Back to School DIY

As much as I hate to say it, summer is almost over… and that means back to school, routines, homework, and carpools.  I’m not sure who is more sad – me more or my children.  The only thing making me feel slightly better is the back to school shopping (I love NEW notebooks and pens!), and the fun ideas I found for Back to School DIY.

Today’s post will focus on the children, and accessories for school.  I’ll write another one next week with Back to School gifts for your teachers.

From Making the World Cuter, a fun tutorial for Personalized Pencil boxes!

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A more feminine and shabby chic style of the pencil holders would be these adorable knotted pencil pouches, from see kate sew:

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And check out these notebook decals, from the Lot 26 Studio.  You could use any kind of decal really, but the butterflies are lovely!

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Everyone knows that you HAVE to take photos on the first day of school.  Check out the Back to School Photo Prop/Frame tutorial, from Crissy’s Crafts:

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And this last link isn’t really THAT back to school related, but it IS Shark Week… so I had to share this fab tutorial for making a Shark Purse, from a beautiful mess!  I know there are some teens out there who use one of these on the first day of school!!

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Memorial Day DIY

Memorial Day is next weekend, and we are planning a simple backyard BBQ with family… but for those of you who have grander plans, I’ve got some fun Red, White, and Blue DIY ideas AND recipes for you!

From BHG, a very simple idea for turning a red, white and blue crepe paper streamer into a table trim.  Love it!

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From Better Recipes, a yummy Red, White and Blue Dessert Pizza. (Yes, this is definitely on our family BBQ menu now!)

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From the Hostess blog, check out the amazing Americana 4th of July Block party post – lots of great ideas for red, white and blue that will work just as easily for Memorial Day!

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From Capital B, a ruffly patriotic wreath tutorial – perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July!

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What will you be doing for Memorial Day?  We’d love to hear about it!

Tuesday Tips – DIY Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving

Happy November 1st!  I’m so very excited today, because I have not one, but TWO fabulous DIY napkin rigs projects to enhance your autumn parties!

First up is an  embroidered and felt napkin ring tutorial from HELLOmynameisHeather.

Heather includes detailed instructions for this thanksgiving craft project AND downloadable/printable patterns to make these felt napkins rings.  Look… just look… at those acorns!  She will teach you HOW to make them!

But, maybe you aren’t a felt, thread, and embroider kind of gal?

No worries!  I’ve created some free printable napkin PAPER tags, just for you!

Simply print them on cardstock, punch them out with a 2 inch round or scallop punch (purchased at a craft store like Michaels or ordered from HERE).  You can then embellish them with ribbon, glitter, or whatever else your imagination cooks up!  I left the tags blank, so they could double as diy place cards for your party, or you could write a short “Happy Thanksgiving” message on each one.

Here is an example of a how you might use the tags… as a water glass place card.


The look would be just as nice as a satin ribbon Thanksgiving napkin rings on a linen napkin.

You can download the sheet of free tags HERE.  It is in PDF format, with all three tags on one printable page.

And if you use these, we’d LOVE to see photos of your table settings!  Just send an email to char@divaentertains.com with your photos, and we’ll feature them in a future post!