Hey Guys, I’m guest posting on Mod Podge Rocks Blog today! I’m making any party the coolest one in town with this Balloon Photo Backdrop. We used ours for New Years Eve but I also plan on using different color sequins for birthday parties, anniversaries and other holidays! I hope you enjoy. Be sure to come back here and let me know what you think about it!!
Create these DIY Marquee Letters using your Cricut Explore and some chipboard. Perfect for a wedding or even home decor.
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I had so much fun making these DIY Marquee Letters and who knew they’d be quick and easy. The only thing I recommend is strong paper like chipboard and battery-powered lights rather than string lights, that’s it. I love easy projects and even though these were quick for me, I did have a failed attempt my first round.
The first round, I thought I wanted to use foam core. I made the stencils just using standard paper and cut the foam core with a xacto knife and cut some poster board 4″x24″. The foam core was my worst enemy. My blade must not have been sharp enough and plus this is a Cricut Design Star Challenge! Duh, if you can’t actually cut it in the machine…don’t use it, Lindsay! So I scrapped it once it was done. Plus I didn’t like the measurements I had anyways so it was a win-win.I used the Don Juan Cricut font in the Design Space and then I placed x’s in the Disco font and as I selected all shapes I pressed the Attach button in the Layers tab. It set everything to a cut setting and I cut away. I then created a shape where it was a rectangle with 1/2″ tabs to fold over. I should have made a score line in Design Space, however, I do like to use it outside of my machine as well and I used my fabric ruler and scored right on the edge where I wanted to fold.When they were finished I placed my fold against the end of the letter and some hot glue and just began folding. When it was time for the creases, I knew a little bit beforehand so I would mark them and score them before it got too close to where they were glued down. I started on the corner and then placed a light bead of hot glue to make a straight seam.For the lights, I found these at Michaels. I know they sell actual small globe lights but for now, I could only find those in orange so I opted for these that I could find in white. Just take off the bulb and press it through the top and connect it to the bottom. I did glue the battery pack onto the back of these, think about how you want them to either stand or hang when you do this.
Again, I was so impressed with how the Cricut Explore cut the chipboard. I would have never attempted this with my Silhouette and then to do intricate cuts was a whole other thing. I’m really impressed by how easy it is becoming to me. It was a learning curve but I think I’ve got this.
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Create the most perfect birthday party for a girl using pink, gold and teal colors. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
My Daughter, Leila turned 4 a month ago. We didn’t celebrate a month late, I’m just a month late posting. I have a problem with filling my plate all at once. I had 4 different things going on in at 4 week time period so I’ve been super MIA. This was probably the windiest day I could have chosen. It was sunny the day before and after but this was the only day I could work it in. Wasn’t good for my GIANT balloons cause if you think regular balloons don’t like wind, try the big boys.
I wanted her birthday party to be something fabulous. I found this candle topper from Gnome Sweet Gnome and knew that was what I wanted to go off of. The only problem was is that that I let her play with the candles beforehand and she broke them all so for the party, no candle! I chose to get this tablecloth online from an Etsy shop. I just searched for gold sequence fabric. It cost around $11 a yard. I love how it just shined off the sun and gave some extra sparkle. I just put a dollar store gold plastic cloth underneath it and it worked out fine.
I chose the colors Gold, Pink and Mint. My friend Jen Allyson aka, The Project Girl, had just released her newest line from My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has the perfect tones that I was looking for. I worked on this scrapbook flip frame using the papers and her accessories from the line and an IKEA Tolsby frame. The papers are 3×4″ and I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put C rings to attach and hang from the frame. I cut my dream letters from the same line of paper except for the straight gold R. I got that paper from Michaels and it was $1.99 but worth every penny!
For the actual birthday cake, it’s a FRAUD, a fake, a lie, it’s styrofoam! I got this cake round from Michaels. FloraCraft makes it. I also used their Smooth Finish and separated it into 2 bowls and left quite a bit still in the container. I put one drop of pink gel food coloring in one bowl of the Smooth Finish and about 3 drops in the other. I started at the top and over the sides with the white and then with the less pink and finished with the darkest pink. Ombré cakes look easy but no way. I let the Smooth Finish dry completely and with a sanding block, made it as smooth as possible. I made my icing pretty sloppy cause I didn’t want a perfect cake. If you’re looking for that, then press pretty firm and get it in the grooves. Make sure you do a small layer before you the actual icing layers too.
I wanted some fun candy on the table so I contacted Lollipics. Look for more on those in another post. I love how they look and they just tied everything together.
I just had some smaller decorations from IKEA, Michaels and online. Leila had this little outfit from Target that I spiffed up with some Expressions Vinyl vinyl heat transfer.
I’m digging how this came together and loved seeing how these girls are growing older. I could have done some more treats but they are kids and I don’t need them filing up on sweets. We just had some pizza and a good time. I’m loving my birthday girl and I can’t believe it’s been four years since she came into this world so tiny and fierce.