May marked the 5th year anniversary of my blog and a big redesign by Erin Jang and programmed by Mark Allen, two very talented people. Another new thing for me was this year I’ve experimented with having contributors. I’m so lucky to have such talented people to work with. Here are some of my favorites from April through June.
Confetti Egg Game by Rebecca
Ombre Table Cloth by Brittany
A Fringey Monogram by Michaela
A trip to see the tulip fields in Holland
An Envelope Surprise Project
The fun Anthology Article came out
We shared pictures of our San Francisco apartment
And a Giant Polish Chandelier DIY.
Look for July through September tomorrow!
Last January I was getting ready to move to Paris. It’s a little funny to remember how scared I was (as someone who doesn’t get anxiety easily.) Here is the first part in a 2011 review of Oh Happy Day I’m posting this week.
A Heart on a Chain. Heart Bead DIY for Valentine’s Day
A Peek at Moses and Roman’s Closet
Party Hats DIY including a template
A final report on Removable Wallpaper
We found our Paris Apartment
I found La Droguerie on accident and it is still one of my favorite Paris stores
How to Make a Leprechaun Disguise by Fergi
Onto April, May, and June tomorrow!
With the New Year right around the corner, I thought I would put together a little list of necessities for a fun + festive New Years party! I hope you guys had a WONDERFUL Christmas and are ready to kick off 2012 with a bang and some sparkle + bubbles!!
When a friend of mine was planning a red themed birthday party for her little confetti loving 6 year old girl, I practically begged to help her. I was on a mission to find red paper confetti (without having to cut the confetti myself) and failed! Since all the stores I visited sold white paper confetti, I was going to try and dye the white confetti with watercolor paint. It turns out to be super easy and crazy cute! We filled jars with the confetti as party favors and the girls loved it!
Materials needed: an old jar for mixing, pretty jars for packaging the favors, white paper confetti, water and watercolor paint in a tube.
Step One: Squeeze out some paint into the jar.
Step Two: Add water and shake the mix until the paint is fully dissolved in the water.
Step Three: Add the confetti and shake again.
Step Four: Let the watercolor mixture do his job for a good 15 – 20 minutes. Shake the jar every 5 minutes to move the confetti around.
Step Five: Pour everything through a strainer and place the confetti on a piece of paper towel. Place a plastic bag under the paper towel to protect the surface you are working on, the confetti is still pretty wet.
Step Six: After 30 minutes, place the confetti on a new piece of paper towel (or an old rag) to let it dry overnight. Spread the confetti out so it dries faster.
Step Seven: Fill the jars with the confetti and use a piece of string to attach a little note to the jar.
When I realized how easy this was I couldn’t resist making more for myself in other colors. Aren’t the different color tones of the confetti pretty?
Yea! It’s a piñata day! We miss Mexican food here in Paris since it isn’t as readily available as back home so we started having Taco Tuesdays where my friend Rubi makes amazing homemade tacos. Last night we got together and I made everyone their own personalized mini piñatas. There was one at each person’s plate filled with treats and surprises. You just open the flap on the bottom to remove the treats. So fun!
Materials Needed: Cereal boxes, scissors, exacto knife, crepe paper in folds, tape, glue
Step One: Draw a picture of the donkey on a cereal box and cut it out with scissors. You need one for the front and one for the back of each pinata. Then cut out long strips from the cereal box about 1.5″ thick. Tape the front and the back together with the strip. (See more detailed instructions here.)
Step Two: Once your armature is built its time to decorate. Cut off the end of the crepe paper fold and cut on one side to create the fringe. Add lines of glue starting at the bottom. Then glue on the fringe, wrapping it around the pinata until its all covered.
Step Three: When you are done cut a trap door at the bottom to fill with treats like small candies, gifts, party poppers, and confetti. Guests can choose to use the little door or can take it apart anyway they like to get the goods.
I loved making these! They were ridiculously fun to work on. Next time I’ll make the ears separate but I started making them late at night so I didn’t think of it until the next day when they were close to done. I also experimented with tails but I thought it looked better sans tail so I left it as is.
You can find the other piñatas in my piñata series right here.
All photos by Oh Happy Day