10/2/11

DIY: Crepe Paper Banner

Need a simple & inexpensive and fast party decoration?
Make yourself a good old fashioned crepe paper banner!
I'll be honest, when I think of crepe paper twisted from the ceiling, sometimes I cringe. 
I have bad memories of faded light pink crepe paper lifelessly hanging... (not sure who's party or when...but it is in my brain!)
Well girls, THIS idea, is not that!  
Check this out:

This is on someone's mantle.  Huge letters, wrapped in yarn... and yep!  The beautiful crepe paper banner hung above it.  Darling, yeah?

Grab the crepe paper that you want.
(we have over 20 colors in stock, FYI)

Get some ribbon.

Cut crepe paper into strips - all different lengths, or all the same!  You choose.

Fold the crepe paper over the ribbon, staple and you're done!  

So easy, huh?




DIY: Paper Plate Balls

Paper Plate Balls
All you'll need is 20 paper plates for each ball...the mini dessert plates work best.  

1.  Fold the plates into triangles as shown.
2.  Staple two plates together with 3 staples.
3.  Attach 3 more plates to make a pentagon, then repeat to make a second pentagon.  (each pentagon will have 5 plates).  Set both aside.
4.  Staple the remaining 10 plates together into a long chain.
5.  Staple the ends of the chain together to form a ring.  Then staple the two pentagons to the top and the bottom of the ring.


You're done!!  Spray paint (glitter really makes your balls stand out!), add ribbon, and hang!  We have seen these used at wedding receptions, bridal and baby showers, and all sorts of parties!  


DIY: Zig Zag Accordion Streamers

This is such an old school idea:  use paper and scissors to create your own decorations.
But really - it IS REALLY CUTE!
All you need is colored paper (you choose), scissors, and tape or pushpins!
Here we go...


Step 1:  Start with a colored piece of paper in the shape of a rectangle.

Step 2:  On one of the long sides, cut a strip about 1" wide (but don't cut all the way through).  From there measure about 2" and cut another 1" strip.  Continue that all along that side.

Step 3:  Turn paper around, and repeat process on opposite side, spacing your 1" strips in between the cuts from the other side.  

THERE!  You did it!  You have an accordion zig zag streamer to hang for your next party! 
I love the impact a group of these can make, as well as the simplicity - and the next-to-nothing cost of it all!

It would be a good project for a classroom to do:  have each child make one or two, depending on their age, and then the teacher can hang them after school.  When the students come the next day, they will see the decorations hanging and making the classroom festive!  

(you can use tape, thumbtacks, etc. depending on the surface of your ceiling)


For some GREAT photos of zig zag accordion streamers used in an everyday party setting, check out 


9/21/11

General Conference Ideas...

This is a re-post from March, with updated packet information.
We've had a lot of you ask if we have any ideas to keep your kids interested {busy} during General Conference this weekend... so we've compiled a few ideas from around the blog world for you.  

#1 - CONFERENCE TREAT BUCKETS - by Brown Paper Packages


Basically the idea is to get some buckets, label them with words you want your kids to listen for, and let them pick a treat when they hear that word spoken in one of the talks!  Awesome, huh?

Don't have time or want to spend money on buckets and vinyl?  
Use mason jars and print out words from your computer. (be cute & colorful to see the candies)
Have your kids help you color your labels and tape them on!
Also, my little ones can't read yet - so I will probably find pictures of the temple, the scriptures, etc. for our treat buckets!  (If time permits, I will post the pictures I find so you can use them too!)

#2 - SET UP YOUR TENTS!  


Just as the people gathered to hear King Benjamin...
Think of how much fun little ones would have listening to the Prophet in their very own tent.
Whether you make one out of blankets and chairs, or you have a real tent to set up - 
Deck it out with pillows, notepads, snacks, etc. and let the kiddos play make believe!

#3-  DOWNLOAD A CONFERENCE PACKET

We love Sugardoodle.net!  They make it so easy to plan lessons, activities and so much more.  Click on the links below to download a packet specific for the ages of your kids.  Or check out their entire collection of conference ideas here.

YOUTH PACKET  - for ages 8-12 and up.  Setting goals, taking notes, facts about the Apostles, etc.

IDEAS FOR TOTS  from Oopsey Daisy.  Lots of ideas to keep toddlers busy!

NOTE PAGE FOR ADULTS from Holy Handouts.  A great printable to put into a binder, and keep all your General Conference notes together throughout the years! 

JUNIOR PRIMARY AGED PACKET - coloring, dot to dots, search for hidden pictures, etc.  Love this one!


Well, there you go!  Should be enough to get you started at least!  Some of the packets are up to 16 pages long... and if you come into the store, we can print out certain pages for you.  A lot of primary presidencies have come in and shortened their packets to print one for each of their primary kids.

9/18/11

Kid Friendly Jack-O-Lantern Cookies



This is the CUTEST idea EVER!  I found it over at "Bee in our Bonnet" and couldn't resist sharing with you.  I am definitely going to add this to my "to-do-this-October" list.

Check out the full instructions here.

So the basic steps are:
1.  Make sugar cookie dough
2.  Cut out dough into shapes of eyes, nose, mouth, etc - the way you would a real pumpkin!
3.  Bake and and let cool.
4.  Decorate with frosting and let dry.
5.  Grab some orange dessert plates (which will be your "pumpkin") and let the kids arrange and re-arrange their jack-o-lantern faces!




GENIUS!  I also LOVE the idea of putting all the decorated pieces into a jar to "gift" to friends or neighbors. Check out their full post for details on giving this darling idea away!

9/14/11

Halloween Girls Night Out - THIS THURSDAY!


Just wanted to make sure YOU know that YOU ARE INVITED to come down to our store in Lehi tomorrow night (Thursday the 15th) for a night full of fun!  Starts at 6 pm and goes to 9 pm - 
FREE make & take, FREE cupcakes by Sugar Mamas, FREE hand paraffin waxes by Salon Chateau, plus SALES throughout the store and lots of Halloween IDEAS & GIFTS!