DIY Tissue Paper Tassels

I think one of my favorite DIY projects from littlest sister’s birthday party were the pink and gold tissue paper tassels. I pinned Confetti System’s gorgeous tassel banners to my inspiration board on Pinterest and immediately began looking for ways to create something similar myself.
I stumbled upon the perfect tutorial. 
Jesyka of Visual Vocabulary had a great DIY with lots of easy to follow, step-by-step photos. For the most part I followed her instructions, however I used jute twine instead of the rope trim. Her tutorial also mentions how long the tassels take to make, don’t let this scare you. I sat down with the cutting mat and made a 12-foot section over the course of an evening.
Click here for the step by step instructions. Happy tassel making!

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Posted 10/27/11, Topic: DIY

DIY Sparkly Balloon Streamers

I know I’m not the only one that has drooled over Geronimo’s gorgeous sparkly balloons creations, they’re just so glittery and full of charm! While I would’ve loved to have been able to click “add to cart” on tons of their products, let’s face it, sometimes hundred dollar balloons are just not in the budget.
With just a little creative thinking and a whole lot of time (yeah, this is not for those of you in a hurry), I created my own Geronimo-esque balloons and now you can too!
Sparkly Balloon Streamers
What You Will Need:
1 metal key ring
1 metallic gold door curtain (Found at Party City, similar to this)
1 package metallic Christmas tinsel garland (Found at Hobby Lobby)
Tissue paper fringes, paper hearts & other miscellaneous trimmings
Makes 5 balloon streamers.
Basic Summary: To make these streamers, all of the foil, tissue paper, trimmings, etc. are tied to a metal key ring that is then secured to the base of a 36″ balloon. 
To do this, start by tying a string to the key ring and hanging it from the ceiling. Adjust the height of the key ring so that it is similar in height to where you want the base of the balloon to be. (This way, you can build your streamers without having to hold they key ring and it will allow you to adjust the lengths of your streamer material accordingly.)
Attach the metallic gold door curtain to the key ring first. The metallic gold curtain is key in this project. It will give you that beautiful “puddling” effect at the floor that is so indicative of the Geronimo balloons. Begin by laying the curtain out on the floor and cutting it into 5 equal pieces, lengthwise. You should end up with 5 – 8′ sections. Feed the top portion of the curtain through the key ring and secure with ribbon. 
Once the gold curtain is secured to the key ring, the rest is pure imagination. There really is no right or wrong way to decorate the streamer. If you can tie it to the key ring, then chances are you can add it to the streamer. (Just be careful that the decor doesn’t get too heavy. Too much weight could cause the balloon to droop.)
I added pieces of metallic Christmas tinsel. The tinsel had a wire center, so I used that wire to attach it to the key ring. I cut out paper hearts and glued them to a long, pink ribbon that I tied to the key ring. I made different style tissue paper tassels and attached them to some ribbon as well.

Once you are satisfied with the look of the streamer, use a piece of curling ribbon to tie the metal key ring to the base of the balloon. Make sure the balloon is weighted down enough so it won’t float away. These balloons hold tons of helium and most likely will need something kind of heavy to hold them down. We tied ours to bricks. 
Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}
That’s all there is to it. Put on your creative hats and fill your next party full of sparkle!
Sources: I purchased the balloons from Shop Sweet Lulu in blush, rose and ivory. Warning: Their site is packed full of gorgeous goodies, you’ll be tempted to buy lots!

Posted 10/25/11, Topic: DIY

DIY Ombre Caramel Apple Sticks

Okay, so this DIY is so super easy, you’re gonna say to yourself, “Did she really need to post directions for this?” Nevertheless, you can make these and host your own fabulous caramel apple bar this Fall and make everyone think there was a lot of skill and complicated artistry involved. (It’s our little secret.)

We were originally going to use plain wooden dowels for the caramel apples, but had a last minute light-bulb moment and decided to jazz these babies up with a little girly ombre effect. Oh! Did I tell you these caramel apples were made in a crock pot? Gotta love that simplicity.

Ombre Caramel Apple Sticks
What you will need:
Wooden dowels (6″ sections)
Spray Paint

For the wooden dowels, I purchased the 3-foot long medium wooden dowels from my local craft store and cut them into 6″ sections. Once they were cut, I took the dowels, one by one, and sprayed the ends with pink spray paint. I sprayed the paint in light strokes, concentrating more paint on the end of the dowel (opposite of the apple) for the “ombre” look. (Be careful to not get any spray paint on the area of the stick that will touch the apple.) Once dowels have competely dried, insert them into the stem area of the apple. Tip: If the dowels are stubborn going in, you can use the light tap of a hammer to get them down into the apple.

Caramel Apples
What you will need:
8 small Granny Smith apples
2 packages (14 oz. each) caramel squares
1/4 cup water

In slow cooker, combine caramels and water. Cover and cook on high for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until caramels are melted, stirring frequently. Once the caramels were melted, we unplugged the slow cooker and brought the caramel outside to the caramel apple bar. (It was hot enough that it still worked well in coating the apples for about an hour.)

Dip the apples into the caramel, turning to coat evenly. Continue holding the apple above pot, scrape off excess accumulation of caramel from bottom apple. Roll coated apples in toppings of your choice. We used rainbow sprinkles, mini-chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Get creative! Don’t feel limited to just using one topping. Once you are finished, place the apple in a cupcake liner. This is a great way for guest to be able to remain mobile and mingle until they are ready to chow down.

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Posted 10/21/11, Topic: DIY

You’re Invited

Grab your favorite pink drink and dust off your sequins, I’ve got a week full of glamourous girly posts that will have us all wishing we were thirteen again. 
Littlest sister’s sparkly outdoor movie party was such a blast. Lots of glitter, giggles and girls – such fun! To kick off this week of party posts, I though it appropriate to put first things first – the invitation.
I love dreaming up unique invitations and always look for ways to add interactive elements. This special invite featured a movie screen with a custom designed “13” movie countdown, a spinning movie reel, and a ticket dispenser… oh, and lots of hearts and glitter. 
The movie screen was mounted on wooden dowels and even had a tiny patch of green grass.

The movie reel pulled out from a sleeve on the side of the card. The reel spins, providing guests with fun details about the party.

A custom designed movie ticket was tucked into a sleeve at the bottom of the card to reveal the movie they’d be watching. The serial number on the ticket was the date of the party. 

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}
Making these invitations was so much fun. I haven’t had a girly project in a while. I couldn’t help but smile when I realized that littlest sister turns 13 and I’ll turn 30 this year. Just a little ironic, don’t you think?
Stay tuned this week for pictures from her party and some snazzy DIY party tutorials. 

Posted 10/18/11, Topic: DIY, Events

DIY: Pallet Sign

It’s no secret – I don’t live at the beach. 
In fact, I don’t even live close to a body of water. (Unless you count the Chattahoochee, and I’m not exactly ready to sip Mai Tai’s on her banks.) Nevertheless, each summer I like to give my house a fresh dose of “ocean air” and display some of my favorite rustic beach collections. I have jars of shells we’ve collected from different vacations, even some shells collected by my Grandma during her years spent living at the beach.
This year, I’ve added a new piece to the display – a distressed, pallet-style sign.
The wood was actually given to me by Aunt Barbara. You see, she’s not actually my “aunt”, just a precious lady and I couldn’t dare call her anything else. The wood pieces were simply beadboard scraps left over from a paneling project at her house. At first I had no idea what I would do with them, but it didn’t take me long to cook up a little project.
We took the beadboard strips and created a simple frame to support them from the back, similar in style to a pallet. We then rubbed on a light coat of Minwax wood stain in “Dark Walnut”. Just enough to give it some color.

Once that was dry, I experimented with several acrylic paint colors, brushing on light coats of paint for a worn look. After I was satisfied with the finish, I stenciled one of my favorite quotes onto the sign with foam letter stencils. Easy peasy, right?
Aunt Barbara doesn’t know it yet, but I have pallet sign built just for her. {Surprise! Just name your color and send me a favorite quote and it’s all yours.} I think a sign like this would be darling outside on a patio. The more weathered it gets the better!

Photos by Blue Eyed Yonder

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