Tissue Paper Flowers and Painted Frames Food Table Decor

Tissue Paper Flowers and Frames Food Table Back Drop

I still have one more thing from Valentine’s week to share before February is over and that is some decorations I did for a conference at church. I always feel very happy when I am able to use my passions to help and bless others, even if it is just in a creating some decorations. Since it was Valentine’s Day and all, I went with more of a girly theme. This type of decor would be great for a wedding. I made a ton of tissue paper flowers and cut out leaves from cardstock, found some frames at a thrift store and spray painted them white, and then learned a few lessons from trying to put this together.

Tissue Paper Flowers and Frames Food Table Back Drop
Tissue Paper Flowers and Frames Food Table Back Drop

I knew I wouldn’t be able to put nails in the wall, so I tried gluing/tying the frames together to stand upright while leaning on a wall. While that kind of worked, they were so fragile I was afraid it might fall and I didn’t want it to fall on a person or food. Fortunately we had a pallet in our garage I could attach them too that. If I had given myself more time before putting it all together I would have done something to create more contrast between the pallet and the frames/sign, but I am still happy with how it turned out.

Tissue Paper Flowers and Frames Food Table Back Drop
The decorations are now waiting to be used at a bridal shower and whatever survives I hope to reuse in some fun way. I love that decorations can be inexpensive and yet look so wonderful!
-Jess

A Bee Themed Valentine’s Card Box

Valentines Card Box Bee Themed

One of the many activities that I did last week was help miss J create a box for the Valentines she would receive at school. Her school even turned it into a contest this year to encourage the creativity. I guess you could say that she was on the same wave length as me because when I asked her what she wanted it to look like she chose a bee theme. She had no idea that I was doing a bee themed gift for my friends because I hadn’t even started on it yet. Crazy, right? She’s my daughter for sure.

Valentines Card Box Bee Themed

I promised myself a long time ago that I would let my children do their own thing when it came to creating. Even if that meant that other children’s projects might look better because mom and dad helped them more (if you know what I mean). I asked her to design her box by drawing what she wanted it to look like first. Then I wrote down notes about the specifics she wanted. This was all her doing. I did buy the box for her and found some of the supplies just because their wasn’t time to take her out shopping for them. But I stuck to her desires. I found some yellow honeycomb paper to cover the box and we found the other scrapbook paper and sticker letters in my stash to use.

Valentines Card Box Bee Themed

She drew the bees and cut them out. I did cut out the pieces of paper for the box, but she had to glue them on herself. She also drew and cut out everything else and put the stickers on where she wanted them. She ended up not wanting to put everything on she had originally drawn, but she was happy with it. I was so proud of her and she was proud of herself. She didn’t win the competition, but it was a learning opportunity to teach her about doing her best and being true to herself in her designs and in life. I’m blessed to have her and her little sis to share in special holidays with.
-Jess

“You are the Bees Knees” Free Printable

"You are the bees knees" Free Printable

Valentines Day is almost here and I have been slowly getting things ready. I like to celebrate not only my love for my husband and children at this time but also my friends. I started making a special gift for my friends last year and I hope to continue to do this for years to come. They are a very important part of my life and help me in so many ways, so I want to always recognize them and let them know how much I appreciate them. I played around with the Sketchbook app on my Ipad to make these. I plan on learning Illustrator one of these days, but until then Sketchbook is a good alternative for me. For some reason I had bees on the brain.

"You are the bees knees" Free Printable

I created a printable pdf for a page of six small bee prints and a pdf for a page with a card on it. Both are available for download here.

"You are the bees knees" Free Printable

I cut mine out inside the black lines and then glued them onto honeycomb scrapbook paper I found at Michael’s. Then I added some decorative tape to the top and bottom (tape from scrapbook aisle at Target). I wanted to add some candy because I also found these cute bee bags at Micheal’s to fill up. I got most of the candy from Party City which has a great color coordinated candy section now by the way. I was impressed. The last time I went there a few months ago they did not have that.

"You are the bees knees" Free Printable

I have handed a few out and have quite a few to get in the mail tomorrow. I hope that it is a sweet surprise for my friends and that they know how much I appreciate them. Are you doing anything special for your friends this week?
-Jess

Sending Some Love in the Mail

Love in a Can

I love surprises. Well, I guess I should say good surprises :) When I saw this Valentine’s Garland Mailer DIY on Oh Happy Day, I knew I had to make some for a few of my friends.

Love in a Can

I made these “you are loved” garlands to be the main part of the gift. I made mini pompoms using the fork method and cut out letters from old cereal boxes.

Love in a Can

Then I got some candy, made some confetti, and printed out little papers with encouraging words on them.

Love in a Can

I unfortunately couldn’t find any small cute mailing tubes like the one in the tutorial, so I bought some pringles and cleaned the cans out to use. I covered them in scrapbook paper, then tapped the end of the garland in. I filled the can up with everything, wrapped it all up in brown package paper, and sent it on it’s merry way to my friends.

Love in a Can

I really loved this idea and think I will use it more often :)
-Jess

Pom Pom Heart Necklace DIY

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

If you follow me on instagram, you might remember the picture I posted with these mini pom poms I had bought. I really didn’t have a reason to get them at the time, but I thought they were adorable and wanted to use them in a craft. Then I thought about making a necklace or a ring with them. I decided upon a necklace and this is the outcome.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

It’s really quick to make and would be a fun Valentine’s gift for older kids.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

We like how bright and colorful it is.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Miss J approves and was very happy to get her hands on it :)

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

To make it, you will need the following:
-Eyelets (I used size 5/32″)
-Plastic that is sewable and not rippable (I bought mine at the fabric store, but you could repurpose plastic packaging. Think of how things like bed lines come in sturdy plastic packaging. That could totally be used! You don’t need a lot for one necklace at all.)
-Mini pom poms
-Heart template (I made mine to measure 3.75″ at it’s widest and 3.25″ at it’s tallest)
-Scissors
-Yarn
-Sewing stuff

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Start by cutting out two heart from the plastic. Then sew all the way around except for an opening where you can put the pom poms in.  (PS: if the plastic doesn’t move easy for you on the sewing machine, place a piece of tissue paper underneath and it will move a lot easier. Just rip it off at the end.)

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Fill the heart up with pom poms, leaving some room at the top middle of heart for the eyelet. I had to squish them around for even placement. Then sew the opening shut.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Next, put in the eyelet following the packages instructions. Finish off by cutting a long piece of yarn and placing it through the eyelet. Knot it right above the heart and further up, making sure there is enough room for child to get necklace around their head.

Enjoy!
-Jess

Making Valentines

Kiwi Crate Valentines

We are home gearing up for a weekend full of birthday parties right now. It’s funny how we won’t have much of that type of thing and then wham! All of a sudden there are many. It’s good though. I took a lot of extra time this week to enjoy time with friends and I’m glad miss J will get extra friend time too. It was good for my soul. I also spent some extra time crafting with her this week. We worked on her next creation (to be shared soon) and we started on her Valentines.

Kiwi Crate Valentines

We got a box full of diy Valentine’s c/o Kiwi Crate. This is so perfect for my little crafty girl.

Kiwi Crate Valentines

She has been working on them some each day, adding more stickers, jewels, and drawings. The kit comes will all kinds of goodies for the littles to create with. It comes with 24 cards, which is plenty for us. She has lots of extras to make some for church friends and family along with ones for her school mates.

Kiwi Crate Valentines

There are all of these cut outs that are glued on the inside to make it three-d. I just love the variety.

Kiwi Crate Valentines
Kiwi Crate Valentines
Kiwi Crate Valentines
Now we just have to get her to write they are from here and they will be ready to go. I’m glad I can check this off of my list early!
-Jess