Valentine’s Day Garland + Card

January 29, 2014  |  DIY  |  No Comments

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My mom lives a couple of hours away from us, which means we don’t see her as often as I would like. So, I thought it would be nice to send her a little Valentine’s Day garland to reminder her that she is loved and that we are thinking about her.  What I like about this project is that not only is it a visual reminder of our love but on the back of each of the photos there is also a written message stating our love. A Valentine’s Day garland + card all in one.

{Step ONE} Photos

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The first step is to gather your photos.  Photos you have on hand or Instagram photos work well but if you don’t already have photos that you want to use, it can be a lot of fun just grabbing your camera and taking some selfies. Do this near a window with lots of indirect light coming in. Then print out your photos and trim them to the size you would like. I cropped mine to 3.75 x 3.75 inches and printed them at home on 4×6 photo paper because I wanted a white border around my photos. Then I trimmed the sides to create a 4×4 inch photo.

{Step TWO} Note Cards

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Cut note cards out of card stock the same size as your photos. You will need one note card for each photo. I cut 5 note cards from white textured cardstock to 4×4 inches each. I made a heart stamp by hot gluing a wood heart to a cork. Then I stamped a red heart in the middle of the note card near the top. Next I used a felt pen to draw a black border.
Write a sentiment on each of the note cards. These could be messages from each of the people in the photos, poems,  or an I Love You because… on each of the cards. It will depend on who the garland is for and of course, who the garland is from, but have fun with it. Then attach a note card to the back of each of the photos with double sided tape keeping in mind the order of the photos and the order of the note cards.

{Step THREE} Assembling the Garland

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I used 1/2 inch red gross grain ribbon for the garland. I laid the ribbon out and played with the placement of the photos, chipboard and hearts before cutting it to the final length. I ended up with two lengths of ribbon for a double hung garland, but you could also hang everything on one length of ribbon for a single hung garland.

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I used chipboard letters to spell out “You Are Loved” and punched some hearts in two sizes from a scrap piece of printed overlay. Printed patterned paper or solid cardstock would look great too.

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For the large sized heart, I used a standard hole punch to punch two holes near the center at the top and threaded it onto the ribbon. My chipboard letters had very sticky backs and stayed on the ribbon fine on their own, but I have used lots of chipboard that was not very sticky, in which case you could either hot glue or sew the letters in place. Tip: If you want to remove the stickiness from the back of your chipboard letters before gluing or sewing them in place, sprinkle a bit of baby powder over the sticky side and then remove any excess.

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I used 3/4 inch black binder clips to attach the photos to the ribbon and tucked a few small hearts here and there. After I arranged everything on the ribbon I cut it to its final length and used washi tape to hang it on the wall.

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I plan on wrapping this garland up and sending it to my mom for Valentine’s Day, so I’ll add a roll of washi tape to the box, so she can hang it on her wall. In the mean time I’m enjoying it on mine:)

Debbie

Hanging Ice Votives DIY

January 24, 2014  |  DIY  |  No Comments

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Ice votives are so easy to make, cost essentially nothing and can be used over and over again. I love that I can make these way in advance, keep them in the freezer or on the porch, if you are having fringed winter weather like us, and pull them out when the occasion calls.

For our Sledding Party I made some to place on the Hot Chocolate Bar to provide some light as the evening grew darker. Afterward, I moved them to the porch off our living room, where they look pretty lit when we have company, or even when we don’t.

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1. You’ll need two plastic or metal containers, one larger container the size you would like your votive and a smaller container to make the hole to place the candle in. Make sure the candle you want to use fits inside the smaller container. I used a 500 ml yogurt container and a single serving pudding container.  Fill the larger container, almost to the top, with water. Then place the smaller container in the center, level to the top and tape in place. I used packing tape. While holding each end of the tape I stuck it to the top of the small container, then  pushed the small container into the water and wrapped the tape down the sides of the larger container. Then I added a second piece of packing tape perpendicular to the first. Place in the freezer or outside, if it is cold enough, until frozen.  2. Once frozen remove the packing tape.  3. Remove the small container and release the ice from the large container. If the containers don’t remove easily, you can let it sit at room temperature until it removes easily or run cool water over the container to loosen it. Be careful though, if the water is too warm the ice will crack.  4. Drop in a candle.  5. And light.

I also wanted to hang some of the votives, so I made a hanger out of wire to slip the ice votives into. I used 30 gauge hobby and flower wire because that’s what I had on hand, but you could use a heavy gauge wire too.

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Supplies – Wire and one washer for each votive. I used 1 inch washers.

1. Cut four lengths of wire and bend in half. I cut my wire in 35 inch lengths which worked well for the container I used. If you are using a larger container you will need to cut longer lengths.  2. Thread the bent end up through the center of the washer.  3. Bring the ends around and through the loop.  4. Pull to tighten around washer.  5. Repeat with the remaining 3 lengths of wire, spacing evenly around washer.

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6. Separate the wire strands in each group.

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7. Taking one strand from one group and one strand from the group next to it, twist the two strands together part way up from the washer. The idea is to have this twist fall on the ice votive about midway up.

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8. Repeat with each of the other strands, creating four new groups.

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9. Now repeat this step again, creating another round of twists roughly equal distance from the first twists, that they are from the washer.

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10. Creating a little basket for the ice votive.

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11. Bring the ends together, they don’t need to be even just make sure the washer sits nicely straight down, and twist together (about 2 inches worth).  12. Loop around and twist, creating a hanger.

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13. Slip the ice votive in the wire hanger, hang and light.

Place some ice votives in hangers and place some right in the snow, along a path, up the front steps, at an outdoor seating area…Well you get the idea.

They are a pretty addition to any outdoor winter party.

Hope you enjoy them!

Debbie.

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Spiked Hot Chocolate & Swizzle Stick DIY

January 17, 2014  |  DIY  |  No Comments

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It’s not just kids who enjoy hot chocolate, adults love their hot chocolate too. So, at the Hot Chocolate Bar, at our Sledding Party, I decided to offer up a spiked version for the grown ups in the group.

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At the hot chocolate bar, guests were invited to add shots of Kahlua to their hot chocolate. But, I thought it would be fun to dress up the spiked hot chocolate a little, especially for those who didn’t want theirs with roasted marshmallows.

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So, I made swizzle sticks that were perfect for stirring in the Kahlua and set them out in a mason jar. You can even add some mini marshmallows to the swizzle sticks for those who want just a bit of that marshmallow goodness.

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The swizzle sticks were so easy to make. I just hot glued a smallish white pom pom to the top of a wooden skewer that I had cut to fit nicely in the cups we were using. The pom poms were just slightly larger than 1/2 inch and the wooden skewers I cut to be about 2 inches taller than the cups we used. Then, I added a straw flag from the Let It Snow Printable Party Collection.

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The trick to adding the mini marshmallows, is to use a clean, slightly damp cloth to wipe the stick just below the flag (be careful not to wet the flag) all the way to the bottom. This makes the marshmallows slide nicely along the stick. Then, wipe after each additional marshmallow.

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The swizzle sticks can be made up way ahead of time, adding the marshmallows on the day of the party. I’m all for doing as much ahead of time as possible, to lessen the stress on party day. Although, one of these might do the trick too!

Cheers,

Debbie

Pom Pom Garland

January 10, 2014  |  DIY  |  2 Comments

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If you’ve spent any time here on the blog, you may have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for garlands. I love them. They are delightful, they dress up any celebration, and they make me smile when I walk into a room.  I have been known to leave them hanging looong after the party is over. One thing I especially like to do, is hang multiple garlands. Different garlands mixed together. So, for our Sledding Party, I decided to hang two garlands at our Hot Chocolate Bar –  a Hot Chocolate Banner along with a pom pom garland.

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Pom pom garlands are so easy to make. Just choose some pom poms that are suitable for your theme or decor. I chose the blue and white pom poms because they reminded me of snowballs. I liked that they were different sizes and had a bit of sparkle to them.

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Then, with a needle and thread start stringing the pom poms by sticking the needle right through the centre of the pom pom. If you have kids who are able to safely work with a needle, they can help out too. And, if they aren’t quiet old enough for needle work, they can certainly pull the pom poms along the thread while you work the needle.

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Continue randomly threading pom poms until you reach a length you are happy with. And if random isn’t what you are after, then you can also thread them in a pattern.

A couple of tips. 1. I left the thread attached to the spool so I could make the garland longer as I went. You could also pre-cut the thread to whatever length you need. 2. To reduce the amount of tangling, I used painters tape to attach the garland to walls, tables, whatever was around me, as I worked. 3. If you want to work in shorter lengths or if your thread does get tangled, just cut it and tie smaller garlands together, placing the knot close to a pom pom.

Make it, hang it and most of all enjoy it.

Debbie

P.S. If you are making this, or any garland for a party, make it and hang it a few days before the day of the event. Because it’s something you can do ahead of time (reduces stress on party day) and because it will make you smile when you walk into the room.

P.S.S. Send me pictures if you make one:)