Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Crayon Themed Birthday Invitation & Thank You card

I believe that every party should start a handmade invitation and end with a handmade, handwritten thank-you card. I choose to believe that most people appreciate the personal touch. :o)

5x7 orange textured cardstock, 4.5x6.5 colorful paper, 4x6 blue cardstock with printed party information, a little bit of ribbon and some Stickles glitter glue for embellishments = one cute invitation.

I had a pile of scraps left over from the invitations, so I used them to make the thank-you cards.  Basic, but still cute. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Felt Birthday Banner

Materials needed: Felt (1 sheet for every 2 pendents), ribbon, and Witchery Stitchery (no sew, iron on adhesive).

Fold each 8.5x11 inch sheet of felt in half. 

Using a template, cut out your pendents. You will be able to get 2 per sheet of felt. 

Cut as many pendent as you need letters for your banner. 

Print out the size & font of letters you need from your computer.  Cut them out and use them to trace the letters on the back of stiff felt with adhesive on the back. Then, cut out the felt letters. Don't forget to trace your letters backwards since you are tracing them on the back of the felt! 

Make sure your letters fit on the felt, but don't stick them down yet. 

Using ribbon and Witchery Stitchery, iron the ribbon onto the front top of the pendents, spacing them as you like. I like to leave a small 4-inch gap between words to make a visual separation. 

This is what it should look like. 

Now you can peel off the backing from your letters and stick them to the felt pendents.  Just cut a couple extra pieces of ribbon for you to use to tie up the banner and you are done! 

Crayon Party Favor Bags

Materials for each bag - 4 sheets of felt (for the actual bag), felt for the crayon applique, ribbon, thread, a sewing machine and LOTS of patience. :o)

The front and back of the bags measure 8.5x11 inches. The sides are 3x11 inches. The bottom is 8.5x3 inches, and each handle is 2x11 inches (sewn in together in half to make them 1x11 inches each).

For the crayon applique, all you have to do is cut out your parts and iron them on in layers using fusible webbing. They won't move around on you when you stitch around the entire crayon. If your machine does applique stitching, then that step will be easy. If not, just do a very thick stitch around the edge. 

Next, I stitched on the ribbon on the base of each bag, just for a more decorative look. 

For these first few steps, I had my friend, Emily, helping me. Actually, she taught me how to use a sewing machine and make the bags! 

Just assemble the bag with straight stitching, making sure to reinforce the handles with an X.  (I'm sure there is a technical sewing term for that, but I don't know what it is!) To personalize each bag, just cut out letters from felt that already has adhesive on the bag and simply stick them to the bags. Or, you can cut out letters from regular felt and hand stitch them onto the bags.

Crayon Utensil Holders (or pencil holders)

Materials needed: Empty clean soup can, large box of crayons (25-30 for each can), glue dots, and ribbon. 

Starting with an empty, clean soup can, adhere the crayons to the can using glue dots. Start in one spot and work your way all around the can.  

Your crayons should be held firmly in place by the glue dots. 

Add a bit of decorative ribbon and you are done! Easy, huh?

A Crayon Themed 2nd Birthday Party

When trying to decide on a theme for my son's second birthday, I tried to think about the things he likes to do. After all, this party was for him and I wanted him to have fun! So, I settled on a crayon theme, since he loves to do craft projects of any sort. Here are just a few things that I did for his party that fit with the theme. (Please see individual postings for detailed instructions.)

Crayon utensil holders

These are the goodie bags that I made for the kiddos. 

Each bag was personalized with the first initial and filled with a sticker book, coloring book, pack of crayons and homemade playdough. 

Happy Birthday Lucas banner. 

I found these giant crayons at the toy store and they were perfect! 
I wanted it to be as colorful as possible, like a box of crayons, so I got bright balloons, table clothes, and plates & utensils. It was like a color explosion! 

Can't have a party without a special balloon for the birthday boy. 

Marker station - used Color Wonder markers and paper. Gotta love mess-free markers!

Crayon station - just come crayons and construction paper. 

Playdough station - Made some homemade playdough and put out some pladough tools and the kids had a blast with it!

Food & Cake:

I forgot to take pictures of the food, but it was a hit. We ordered Lucas's favorites - BBQ chicken, baked beans, mac & cheese and fruit. My good friend, Emily, did an awesome job catering the food.

I ordered a special cake for Lucas's party and it turned out super cute. Everyone was in awe of the cake!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Stockings

My mommy group here in Baton Rouge has adopted a family for the holidays. We collected donations as a group, so we could bring the family gifts, food & household goods. I made these stockings for the mom and her 3 kids, so we could fill them full of goodies for the family.

I started with an inexpensive felt stocking that I got from Target. (They were only $1 each!) Using fabric paint, I embellished them and monogrammed them with each of their names. I wish I would have had more time to come up with a cuter design, but time is running short for me so I just painted what I could do freehand. I think they turned out pretty cute, though.
Started with a plain stocking and wrote each of their names with fabric paint. 
Then, I embellished each stocking with a snowman, tree, rudolf, and "Mom."

The snowman was my favorite. (Can't figure out how to orient the picture on my blogger, though.) 

When the paint dries, the red nose & sparkles will pop! 

Finished Product
Finished Product

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Personalized Lap Tray

With just some oil-based paint makers and a little imagination, I turned a basic plastic lap tray into something special for my son. He loves animals and the sounds they make, so I decided to go with a puppy/kitty theme. This lap tray will really come in handy on our long car trip next week!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bow Making

With the holidays right away the corner, it is bow-making season at the Schaffhauser house! I just made a bow for a gift basket for my friend Emily's birthday. Making bows are inexpensive, easy to make and make a big impression!

Supplies you will need: Wire cutters, floral wire, scissors and of course, wired ribbon. 

Start by making a small loop. This will be the center of your bow. Then start looping the ribbon back and forth on either side, twisting it if need be to make sure the "good side" is always showing. 

When the bow is as full as you want it to be, cut a long piece of floral wire, slip one end through your center loop and twist to secure the bow. If you have trouble doing this, try stapling your bow together first to keep everything in place. 

Now cut your bow off from the rest of your ribbon, making sure to leave a long piece at the end. But, we need a couple more long pieces to make it look right! Just cut off a few long pieces and secure them to the back of your bow by twisting the floral wire. 

Gather the top of the cellophane wrapping on your gift basket, and secure your bow with the floral wire.  

Fluff your bow to make it look nice and full and add some waves to your long ribbon pieces.