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How to Jazz up Dollar Tree glasses

Dollar tree has remarkable deals; some items you can use straight off the shelf others may need some additive to make it valuable, others may simply need a bit of jazzing up. On my last trip to dollar tree I found 8 champagne glasses. Perfect!! My current event is a Male birthday party filled with black and gold decorations.  Because it’s a lounge style party there is only one table that needs over the top decorations.

Here is how I turned plain $1 glasses into eye-catching pieces.

Supplies Needed: Glasses, foam brush, gloss glue, glitter.

I used a broken plate to contain the glitter. I recommend that you also use a glitter catcher; you’ll thank me later.

Step 1. Wash and dry the glass

Step 2. Apply a generous amount of glue to the base. Do one glass at a time. Tip: use painters tape for a more uniformed finish.

Step 3. While the glue is still wet sprinkle the glitter onto the painted area.

Step 4. After covering the entire painted area, gently tap the excess off.

Step 5. Allow the glue to dry for several hours.

Step 6. Once dry lightly tap the loose glitter off. Tip if you need more coverage simply apply more glue and sprinkle on more glitter and allow to dry.

Final step: Apply a light layer of glue over the dried glitter and allow to dry.

The final picture shows what the glass looks like with final glue application and after.

Happy Crafting.

Prince Winter Wonderland Baby Shower 

I was asked by a friend to design a budget friendly Winter baby shower for a baby boy.  My budget was less than $100 so I had to be very creative. My first step was to grab all the white and baby blue items that I had on hand and determine whether or not it would fit the theme. 

Next I looked for inspiration on Pinterest. Here I found this amazing backdrop that looked like falling snow.  

It was very easy to make and so I delegated the task to the mother to be her instructions were from this Hanging Snow blog.  
Next I went to the dollar tree. Here I found: polar bears, snow, blue and silver ornaments, vases, tea light holders, baby blocks and carriages, hot chocolate and candy. 

With my centerpiece design in mind I asked my design partner to collect pinecone from outside.  She then lightly spray painted them with white spay paint from Walmart ($.88c). 

My next stop was Joanns.  Because of my tendency to overspend in this store I came up with a game plan.  I needed snow and flowers for my centerpiece and nothing else.  As you may have guessed my game plan did not work, in addition to those items I ended up buying candy and oreo molds as well as a wreath, white woodland creatures. All for under $20 using Coupons.

I also ordered snow items from Aliexpress. Items from this site are very inexpensive  but they may take up to 45 days to arrive. I ordered: snowmen decals, snow garlands, silver crowns, photobooth props cutouts, and strip icicles.

To create the create the backdrop boxes my partner simply wrapped the boxes in wrapping paper the glued stenciled letter cutouts of the baby’s named then taped the boxes together.

Lastly, I found two pieces of scrap wood and painted it with chalkboard paint, to use it as the hot chocolate bar sign and the welcome sign.  

Whenever planning a party always take inventory of your items on hand then with the theme in mind try to reprurpose these items.  

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Email me if you have any questions: adim@diybudgetpartyplanning.com 

Work Birthday Party

Who ever said that a work party has to be ordinary; noone. A work party like all other parties can be as big,small, elegant or plain as you desire. I recommend following these simple steps to make your work party elegant and memorable. 
Delegate, delegate, delegate

  • Assign 1 duty to each person.
  • Pick a leader. Someone who is in charge of telling everyone what items to bring and followup to ensure that they do not forget.
  •  Delegate the food items needed for the party.
  • Pick a decorator.
  • Have a designated setup team.

Pick a theme

  • This step is key to making each work party unique. The theme does not have to be elaborate. Simply pick it based on colors, activities, hobbies, sports or anything that is unique to the individual. 

Decorate on a budget

  • Have each person contribute a few dollars and buy all decorative items at the dollar store. 
  • Most people have items that can be used to decorate already on hand,  identify these items and use as many as possible. 
  • Write out our sketch out a detailed plan to follow on how you would like the table to look. 

On the day follow your sketch or plan.  Try to setup in under 10 mins.  

Paper flowers on canvas

I love, love, love paper flowers. Making these flowers were so much fun. 

Here is how I did it. 

I used Google to search for patterns and I must say people keep these patterns pretty heavily guarded. I believe I came away with 2 patterns and they were tiny. Once you cut the pattern out simply use a pen or pencil to curl the edges and then assemble them with glue from largest to smallest. 

For the majority of the flowers I designed my own pattern. I started with one large petal and used it to cut 5 more for a total of 6 large petals. After cutting 4 to 5 different sizes of 5 to 6 petals proceed to put a small slit in each petal. Fold one half of the slit onto the other half and fasten with a dab of glue. The end result should resemble the picture below (top right).

Next using a pen or pencil  (professionals use other tools, none of which I have access to) roll the tip down. This is optional as it will yield a specific type of flower.

Glue the largest sets of petals first in a circular motion onto a small circular cutout. I used liquid Elmer’s glue it yielded good results. Keep adding to each layer similarly to the pictures above. 

If you leave the corners uncurled you will get the effect of the flower below on the left. If curled it will yield the flower on the right.

Of the many styles of pistels  (the center part of the flower) this is my favorite design. To make this cut a strip of paper the length and width is relative to the size if the flower. Mine are typically 2inches x 8inches. 

  1. Fold the strip in half
  2. Cut a small slit along the entire length at the folded portion. Do not cut all the down.
  3. Unfold the paper and
  4. Fold it the other way, leaving it unsmoothed.
  5. Roll it tightly and glue it together. 
  6. Place a large amount of glue on the base after it has dried and glue it to the center of the flower.

    Repeat these steps to make as many flowers as you like. 

    Enjoy!

    Glued petal aisle runner

    The decision to make a glued petal aisle runner should not be taken lightly. The creator of the blog Curious Purple Pig 

    https://curiouspurplepig.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/diy-petal-aisle-border/ 

    spent 20 hours making her aisle runner. This was her inspiration; mine as well.

    I found her blog to be very useful and I used it as my base for creating my own petal runner. 

    Here are a few things that I changed.

    1. I used cheap fabric as my base: I started off using Brown wrapping paper as the blog suggested but I found it to be very hard to work with, it kept rolling up and would not lay flat. Other DIYers used tulle, but, after reading so much negative posts about the draw backs of using tulle I decided against even experimenting with it. Instead, I went to Joanns and purchased some bundles of off white remnants.
    2. I cut my strips deeper than the drawing on the inspiration photo: because, I discovered that cutting the curves too close together caused my runner to not look like the inspiration picture. so I switched to this pattern the result was exactly what I was looking for. 
    3. I tried to tea dye/stain the petals and quickly discovered that it was too time consuming and did not yield a consistent color. Moreover, it just looked dirty when placed next to other ivory items so I purchased ivory petals from Amazon.com.
    4. I needed to make a total of 80 ft and did not have the time so I quickly recruited HELP. Please do not hesitate to recruit help this is a very big project.

    Here is my finished product. 

    Bride and Groom chair sign

    Add some uniqueness to your next event by making some DIY bride and groom chair signs. 

    I bought this from a bride on my Facebook group wedding buy and sell. I immediately knew that I had to add something to make it…more, but  I did not want to spend a lot. 

    I bought 2 small wreaths and 2 of each type of garland and wrapped them around the wreath. I later changed the ribbon color of the bride and groom sign and tied it to the wreath. To complete the look and tie it into the theme of the wedding I used leftover flowers and wrapped them onto the bottom center of the wreath.

    This is the final product. 

    Cloth cake stand

    Nothing satisfies me more than making things with leftover materials. Browsing Pinterest as I often do, I stumbled upon this post. (Click picture for the link to Pinterest post).

    After discovering it, I decided that I had to make it and break it down for my fellow DIYers and I wanted to use materials that I had on hand. 

    This is my version. 

    This is how I did this. I used very thin wood and had a friend cut 3, 13inch circles out and nail it together with strips of wood.

    I then cut leftover satin fabric into 8 inch straps to ensure good coverage.

    I folded and taped at first until I gained the confidence to staple as I went. I found that once one side was complete it was very easy to align it with the other side. For the bottom I used the drawer slip resistant liners. I simply folded it in half and used the unattached circular wood topper to cut it into a circle and then stapled it to the bottom. 

    My topper was a bit more complicated to do. I used some Elmer’s school glue and coated it quickly and thick. Then I poured silver glitter directly on top and let it dry completely. Once dry, I knocked the loose glitter free. 

    This was my first attempt. I was curious to know if I could pull off the same look using different material and so my second version was born. 

    This time I used cardboard cake stand cutout that I purchased from joanns and some foam sheet that came inside the box of a glass desk my mother in law purchased a few months ago (I save everything).

    I tried to glue it and quickly realized that I can’t glue foam. The heat for the glue eat the foam away in a matter of seconds. My solution was using a stapler. To my surprise it worked just fine.
    I used the same process that I used on the wood stand and folded and stapled satin around the entire stand. I decided to not use glitter and instead I spray painted the top in 2 coats of gold. 

    This is my end result.