Easy DIY: Pokeball Invitations

With his 9th birthday coming up, my son picked Pokemon as the theme. So the first step was to make invites. 

There are some fun invitation ideas out there–personalized Pokemon cards, pull-out Pokeball cards and pop-up Pokemon invites, but I decided to make Pokeball pop-up invites.  

I used my Silhoutte machine to cut out the card but you can easily do it by hand. (Mmmcrafts has a clear explanation how to do it with a compass.) I used a Fiskar circle cutter to make the smaller circles.  I printed out various Pokemon images I found and cut them out. I used a paper spring to attach the Pokemon but you could use foam tape.   You can either write out your party information or print it out and cut it to fit. 

Easy DIY: Paper Hyacinths

I felt guilty throwing away all the scraps from the paper flowers I made, so I decided to try and make paper hyacinths.   

I taped together two toilet paper tubes as the base and then covered one end with tissue paper.    

Bunching the circles into blooms, I started gluing across the covered end and then worked my way down the tube until I had covered as much as I wanted. I cut slits into the uncovered end so that I could taper it down. Using green masking tape and green tissue paper, I made the stem and leaves.

Note: I got tired of cutting out circles, so I tried it with squares. I just had to trim some points off at the end, but it saved a lot time. 

Easy DIY: Paper Flowers

Spring is finally here and so is school auction season. My son’s school is going with an “In Bloom” theme and I’m making large paper flowers to decorate the interior courtyard.  I used the following tutorials, but add my own little touches to some of them. 

Giant Crepe Paper Roses from Studio DIY   

Tissue Paper Flowers from Little Monkeys  

Giant Tissue Paper Flowers from Design Sponge 

Make This: Goomba and Super Star Brownies

I made these for my friend’s son’s video game birthday party since he’s a fan of brownies but not cakes.

IMG_5780I used a star cookie cutter and yellow and black icing for the Super Star. The Goomba I cut freehand. It’s pretty much like a squat Christmas tree that I trimmed and shaped to look like a Goomba. I then drew on the face using icing. I did flip the brownie over so the pan side was on top so I would have a smoother surface to decorate.

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