Monday, September 19, 2022

Halloween Moon Pouch Favors

These moon pouches are a simple, paper plate DIY for a fun Halloween craft, class party, or cute favor, and you could even use these Oh Happy Day plates if you want to skip the painting!  Find the full tutorial here.  Happy Halloween!  

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Shop Local - Asian Market

Have you found your local Asian market?  It is seriously the best place to find fun (and adorable) candy, drinks, paper goods, dishes, bento boxes, etc.  We are also a huge fan of bulgogi, kimchi, Thai tea, and wasabi peas.  Mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!  I would highly recommend Dong Yang Market if you're in the Lexington, Kentucky area, and if not, you should definitely find your local shop and check it out!  The candy would be perfect in favor bags, and there are several other items I would use for a party.     


You may be able to find similar products online, and some are very reasonably priced, but I have found that shopping in person is definitely easier on the budget!  I am linking a few items from the photos below so you can watch for them at your local store.  What is the best thing you have discovered at an Asian market?  


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

DIY Back-to-School Cupcake Toppers




Are your kiddos back in school?  It's never too late to celebrate with a few friends, cupcakes, and a quick DIY!  These pencils and apple cores are made from mini honeycomb balls found at Oh Happy Day, and they could also be fun for teacher appreciation or graduation.  Here's the link for my LTK shop, where you will find all the supplies you need to make these cuties.  Happy Back-to-School!  

Monday, August 8, 2022

Backpack Piñata for Back-to-School



Happy back-to-school, friends!  I just wanted to share this Kanken backpack piñata I made over the weekend.  I thought of these a while back, and wasn't sure I was going to be able to pull it off in time.  So glad I did, because it's so fun to gift some back-to-school supplies and treats on the first day of school.    

We go back Wednesday, and I have a Senior in High School, and a 6th grader.  Big year here!  I saw a girl graduate on tv yesterday, and it made me bawl my eyes out.  Any tips for surviving the last year, Moms?  What grades are your kiddos entering?  

Wishing everyone a great week, whether you're returning to school, or wrapping up summer break!

PS I couldn't decide between the mint green and white background, so I'm sharing both.  :) 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Maker Ribbons & TO MAKE by Danielle Davis

TO MAKE is my new favorite book, with beautiful words by Danielle Davis, and gorgeous pictures by Mags DeRoma.  Although it is technically a picture book for kids, I could relate so well to the process of making that Danielle describes in the book.  To make anything, you have to gather, make, then wait.  That is pretty much what we do each time we come up with an idea.  We run to the store (or craft stash) to gather supplies, make the project (sometimes more than once!), and then wait.  When I make piñatas, I have to wait a long time for the paper mache to dry before I can paint, or sometimes I am waiting for a project to be published on another site.          


It is so fun to think about what it is that you like to make, and realize that it likely follows the three steps above!  The illustrations are so beautiful, imaginative, and inspiring, and I found myself getting lost in daydreams about making.  I love when a book or movie takes my brain to a creative place, and I am inspired to think of new ideas. That is exactly what TO MAKE did for me, so I can only imagine how inspiring the book will be to the creative minds of children.  Sometimes creativity requires thinking like a child, and a good book like this can help the adult brain get to the right state of mind.


When Danielle reached out a few months ago about collaborating on a project to go along with this beautiful book, I was so honored, and knew immediately that I wanted to participate.  When I got a sneak peak of the book, I was even more excited to work with Danielle.  Also, she is so sweet, genuine, and in the words of Anne of Green Gables, felt like a kindred spirit!  


We came up with these maker ribbons for kids to wear, hang, or display, and each ribbon involves the making process from activities in the book.  Kids can get creative and come up with their own ribbons for whatever it is that they like to make.  We hope these will inspire their imagination and creative juices!  You can find the tutorial on Danielle's website, HERE.  You will definitely want to grab a copy of the book for your personal library, or as a gift for a friend.  Happy making!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

DIY Mini Stick Horse Piñata


It's Derby week here in Kentucky, and it's time to make some stick horse piñatas!  These are perfect favors for the kiddos, and you could even have a fun little race with them!  They could work for a pony party as well.  You can find the tutorial here, in the Handmade Charlotte archives.  

Friday, April 29, 2022

DIY Oh Happy Day Plate Backdrop

Happy Friday!  If you have some leftover Oh Happy Day Plates lying around, throw a party with this fun DIY backdrop.  I love finding simple ways to cover a large area in pattern and/or color, without breaking the bank.  This one can be done in any color scheme...like, how about red, white, and blue for Memorial Day or 4th of July?  Throw a little pink in there too!  Pink is the new neutral!  If you create this wall, I would love to see it, so be sure to share.  If you would like to receive 10% off your Oh Happy Day purchase, use code ABIGAIL41680.  Enjoy your weekend! xo





SUPPLIES

Oh Happy Day Plates (Rose, Neon Rose, Coral, Neon Coral, Happy)


Pencil


OH HAPPY DAY! shop has beautiful party cups and napkins to coordinate with your backdrop colors. Don't forget to use code ABIGAIL41680 for 10% off your purchase.     

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Earth Day Globe Favors

 

Do you celebrate Earth Day?  It's on April 22, and if I'm honest, I don't usually do anything - but this year, I think I will be sharing these globe containers I made for Valentine's Day!  They're perfect for both occasions.  You can find the tutorial here, and I will link the supplies below.

Plastic Ball Containers

Plastic Wine Glass Base

Silver Spray Paint

Colored Spray Paint

Silver Pipe Cleaners

Adhesive Vinyl Sheet

Cricut Cutting Machine

If you have any questions about the tutorial, feel free to leave a comment.  Happy Earth Day!

NOTE:  I may make a small commission if you purchase from the links - so thank youuuu!

Saturday, April 16, 2022

DIY Honeycomb Flowers




Happy Easter friends!!  I can't believe that it's tomorrow already.  We haven't even decorated eggs yet!  I have gathered everything for Easter baskets though.  How will you be celebrating?  You can make these DIY honeycomb flowers with mini honeycomb balls and a glue gun.  I will link the supplies below.  In full disclosure, I may make a small commission if you shop my links.  Thank youuuu!  :)  



Create this look:

If you have any questions about making the honeycomb flowers, feel free to comment below.  Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

DIY Carrot & Cabbage Cake Toppers



If you're into gardening, or love a unique Easter theme, then be sure to make some carrot and cabbage cake toppers!  You'll just need some mini honeycomb balls, scissors, crepe streamers, toothpicks, and a glue gun.  Oh, and these pair well with grid napkins and plates from one of my favorite party shops!  Happy Easter friends!

NOTE:  Because I want to be transparent, I wanted to let you know that if you do shop any of the links, there is a chance I would make a small commission.  xo

Friday, April 8, 2022

Pool Party Eggs


If you're looking for a simple way to decorate eggs for Easter next week, these synchronized swimmers with vintage swim caps are quick and easy.  You can find the tutorial in the archives at Handmade Charlotte.  I would love to know what you've been up to lately.  It has been a little busy around here.  We are finishing the basement right now, and I'm working on a very special project that I'm excited to share - hopefully soon!  I hope you have a wonderful Easter!  

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Magical Leprechaun Garden


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I would love to know how you celebrated.  If you have some lucky charms in your pantry, head to Handmade Charlotte for the tutorial on this magical leprechaun garden.  It's edible, and it involves leprechauns, so the kids will LOVE it!  

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

DIY Shamrock Party Cups



Aren't you in love with the rainbow plates from Oh Happy Day shop?!  I adore them.  For St. Patrick's Day, you can use this giant heart confetti to make shamrocks on party cups, and you'll have the cutest tablescape.  What are your traditions for the 17th?         



Monday, March 14, 2022

DIY St. Patrick's Day Backdrop


Cloud plates from Oh Happy Day shop are "cirrusly" cuuuute!  They make the perfect party backdrop with a rainbow of plastic tablecloth streamers.  How will you be celebrating on March 17th?  


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

PS Just to be completely transparent, if you do shop the links above, there is a chance I would make a small commission.  xo 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

DIY Shamrock Piñata


Happy (almost) St. Patrick's Day!  I realized the holiday is coming up quickly, and I have a number of projects to share before the seventeenth.  The tutorial for these shamrock piñatas can be found at Handmade Charlotte.  Enjoy your weekend!  What do you have planned?  We went from 60 to 70 degree weather, to having a few inches of snow on the ground! 

Monday, March 7, 2022

English Muffin Moons + Make Bake Space Stickies

Oh my goodness!  Have you seen “stickies” from Make Bake?  My kids could hardly believe that these stickers are edible.  Yep!  …edible!  I couldn’t wait to try them out, and unfortunately, I waited a little too long.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with these space stickies the minute I saw them, but sometimes life happens, and now, this particular design has been discontinued.  Nooooooo!  Be sure to check out the shop though, because there are a lot of adorable choices in stock.  I have my eye on the Good Times Party Stickies.  

Anyway, if you’re having a space party, you can still make these English muffin moons!  You could serve them for breakfast the morning after a sleepover, or just make them for your kiddos as an afternoon snack.  Spread some cream cheese on a few, with swirls of food coloring for a planet-esque look. 



  

SUPPLIES:

Moons

• English muffins

• Knife

Wilton Color Mist Shimmering Food Color Spray in Silver

• Paper plate

Planets

• Cream cheese

• Food coloring

• Mixer (optional)

HOW TO:

Moons

Cut your English muffins in half, and place on a paper plate.  Follow the instructions on your color mist can to spray them silver.  Allow to dry. 

Planets

Spread cream cheese on your English muffin. (I beat it with a mixer first, to make it extra smooth.)  Place some drops of food coloring on a paper plate, and dip your (clean) finger in the color, placing a few dabs on the cream cheese.  Add a tiny bit of cream cheese on top, and spread around until the color swirls nicely.




Enjoy!!  


Friday, February 11, 2022

"You're Shrimply the Best" Valentine Shrimp Piñatas

You are “shrimply” the best!  I have always wanted to try making shrimp piñatas, and adding a little pun made these perfect for Valentine’s Day!  It would be so fun to host a seafood or sushi night for Galentine's and send the girls home with some piñatas filled with chocolates…or just make one for your love and go out to your favorite sushi restaurant.  If you have a mini sushi lover, it would be an adorable birthday theme!  Be sure to check out these sushi favors as well.



SUPPLIES:

• Twisty balloon

• Balloon pump

• Clear tape

• Newspaper strips

• Paper mache paste (1 c water, 1 c flour)

• Scissors

• Acrylic paint in peach + pink + hot pink

• Sponge brush

• String

• Paper plate

• Mesh loofah sponge

• Party streamers in peach + pink

• Hot glue gun

• Box cutter

• Valentine candy and/or favors

HOW TO:

Step 1

Use a balloon pump to blow up your twisty balloon to about 8 inches long.  You really have to blow up the entire thing, and then let out some air to get to your desired length.  Use a long piece of tape to hold the ends together.  Leave a decent length of tape in between the two ends to curve the balloon like shrimp, without allowing the ends to touch. 

Step 2

Dip newspaper strips in paper mache paste, and wrap the balloon in a few layers, starting in the center, and working your way up to the pieces of tape.  Allow to dry. (Overnight would be ideal).

Step 3

Remove the tape from the balloon and cover the ends in newspaper strips dipped in paper mache paste and allow to dry.  It is best to place newspaper strips in an “x” around the ends, and then wrap horizontally down the sides. 

Step 4

Paint the shrimp body in pink, and then place the pink and peach paint colors on a paper plate.  Dip your mesh loofah sponge in both paint colors, and dab it all over the shrimp, until you have a nice, varied pinkish-peach color.  Allow to dry.

Step 5

Place some hot pink paint on a paper plate, and hold a string at each end, and dip it in the paint.  Wrap the string around the shrimp body in multiple places, about an inch apart.  Allow to dry.

Step 6

Layer about 2 ½”-3" long pieces of pink and peach party streamers and cut a tail shape with scissors.  Fan them out a bit, and bunch them up at one end.  Use a glue gun to attach them to the end of the shrimp body. 

Step 7

Use your box cutter to cut three sides of a rectangle on the back of the shrimp, to make a little door for placing the candy and favors.  Take out the balloon and shake out any dried paper mache flakes over a trash can, and then fill with favors. 







Happy crafting, and Happy Valentine’s Day!