Floating Candles

Halloween just passed but I wanted to share my DIY décor from our party! I tackled the task of making my own “floating candles”.

I started off with a bunch of empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes. I found some extra cardboard laying around and used it for the candle support. I tore up little strips of thin cardboard and glued them inside of the tubes.

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Once I was done with that I started gluing the outside of the tubes in a way to make it look like dripping wax.

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Once the glue dried I painted the tube and dripping glue white. I had to go over it a few times because the paint didn’t want to stick to the glue. After the glue dried I was able to pop all the lights into the tubes which were a nice snug fit.

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My last step was to attach fishing line for hanging. I did four holes on the tubes for extra support since the LED candles caused the tube to be top heavy. When I was finished adding the fishing line I started hanging my lights. Unfortunately my ceilings are finished with plaster so I wasn’t able to stick push pins in to the ceiling. I ended up just hanging them on my ceiling fan lol.

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Once the lights were off it looked great! The LED’s were very bright so they added just enough light for everyone to navigate the room.

Minnie Mouse Ears

I wanted to get Minnie Mouse ears for my sisters bridal shower. I couldn’t find many in store so I decided to make my own!

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I started with a black foam sheet, a silver marker, glue, tape, scissors, a headband, and ribbon.

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I used a metallic silver sharpie to trace circles (using a plastic cup as the form) onto the black foam sheet so I could see the lines. I made two circles about an inch apart and connected them with two curved lines, then cut out the entire shape.

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After I cut out two shapes I wrapped them around the headband, glued the two circles together, and then taped the circles together for stability. I ended up also sewing the bottom part of the circles, closest to the headband, so that the circles would sit straight up.

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Next I tied a big bow together and then sewed that onto the headband.

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Here’s a picture with my nieces wearing the headbands!

Minnie Mouse Baby Shower

Part two of the Minnie Mouse creations. My sister’s baby shower was in April so I’m really behind. I wanted to post all of our great decorations though because a lot of D-I-Y happened for this event.

The most time consuming and most frustrating decoration of course was the Minnie Mouse banner which you can find the whole process here.

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I forced Ruth to take that home and keep it forever so that my sweat and tears didn’t go to waste.

My next life lesson was that watermelons, and especially cantaloupe, does not give much of a canvas for cutting out Mouse shapes. So it turned out to be a few mouse shapes and a bunch of mishapen leftover pieces of fruit.

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Margaret helped me put together a few Minnie Mouse centerpieces with styrofoam balls, wooden skewers, and confetti. Had some trouble with them wanting to stay upright but nothing hot glue couldn’t fix.

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And of course Margaret’s fabulous Disney castle diaper cake.

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And then a few other decorations.

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We also set up a hair bow making station for the guest to make Charlotte a hair bow. Needless to say Charlotte is well stocked.
Here’s a picture of my cousin Carol and Aunt Val making some bows.

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Margaret also put together Baby Jeopardy as one of our games and got everyone thinking with some trivia.

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Oh and I almost forgot…

Cody helped make confetti 😛

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So if anyone was wondering why some of the Mice were missing their ears now you know, haha.

Minnie Mouse Banner

My sister recently had a baby girl, and me and my other sister are planning a Minnie Mouse themed baby shower for her. I found a cute Minnie Mouse Banner on Pinterest and decided to make my own. I had found some cute banners at Hobby Lobby and I was just going to cut out black circles and slap them on there but I decided to go completely D-I-Y and make them from scratch.

I bought 2 large poster boards with gold polka dots for $2.99 each (Hobby Lobby), about 10 sheets of black metallic craft paper (8X10) for $0.49 each (Hobby Lobby), about 100 Pink bows with white polka dots for $3.99 (Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon), and a Martha Stewart Circle Cutter for $16.99 (Hobby Lobby plus a 40% off coupon).

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The picture shows Elmer’s super glue but I wouldn’t suggest it for paper because it made the paper wrinkle. I ended up just using tape. I did use the glue for the bows and it was alright but takes forever to dry.

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First I measured off the paper into triangles. I tried using as much paper as possible the measurements I came up with was:

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I did 7-1/4 IN (Very specific I know) probably could have gone a little bigger to even everything out because the 3rd row was almost an inch longer. Then to start the first triangle I marked the top of the triangle at 3-5/8 IN. I ended up having extra at the end of my rows which could have been resolved with bigger triangles.

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Next I used the circle cutter to cut my circles (duh). I don’t have a cutting mat (yet) so I just used the cardboard that it came in as protection for my table. One suggestion I would make: if you use this particular cutter, place tape on your paper (in the middle of where your circle will be) to hold the paper in place because otherwise you’ll be throwing things and yelling because the paper keeps moving, also don’t push down really hard because it will cut into the cardboard and be ten times harder to cut. I cut the biggest circles at 3IN and the smaller circles at 2IN

Snapchat-7789861701958777753 (1)Next I glued taped the circles onto my triangles and generously glued the pink bows on to the top. Then I remembered that I didn’t own a hole punch and had to go buy one from Walmart for a whopping $0.59 where I also purchased my pink polka dot ribbon (I forgot for how much) to link the banner together with.

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Tada! Here’s my finished project. I made about 4 banners for just under $20 (not including the circle cutter) now I just have to figure out what to do with the other 85 pink bows!