Create: Birthday Party Invitations

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Being a mom is hard. Being a single mom brings on an entirely new set of problems. Take for instance my close friend M. She was dealing with the task earlier this year of throwing her gorgeous son’s first birthday party. We all know the first birthday is more for the mom than the baby but she was stressed on how to make this big with a small budget.

M chose a classic theme: Mickey Mouse. This allowed for her to be able to find most items at a cheaper price: cups, napkins, party hats, plates, etc.

It also allowed her to be really creative. M asked me to help with invitation and I was thrilled when she explained her idea to me. We would be making the signature Mickey Mouse ears and trousers with a little twist.

Items you will need:
Glue (crazy glue and stick glue)
White buttons
Red, black and yellow construction paper (thicker construction paper is best for this project)
Scissors
Computer and printer
Mickey Mouse head template (download here)

Here’s how you do it:

Step one: Party Details
Create a Word document with the party details. Choose a cute font. Copy and paste the details 3-4 times on the page to save paper. Print as many as you need and cut the sections apart.

Step Two: Measure Yellow construction paper
Place the cut up party detail at the top of the yellow paper. Cut out a shape around the detail leaving 3/4 inch of yellow border. Glue the details to the yellow paper.

Step Three: Mickey Mouse Head
Use the template to cut out Mickey Mouse heads

Step Four: Trousers
Cut the red construction paper into half circles. It should be a little over 1/2 the round part of Mickey Mouse’s head.

Step Five: Final Glue
Glue the rounded part of the red half circle to the bottom of the Mickey Mouse head. Be sure not to glue the entire half circle, there needs to be an opening at the top. Glue 2 white buttons onto the trousers.

Step Six: Putting it all together

Allow party details and Mickey Mouse to dry. Insert party details into opening.

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Create: Yarn Ball Bowl Filler

yarn ball CollageBowls, vases and jars always pose a problem for me because they need to be filled. Fruit, flowers, rocks. And now yarn balls.

This came about from necessity. I needed to add some chartreuse to this bowl and so yarn balls were born.

I’ve seen Styrofoam balls used as a base. I used scrunched up foil. I’m a rebel (ask my mom).

It took about 20 minutes to wrap three balls in yarn. I simply used some fabric glue to secure the end of the yarn to the ball.

I love the pop of color and the texture it adds to the other store bought bowl filler.

Ta-da! That’s it!

Have you DIY’d anything out of necessity?

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It’s the Little Things

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These little jars are one of my favorite DIYs. I took empty spaghetti jars and painted right over the label with chalkboard paint. I use them to hold crayons, pens, pencils and scissors for my girls. They sit on cabinet in the kitchen that hold all the girls craft supplies and homework materials.

It only took a few minutes but I love how they turned out. Plus I love the fact that I repurposed something that was just going to go in the trash.

Thanks for stopping by. Linking up HERE  and HERE this week!

Michelle