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    DIY Gold Fringe Cake Topper!

    September 25, 2014 | Posted by Kristen the designer

    Need a little extra sparkle for your next birthday celebration? Why not try this adorable gold, fringe cake topper! Easy and simple to make, and the perfect amount of glam to dress up even the plainest of cakes. Instructions below!


    1 – Cardboard or thick cardstock

    2 – thin wooden dowel

    3 – metallic gold tissue paper

    4 – scissors/double sided tape

    STEP 1

    The first step was to print off a number and trace it onto my backing material. I used an old fedex mailer, but you could use thick card stock as well. Another option would be a thin wooden number if your local craft store has one. Print the number close to the size you want it to be. I printed mine 3″ x 5″. Once traced, cut it out of the material you have chosen with scissors.

    STEP 2

    Cut strips from the gold tissue paper close to .5″ in width and 4″ in length. You will need 15-20 strips depending on the size of your number. On each strip cut vertical lines about 1/8″ apart across the entire bottom. Be careful to not cut to close to the top so it does not rip. They should look fringy now!

    STEP 3

    With double sided tape, cover the entire front of your number. I did mine with horizontal strips going the same direction the fringe would be going. Wrap excess tape around edges to the back.

    STEP 4

    Starting at the bottom, add layers of fringe. With each layer you will cover up a portion of the previous layer until you get to the top. Trim off any excess on the edges. If there is a thin section (like the neck of the 5) cut the fringe down first to make it a little easier to apply.

    STEP 5

    Use double stick tape to adhere the dowel to the back of the number. You could use hot glue here too if you want!

    So easy! Let us know what you think of this fun DIY and post any questions in the comments below.

    Tomorrow is the last day of our birthday celebration week so be sure to check back for some fun goodies on the blog.

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    Free Birthday Card Printables!

    September 24, 2014 | Posted by Kristen the designer

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    We are on a roll this week and could not be more excited to share another free printable with our blog community! These adorable downloads are folded, 5×7 birthday cards perfect for a friend or loved one celebrating. Download one of the 2 designs with the corresponding links below. Remember, the outside line is for trimming, and the center line is for scoring so the card will fold in half! Also, with all printables we recommend you use a thicker card stock for printing.





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    DIY Birthday Cake Stand for under $10!

    September 23, 2014 | Posted by Kristen the designer

    Continuing with our birthday week celebration, we have a fun little DIY on the blog today! This super easy project cost less then $10 to make and in total took less then an hour to assemble. It’s that easy! It’s also the perfect craft if you are in need of a way to display yummy bake goods. Directions below!



    1 – Glass Plate (Dollar Store)

    2 – Glass Candle Holder (Dollar Store)

    3 – White Spray Paint (Krylon works great on glass and they sell the “Short Cuts” size for small projects)

    4 – Strong Adhesive (I used Goop, but you could also use E-6000 or something similar)

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    STEP 1

    First gather all your materials along with some newspaper or scrap paper to spray paint on. Be sure to spray paint either outside or with the windows/doors open has the fumes can be strong. Coat all sides of both the plate and the candle stick holder, allowing sections to dry before flipping either. Let it dry thoroughly! I spray painted my pieces and then mounted, although you could also mount and then spray…up to you!

    STEP 2

    With the plate now dry and facing down, coat the top rim of the candle stick holder with adhesive. Place in the center of the plate. I also put a heavy object on top of the candle holder to help the setting process. Again, allow the bond to dry! Do not remove or pick up too soon as the glue needs time to set.


    STEP 3

    Make something yummy to go on the cake stand! Also, you can find an acrylic spray to seal the stand, or simply be sure to create a barrier between the item and the top of the stand. I used wax paper, but you could also use a paper napkin or doily just to be safe.



    Stay tuned for another fun DIY post this Thursday, along with free downloads and printables throughout the week!


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    Happy Friday: Red, White and Blue Foods!

    August 29, 2014 | Posted by Kristen the designer

    We are sending red, white and blue wishes for a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. In need of some tasty treats? Try one of these fabulous finds below:

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    Clockwise from top left: Fruit Salsa | Purple Potato Pizza | Spectacular Sangria | Red, White and Blue Chex Mix | Grilled Tomato and Mozarella Sandwiches |  Red Velvet Pancakes |

    Happy Friday Everyone!


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    Happy Fridays: Backyard Party Inspiration

    July 11, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness


    1. Pre-scoop ice cream, roll in toppings, stick it with a craft spoon, and freeze for easy serving!

    2. We love these DIY Popsicle Invites, perfect for a summer party! Learn how to make them here.

    3. Why have 1 pinata when everyone can have their own? Genius? We think so.

    4. Use washi tape or paper to create drink flags for your guests to personalize with their name. These flags are adorable, and did we mention that there is a summery cocktail recipe included?

    5. A refreshing watermelon salad with feta and mint is perfect for a warm evening!

    6. Lastly, don’t forget to spruce up your decor with bright napkins and serveware. Oh Joy!’s Collection for Target is one of our favorites.

    * Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more party inspiration!

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