DIY projects

Ready to get your craft on? Here you’ll find my favorite do it yourself projects and party ideas. If you are searching for something specific try the search box on the right or see my list of categories at the bottom of the page.

Fringey Streamers DIY

I was making party decorations for Roman’s party and ended up sort of inventing these little streamers. They might be my favorite thing ever right now–they are just so fringey and frilly! Plus they are a cinch to make. Here is how to do it.




Materials:
Crepe Paper in sheets (not tissue paper, crepe paper has a stretch to it.)
Scissors

Step 1: Cut off about a 2″-3″ section of crepe paper.
Step 2: Start on one side and cut fringe evenly spaced. Leave some space in the center.
Step 3. Turn it over and cut fringe on the other side, still not cutting too far into the center.
Step 4: Muss up the fringe on each side, separate the layers and scrunch it with your fingers.
Step 5. Et voila! Unroll and hang your fringey streamers and celebrate!


(I was wearing those stripey socks because I was cold but somehow they became the stars of the photos.)

Valentines Day Craft: Heart on a Chain

I did this little craft with Moses this weekend. (It was mostly me, although he was into “helping” quite a bit.) We just made little hearts out of Sculpey or Fimo (the dough that hardens when you bake it–just get it from any craft store.) Then we made holes through the dough with a needle and baked them. We made a chain with it and hung it from our window. We also made little bracelets. I think the bracelets would be a cute classmate Valentine for when they get older.

Happy Valentine’s Day!







Guest Post on Snippet & Ink

The wonderful Kathryn from Snippet & Ink got married last week. (Can you imagine the pressure of the perfect wedding for a wedding blogger?) And she asked me to do a little guest post. I did it on taking inspiration for weddings (or parties) from the genius Anthropologie displays. They almost always use cheap materials on a large scale, like these flowers made from plastic bottles. Usually it probably isn’t very expensive to produce you just need LOTS of help from friends. Check it out right here.


images from Flickr

Lemon Leaf Garland DIY

Lemon Leaf Garland looks so great during the holidays. It is easy to do yourself. Here is the DIY I made earlier this year for Project Wedding.



Felt Ball Garland

I wanted one of these felt ball garlands like the one at Anthropologie. I’d seen felt ball garlands before but not one in a rainbow palate so I decided to make one. It wasn’t too difficult but here are the details.

I ordered 2cm sized felt balls. Threading them is pretty easy, just make sure the needle is nice and fat to make enough room for the thread. To make 4 feet of garland you need about 30 balls. (I hung some on my new little Rosemary bush.)



Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day