Thursday, March 28, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Building Birthday Party

A build-it birthday party:

 A birthday party for my now 7 year old girl.  

I brought up the idea of a build it party where the girls would construct a piece and paint it, Emma agreed and now I'm sharing the build it party details with you!

I went solo on this one so we kept the party to six guests.
The table was set, ready for construction:

Each guest had her own place setting including precut and predrilled wood pieces, party blower, cupcake placecard, foil paint tray, plastic apron and 4 - 1 1/4" wood screws:
(I also added two paintbrushes for each girl not pictured.)

I purchased these palm sized cordless drills which are the perfect size and weight for kids:
(I found the drills online here.)

These girls were 7 and 8 years old and could handle the drill fine:

I did look for tiny 4 oz. size wood glue bottles which would've been perfect for each girl to have their own but I was not successful.  So we shared two larger bottles of glue amongst the table:

We added some simple decorations with the giant 'disco' balls above the table and also strung matching shiny ball ornaments above the archway:

Emma helped me make the garland one day while she was home sick from school.
Simply string the ornaments onto clear monofilament, tie a knot about every 10" and hang with small clear command hooks:

The treat bags fit perfectly on our artwork ledges:

Inside each bag was a boxy pencil pouch and cupcake paper pad:

And we set up the pencil holder favors near the snacks:

Each guest received a pencil holder:

The girls got busy constructing their build it project: bookends.

Here they are painting their projects:

I prepared multiple colors of acrylic paint in small plastic deli containers so all I had to do was remove the lids and we were ready to paint:

Each guest put their painted project on the foil tray and we placed them outside to dry.
The tray also made it easy to carry home as some projects had multiple layers of paint :)

The girls also made kool-aid playdough thanks to a great recipe from Desiree at The 36th Avenue:

1. I prepped all the ingredients in separate bowls ahead of time.
2. The girls picked their kool-aid flavor and added the packet to the bowl.
3. I added the hot water.
4. They stirred and kneaded.
5. Finally we packed the playdough in small plastic deli containers to take home and keep fresh.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

DIY Armoire Makeover

diy armoire makeover

A fresh coat of navy paint and a little distressing made this armoire beautiful again.

My friend inherited this armoire at her last move and had it painted when her first son was born 8 years ago.  It was cute for a little boy but really, really bright blue and the finish wasn't doing justice to the curves and carvings:

bright blue painted armoire

We made it a little more mature with navy paint, distressed edges and aged brass hardware:
(Please forgive these pictures, navy blue is really hard to capture especially in bright daylight!)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"C" is for Cupcake Placecards

Craft: mini cupcake placecards

Use cupcake candle holders, wood and skewers to make simple and cute party placecards.

Monday, March 11, 2013

"B" is for Boxy Pencil Pouches

Sew: boxy pencil pouches

Easy to sew boxy drop cloth canvas pencil pouches with rainbow print lining and rainbow colored zippers.

Friday, March 8, 2013

DIY Hardware Cloth Easter Baskets

Craft: hardware cloth Easter baskets

 A grown up Easter basket made from hardware cloth scraps, plywood and apple basket parts.

Monday, March 4, 2013

DIY Hardware Cloth Containers

Craft: hardware cloth containers

I finally found a solution for all those leftover small scrap pieces of hardware cloth.

Friday, March 1, 2013