered the gold metallic cardstock from Paper-Garden.ca and the gold shimmer on it is beautiful. It’s also a cover weight, a bit heavier than regular cardstock, so it is going to hold up for many more celebrations. Using my 2″ craft punch, I punched four circles across the 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet. They had to be pretty close together in order to get four across, as you can see in the photo above.

Gold Confetti Garland DIY | diyPaperJoy.com

Then I trimmed off the punched holes and punched four more circles, repeating this until the entire sheet of cardstock was used up. I was able to get 20 circles from each sheet of cardstock. Once all the circles were punched, I simply ran them through my sewing machine, keeping long threads at both the beginning and end for hanging. For more detailed sewing instructions you can check out this Patterned Paper Confetti Garland DIY. No need to alternate different sized/patterned circles here though, just run one gold circle after the next and I did keep the gold circles close together, feeding each circle in right after the next, with no stitches in between.

Gold Confetti Garland DIY | diyPaperJoy.com

And now it’s ready to hang and I have one item crossed off my to do list. Plus it’s soooo pretty with all it’s gold sparkle and shine. Love how it catches the light.

Do you have anything planned for St. Patrick’s Day and if so, do you go low key or all out? Either way you just may want to add some sparkle with one of these garland.

Debbie

Shop Talk | Resizing Garland Banners

February 28, 2014  |  Shop  |  No Comments

Resizing Garland Banners | diyPaperJoy.com

Earlier this winter we hosted a Sledding Party that included a hot chocolate bar. I decided to experiment a bit with the size of the garland banners in the Let It Snow printable party collection, printing them out at half size. You can see the same style of banner at a make your own ice cream sundae bar we had last summer, using the banner in the Ice Cream Sundae collection at full size.

Resizing banners is pretty easy. I essentially printed the banner at half size by printing two pages per printer page. This is really a function of your printer. I’m going to go through the steps I took using my printer, but since all printers are different things may look different in your printers dialog box.

Open the PDF document, with the banner you want to print, in Adobe Reader. In my case the diyPaperJoy Let It Snow Printable Party Collection printables PDF from the Let It Snow Printable Party Collection.

Resizing Banners | diyPaperJoy.com

1. From the toolbar, select Fit one full page to window for easier viewing.

Resizing Banners | diyPaperJoy.com

2. From the toolbar, click on Show next page (Right Arrow) until you have the first page of the garland banners in the window, in my case page 18.

Resizing Banners | diyPaperJoy.com

3. Select File  4. and then Print to bring up the Print dialog box.

Resizing banners | diyPaperJoy.com

5. Under Pages to Print, select Pages and type in the page range of the garland you wish to print, in my case pages 18-23.  6. Under Page Sizing & Handling, select Multiple.
7. Under Pages per sheet select 2.

Resizing Banners | diyPaperJoy.com

Note: You can experiment with how many Pages per sheet you would like to print. Choosing more pages per sheet will make your banner flags even smaller.

Resizing banners | diyPaperJoy.com

8. Make sure the cardstock/paper you would like to print your banner on is loaded in the printer then select Print.

A note about purchasing collections from the shop – Immediately after purchase, you will be sent an email containing the link to download your collection. After unzipping the download file you will find one or more PDF files, depending on the collection, but usually one file with instructions and tips on working with the printables and one (or more) files with the actual printables. To open the files you will need Adobe Reader, available as a free download here at adobe.com

Resizing Garland Banners | diyPaperJoy.com

The advantage to being able to resize the banners is that you can hang a garland that suits the space you have available. In the case of a hot chocolate bar the full size garland would work well for a wall over a large buffet or table set up where the smallest banners would work well for a small hot chocolate bar set-up on a small table or a counter.

The collections in the shop are very versatile and have lots of options for customization to suit the needs of your get-together or party set-up.

Whether you are a new reader here or know your way around already, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment and let me know what you think, if there is anything you would like to see more of here or if you have any questions.

Debbie

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