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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 4: Harvest Garland

Harvest Garland DIY // thepapermama.com

Day 4 of 50 DIY Days of Christmas: The lovely Harvest Garland (my most recent DIY for Better Homes and Gardens). This sweet thing was inspired by the beautiful pops of flowers I still seeing holding onto the last bits of summer, next to the crispy fall leaves.

To get the full DIY, please head on over to BHG to see how to make this for yourself! It’s really so lovely and I have it hanging up in my studio!

- 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.

I’m a paid contributor for Better Homes and Gardens. 

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

PNW Blogger Craft Party Recap!

PNW Blogger Craft Craft Event // thepapermama.com

On July 13th we tried out our first PNW Blogger Crafting Party.  It was an experiment and I have to say I’ve learned a lot + know what to improve and change. We had an amazing collection of sweet bloggers. It was a day of crafting and chatting with bloggy buddies. Part of this event also included portrait photos, taken by Cara Denison.

PNW Blogger Craft Craft Event // thepapermama.com PNW Blogger Craft Craft Event // thepapermama.com PNW Blogger Craft Craft Event // thepapermama.com PNW Blogger Craft Craft Event // thepapermama.com

PNW Blogger Craft Craft Event // thepapermama.com PNW Blogger Craft Craft Event // thepapermama.com

We are working out the details of the next event. It will be in September and super fabulous. ALSO: we have also been working on our annual PNW Blogger Holiday Party! The space will be limited for this event (it always sells out fast), so if you’d like to keep in the know about all upcoming events and parties, sign up for our newsletter here!

- Chelsey

Some of the crafting supplies, space, and goody bag items were provided by these amazing sponsors!
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