Easy DIY: Minecraft Blocks

My friend wanted to decorate her apartment for her son’s video game themed party. Minecraft is one of his favorites, so going off the coin blocks from the Mario Party, I decided to make big Minecraft blocks. Using wrapping paper and 8x8x8 boxes, I came up with three types of blocks–grass, dirt and diamond.

IMG_5758 You can buy Minecraft diamond wrapping paperat Amazon. There are three sheets to a pack and it’s enough to wrap eight 8x8x8 boxes if you slightly overlap the remaining scrap strips. The pattern is busy enough where you can’t tell that you’ve pieced it together.

Easy DIY: Felt Ram Horns

I thought I’d dress up my son as a ram for my Lunar New Year’s card. I was going to just sew a tube and roll it into shape until I saw Gladys Paulus’ felted rams’ horns which are amazing!

Using them as inspiration, I sewed felt into tubes of various sizes and cut them into segments.

IMG_5625I then fit them together and curved the “horn” into the shape I wanted.

IMG_5621You could either attach them to a white hoodie or to a headband. I attached them to an old t-shirt covered in cotton balls and added white felt ears.

IMG_5769Happy Year of the Ram!

Make This: Pomegranate Champagne Punch

Bon Appetit’s Pomegranate Champagne Punch is a delicious and festive way to ring in the new year.

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Photo: Bon Appetit

Easy DIY: Easy Last Minute Monogram Gift Bag

I whipped up these last minute gifts using small drawstring bags leftover from a party. Sublime Stitching and Urban Threads both have great alphabet patterns. Fill them with travel-size bath items or candy and you have an amazing gift. You could also monogram dishtowels or a plain scarf.

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Make it: Snowflake Wands

Hallmark.com has a fun way to transform pretzel sticks into a holiday treat–add a chocolate snowflake. These could also be used for a “Frozen” birthday party as well.

For a great chocolate snowflake tutorial, visit NamaBakery.

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Photo: Hallmark.com

Make It: Strawberry Santas

These strawberry Santas are super easy to make and would look amazing at any holiday party! Go to Hallmark.com for the recipe.

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Photo: Hallmark.com

Make This: Chocolate Coated Peeps Pops

Love from the Oven has a quick and easy Halloween treat idea. Dip Halloween Peeps in melted chocolate and roll in sprinkles or colored sugar. Add the faces and you’re done!

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Photo:Love from the Oven