Thursday, June 1, 2017

Graduation Ribbon Leis!

The graduation of my oldest daughter is creeping up very quickly, so I've been prepping like crazy for all the celebrations. My last post was that cute little door wreath, now here's something for the graduate herself...and a few extra for her friends! I found a tutorial for how to make ribbon leis on YouTube (I should have written down the link to share!), and once you get the hang of it it goes quite quickly.  And, I gotta say, it's kind of relaxing like doing knitting or crochet.  So, I won't go into the details of how to make them since it's all over the web but I will share my results and materials.

For the leis I made for my daughter's friends, I used floral ribbon I bought at the local flower market. Most of them I made with the four-strand technique, but I tried two with just two colors as well.  The good thing about the floral ribbon is it's inexpensive (100 yards for $6-ish)...the bad thing, it doesn't hang like regular ribbon without something weighing it down.  That's why I made the center medallions.  Those were just 3-1/2" discs of poster board that I glued 3" ribbon loops (that's the cut size before looping).  For these, you'll want to start by placing the loops at quarter points around the circle (as if you cut the circle in fourths), then fill the spaces between in the desired pattern.  If you look closely at the pictures below this will make sense! To finish off the medallions I cut 2" circles, and 1.75" circles with Class of 2017, on my Cricut Explore, but of course you could do that by hand.  

For my daughter's lei, I wanted it to be extra special.  So, I bought regular narrow ribbon at JoAnn's in her school's three colors (but you'll need 4 spools for each lei, I used 2 of gold for each one).  I made three separate leis, then loosely braided them together and sewed the ends with invisible thread.  Her medallions were made on some plastic tube ends I had, and also finished with poster board and glittered Liberty Bells (she went to Liberty H.S.). I also found some tassels at my local Dollar Tree in their graduation decorations, so I tied those on as well.  I love how hers turned out!

Happy weaving!

My masterpiece...three four-strand ribbon leis with medallions and tassels!

A collection of four strand ribbon leis with "Class of 2017" medallions.

Two color ribbon lei in navy and white.

Two color ribbon lei in light blue and white, with a touch of glitter!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Graduation Celebration Door Wreath!

Graduation Wreath

Phew! It has been a whirling dervish of activity around here with my oldest daughter graduating this year! I've been working on several projects a little at a time to get ready for her party the second week in June, and here's the first completed one ready to share.  I made this wreath for the front door to welcome our guests to the party, and amazingly had all but the sheet of foam core ($1/Dollar Tree) among my craft supplies.  Her school colors are Columbia blue, navy, and gold so I wanted to be sure to make the wreath in those colors.  I started by measuring the interior circle of the grapevine wreath so that I could size the monogram correctly.  This happens to be the image I used for the top of her party invites, so I just uploaded it to my Cricut for cutting a template (be sure to weld little connection rectangles between the letters to keep them secure).  Of course, if you don't have a Cricut/Silhouette type machine you can just free hand it.  After tracing that onto the foam core board (don't press too hard!), I cut around it with an Exacto knife.  Don't worry if your edges aren't perfect because the glitter hides quite a bit.  I then used some craft paint (in the coordinating colors to the glitter I had selected) to paint the two sections of the monogram. I let this dry completely, then I applied a thin layer of ModPodge and sprinkled with glitter.  Let each color dry before moving on to the next color so the glitter doesn't stick where you don't want it to!
As the monogram dried between steps, I worked on attaching the flowers to the wreath.  I like symmetry, so I laid out my design first so that I could achieve just that.  Be sure to use an old pair of scissors or a pair of wire snips to cut the flower stems (2-3" long) because they are pretty thick wires to cut and might ruin a good pair of scissors.  Then, you'll just hot glue the flowers and leaves into the grapevine wreath until you get the fullness you want.  Next, I added the ribbons to the top of the wreath.  Lastly, I hot-glued the monogram at any point around the edge of the inner circle of the wreath I could make a connection to. I think it turned out really pretty, and I plan on adding a little "Come on in!" paper swag to the bottom when it's party time.  Cheers!

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Your Dancing Should be an Emoji" Competition Favor

Okay, last one for today!  After seeing these cute little packages of tissues at Dollar Tree, I decided to make them part of a little gift to sell at the competition gift table I'm in charge of.  Super simple, and totally customizable based on what little items you find.  I actually found some emoji candy with the Valentines candy at my local grocery store, but they aren't pictured.  Lastly, I've included the tag for your personal use for FREE at the bottom of the post! 😊

Here's what you'll need:

  • Small Favor Boxes (Wedding Section at Dollar Tree)
  • Sparkly Blue Ribbon
  • Yellow Plastic Gems
  • Tags
  • Emoji Tissues, files, candy, etc.
  • Glue Gun
  • Thin Wire
Directions:  Pretty simple stuff here...
  • Make simple "cheer style" bows, twist a small section of wire to secure around the middle.
  • The favor boxes come flat, so unfold and form into a box by layering the flaps at the bottom.
  • Gather your goodies!
  • Print your tags, cut and glue to box.
  • Glue your bows to the box at a cute angle. Then glue the gem to cover the wire and adds some bling!

Free emoji tag for your personal use!

Dance Team Mirrors...Take four?

Alright, I'll be honest...I've lost track of the number of times I've posted these little gussied-up Dollar Tree mirrors.  But, since they've been a very popular post for me here's a couple new designs I thought I'd share.  Directions are included on earlier posts, just use my search box by entering "mirrors" to get the details on how to make them! 

Why is this upside clue!

The flashier the better!

Fancy Gumball Favors Three Ways!

Two days in a row posting...that's some kind of record for me! Adding to my previous posts of all the goodies I've been creating to sell at my two daughter's dance team's home competition, here's some cute little gumball favors.  As with yesterday's post, these were made from clearance Christmas candy I found at JoAnn's.  Once you separate them by color (and on the table display), no one will be the wiser!  So, I've got three designs to share with you that play off the color of the gumballs.  Enjoy!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Large Gumballs
  • Pretzel Cellophane Bags
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon 
  • Tag - Included for FREE below!

My clearance gumball find...separate by color!  Insert a strip of cardstock
just a bit narrower than the width of the cellophane bag to keep the balls
from shifting all over (it should feel like a tight squeeze.)

Tag detail..."I'm glad we're like two peas in a pod!"

The white gumballs made me think of clouds...sorry the yellow
didn't photograph better.

"Dancers Reach for the Sky" Favor

The red gumballs were perfect little apples..."You're the Apple of My Eye" Favor
(Couldn't believe my luck, I had this ribbon in my bin.)
This would also be the perfect little gift for your favorite teacher!

The finished trio of favors.  Two bags of Christmas gumballs made 18 favors
total, using 6 balls per favor.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Good Luck Girl! and You're Gonna Ace This! Dance Competition Favors or Motivators

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've got lots of sharing to do to catch you up on all the fun projects that I've had in the works to fill the competition gift table I run for my two daughter's dance team.  You could make these for the same purpose, or just for a team motivation gift or competition favor.

After Christmas sales are a great time to pick-up some ''sweet" deals on candy to repackage as small gift items. Here's a couple made from those plastic candy canes filled with red, silver and green Hershey kisses which I bought for just 29¢.  The key is to separate the red and green to downplay that they were once Christmas candies.  And, I've included two cute little tag .pdf's for you to of charge!

Bargain Christmas Candy!

You're Gonna Ace This! Tag
Good Luck Girl! Tag

Green and silver kisses, small cellophane bag (Dollar Tree), tag & a paper bow (Cricut)

Red kisses, small cellophane bag, tag, and a red/white twine bow.

You're Gonna Ace This! Favor

Good Luck Girl! Favor
Free tag .pdf!

Free tag .pdf!