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How to Make an Easy Boho Themed Centerpiece with Glass Jars

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, PARTIES
on May 2, 2017

Adding inexpensive mason jar pots of greenery and succulents to an easy DIY floral table runner takes a simple Boho themed table setting to the next level. Use this easy idea to wow your guests!

If you’re looking for a fast and cheap idea to set the mood for a boho themed table setting for a party or other event, perhaps you’ll find this idea helpful. To make things even easier for you, I’m sharing a free downloadable boho themed place card printable downloadable boho themed place card printable!

My daughter, K, celebrated her birthday last week. I’m one of those annoying parents that throw elaborate birthday parties every year. We don’t go crazy with gifts for our children – in my head; the party is my way of giving an experience or a memory.

But, this year, for the first time, K requested a “simple” party – a non-themed, uncomplicated sleepover. She’s a sweet girl – in so far as a teen can be – and did express concern for my head exploding over the lack of a theme.

My response

Pfft. I know how to do that about as well as Miss K knows why she rolls her teen eyes on an hourly (minute?) basis. And so, to preserve my head – I’m sure it would be rather embarrassing if my head did explode – we added a theme: Fun, Bohemian, but still simple, using florals, flamingo, and pineapple motifs.

I’ll share more details on the party later this month, but today, let’s talk about the Create with Me Challenge and glass jars!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a slew of inspirational ideas to decorate with glass jars and to vote for next month’s project! For myself, I used some old jars that I had around the house for our Boho themed table setting. You might think using jars for party decor is restricted to a country theme, but jars can also be romantic in other themes as well. Romance, eclectics, artistry all say Bohemian. Jars are also cheap, readily available, relaxed and effortless. Here is how you can use glass jars to arrange an enviable Boho style centerpiece.

Supplies

Plain glass jars (affiliate)
Aquarium gravel (affiliate)
Washi tape (affiliate)
Live succulents and cacti of both tall and short heights
Faux greenery garland
Faux flowers (affiliate)
Natural fiber or graphic table cloth (affiliates)

Directions

  1. Plant the taller succulents and cacti into the jars. Jars of varying shapes and textures can be fun and unique! Fill each jar halfway with aquarium rocks, then place your plants on top.
  2. Wrap the washi tape around the jar on the line between the rocks and the soil.
  3. Lay your table cover down.
  4. Lay out the greenery garland.
  5. Weave and scatter the flowers from one end of the garland to the other.
  6. Add the succulents and cacti to the garland, evenly staggering heights and jars throughout the arrangement.

Tips and Tricks 

You can also use fresh flowers – Look for large, open blooms and cottage or vintage buds. You can also use greenery clippings from your yard. I went with faux plants from the dollar store and cut the stems with sharp wire cutters, and found the garland at Michaels. Here (affiliate) is a similar grape leaf garland to what I used. I used a burlap runner – I liked the texture and the contrast against the softness of the flowers. Here (affiliate) is a similar table runner to what I used on our table.

Bright Bohemian Party Centerpiece

The final result left my head intact, my daughter’s eyes un-rolled, and provided a perfect setting for our boho themed table setting and centerpiece. Click here to download these adorable Boho Place Cards.

 

Here are more than a few other fun ideas for using glass jars in decorating!

Glass Jar Projects

Painted Glass Jar Vase via My Life from Home

DIY Stained Glass Look via Our Crafty Mom

Solar Mason Jar Lantern via North Country Nest

Bohemian Table Runner with Mason Jars via Knock it Off Kim

DIY Hanging Milk Jars via Making Joy and Pretty Things

Glass Laundry Detergent Dispensers via Little Bits of Home

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How to Make the Cutest Fabulous 50’s Car Cut-Out You’ve Ever Seen

Posted in CRAFTS, FAMILY PARTIES, KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES
on March 31, 2017

Create amazing photo ops with “life-size” pink Cadillac cardboard cutout party decorations. They’re the perfect props for outstanding party memories and pictures!

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop

Are hosting a 50s themed party and aren’t sure where to start setting the scene? I have the answer to your problem: Party decorations! Details make a themed party memorable, and it is simple to make your own Retro Convertible Standee that brings you back to the Poodle skirt, Rock’n’roll era with an easy tutorial and free downloadable pattern.

50s Sock Hop Free Printable

If you’re in a rush, use these links to skip to the tutorial section of your choice:

How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop Party Decorations

Download the Transfer Pattern

Preparing the Transfer

Cut out the Car

Painting the Details

Customize your Car

 

We’ve thrown a few parties around here, but by far, one of our most favorite bashes was the 50s Sock Hop we hosted for my daughter’s birthday.

I’ve loved everything 50’s since I was a little girl.  Dancing and twirling around my room in my full-skirted, yellow chiffon 50’s prom dress, with my ponytail swishing behind me circa Sandy 1950-something, belting out “Hopelessly Devoted to you..”, as my double Grease album – that I still have – spun on my Mickey Mouse record player. I just knew that Danny was helpless without me! #OhSandy

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Party Props

I’ve loved sharing the movie with my children – despite the ear-burning from the Greased Lightning lyrics (What?! How had I not known what they were saying?!) and I was so excited when my daughter wanted a “Grease” themed party! An inexpensive and easy way to set the scene for our Fabulous 50’s party was with the decorations.

Party Decorations: 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop

This fun and easy Pink Convertible car cut-out not only made everyone feel as though they’d stepped out into the 50s, but it also served as a perfect photo prop. All the kids had the best time pretending they were cruisin’ to the drive-in after grabbing shakes and burgers. I may or may not have jumped in to get my photo when no one was looking. Even better, the car had a second life as the picture prop at our elementary school for their annual 50s day.

Here is how you can make your own!

Supplies you’ll need

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - What you'll need

  • Car Pattern
  • A tri-fold cardboard display board (28″ x 44″) – I got mine at Walmart.
  • Wax paper (cut into 18 -8.5″ x 11″ sheets)
  • Glue stick
  • 18 – 8.5″ x 11″ paper sheets
  • An inkjet printer
  • A utility knife
  • Acrylic paint in pink, black, dark gray and white <affiliate link – great set, but you can get it cheaper >
  • Paintbrushes
  • Chalk pen – white for customizing (optional) <affiliate link>

 

Download the Transfer Pattern

50s Sock Hop Free Printable

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Preparing the Transfer

Once you’ve downloaded your pattern, cut 17-18 8.5″x11″ wax paper sheets. To cut the wax paper, it’s easiest to fold the wax paper around an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of printer paper sheet, then tear down the fold.

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - begin tearing your wax paper sheets

Use a glue stick to apply a sheet of cut wax paper to a piece of printer paper. You don’t want the glue the sheets together to last a lifetime, just to keep the wax paper from bunching up in your printer and jamming it.

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - prep the wax paper sheets for printing

Print the car pattern feeding one sheet of wax paper through at a time, wax paper side down. Remove from the printer and place the sheet wax paper (ink) side up. Stacking individual pieces will ensure the ink does not smear from pattern piece to pattern piece. Repeat for each piece of the pattern – there will be 16, being sure to place the printed piece ink side up in individual piles – in other words, do not stack them on top of one another. Instead, lay the pieces out side by side on the floor or a larger surface sequentially.

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - print the pattern onto the wax paper sheets

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - arrange the sheets in order

Apply the Transfer

Put the display board out on a flat surface, right side up. Take the pattern piece numbered “1” and gingerly lay it, wax (ink) side down in the left top corner of the display board. Being sure to hold the pattern piece in place, trace firmly along the printed lines of the pattern with the tip of your finger, transferring the design from the wax paper to the board.

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - apply the transfer from the paper

Take pattern piece “2” and align the edges of the design with the newly-transferred pattern on the board. Transfer the design. Repeat in this fashion until all the pattern pieces have been moved, working left to right. Let the ink dry to avoid smudging.

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - apply the second sheet of the pattern

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - finish transferring the pattern

Cut out the Car

Cut out the top and inside of the windshield, areas marked with an “X”, with a sharp utility knife. It’s easiest to trace the cut-line with the knife without going through the cardboard, then, go back and retrace, cutting all the way through, using the first cut as a guide.

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - cut out the windshield

Cut out two 2″ x 6″ strips from your cardboard scraps. Attach one piece each on the bottom of each side of the back of the trifold board to act as stands using a glue gun. The car needs to lean back at a slight angle for balance – adjust the stands accordingly.  I found it easiest to attach one side first on the fold, then adjusted the board to where I wanted it to sit before attaching the other side.

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - create and attach stands

Painting the Details

Paint the car in this order, allowing each color and coat to dry before moving on:

  1. The body of the car, using pink and a 1″ brush.
  2. The details marked in dark gray; headlights, outlines of fog lights, grille, license plate.
  3. Black details; the wipers, windshield outline, and grille.
  4. White and gray definition – For the grille, layer a white outline followed by a gray to give them a 3D effect.
  5. Outline all edges with a black paint pen or small paintbrush.
  6. Using a mostly dry brush, I feathered the paint along the edges of the ink outline, blending them towards the color.

Bonus: The ink outline does much of the shading for you!

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - paint the pink

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - add additional detail colors

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - be sure to shade details

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - use white to clean up any necessary areas

Customize your Car

For an easy and fun way to personalize your prop, add the name of your guest of honor or organization to the license plate. A chalk pen in white would pop against the black!

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - customize your car

Set up your car on a little table for a simple photo booth, and add a few fun photo props – <this is an affiliate link>. You can make your own, or, if you aren’t up for that, I found this set on Amazon. Ooh and Ah over your creativity! You AND your guests will be dancing around the room, channeling your inner Sandy, hand-jivin’ to Shake, Rattle & Roll, reveling in the nostalgia of an era you likely didn’t live in outside of the movie “Grease”! Not that I have any idea how to hand-jive, but in my 50’s dream, that’s what I’m doing!

Party Decorations: How to make 50s Pink Cadillac Photo Prop - other props

I hope your party is the best! And, of course, let me know if you have any questions or I can help in any way. Cheers!

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St. Patricks Day Tablescape

Posted in DECOR, FAMILY PARTIES, HOLIDAYS, KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on March 6, 2017

Are you looking for timeless, inexpensive table settings and other home decor ideas for St. Patricks Day? If you are, you’ve come to the right place!

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My friend Meg of Green with Decor invited me to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Home Tours(thanks, Meg!). Before you go, be sure to check out the other ideas from the other talented and fabulous blogs listed at the bottom of this post. But for now, let me show you what I came up with and share oodles of table setting pretty picture goodness with you!

According to Wikipedia, “table setting or place setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware—such as eating utensils and for serving and eating. The arrangement for a single diner is called a place setting. The practice of dictating the precise arrangement of tableware has varied across cultures and historical periods.” This definition is followed by 13 –  thirteen – photos of the different courses and service settings throughout a formal meal. It’s dizzying.  And if that weren’t enough to attest to the seriousness of table-scaping, Y’all, Amazon has a book on the “Art of Table Setting.” I’m not all about that. I’m honestly excited if I can put the utensils in the right place (fork on the left), and about using what’s around the house – well, save for a few gold and green coins that I picked up!

I do like to put together a beautiful table, especially for parties – my family loved the settings we put together for Halloween and our Spring Tea Party – and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

Clearly color played a huge part in this table setting. For a table runner, I pieced together three fat quarters of quilting fabric in coordinating colors and patterns.

The centerpiece is a combination of spring flowers and plants in yellows, whites and a shot of plum. I used two potted shamrock plants, one in purple, one in green – you can find them at most grocery stores at this time of year – daffodils from my yard, as well as a bouquet of Shasta daisies, green pincushion flowers, and freesia, all displayed together in a large basket. Like the table, it’s loose and informal.

The gold chargers are ones I’ve used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The plates and silverware are those we use for every day – it’s so fun to dress up ordinary things for a holiday. No matter what you serve it looks fantastic!

The napkins are folded into a clover shape and topped with a gold coin embellished St. Patrick’s Day ribbon.

A few other inexpensive, festive touches make this table fit for any leprechaun who might want to leave his pot o’ gold!


While it’s likely this table setting will not end up on Wikipedia my family so enjoyed it, and I hope I was able to provide you with a few ideas for your table this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Huge thanks again to Meg for including me in this home tour.. it’s been so much fun! Please, be sure to visit the other links for more St. Patrick’s Day decorating inspiration!


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