Easy DIY: Paper House Votives

Fellow Fellow made these amazing paper house votives. So magical!

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Easy DIY: Award Ribbons

Using a tutorial by Posh Paperie on Style Me Pretty, I made these birthday ribbons to use as decorations for a County Fair birthday party. Instead of buttons, used cardstock.

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All About the Packaging: Grab Bag

We all have leftover party favors sitting at home. Gather them all up and make grab bags. All you need are favors and paper bags (lunch bags work perfectly).

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Save them for a party, a rainy day or a plane or car ride.

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Easy DIY: Custom-colored Nail Polish

Delighted Momma has a super easy tutorial to make your own custom-colored nail polish using clear polish and eyeshadow.

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Party Time: A Super Mario Birthday

Elliott LOVES Super Mario Bros., so there was no better way to celebrate his 6th birthday than with a Super Mario party. The invitations were double slider cards based on this tutorial by thenorsugirl. A little pull on the card and the 1UP slides out.

For decorations, yellow plastic plates, hot glue and fishing line became a coin garland. Yellow and maroon wrapping paper helped turn boxes into coin and bricks blocks , which were also used for a party game. Balloons and white labels turned into chomps and piranha plants. The fabric backdrop was inspired by the one made by Chica and Jo and we used the amazing goomba template from their site.

For the snacks and treats, we used containers that looked like Super Mario items. Round boxes were painted green to look like the pipes in the game. Juice boxes were wrapped in the same maroon paper as the boxes and stacked to look like brick blocks. And mini coin blocks were created with card stock.

Treats included piranha plant pops, chips, a Mario cake from Cupcake Cafe and

amazing cake pops from Pop-N-Stuff NYC. (Full disclosure: Rita is a friend, but the fact that these are the first Mario-themed pops she’s ever made show how amazing her work is.)

For activities, the kids played “Chomp Bop,” which was just the kids running around keeping the Chomps off the ground and also bopping each other with balloons.

Next, the kids played “Pass the Power-ups” by breaking up into two teams and using spoons to pass each other little wooden mushrooms.

To calm them down a bit, the next activity was “Design a Mario Kart.” The kids quietly decorated wooden cars with markers.

The next activity was Musical Mario Blocks. We used the brick and coin blocks for the kids to sit on and the music was the Super Mario theme song.

Finally, they played “Pick A Coin” where they picked a “coin” that contained a Super Mario character figure.

Then it was time for cake!

All About The Packaging: CD Envelope Cookie Wrapping

Danielle at Gift Packaging Ideas used CD envelopes for cookies along with a personalized sticker. Such a great idea!

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All About The Packaging: Wrapping Paper Tape

Now we know what to do with all the random scraps and strips of wrapping paper we’ve been saving! Country Living has a tutorial on turning them into tape with some double-stick adhesive.

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