DIY Elegant Cake Stand

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I can tell you a thing or two about DIY cake stands… I want to first tell you, do not believe everything you see on Pinterest. No matter how cool or “easy” something may look, it can have a major downfall. I’ve found this especially true with cake stands. Many of the tutorials involve using spray paint to color the plate. Now let’s take a step back and just think about this. Plates are made the way they are because it is safe. Spray paint has so many chemicals in it, many in which are harmful if ingested. These chemicals can absorb into the food, or can be easily transferred onto the food itself, no good my friends, no good.

I purchased this plate at my local dollar store for just $1. Cheaper than a can of spray paint, and still much cheaper and flexible than a brand new cake stand! So instead of spraying your old dinnerware, head on over to the store and purchase a cheap plate that is already the color you want it to be.

Now that we have that settled, lets get on with what I’ve created here!

I used a short glass candlestick holder for the base; I purchased this one from the dollar store as well. This is what is holding everything together under that pink fabric you see there! I initially painted the candle holder, but was really unhappy with the outcome, it needed something more. I had this fabric laying around, so I decided to make a pretty little cover for it.

This slip was very easy to make by just cutting out a large circle and sewing a seam. If you do not have a sewing machine, this may take a little extra time on your part, but definitely still doable with a needle and thread. To finish it off, I tied a silver and white ribbon around the middle.

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Guest Table Decorations

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It’s nearing that time so I decided to put together an update on a few of the things that we have together! Of course I had to leave some stuff out, because it just wouldn’t be that fun if I gave away all the surprises!

So what you see here are pink ruffle trees, rosette cups with matte and shiny pink pebbles, the fabulous paint buckets, and of course bubble gum, because who doesn’t love some pink bubble gum?

The rosettes and ruffle trees were both made from crepe paper. I love these because they look classic and beautiful.  Both the ruffle trees and rosettes are extremely easy to make, and so rewarding for the little time you put into making them. They are super versatile and you can literally do any color combination. As for the trees, I may just have to pack these babies away to use as Christmas decorations!

Handmade Number 1 Photo Prop

IMG_7216IMG_8334IMG_8329 Another project scratched off the list, and wow I am so happy this one is done. I decided today that I was just going to knock it out and go on to the next thing. Over 150 tissue flowers later and here we are. I do want to say that if you are looking to do this yourself, make sure you have a lot of time to do it. These flowers are no joke time consuming.

The final size of this ended up being 2 feet tall and 15″ wide.

In my previous post about this, I told of how I started the project. You can see from my beginning photo that all I used was cardboard and hot glue to make the 3D model. I wasn’t entirely neat about it all because I knew that all of it was just going to be covered. The main idea was just to get it in one piece and stable.

I ended up using about 2 packs of 20 sheet tissue paper 20 in x 20 in. I also saved myself a good amount of time by folding and cutting 3 sheets of tissue paper at a time.I made 3 sizes of flowers and gave some more layers than others; this gives it all a more natural and textured look. All of the light pink flowers have a rounded tip, and the fuchsia flowers are pointed. I’m not going into great detail on how to make these flowers because I know there are a ton of really great instructional videos on YouTube out there. So if you haven’t made these before, I strongly suggest “YouTube-ing” a how-to.

Also, if you like this project and time is an issue for you, you can always cut out tissue squares, twist them around a pencil, and glue them on. This will not look the same as what I have done here, but it is still very pretty!

The Invitations

IMG_8285IMG_8291 IMG_8292Well, here they are! I’m relieved to finally be able to show a finished product! You can see here that I made an accent card to compliment the invitation. The little girl represents Ella holding a small paint pallet. I also decided against using my sewing machine on these cards, as I thought they were beautiful as-is and it would only just take away from the design.

I painted the invitation and accent card with acrylics with a little help from my dip pen.

Absent

Wow, let me tell you, there are not enough hours in a day. I’ve been pretty bummed out about being absent from my blog the last few weeks. I’ve been so hard at work (well, at home) and still have so many unfinished projects! For example, I still have magnets to finish, mini piñatas, and I have started at least three other projects!

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The most time consuming I would have to say is this big 3D “1” model I am making for Ella’s party. I realize that the cardboard model picture itself isn’t very appealing, but I promise it looks 100% better with the flowers on it! It’s currently about 80% done, and what I’ve done is cut out a box and used my trusty hot glue gun to glue the pieces together. So far I have made over 60 tissue carnations and glued them on, creating the most beautiful floral effect. It is almost unbearably time consuming making these tiny flowers, but now that it is near completion, its so worth all the work I’ve put into it.

Another thing I have in the works right now is party invitations! I cant remember if I said before, but I am hand painting each and every one of them. I will also be writing them out by hand with a calligraphy pen. I also may or may not be using my sewing machine on these cards, we’ll let it be a surprise. 😉

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Aside from all of this birthday planning, I managed to squeeze in photographing a baby shower today. The whole thing was just magical, and filled with Minnie Mouse! It was a very large gathering and the setup was just so fun! The mother-to-be was glowing and so beautiful. All of this time spent on focusing on the party and decorations itself just made me even more excited to get in the final stages of Ella’s party!

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Another thing we’ve covered in the last month; Ella turned 10 months old! We went with a vintage theme for this mini photo shoot, and I was nothing short of in love with how every single picture turned out. There are probably at least 50 pictures on my camera that I don’t think I will ever bring myself to delete because she was so precious with this vintage setup!

DIY Magnet Party Favors

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So the past two days I’ve been working on these magnet party favors. It was a very easy and very tedious process.

Materials I used:

  • Mod Podge (homemade)
  • Glass stones from the Dollar Store
  • Old wallpaper samples (for background)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Magnet buttons
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint

So I’m not going to do a full tutorial on this because there are already so many out there already. One of the things I did differently than most people is that I used homemade Mod Podge. I don’t have any on hand, so I mixed equal parts Elmer’s Glue All and water. School glue does the trick as well. This mixture works just like Mod Podge would, so write that one down if you want to save yourself some money in the future!

I also used wallpaper samples for the background of these. Stop by a local furniture store near you to see if they have any old sample books they are going to throw away! I always go to these books for a lot of my little projects, they are a ton of fun and so many different designs. The specific book I used these samples from was a 1997 Katzenbach & Warren.

I’m going to let people rip open the mini pinatas I made to reveal these little guys!

Cloud Dough Activity!

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Today we made cloud dough! I found this simple recipe online and just tweaked it a little. I added in sprinkles to add a little more texture and to make it pretty. The recipe called for 1/4 C baby oil and 2 C flour. I actually ended up adding quite a bit more baby oil than the recipe said. If you do this yourself, just put in the 1/4 C and keep adding more until its easy to form a ball. I added around 1tbs sprinkles.

Ella had the time of her life playing with it. As you can see in the first photograph, she was kind of throwing it around in the air! It was so exciting to watch her having so much fun. Other than throwing it around, she really enjoyed squeezing it and letting it run through her fingers… I was really surprised to see how long it actually took her to try and put it in her mouth. A lot of the times, that is the first place she tries to put everything! So either she’s learning or she was just really entertained; I’m thinking it was both. 😉

Before I go on, I wanted to add that children should not eat this mixture. Although baby oil is designed for babies, it still should not be ingested. It is safe for little hands as long as your baby has not previously shown signs of allergy to any of these ingredients. A little taste will not hurt, but take care not to let your little ones sit and eat this stuff. 

I’m a huge fan of these messy sensory activities. It gives little ones full permission to get messy, and this is so exciting for them! If you haven’t already, check out my blog on our pastel paint activity. I highly recommend both of these activities for kids of all ages.

Comment with some of your favorite activities!