Category: DIY

Do you love washi tape? I do. I love to seal envelopes with it, wrap up products with it, and think of other creative ways to incorporate the colorful tape. Here, I’ll show you how to make a simple cupcake topper using any washi tape you have on hand.

First up, gather your supplies. You’ll need:

  • Washi tape (any pattern or color of your choice)
  • Coordinating card stock
  • A large shape paper punch (I’m using a heart, any shape will do. Think circle, star, etc).
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tiny alphabet stamps
  • Stamp pad

Oh, you’ll also need a cupcake (or two)!

After you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll take your washi tape and a piece of card stock and layer about two inch pieces of tape onto the card stock. You’ll want to cover about a 2 inch square of surface area. (This can change based on your hole punch). Also, before you start, go ahead and plug in that hot glue gun so it’ll be ready when you’re ready to use it!

Next, take your hole punch and punch out your shape. Also, punch out another shape in the plain card stock.

Now you’ll take your mini letter stamps and stamp the message of your choice on the blank shape. Here, I did “happy bday.”

Use the glue gun to put a line of glue down the center for your toothpick. Also, put a few dots on either side to adhere the washi tape heart to the back.

Align the washi tape heart to the back of your message heart and you’re done! Stick it in your cupcake and you’ve got a cute, simple presentation. Happy crafting!

While reading A Cup of Jo last night, I noted in my head a post she wrote about cute party supplies. I always love to look at cute party supply websites so I hopped over today to Shop Sweet Lulu, and, well, I want it all! Do I need these things? No! Do I want it, yep! Here are some of my favorites:

Now I really want these. Trying to think of something creative to do with these berry baskets. The color, yes yes yes!

Glass bottles a la like the ones your milk man used to deliver. These would be amazing accompanying a late night bite at a wedding with warm chocolate chip cookies. And perhaps the milk spiked with a little Baileys? :)

Multi-colored plastic vending capsules, need I say more? Stick these in a basket on the way out of your par-tay with a goodie inside for amazing favors.

Giant balloons, enough said.

Some of my other favorite party and craft supply shops to peruse are:

Cupcake Social

Knot & Bow

Fort & Field

Now get out there and get creative and throw a party for someone you love, or heck, yourself!

Good things come in small packages. Things are just…cuter when they’re tiny, right? I love making Bitty Notes for the etsy shop because they’re fun to drop in a kid’s lunch box, stick in your partner’s car seat for a surprise on the way to work, or stick in a pocket! I recently made a set of Valentines (did you get the free download??) that would be just perfect in these tiny envelopes. With this {super} simple DIY you can do Valentine’s Day on a budget – and have fun crafting all at the same time.

What you’ll need:

First, download the Tiny Envelope Template and print onto cardstock.

You’re going to cut along all of the solid lines. The PDF yields two tiny envelopes per page.

Next, fold on all dotted lines. Be sure to take the edge of your scissors and give it a nice, crisp crease.

When all dotted lines are folded, you’re going to take your rolling tape and roll along the “place tape here” edges indicated on the print out.

Fold the short edges in and bring the flap with tape up toward the center. Press taped edges firmly on short flaps. Now, put something in your tiny envelope!

You can either tuck the top flap into the envelope, or put another bit of tape along the top and press down to seal. Whatever you prefer!

These tiny envelopes can be used for a number of things: place cards at a wedding, a fun presentation for your business card, or just to put a tiny note in. Be creative!

DIY Valentines

Until Wednesday evening, you can download my DIY Valentines, seen in my etsy shop, for free right here! {No longer available here}

Print them on white cardstock, write a message to your sweetie on the back, and stick in a tiny envelope. See my Tiny Envelope DIY to make them yourself!

Enjoy!

‘Tis the best time of the year (in my opinion) and my house has been consumed with holiday decorating and tree trimming. I recently had a neat opportunity to decorate a tree for the Dallas Arboretum’s young professional organization holiday party silent auction (pictures to come). I incorporated a vintage Christmas theme (surprise, surprise) and wanted to include classic popcorn decor. However, it takes forever to string popcorn to create a garland! Thus, I created this little DIY version – popcorn ornaments.

To start, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Popped, cooled popcorn (I used Kettle corn – because inevitably I snacked, too).
  • Embroidery twine in your color of choice
  • Embroidery needle
  • Spray adhesive
  • White glitter

First, you’ll take your needle and thread and thread through a piece of popcorn.

Continue to string popcorn on string. You’ll want to string about 5 pieces for the ornament.

Once you’ve strung about 5 pieces, loop the popcorn on the string into a little circle. You’ll then thread your needle through the original popcorn piece. This will create a ring. Next, you’ll simply cut off the thread at the length you’d like the ornament to hang. Tie a simple knot at the end of your thread.

To add a touch of sparkle, spray the popcorn with spray adhesive and sprinkle with white glitter. This give the ball a ‘sugared’ look.

Next, hang on your pretty tree!

Note: be sure to keep these out of reach of small children and pets.