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Craft Party!

Michaels Pinterest Party #MPinterestParty // thepapermama.com

//Carina//Erika//Me//Capree//Jenni//Suzannah//

I know I pretty much craft/DIY for a living… but I even love crafting on my “time off”. I’m usually by myself when I’m making things and even though I do talk to myself A LOT, it’s not as much fun as talking with other people. Michaels asked me to throw a little craft party with a couple friends and it was SO much fun. I decided I wanted to teach these girls how to make my Harvest Garland. To prep I cut out roughly 500 billion felt circles for the flowers. NO MORE FELT CIRCLES (sorry, flashback).

Harvest Garland // thepapermama.com

Michaels Pinterest Party #MPinterestParty // thepapermama.com

Michaels Pinterest Party #MPinterestParty // thepapermama.com

I didn’t need to do much teaching, these ladies are naturals. They did a fantastic job and I’m so happy I got to spend my Saturday night with them and talk to people, besides just myself, while creating! Any craft parties in your future?

- Chelsey

Michaels provided a store gift card for me to throw this party. Check out their Holiday Decor Guide for some Christmas inspiration. Thanks to The Craft Factory, in Portland, for providing a space for us to craft in. 

Day 2: Glitter Wire Name

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

Day 2 of 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Glitter Wire Name! My kiddo has been showing an interest in how the mail system works, so I thought I’d set up some pen pals with her! It’s a totally new thing and we haven’t even started yet, but we will soon. She’s got about 3 of them (all girl’s about her age). I expect most of it will be colored pictures and stickers, but I thought it would be fun to send something special for the holiday season. That’s why I’ve created these Glitter Wire Name necklaces/ornaments!

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

There VERY inexpensive to create and cute. I can see them worn as a necklace or used as an ornament for the Christmas tree. If the kiddo receiving this gift is a bit on the young side (and/or seems to put everything in their mouth), I’d recommend this be an ornament. My girl will be wearing her name as a necklace. Hopefully her pen pal buddies will love their necklaces (or ornaments), too!

Supplies:

- wire

- Mod Podge

- fine glitter

- clear acrylic spray

- necklace chain or string

- needle nose pliers

- wire cutters

Directions:

-  Draw the name of the person you’d like to gift this creation to on a piece of paper.

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

- Cut a section of wire. I’d recommend cutting an 18ish inch piece of wire. That should be a good length for most names (unless it’s a super long name). Note: make sure there’s about an extra couple inches at the end of the name, this will be useful for hanging the piece to dry.

- Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the name. Pour a bunch of glitter all over the Mod Podge. Hang the name to dry overnight.

- In a well ventilated area, spray a couple layers on each side of the name (waiting about 2 minutes in between each layer). Wait about 24 hours for the name to cure.

- At each end of the name, twist a loop. This will be to attach the chain or string.

- Decide if you’d like this to be a necklace or an ornament.

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

Give this pretty thing to a favorite person!

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are:2011 & 2012.

Day 1: Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Day 1 of 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props! I’m prepping the final details for my PNW Blogger Holiday Party and I needed some perfect props for our photo booth. What screams PNW? Woodland creatures and well, beards. I can’t wait to put these to use at the party.

I think these would be perfect for the kiddos during the holidays. A little spur of the moment Christmas photo booth could be fun! My kiddo has been wearing some felt ears about once a week. She tells me they are Armadillo ears. Hee.

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- A variety of felt

- Headbands

- Hot glue

- Scissors

- Wire

- Free Patterns: Fox and Mouse, Rabbit and Doe, Antlers, and Beard

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Directions:

- Cut out the patterns for your ears and beards.

- Trace the patterns onto your felt. Cut out the traced felt.

- Glue the felt onto your headbands, folding the felt pieces together and gluing with hot glue. Some of the ears may need some extra support (like the antlers, rabbit ears, and fox ears), so use some wire to hold up the ears. Use wire to create ear hooks and glue onto your beards.

- Enjoy!

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Happy Monday!

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are:2011 & 2012

Spooky Halloween Terrarium

Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette // thepapermama.com Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette // thepapermama.com

Ok. I know. It’s not even September and I’m sharing a Halloween DIY. I swear: there will not be any other mention of Halloween until the end of September (promise). Buuut, Michaels sent me some foam pumpkins and I got inspired. So yeah. Hello Halloween DIY. Ha!

I created a Spooky Halloween Terrarium with this pumpkin. Comes with a little spooky home and crazy/wild bats. It’s intense. Perfect for Halloween 2013.

Here’s what you need to make this:

- A foam pumpkin from the Michaels

- Green floral foam

- Moss

- Wire

- Hot glue

- X-acto Knife

- Wire cutters

- Scissors

- A couple toothpicks

How I did it:

- Use an X-acto knife to cut a hole out of the front of your pumpkin. I cut about an 8 inch hole (I freehand cut, but you could use a pencil to mark out the hole before cutting).

- Optional: to get a bit more light into your pumpkin, cut a small section in the back (I cut the hole so it was not visible when looking through the front hole). I did this because the pumpkin is flammable and I didn’t really want to put any sort of heat source in or around it.

Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette // thepapermama.com

- Place a small piece of green floral foam in the bottom of your pumpkin.

- Put a layer of moss at the bottom (over the green floral foam) for the “ground cover”.

- Cut out a spooky house from my printable. Hot glue a couple of toothpicks to the back of the home. Push the home/toothpicks into the green floral foam.

- Press your branch into the green foam, behind the tree.

- Cut out a few of my bats from the printable (don’t worry about cutting these out perfectly, I didn’t). Gently fold the bat in half (so they look like they’re flying).

::click on image below + right click + save::

Spooky Halloween Terrarium // thepapermama.com

- Cut out a couple bits of wire and hot glue the bats onto these wires.

Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette // thepapermama.com

- Arrange the wired bats around the interior of the pumpkin. You can push the wire INTO the foam part of the pumpkin, or have them flying up from the “grass” by pressing the wire into the green floral foam.

Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette // thepapermama.com Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette // thepapermama.com

Enjoy! Side note: you can place this pumpkin near a lamp to get a wee bit of light into the back for a creepy nighttime glow. Just remember, pumpkin flammable.

- Chelsey

This post was brought to you by, 

Make Your Day // makeyourdaydiy.com

P.S. these pumpkins were sent to me, free of charge, from Michaels

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