St. Patrick’s Day Food and Fun

It’s almost March, and this year St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are really close to one another… and I also have three kid’s birthday to plan in between, so I’m gathering ideas as quickly as I can.  I found some great green and gold and rainbow DIY projects and recipes!

From The Decorated Cookie, check out the St. Patrick’s Day Marshmallow pops.  These are so easy to make!

 

 

A lovely “Lucky” Milk glass, for St. Patrick’s Day decor, from you stir me, the first of several St. Patrick’s Day crafts.

From Just Mommies, a super cute Four Leaf Cootie Catcher (yes, these are still popular with kids).  They would be great for a St. Patrick’s Day party favor.  Use the “Next” button on the post to see step-by-step instructions.

 

From Tom Kat studio, cute and quick free St. Patrick’s Day cupcake toppers:

 

And a Scrappy DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wreath, from a Little Tipsy:

DIY Christmas Gifts and Ideas

I know, I know… we haven’t had Thanksgiving yet, and here I am… talking about Christmas again (already).  But… seriously, I could write a post every day until December 25th with ideas for gifts and decor for Christmas – there is so much good stuff out there!  Plus, you really need some extra time to make decorations and gifts, right?  So… put on a Christmas carol CD and enjoy!

First up, from Under the Table and Dreaming, a fab DIY tutorial on how to make Peppermint Candy topiaries.  Did I say FAB?  This is just one of many fun Christmas crafts we are featuring today!

From My Crazy Quilt Life, a totally unique and fun Christmas front door decoration… and I think these would make great gifts too… mitten “wreaths”!


I just LOVE these DIY Apothecary Jar decorations, from Life {Sweet} Life.  Very inexpensive, but what a gorgeous statement they would make on your mantel or dining table!  Decorating with glass jars is an inexpensive craft that is super impressive!

And from BHG.com, check out these lovely DIY blue and white winter votives.  You really could do these in any color, but I like the blue and white, since they would work for AFTER Christmas as well!  Perfect for your home OR a hostess gift!  Make sure you scroll through the pictures in that post – there are 27 wonderful holiday crafts to make!

 

DIY Fall Wreaths

You know what we haven’t talked about yet this season?  Wreaths!!  It’s time to look at a few DIY/How-To wreath posts, I think!  I’ll focus on Christmas and holiday wreaths later, but today’s are all fall/autumn/thankgiving oriented!

So, the first thing I noticed when looking at fall wreath ideas this year is that BURLAP is IN!  You can find a lot of great varieties out there if you google burlap and fall wreath.  This how to make burlap wreaths tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous, is my favorite:

For a fab Williams and Sonoma wreath knock-off DIY post, check out 320 Sycamore do it yourself wreath!:

You can get inspiration and instruction for  TWENTY fall wreaths to make, over at babble.com: Scroll through all the picks on the site and then click into the ones you are interested in!


From Makely School for Girls, get DIY instrucations for an ADORABLE owl wreath.  Owls are HUGE (just like burlap) this year:

And last, but not least, I have a yarn wreath tutorial for you, from Tiny Prints.  Yarn-wrap wreaths are almost as BIG as burlap wreaths this year!

DIY Christmas Decor

Yes, I realize it’s not even Halloween yet, but let’s get serious… there are only 2 months left to get prepared for Christmas!   We plan to share several posts in the next few weeks about the holidays – gifts, decor, and party planning.  Today?  We’re talking about DIY Christmas decor.

Looking for Christmas decorating crafts?  From BHG.com, a lovely glass ornament topiary tutorial.  These could be made is so many different color combinations!

More Christmas home decor ideas from the Thrifty Crafter, a great post with tutorials for more topiaries – twine, berries, and more!

From BowerPower, a lovely post with some ideas for holiday table settings and centerpieces.  This gorgeous ornament chandelier, based on her instructions in the post, seems darn doable!

 

From Martha Stewart, a unique wreath chandelier


Are you making your Christmas decor plans yet?  How will you be decorating?

 

Even More Halloween Party Planning!

We’ve already talked about Halloween Party Planning HERE… and HERE… but there are just SO MANY great ideas out there, we are talking about it again!  Are you ready for some fabulous inspiration?  Here we go!

From Better Homes and Gardens, a BUNCH of great Halloween cake ideas.  All easy to do, and fun for all ages! Make sure you scroll through ALL 18 Halloween cake pictures!

If there weren’t enough cake decorating ideas in the last post, check out this one from the Cooking Channel…. a detailed how to make a SPIDER cake!

Looking for a wreath for your front door?  Check out this one from all things simple.  Her original DIY post is for a red wreath, but you can easily use orange to make it, and add the spider, as shown below. Her tutorial is “How to make a Halloween Wreath 101”:)

And for some ADORABLE party favor/treats, visit How Does She for a tutorial on making these Halloween Cookie Pops:  She gives step-by-step instructions on how to make oreo cookie sucker pops that I’m sure you’ll use again and again depending on the holiday or event.

HGTV.com has a post with 21 different favor and Halloween game ideas for your next Halloween party.  Here is one of my favorites:

And finally, from Cookies and Cups, check out this DIY tutorial for making Witches Broom Cupcakes.  Wait til you see how the broom is made – *genius*!

We may have ONE more Halloween post coming next week… Until then… BOO!

More Halloween Party Planning

We had SO much fun with the last Halloween Party Planning post, we decided to do one (or two) more posts with Halloween ideas!  Here is our next installment of Halloween Party Planning!

For a super cute favor or party snack, check out these Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats, from the High Heeled Hostess:

Remember the Dracula teeth from the last post?  Here is another tutorial for an even SCARIER mouthy Halloween snack, from the Food Network:

Need a wreath for the front door?  Check out this SO fun tutorial for making Animal Eyes Halloween Wreath, from Crafts Unleashed.  Super simple, but OH SO effective with the “Boo” effect.

And what about a party game or two?  Get FREE Printable Halloween Bingo card sets from Makoodle – SO fun!

My boys are OBSESSED with Mummies, and you can bet I will be serving these Halloween Mummies from Our Best Bites this year!  Perfect party food!  (Be sure to click through and see a few MORE great ideas for Halloween Party Food too!)

And one more idea for the decoration category… lawn ghosts!  Save On Crafts offers a super easy tutorial, with just a few items… for a VERY spooky effect!


Be sure to check back again soon… as we will have at least one more Halloween Party Planning post before Halloween!  If you have any great ideas, or posts we can feature, we’d love to hear from you!

More Holiday Wreaths!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about DIY Holiday wreaths (you can read it HERE).  Since then, I’ve found MORE DIY wreaths to share, and a second Holiday Wreath post was born!  I’ve got DIY tutorials for you, AND a few gorgeous wreath designs to inspire.  There is STILL time to decorate for the holidays… or even design a wreath for AFTER the holidays!

I am ever so slightly allergic to eucalyptus, but I think I could endure it for a wreath THIS beautiful. Find out how to make this Martha Stewart design by  clicking here :

From A Little McD, a fun tutorial on how to create a knock-off Pottery Barn wreath:

I know I keep talking about ruffles, but they are HUGE right now.  Just look at this lovely felt ruffle wreath, designed by Kristen of Domestifluff.  The wreath tutorial for how to make this can be found on the Design Sponge site HERE:

For a completely unique wreath, why not try making one of the Peppermint Twist wreaths, from Women’s Day:

While out driving around with the kids, looking at Christmas lights, we came across a house that took my breath away.  It was decorated in whites and blues and silvers, and those became my new favorite holiday colors (at least until we saw the NEXT dazzling home).  With my new favorite colors in mind, I was thrilled to find a tutorial for a white and blue GLAM Christmas wreath, from Centsational Girl:

Another really popular look this year is rosettes!  I see them everywhere – on headbands, dresses… and wreaths!  Check out this tutorial from Women’s Day… and make your own Felt Rosette Wreath

If you are more of a CARNATION girl, instead of roses girl, you’ll want to look at this next tutorial from Martha Stewart for a gorgeous Carnation Holiday Wreath:


And now… for some eye candy and inspiration (and maybe a few little shopping temptations!)  It might be too late to actually purchase one of these for Christmas, but like I said before, it’s not too late to decorate for the rest of winter!  Check out these fabulously beautiful wreaths, by various artists on etsy…

Majestic Holiday Peacock wreath, from L & G Designs:

Safari Leopard Print from Luxe Wreaths:

An artificial Succulent Wreath, by Best Dressed Nest Shop:

A super glam pink and white and green Winter Wonderland wreath, from English Rose Designs:

And finally, from our own Diva Entertains shop, a moss monogram “wreath”:

 

Thrifty Thursday – Glam Winter Weddings

A few great finds for you today!  They involve glam… winter weddings… and inexpensive DIY!

First up, a gorgeous Christmas wreath, made from faux jewels.  It would be lovely to have these wreaths adorning the walls of a wedding rehearsal, OR hanging pew decorations, or even laying flat as centerpieces on reception tables.  Click HERE to read the description.

Secondly, a wonderful keepsake or even wedding gift for the winter bride.  A sentimental wedding invitation ornament!  Click HERE for a great DIY blog post on how to make them:

A very simple way, but absolutely GORGEOUS way to illuminate the aisle… varying heights of candles and rose petals… photo by Aaron Delesie:

I found this DIY tutorial on gift wrap, and instantly thought glam FAVOR boxes, or bridesmaid gifts! Click HERE to read the tutorial.  Aren’t these beautiful for a cream and white wedding or bridal shower?

And these shoes have absolutely NOTHING to do with DIY, but I saw them, and just had to share the photo, because I loved the idea:

Something BLUE!