Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sesame Street Party Decor

Happy Wednesday . . . . 

Today's Wordless Wednesday is not so wordless cause I'm uploading the party decorations along with a how to. . .. but alas.... so it goes :o) 

Little man is turning TWO this weekend and we are having a Pirate Elmo Birthday...
 I know random right. 
But the kid is in love with Sesame Street and Pirates... so ... 
Pirate Elmo it is :o) 

While trying to come up with some fun and fugal party ideas I hit up my favorite party supply place... THE DOLLAR STORE !!!! 
We did Yellow and Red plates, cups, napkins along with streamers,  balloons all for a dollar... you just can't beat that!!!! 

My favorite part of the whole day  is our Sesame Street Tissue Paper Characters... 
I'm planning on hanging them in his room after the party... 
and for what they cost, even if they only make it through the day ... I'll be happy. 
They had 25 sheets of tissue paper for .... yup $1.00 
I got two just to be safe.... so $2.00 and we were out the door... 

Supplies You'll need..... 
Tissue Paper (red, yellow, blue, green) 
Yarn or string
white printer paper
Markers or crayons

I started with Elmo but all are made the exact same way. 
(for Elmo and Cookie Monster I used 8 sheets of tissue paper,
 for Bird and Oscar I only used 4, I'd say use at least 8 so that they are nice and fluffy) 

1. I gathered up all of the red tissue and made sure it was all neatly stacked. 
2. Make sure all of your edges line up and then begin to fold it accordion style. 
3. Then I folded it in half  to see where the middle would be and tied yarn tightly around the stacked tissue. 
4. I then cut each end to be rounded. 
(Big Birds I cut to a point and Oscar's and Cookie Monster's  I left straight.)
5. Then you just start to pull apart the layers. 
6. once it was all opened up they look like giant puffy balls. 
 I hung them so I could see how they looked. They were pretty great.  but some needed to be a little extra fluffed. You wanna make sure they are puffed and even now, or it's harder once you tape on the faces.
7. Next your just going to draw out the eyes, noses, and mouths. 
(some people are asking for a pattern to print... I'll work on it)
8. Color them in and Cut them out and I used double sided tape to attach them to the tissue paper.

Adios Mis Amigos,

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Makes my Monday- Handpainted signs

 Makes my Monday is a day late..... but it's because I've been so busy painting :o) 

I may be the crazy sign lady. . . . You know that lady... the one who's every surface is covered in some sort of quote, funny saying, or just plain ramblings. I don't know what it is, but lately, but I'm obsessed. Perhaps it's the idea of having a whole new place to decorate (we are moving in two weeks). My head is overflowing with ideas and I finally got some of them finished.

I mean, come on, what about that doesn't inspire you to be a better person, be thankful for all that God's blessed you with . . . It HAS to be hung in your house RIIIIGHT????? 

Below are the ones I have made over the course of the last few days/weeks.

"you are my sunshine" was painted on a scrap piece of wood I had laying around.  It's the song we sing every night before bed, and it's going above his bed in his new big boy room.

To the right is his birth announcement that I blew up and painted onto some scrap piece of foam board. I have a bright stark white frame that is going around that baby!

"home" sign is going to go into our new place, not sure where yet, but it's just symbolic to us, since we have rented homes and it doesn't really matter where we live, so as long as we are together.

And finally the "thankful" sign was also hand painted onto another piece of board I had laying around.  Still working on the frame and matting for that puppy.

If you can scrounge up some scraps , it's a super inexpensive way to get a great finished project. 

Now how to do it. . . .. I used to be terrified of hand painting text.

I could never figure out a quick and easy way to get the text onto the material and have it all lined up and looking exactly how I planned it.

Until Pinterest came along. I have searched high and low for the original inspiration. But can't find it.

Basically it was a quote that she loved and wanted hand painted onto a board for her bedroom.

Step one: find the quote that you love.

Step two: type it up on your computer. Pick the font, size and shape you want.

Step three: Print the text

Step four: trace the text onto the material your using. Press really hard depending on the wood/material.

Step five: Follow the tracings with your paint and your good to go....

Seriously, it's that easy, it takes a pretty steady hand so go light on the coffee and make sure your in good lighting.

now what kind of quotes are you going to think up!

Adios Mis Amigos,